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AG: Haverhill Officers Justified To Use Deadly Force In Bath Shooting

The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office has cleared two officers in the fatal shooting of a man in Bath earlier this month. The attorney general's report, released Friday, says still shots captured from the body cameras worn by the Haverhill officers who shot 42-year-old Hagan Esty-Lennon of Canterbury show that he lunged at them with a knife before the first bullet struck him. The investigation determined that Officers Ryan Jarvis and Greg Collins were justified in using deadly force...
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"Well, if I ever ran for office, I'd do better as a Democrat than as a Republican," Donald Trump told Playboy in 1990. "And that's not because I'd be more liberal, because I'm conservative. But the working guy would elect me. He likes me."

Aboard a ferry off the coast of Rhode Island, state and federal officials take a close look at a steel structure poking out of the ocean. It's the first foundation affixed to the seafloor for a five-turbine wind farm off the state's coast.

It's a contrast to what's happening off the coast of Massachusetts. Developer Cape Wind has spent more than 10 years and millions of dollars there on a massive wind farm that it may never build.

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Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton released eight years worth of tax returns Friday, showing that she and her husband Bill Clinton earned $139 million since 2007. They paid nearly $44 million in federal taxes during that period. The couple's effective federal tax rate ranged from 25 percent in 2007 to 36 percent last year.

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When Ted Diers, the watershed bureau administrator with DES, first started working at New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services a few years ago, he spotted an employee walking down the hall with a bucket.

Diers asked him where the bucket was headed and learned that since 1972 employees had been sampling rainwater on the roof of the building for its acidity and for various pollutants.

“And so I said, ‘Wow, that’s a great data set. What do we do with it?’” Diers recalls, “and he said, ‘Well, really nothing.’”

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Veterans Administration hospitals have avoided a shutdown, thanks to legislation passed by Congress.

All the members of New Hampshire’s House and Senate delegations voted this week to authorize the use of $3.3 billion in Veterans Choice funds to plug a hole in the VA’s budget.

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Presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee spoke to voters in Winchester Thursday night. Though he has struggled so far to attract much support for his campaign, the former Rhode Island governor is counting on his political experience to propel him to the Democratic nomination. 

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A man convicted of killing an 18-year-old New Hampshire woman more than four decades won't get a new trial.

Seventy-seven-year-old Robert Breest claims he was wrongly convicted of beating Susan Randall to death and tossing her partially nude body onto the frozen Merrimack River in Concord in February 1971. He has tried to clear his name through DNA testing as technology and collection methods improved, but a Merrimack County Superior Court judge this week rejected his latest request for a new trial.

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The lawyer for a New Hampshire prep school graduate accused of sexually assaulting a freshman last year says they plan to go to trial.

The Concord Monitor reports 19-year-old Owen Labrie, of Tunbridge, Vermont, is scheduled for a pretrial hearing Friday in Merrimack County Superior Court.

It's his last chance to strike a plea bargain with prosecutors.

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Breastfeeding advocates will rally on the State House lawn in Concord to promote the benefits of breastfeeding and the importance of workplace policies that support breastfeeding mothers.

The event on Friday morning kicks off World Breastfeeding Week.

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A southwestern New Hampshire organization is getting a $350,000 economic development grant from the parent company of Vermont Yankee to benefit communities affected by the closure of the nuclear power plant.

Monadnock Economic Development Corp. applied for the grant from the Entergy Charitable Foundation, which presented it Thursday.

About 200 New Hampshire residents were employed by Vermont Yankee, which stopped making power in December.

The grant will benefit areas such as Chesterfield, Hinsdale, Keene, Swanzey and Winchester.

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Friday N.H. News Roundup - July 31, 2015

After a fiscal committee vote, the top official taksed with coordinating the state's response to substance abuse keeps his job, despite criticism from some Republicans for falling short. Local activists on both sides of the abortion issue face off over funding for Planned Parenthood after anti-abortion activists release secretly taped videos. New Jersey governor and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie holds his fifteenth town hall while Hillary Clinton holds her second.
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8.02.15: Diversity in the American Outdoors, Hair Removal In History, & Diamonds Aren't Forever

The National Park Service reports that only 7% of annual park visitors are African American. On today’s show, we delve into environmental and cultural history to find out why the story of the American outdoors is so white. Then, from clamshell tweezers to electrolysis, we’ll take a look at America’s history of hair removal, and what it reveals about shifting views of racial and social status. Plus, is technology killing the jewelry industry? We’ll find out why global sales of fine jewelry have been sluggish since the global recession.
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5 Things You Might Not Know About Octopuses

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Something Wild: Extirpation

There is a common misconception that wild turkeys were once extinct in New Hampshire but have since returned. Extinction is often confused with extirpation but they are actually two different concepts. Extinct refers to species no longer in existence, having no living representatives – gone everywhere. Things like the brontosaurus, which no longer occurred as of 10's of millions years ago, the wooly mammoth 10-thousand years ago, or the passenger pigeon only 10 decades ago. Extant describes...
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