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The N.H. News Recap For Sept. 17, 2021: Local Pushback To Federal COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

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Todd Bookman
State epidemiologist Dr. Ben Chan speaks during a press conference, flanked by Gov. Chris Sununu (R).

Every Friday we dig into the week’s top headlines. This week, opponents to President Biden’s new vaccine mandate rallied outside the State House on Tuesday.

As demonstrators heckled speakers, Republican House Speaker Sherm Packard yelled at the crowd, “we’re out here to try to help you, and now you’re attacking us.”

Gov. Chris Sununu announced he’ll work with other governors to challenge the federal mandate. And the Executive Council voted to block contracts for health centers that provide abortion services.

And Sununu said up to 200 refugees will come to New Hampshire after they were evacuated from Afghanistan.

Plus, as always, we answer your questions.

Explore the topics we discuss on the Recap in-depth with our daily newsletter, The Rundown.


  • Todd Bookman, NHPR
  • Josh Rogers, NHPR

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Jackie Harris is the Morning Edition Producer at NHPR. She first joined NHPR in 2021 as the Morning Edition Fellow.

For many radio listeners throughout New Hampshire, Rick Ganley is the first voice they hear each weekday morning, bringing them up to speed on news developments overnight and starting their day off with the latest information.

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