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NH News
1:11 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

White House Praises, Urges Quick Approval Of Senate Budget Deal

The White House is urging quick congressional approval of a deal to raise the debt ceiling and end the partial government shutdown.

White House spokesman Jay Carney says the deal reached by Senate leaders "achieves what's necessary" to reopen the government, remove the threat of default and move past brinksmanship.

Carney says the agreement is bipartisan and that President Barack Obama is looking for Congress to act so he can sign it and remove the threat to the economy.

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NH News
3:56 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

State Looks To Avert Shutdown-Related Layoffs

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New Hampshire is getting ready to furlough some state workers whose salaries depend on federal funding.

The Hassan administration and the union that represents most state workers have reached a deal that both sides say will prevent layoffs.

Under the agreement, the federal shutdown qualifies as a “emergency” that will allow workers to be furloughed rather than laid off. State Employees Association president Diana Lacey says the deal holds the promise of saving the state money and saving workers benefits that would be lost if they were laid off.

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NH News
6:02 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

Kuster, Porter Sign Petition To Force End Of Shutdown

U.S. Reps. Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire have signed a petition that would force a vote to end the federal government shutdown.

The two Democrats agree that it's time for a vote to reopen the government nearly two weeks into what Kuster called a damaging shutdown that is hurting Granite State families and businesses.

The discharge petition is a special congressional procedure that would allow a majority of voters to force a vote on a bill to reopen the government.

Word of Mouth
1:21 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

The Government Shutdown Of Scientific Research

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One area of funding hit hard by the government shutdown is science. Since so much basic research and development is funded by the government, the partial shutdown means labs have had to close their doors, research centers are operating with skeleton crews, and many  clinical trials have ground to a halt and experiments put on ice. All these factors have some scientists complaining that their time-sensitive work is in jeopardy.

Fred Guterl is the Executive Editor of Scientific American, which is covering the shutdown’s effect on scientific research.

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NH News
7:42 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Furloughed Shipyard Workers To Return To Work

Many of the furloughed Portsmouth Naval Shipyard workers soon will be back on the job.

A shipyard spokesman told the Portsmouth Herald that workers who are part of the Naval Sea System Command, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command and base support are heading back to work Monday morning. Other workers are being told to contact their supervisors to see if they'll be working.

NH News
9:58 am
Fri October 4, 2013

NH Furloughed Workers Urged To File For Benefits

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The New Hampshire Employment Security agency says employees who have been furloughed or temporarily laid off during the federal government shutdown may file for unemployment benefits and should open their claim this week.

Employment Security Commissioner George Copadis said people should apply as soon as possible. He said if individuals waits to file, they won't be able to request or receive benefits for previous weeks.

Federal employees must apply for benefits in the state in which they work.

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NH News
10:16 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Update: Some National Guard Members Allowed To Return To Work After Furlough

About 120 New Hampshire National Guard members are back at work after being furloughed as part of a federal government shutdown.

The military technicians received exemptions and were allowed to go back to work Thursday. About 100 of them work at the Pease Air National Guard Base; the rest are Army guardsmen.

About 330 other National Guard members remain on furlough.

There are about 2,800 troops in total.

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NH News
4:16 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

19 Furloughed From U.S. Attorney's Office In Concord

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New Hampshire's top federal prosecutor says he has furloughed 19 of his 43 staff members as a result of the government shutdown.

U.S. Attorney John Kacavas said Tuesday that the furloughs are without pay and may remain that way under terms of the sequestration budget blocked largely by Republicans.

Kacavas says he plans to rotate staff members on and off furloughs to "spread the pain."

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