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House Defeats Leg...

The House of Representatives voted 231-110 to defeat HB 1542, which would prohibit state colleges and universities from regulating guns on campus. House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff (D-Penacook) said that the “tragic shootings throughout our country, most recently at a school in Parkland, Florida, have increased the calls from our constituents to take strong leadership on public safety. As legislators, protecting our children is the most important action we can take.”

“This legislation, which forbids colleges and universities from regulating guns on campus, represents a major step in the wrong direction. Despite no legitimate reason to recklessly tie the hands of our colleges, a majority of Republicans voted to support this dangerous legislation anyway.”

“Granite Staters need to look no further than this vote to see what approach their lawmakers are taking in response to the rash of gun violence in this country. House Democrats, who voted unanimously in opposition to this legislation, stand united in finding commonsense solutions to the problems facing America today.”

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This is a note from Donna Gamache of Eversource regarding not only the upcoming weather situation but provides some information on how Eversource plans for emergency weather procedures. I thought this might be valuable information as we move into the winter season.

In anticipation of the arrival of a winter storm, I (Donna Gamache) wanted to provide some information to you concerning our preparations. We are bracing for the possibility of a multiple day event in some areas of the state.

The snow is beginning to fly in the westernmost areas of the state and will move across to the east and to the north throughout the day. Snow amounts are expected to range from 12 - 20 inches in the north country, 9 - 15 inches in western and central areas, and 1 - 7 inches in southern portion of the state toward the seacoast. The heaviest show is expected to fall between 5:00pm and midnight today, but a key factor in predicting the potential damage to our system is the water content of the snow. We are always concerned when snow is heavy and wet.

As the storm moves out, winds are expected to pick up. We anticipate gusts that will range generally from 35 to 45 MPH, with peak gusts near 50 MPH along the coast. It is these winds paired with the fallen heavy snow that has caused us to prepare for customer outages.

The Eversource Incident Command Center is opening today at 1pm to ensure an efficient restoration, should it be needed. Over night, we secured more than 150 contractor crews, including support from New Brunswick, Pennsylvania, New York and Vermont. These crews, in addition to our own, are being positioned throughout the state today to be able to respond as quickly as possible.

However, it is critical that we are aware of our local emergency operations, including police and fire, as they are in the best position to provide assistance to someone in need more quickly. Our focus during large outage events is to restore hospitals, shelters, gas stations and critical local municipal operations first as these facilities can provide assistance to the largest number of residents in need. We then move on to the general restoration activities after these are secured.

Finally, I wanted you to be aware that we began to alert our medically-coded customers yesterday afternoon of the potential for outages from the storm. We proactively reach out to these customers so they might have time to make arrangements for their safety. However, we are aware of the locations of these customers on our system for the most part, and we do what we can to ensure they can get power restored in a timely manner.

Each storm is different, however, and we can never guarantee how quickly this will take place which is why we urge these customers to seek assistance in advance.

Please feel free to follow us on twitter and to watch our outage map on our website at www.eversource.com for any information. I will provide updates as necessary during the storm.
Please be safe and stay warm and don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have.

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Seacoast Cancer C...

At the first meeting of the Governor's Task Force on the Seacoast Cancer Cluster Investigation, members were told that the state moved into the third step of its four step investigation into the cluster "because we had a significantly higher number of cases of RMS and PPB," according to Whitney Hammond, DHHS's program coordinator for its comprehensive cancer control program.

The third step is the development of a questionnaire that will get more information about children who are part of the Seacoast pediatric cancer cluster. If this questionnaire reveals a link between the cancers and a common environmental exposure it would trigger a "case control study." Hammond said the state has never done such a study and that they are very lengthy and resource intensive.

State Representative Tom Sherman D-Rye, suggested that the group make the task force meetings regular and public so that the whole process becomes a little more efficient.

State Representative Renny Cushing D-Hampton, said the task force should do an assessment of the policy limitations that might need to be addressed.

The first meeting was held June 22. The next scheduled meeting is July 20, from 4 to 6 p.m., with a location to be determined.

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Cancer Cluster Ta...

The Governor's Task Force on the Seacoast Cancer Cluster Investigation will have its initial meeting June 22 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Families First Health & Support Center at 100 Campus Drive in Portsmouth.

According to the Governor's office, the task force brings together state and federal agencies involved in the pediatric cancer cluster, along with local community members to "coordinate a consistent strategy related to the health and environmental concerns: about the cluster.

Task force members include state Reps. Tom Sherman and David Borden, along with state Sens. Martha Fuller Clark and Nancy Stiles.

Several Seacoast children have died from rhabdomyosarcoma, RMS, one of the two rare types of childhood cancer the state determined was part of a small Seacoast cancer cluster. The state looked at the number of RMS cases in Rye, New Castle, Greenland, North Hampton and Portsmouth, according to a report it recently released.

The task force will also review progress being made by state agencies and keep the community informed about the progress of the task force.