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Facebook removes a Trump post because of "deceptive" COVID19 claims; small businesses seek more pandemic relief.


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Iowa's governor has restored the right to vote for people with past felony convictions via executive order; and Tennessee has a primary election today.

Public News Service - NH: Health

New Hampshire started allowing outdoor nursing-home visits in June but now is permitting indoor visits again. (Borya/Flickr)

CONCORD, N.H. -- Long-term care facilities in New Hampshire are starting to allow in-person visits again. While nursing homes have reduced their COVID-19 infection rates, close to 80% of the deaths New Hampshire has seen from the coronavirus have been among residents of long-term care facilities --

This Saturday's Portsmouth, N.H., rally would be President Donald Trump's third since the COVID-19 outbreak. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times/Creative Commons)

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- President Donald Trump is scheduled to hold an outdoor rally in Portsmouth on Sat., July 11, and it's raising concerns among health experts. Dr. Ben Locwin, who consults with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on COVID-19, said people have the right to express their

Experts say kids are making fewer reports of abuse because during the pandemic, they've had less contact with trusted adults outside their household. (bigandt/iStockphoto)

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- Reports of child abuse and neglect to New Hampshire's Division of Children, Youth and Families have been down nearly 50% over the last eight weeks, and experts are certain that it isn't because abuse has evaporated during the pandemic lockdown. With school now online and after-s

More than 110 people have passed away from COVID-19 in New Hampshire, with close to 80% of deaths occurring in long-term care facilities, such as Bellamy Fields. All 19 new deaths announced on Wednesday were long-term care residents. (Bellamy Fields Website)

CONCORD, N.H. - Nearly 80% of people dying from COVID-19 in New Hampshire lived in long-term care facilities - the highest share of these deaths of any state, according to Kaiser Family Foundation data. New Hampshire Health Commissioner Lori Shibinette explained at a Wednesday press briefing that

Gov. Chris Sununu announced on Apr. 14 that New Hampshire will pay an additional $300 a week to long-term care workers at Medicaid-funded facilities including nursing homes, day programs for people with disabilities, and other home-care services during the COVID-19 crisis. (Gov. Chris Sununu/ Facebook)

CONCORD, N.H. - Gov. Chris Sununu is giving Medicaid-funded long-term care workers at nursing homes and in home care a $300 weekly pay boost during the COVID-19 crisis - reportedly the first stipend of its kind in the country. Sununu is also increasing testing for the more than six thousand worker

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu ordered public schools to close temporarily and switch to remote learning on March 15 in response to COVID-19. (Gabriele Lässer/Pixabay)

CONCORD, N.H. -- Child abuse reports to the New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth and Families hotline have decreased by about half since schools closed in mid-March. This is because many calls to the division come from teachers, child advocates say. Moira O'Neill is the director of the Offic

Leisure, hospitality and retail, all hard-hit by COVID-19, make up almost 30% of New Hampshire's private-sector employment. (dhester/Morguefile)

CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire will lose 11.6% of jobs by this summer, according to a new forecast from a nonpartisan think tank. The Economic Policy Institute projected that more than 68,000 jobs in the state will evaporate -- particularly for people who work in bars, restaurants, hotels and retai

Effective Mar. 17, Gov. Chris Sununu ordered all health insurance providers in New Hampshire to cover the costs of telehealth services. (USDAgov/Creative Commons)

CONCORD, N.H. - New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has ordered the expansion of telemedicine services during the COVID-19 outbreak. Sununu signed an executive order on Wednesday that temporarily requires all health insurance carriers in the state to cover telehealth for in-network, medically necessar

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