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Sanders To N.H. Supporters: It's About The Issues, Not The Candidates

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is in New Hampshire for the first time since kicking off his presidential campaign Tuesday in Burlington. And despite the heat, dozens of people came out to show their support. New Hampshire voters packed the small space of the New England College campus in Concord – waving Bernie Sanders signs in an attempt to stay cool while they waited for the Senator to arrive. By the time Sanders entered, everyone in the room was sweating, including Sanders. But he didn’t...
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The US Coast guard says so far it seems that a small oil spill near the mouth of the Piscataqua River has been totally cleaned up before it could reach the shore.

The spill came from oily water held in a tank aboard the research catamaran Ferdinand R. Hassler, after it had been used on the ship.

That tank holds up to 750 gallons, but was only partially full.

The ship’s owner, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is still working to determine how much was spilled.

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A powerful synthetic opioid manufactured in illicit labs was the main driver of the record 325 drug-related deaths in New Hampshire last year.

Fentanyl is used to manage severe chronic and post-surgical pain. As a pharmaceutical, prescribed in lozenges or transdermal patches, it is 10 to 50 times more potent than morphine.

But, increasingly, a powdered form of the drug that is 200 to 2,000 times more potent is being mixed with heroin or passed off as heroin to unwitting users.

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As of this week, the state has tested the blood of 260 adults and children who were exposed to contaminated well water at the Pease Tradeport.  But some parents are questioning why their children are asked to sign a consent form before being tested. 

About a year ago, water tests revealed that a potentially harmful contaminant had been leaching into well water on the former Pease Airforce Base.  It was from old firefighting foam that was used as early as 1970.

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One day after Planet Fitness announced it was going public, the New Hampshire-based gym tells legislators it might not be able to afford to stay in the state.

Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley introduced a measure Wednesday hoping to keep the company here, by exempting businesses from being taxed on the share they sell to a corporate partner once they go public.

Currently 200 corporate jobs would be lost if the company moved headquarters.

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A plan to open the New Hampshire State House to the public on weekends has the green light from a key Senate committee.

The plan calls for the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce to begin a program next summer to keep the State House open for guided tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday between Memorial Day and Columbus Day.

 

Rescuers have come to the aid of a hiker who became stranded along a steep Mount Washington trail.

The U.S. Forest Service says Frank Tonioli of Halifax, Massachusetts, decided to leave a marked trail and climb some rocky terrain in the Huntington Ravine when he became stranded Monday. A partner dialed 911 and the Forest Service received word that afternoon.

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A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a former Seabrook police officer accused of assaulting a suspect by slamming him into a wall.

WMUR-TV that jurors could not reach a verdict against Mark Richardson. He was charged with assault after video surfaced showing him pushing Michael Bergeron into a wall at the Seabrook Police Station in 2009.

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The Senate Finance Committee is finalizing its version of the budget this week.

So far the Senate budget plan spends roughly $65 million dollars less than what the Governor proposed but $93 million more than what passed in the House last month.

That is after the Ways and Means Committee estimated $118 million more revenue over the next biennium than what the House had to work with.

The current plan restores funding cut in the House version including money for developmental disability services, elderly care and substance abuse treatment.

New Hampshire Senate budget writers have voted along party lines to cut business taxes starting in 2017. 

Currently the state’s Business Profit Tax (BPT) stands at 8.5 % and the Business Enterprise Tax (BET) at .75 %. Together the two taxes make up the largest source of state revenues.

Under this measure those would drop every year until 2019 when the BPT would be 7.9 % and the BET would be .675 %. These cuts were originally intended to take effect starting in 2016.

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The state has won a federal grant to fund a major land conservation deal near Cardigan Mountain.  

The Forest Legacy Grant program gave the state $3.8 million dollars to put a conservation easement on the forest near Cardigan Mountain. 5,100 acres in the towns north of Newfound Lake will still be harvested for timber, but can now never be developed.  The landowner – Green Acre Woodlands, which also owns anabutting property where Iberdrola developed the Groton Wind farm – will continue to hold the property, while the state will hold the conservation easement.

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Things You Should Know About Ticks

Once again, tick season is upon us, and the risk of tick bites and tick-borne infection is high.Originally created in 2014, we have updated the graphic below to represent the latest statistics we have on confirmed cases of Lyme disease. Read through to learn more about ticks, the infections they can carry, and how to prevent being infected yourself.
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An Update On Ticks In N.H.: The Latest In Tick-Borne Diseases

Twenty years ago, it was not considered a big problem in New Hampshire, but today – these little black-legged bugs are seen as a major threat to people, pets and wildlife. We’ll get the latest on where their populations are expanding and on tick-borne illnesses, primarily – but not exclusively -- Lyme disease. We’ll also look the state’s new plan to address this. GUESTS: Alan Eaton – UNH Cooperative Extension Entomologist and Integrated Pest Management Specialist. Alan has been studying ticks...
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Writers On A New England Stage: Sue Monk Kidd

On today’s show, it’s Writers on a New England Stage with Sue Monk Kidd, recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. The author of The Secret Life of Bees explores the roots of American racism with The Invention of Wings, a novel about the unlikely alliance between a southern woman and a slave.
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Something Wild: Ferntastic

Biologists like to talk about crocodiles, cassowaries, even chickens as being descendants of the dinosaurs. But in your back yard is likely something that can trace its ancestry to before the dinosaurs, some 360 million years ago. We’re talking about Ferns!
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