The Valley News has been selected to add two journalists — a photojournalist and a climate and environment reporter — to our newsroom through Report for America, a national service program that boosts local news by harnessing community support.

Please consider donating to this effort.

NH joins others in canceling bar exam

  • Rev. William Schipper, pastor of Mary, Queen of the Rosary Parish, wears a mask and gloves out of concern for the coronavirus as walks down the center isle of the nearly empty church, on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020, in Spencer, Mass. Schipper sprinkled holy water and blessed parishioners who remained in their vehicles in the parking lot of the church as the building remains closed for Mass out of concern for the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Steven Senne

  • Rev. William Schipper, pastor of Mary, Queen of the Rosary Parish, right, wears a mask and gloves out of concern for the coronavirus as he sprinkles holy water and blesses parishioners who assisted in directing vehicles, handing out bottles of holy water and gift packets in the parking lot of the church, on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020, in Spencer, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Steven Senne

  • Rev. William Schipper, pastor of Mary, Queen of the Rosary Parish, washes his hands after sprinkling holy water and blessing parishioners in the parking lot of the church, on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020, in Spencer, Mass. Schipper held the outdoor blessing for parishioners who remained in their vehicles on the holiday as the church remains closed for Mass out of concern for the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Steven Senne

Associated Press
Published: 4/12/2020 8:52:29 PM
Modified: 4/12/2020 8:52:27 PM

CONCORD — New Hampshire’s Supreme Court has canceled the July 28-29 bar exam and will reschedule it for some time in the fall.

The action follows similar bar exam cancellations in Massachusetts, Vermont and New York.

Man who stole from charity allowed to stay at home

A federal judge is allowing a man convicted of taking millions of dollars from the United Way to be confined to his New Hampshire home while he awaits sentencing.

A lawyer for Imran Alrai said his client, currently at the Merrimack County jail, is not in good health and is at high risk for complications from COVID-19 if he catches it. Among the conditions he must follow is the return of money he put in Pakistani bank accounts.

Alrai, of Windham, was convicted last year of wire fraud, money laundering and transportation of stolen funds. Prosecutors said he used his position as a vice president of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley to steal $6.7 million over about five years

MASSACHUSETTS

The number of people in Massachusetts who have died from COVID-19 rose to 756 on Sunday, an increase of 70.

The number of residents who have tested positive for the coronavirus that causes the disease rose to more than 25,500, according to the Department of Public Health.

More than 2,200 have been hospitalized since the outbreak’s start. Nearly 117,000 have been tested.

Bill would lower campaign signature threshold

Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill that aims to address concerns about gathering signatures for candidates during the coronavirus state of emergency.

A Senate committee released a bill Friday that would lower the signature threshold during the 2020 state election for those running for U.S. Senate from 10,000 signatures to 5,000 signatures and for U.S. House candidates from 2,000 signatures to 1,000 signatures.

The Senate plans to take up the bill Monday.

CONNECTICUTNursing homes to host recovery centers

Gov. Ned Lamont has signed an executive order implementing a medical surge plan for long-term care facilities he announced earlier this week.

The plan will establish COVID-19 recovery centers in certain nursing homes. The homes will accept patients discharged from acute care hospitals but still recovering from COVID-19.

The order establishes the first two recovery centers at Sharon Health Care Center in Sharon and Northbridge Healthcare Center in Bridgeport.

RHODE ISLANDSalary boost for essential workers

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed is supporting a proposal that would give a salary boost to front-line workers, including nurses, grocery story workers, cleaning staff and letter carriers.

The Rhode Island Democrat told WPRI-TV on Saturday the country should reward those who put their health at risk to help fight COVID-19.

The proposal would provide a $25,000 hazard pay increase for those who make less than $200,000 a year. Those who make more than $200,000 would be capped at an additional $5,000.

MAINEPossible plateau

The number of coronavirus cases in Maine has remained relatively stable.

State officials announced that as of Sunday, the number of confirmed cases in the state is 633. Of those people, 266 have recovered and 120 are hospitalized.

The number of COVID-19 deaths in the state remains at 19.

Health officials said the information represents the number of full-time Maine residents who have tested positive for COVID 19. They said the true numbers are likely higher.

___

The largest distributor of food to pantries across Maine is struggling with soaring demand during the pandemic.

Good Shepherd Food Bank spends about $1.5 million to buy food in a typical years. But with growing demand, and fewer food donations, Good Shepherd Food Bank has spent $1 million in a 10-day period.

“Our head is just barely above water,” Kristen Miale, president of Good Shepherd Food Bank, told the Sun Journal.




Valley News

24 Interchange Drive
West Lebanon, NH 03784
603-298-8711

 

© 2021 Valley News
Terms & Conditions - Privacy Policy