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Super PACS Dominate Early Campaign Advertising in N.H.

If you have any lingering doubt that Super PACs will play an outsized role in the New Hampshire primary, consider this: More than three quarters of the television advertising aimed at first-in-the-nation primary voters this year has been reserved not by candidates, but by independent political groups.
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As NHPR’s archive intern this summer, my primary responsibility has been to listen back to some of the station’s oldest audio. I take copious notes about the stories I hear – and when I find one especially interesting, it gets shared on our blog.

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Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean is back on the presidential campaign trail in New Hampshire, but this time not as a candidate. Dean, who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004, is now working to get Hillary Clinton in the White House.

States would receive four dollars in federal money for every dollar they invest in substance abuse prevention and treatment under a plan announced today by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The plan, outlined in a conference call with reporters, would direct $10 billion in new federal funds to drug and alcohol addiction programs over 10 years.

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In June, the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority reported 181 foreclosures, the highest monthly total of 2015. Analysts thought it would be a one-time blip, but new figures from the NHHFA show July’s number was even higher – 188 foreclosures.

Marco Rubio has been flying under the radar this summer, not picking any social media fights with his Republican rivals and steering clear of controversial issues, such as Donald Trump's immigration policies.

In the crowded Republican presidential field, Rubio is kind of like the guy everybody wants to date, but not marry — at least yet.

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 Lawmakers and Governor Maggie Hassan supported legislation this year to make Narcan more accessible so it can be used to save the lives of people experiencing an opiate overdose. Narcan has often been referred to as the Epipen of heroin, but David Brooks says that comparison doesn’t hold up in some key ways. Brooks is a reporter for The Concord Monitor and blogs at Granitegeek.org. He spoke with NHPR's Peter Biello.

For a change, the big political furor of the week does not involve Donald Trump.

President Obama decided that Alaska’s Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America, will be renamed Denali – as it was originally known before it was named to honor the 25th president nearly a century ago.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he's very disappointed that the Democratic Party has scheduled only four candidate debates before the Iowa caucuses are held on Feb. 1.

So the Sanders campaign is considering a plan to set up their own debates with some of the Republican candidates.

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Seven New Hampshire projects are sharing in $1.1 million in funding to generate economic and community developments in the North Country.

Gov. Maggie Hassan and U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced the grants from the Northern Border Regional Commission on Tuesday.

The recipients are the Franconia Ski Club and the state-owned Cannon Mountain Ski Area, the town of Northumberland, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, TwinState MakerSpace Inc., River Valley Community College, the Grafton County Economic Development Council, and Plymouth State University.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich didn't take kindly to President Obama's recent decision to rename Mt. McKinley to its Native American name, Denali.

"If I become president, I’m going to name it back to Mt. McKinley," Kasich said, speaking to NHPR's Morning Edition.

The Alaskan mountain - the highest peak in North America - had been named after former President William McKinley, an Ohio native.

"This is not something we appreciate or agree with in Ohio," Kasich said. "I don’t know why (President Obama) had to do this."

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