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NHIAA announces spring sports season is cancelled

There will be no high school spring sports in New Hampshire this year. The New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association has cancelled the spring regular season and subsequent tournaments and championships after New Hampshire Governer Chris Sununu ordered that all New Hampshire schools ...

NH Office for Relief and Recovery conference call open to public

CONCORD – Gov. Chris Sununu’s controversial new Office for Relief and Recovery will meet via conference call on today and Friday, and the public is welcome to call in. At 1 p.m. today, call 1-800-356-8278, Pin: 389388 to hear COVID-19 impact reports from the New Hampshire Departments of ...

Judge rejects GOP legislators’ bid for stricter voting requirements

MANCHESTER -- A superior court judge has struck down GOP-backed legislation designed to tighten the state's voter-registration laws, ruling the measure unconstitutional for the burdens it places upon certain groups of voters. In his 55-page order handed down Wednesday, Judge David Anderson ...

Massachusetts’ COVID-19 cases jump by more than 1,000

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – A look at developments related to the new coronavirus around New England: MASSACHUSETTS The number of cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts jumped by more than 1,000 to a total of 4,257, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health said Saturday. The state also had ...

N.H. governor orders retail use of single-use bags

CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire retail stores are being ordered to temporarily transition to the use of single-use paper or plastic bags because of the risk that reusable bags could pose a risk of transmission of the coronavirus. In the order issued late Saturday, Gov. Chris Sununu directed ...

First Responders are taking the utmost precautions

MANCHESTER – Around the state, fire departments are keeping a close eye on the health of their employees and on their stock personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies. “We are not in critical need, but we are being judicious with how we use our PPE,” said Lebanon Fire Chief and ...

Federal prison staffer in Berlin tests positive for COVID-19

CONCORD – The federal Bureau of Prisons told the Berlin Sun on Wednesday that a staffer tested positive for COVID-19 at the Berlin medium-security facility in New Hampshire. No inmates have tested positive. Berlin Mayor Paul Grenier said he had heard a rumor, but was waiting for confirmation ...

Sununu outlines protections for people impacted by COVID-19

CONCORD – Gov. Chris Sununu detailed three new emergency orders, including expanded unemployment benefits and relief from being evicted or foreclosed upon due to COVID-19 at a news conference Tuesday morning. The orders also would prohibit utilities, fuel and cable companies, and Internet ...

Massachusetts to shut schools for 3 weeks to fight virus

BOSTON (AP) — Schools in Massachusetts will close for at least three weeks, and all gatherings of more than 25 people will be banned in the latest attempt to arrest the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Sunday. The governor also ordered all dine-in restaurants to close ...

Boston restaurants to close early, cut diners to fight virus

BOSTON (AP) — Schools in Massachusetts will close for at least three weeks, and all gatherings of more than 25 people will be banned in the latest attempt to arrest the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Sunday. The governor also ordered all dine-in restaurants to close ...

Event-centric firms taking hit from virus

As “social distancing” becomes part of our daily syntax and schedule, more and more companies that are event-driven are experiencing crippling losses as hourly updates about the coronavirus leave some people paralyzed with panic and others with more questions than answers. Celebrations ...

News Digest

Ten N.H. towns approve sports betting CONCORD – Ten New Hampshire towns voted to permit the operation of physical sportsbook retail locations in their communities during town elections Tuesday. The towns of Belmont, Derry, Hampton, Hinsdale, Hudson, Newmarket, Pelham, Rollinsford, Salem and ...

Charges dropped as youth center abuse investigation widens

CONCORD (AP) — The New Hampshire attorney general’s office said Wednesday it is dropping 82 rape charges against two former youth counselors in order to strengthen its expanded investigation into sex abuse at the state’s youth detention center. Jeffrey Buskey, 53, of Boston, and Stephen ...

Coronavirus concerns prompt state of emergency in Mass.

NASHUA — The closest potential coronavirus case to Greater Nashua has turned out to be a false alarm, as Hollis-Brookline Cooperative School District officials reported Tuesday that an employee’s COVID-19 test has come back negative. In a letter to parents, Superintendent Andrew Corey ...

Virus concerns guide N.H. town meeting preparations

CONCORD (AP) — Pure democracy, meet Purell. The popular hand sanitizer will be plentiful across New Hampshire as coronavirus concerns coincide with the state’s Town Meeting season, when voters come together to debate and vote on local budgets and other issues. The tradition typically ...

Rockingham, Grafton Counties on high alert

CONCORD – State health officials abruptly ended a press conference on Sunday about the third and fourth cases of COVID-19 in New Hampshire identified over the weekend – including the first in Rockingham County – while refusing to say whether the third person works at Dartmouth-Hitchcock ...

Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO shares latest info on COVID-19

Joanne M. Conroy, MD CEO & President: The health and safety of our patients, the public and our employees is of the utmost importance to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. When confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the U.S. escalated early last week, we immediately implemented established ...

COVID-19 patient being monitored by phone

CONCORD – The first man who tested positive for COVID-19 in New Hampshire and ignored a voluntary home quarantine is now under orders to stay home in Grafton County and is being monitored daily to make sure he does, according to State Epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan. Chan said the state ...