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What Drives Maggie Hassan? Her Father's Story May Provide Clues

When Governor Maggie Hassan talks about why she got into politics her explanation tends to center on her son, Ben. “Right after he was born Tom and I learned that Ben had severe and pervasive physical disabilities.” Less emphasized is the role of her father, Robert Wood, a pioneering academic and who held top government jobs -- and even considered his own run for United States Senate in Massachusetts.
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New Hampshire’s drug czar on Wednesday released his recommendations for how the state should continue to address the opioid crisis.

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The N.H. Executive Council yet again delayed voting on a $36 million staffing contract with Dartmouth-Hitchcock to provide psychiatric services at the state hospital.

New Hampshire Public Radio is excited to partner with The Farmers Dinner to present an evening celebrating great local food and great local radio. Join hosts Laura Knoy, Virginia Prescott, and Sam Evans-Brown at Gould Hill Farm in Contoocook for a delicious farm to table dinner to celebrate NHPR’s 35 years on the air.

The evening will begin at 6pm in the historic 1810 Post and Beam barn at Gould Hill. Guests will enjoy delicious appetizers and great 80 mile views. Dinner will be comprised of 5 courses with ingredients sourced directly from local farms around New Hampshire.

It’s official; the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge that connects Portsmouth, New Hampshire to Kittery, Maine is now permanently closed to motorists. The closure is the result of a mechanical failure that occured on Sunday, just ten weeks before the bridge was scheduled to permanently close in order to make way for its replacement, currently under construction.

Bill Boynton is with the state Department of Transportation.

“It pushed up the closing date. A 76-year-old bridge that certainly served both states well but had reached the end of its life.”

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The state’s Department of Environmental Services is going through the public comments as it weighs how much of the contaminants PFOA and PFOS to allow in drinking water in the state. These are the chemicals that have contaminated wells in Southern NH, on the former Pease Air Force Base, and countless other locations around the country and the world. 

The state is offering free admission into any of its 29 day-use parks Thursday.

The state Division of Parks and Recreation is waiving admission to the parks tomorrow in celebration of the National Park Service's 100-year anniversary.

Visitors to the parks only need to say "Happy Birthday" to the park staff and the entire vehicle will get in free.

You can find the full list of participating state parks here

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Donald Trump will be back in New Hampshire Thursday.

The Republican presidential nominee is scheduled to hold a campaign rally at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester at 1 p.m. This will be his second trip to the state this month.

His visit comes after a major campaign shakeup: Trump last week named Breitbart CEO Steve Bannon as his campaign CEO, and promoted pollster Kellyanne Conway to campaign manager.

Campaign chairman Paul Manafort also stepped down.

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Kelly Link is one of a handful of writers to manage to be wondrous, fantastical and ominous at the same time. As Kirkus says, her work is “like Kafka hosting Saturday Night Live, mixing humor with existential dread.” Her most recent collection, Get in Trouble, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction.  She and her husband manage Small Beer Press.

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Six years is barely the blink of an eye for the White Mountains, which have defined New Hampshire’s landscape for more than a hundred million years. But to a father, six years can feel like a lifetime - as NHPR’s Sean Hurley discovered while hiking recently with his son.


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The Executive Council Wednesday is scheduled to vote on a more than $36 million contract with Dartmouth-Hitchcock to provide psychiatric services at New Hampshire Hospital. The decision of whether to extend this contract has been delayed for months due to ongoing labor disputes. 

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