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3:59 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Attorney General's Office Investigates Hepatitis C Outbreak

The Attorney General’s Office will investigate the hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital.

Attorney General Michael Delaney says that his office will examine the circumstances around how at least 20 people have become infected at the hospital.

The Attorney General’s Office is working with the Exeter Police Department and State Police to determine whether any laws have been broken.

More than 700 samples have been tested from individuals associated with the hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab. So far 20 cases of hepatitis C have matched the original virus.

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NH News
6:11 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Drug Diversion Most Likely Cause Of Hepatitis C Outbreak

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services says that drug diversion is the most likely cause of the hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital. Health officials also expect to discover more cases of the virus.

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NH News
10:53 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Manchester School Budget Saves 54 Teacher Jobs

Mayor Gatsas and the Manchester Board of Aldermen in City Hall.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The Manchester Board of Alderman has approved a school budget that will save at least 54 teacher jobs.  The city’s Board of Alderman voted Tuesday night to pass the budget with about $2 million more than the mayor’s proposed school budget of $150 million dollars.  The extra money will save at least 54 of the 161 teachers and staff members slated for layoffs by July 1. 

NH News
6:12 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

WIC Increases Income Eligibility

New poverty guidelines issued by the federal government have expanded eligibility for the WIC Nutrition Program.

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NH News
5:59 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

BSR Announce New Chief

The Secretary of State has appointed a new director to the New Hampshire Securities Bureau.

New Hampshire Securities Bureau responsibilities include regulating financial services, investigating securities fraud and overseeing public risk pools, like the Local Government Center.

Barry Glennon enters this role as his office waits for a ruling on whether the LGC owes its clients – New Hampshire cities and towns - $70 million dollars.

Critics have accused the Bureau of mishandling the FRM Ponzi scheme and being too aggressive in its pursuit of LGC.

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NH News
1:52 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Lynch Signs Prescription Drug Law

Governor John Lynch signs a bill to enact a prescription drug monitoring system in New Hampshire.
Josh Rogers, NHPR

New Hampshire will join 48 other states in monitoring prescription drugs under a new law signed by Governor John Lynch.

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NH News
5:27 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Labor Touts Tough 'D' During Session

As the legislative session winds down, New Hampshire labor leaders say they believe they’ve successfully defeated what they consider the most pernicious bills to their members.

Top lawmakers say they’ve cut worker benefits and provided needed tax relief.

Moves to end collective bargaining rights and make New Hampshire a right-to-work state didn’t pass the legislature despite huge Republican majorities.

The New Hampshire AFL-CIO’s Mark MacKenzie says workers coming together had something to do with that.

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NH News
5:16 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

HHS Medicaid Meetings Begin Tuesday

The Department of Health and Human Services continues transitioning to a new Medicaid program.

Beginning Tuesday HHS officials have scheduled public meetings to discuss upcoming changes.

Health and Human Services wants to officially kick-off its new managed Medicaid program in December.

But a lot has to happen to meet that target.

HHS Commissioner Nick Toumpas says these meetings are designed to help healthcare providers and the 140,000 current Medicaid patients get up to speed.

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NH News
8:38 am
Mon June 11, 2012

New Hampshire Schools Leading the Way in Shift to "Competency"

Flikr Creative Commons / Dean Terry

 

At the beginning of this school year, Spaulding High School in Rochester took a big step. They put in a new grading system, got rid of final exams, and reworked how they thought about giving grades in general. The change at Spaulding is part of a bigger change happening all over the Granite State.

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NH News
6:00 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Volunteers Track Invasive 'Rock Snot' In N.H. Rivers

Volunteers across the state will begin monitoring rivers for the invasive species, Didymo. 

 

The New Hampshire Rivers Council is launching a new program to train volunteers to report early signs of the cold-water-loving single-celled algae, known as rock snot.

The council’s Michele Tremblay says Didymo is now moving into the state’s rivers and streams.

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NH News
4:35 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Hepatitis C Investigation Continues

SSkennel Flickr

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services continues to work with Exeter Hospital to determine the source and scope of the hepatitis C outbreak.

All 10 affected individuals—9 patients and 1 employee— have had a connection with the hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab. They have been diagnosed with the same strain of the virus.

Exeter Hospital has expanded testing to include patients associated with the lab between April 2011 and August 2011—that’s several months beyond the original timeline.

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NH News
5:57 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Amendment To Ban Income Tax Goes To Voters

New Hampshire voters will decide in November whether or not to add a ban on personal income taxes to the state’s constitution.

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NH News
5:16 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Six More People Infected With Hepatitis C

Six more patients at the Exeter Hospital have been infected with hepatitis C, bringing the total to 10.

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NH News
11:49 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Redistricting

The New Hampshire Supreme Court heard oral arguments this morning on a challenge to a plan to redraw the districts for the State’s House of Representatives.

The five petitioners representing towns across the Granite State argue that the House plan is too rigid in its interpretation of the US constitution’s one-man-one-vote clause. A lawyer for the petitioners, Martin Honigberg, says that a looser interpretation is not only legal, but required by an amendment to the New Hampshire constitution.

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10:38 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Education Funding Amendment Fails

Sara Plourde NHPR

This year’s effort to pass a school funding constitutional amendment failed where such efforts tend to fail – the New Hampshire house. 

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