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Maura Sullivan is the latest Democrat to enter the contest to replace Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter.

Standardized tests scores for New Hampshire students are down slightly from last year.

According to the results for the Smarter Balanced tests released today, there was a 3 percent drop in the number of students in grades 3 - 8 proficient in English Language Arts compared to last year. In math, there was 2 percent drop.

Meanwhile, New Hampshire 11th graders taking the SAT showed a slight improvement in math scores.

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If you plan to do any open burning this fall – state officials are asking that you first check with your local fire warden.

Doug Miner, with the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Land, says the season’s changing temperatures and particularly dry conditions are keeping fire risks high - even when there are rainy days.

"Even though they are saturated in the morning if we have a windy day with ample sunlight those grasses and small sticks and leaf litter can actually be dried out in an hour and be available to ignite again.”

There may be inertia among some New Hampshire employers when it comes to hiring people with disabilities.

Andrew Houtenville is director of research at the Institute on Disability at UNH. He spoke on NHPR's The Exchange about the challenges those with disabilities face when searching for work.

“I think there’s a lot of inertia,” he says, in terms of employers reaching out to new networks.

The labor market may magnify the issue. New Hampshire's employment rate is one of the lowest in the nation, at 2.7 percent.

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Governor Chris Sununu is asking the President not to deport a group of Indonesians who’ve been living in Dover since the late 1990s.

The deportations are currently on hold, pending the ruling of a federal judge in Boston.

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Former New Hampshire state Supreme Court Justice John Broderick, who is part of a mental health awareness initiative, is teaming up with Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut to address a high school in their first joint appearance.

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After years, even decades of trailing behind the rest of the state, Coos County may be headed in a better economic direction.

New numbers from the American Community Survey, which is released each year by the U.S. Census Bureau, puts the percent of people living in poverty in Coos last year at 11.7%. 

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A new term at the U.S. Supreme Court opens with some long-standing debates.  The high court began its legal season on October 1st: major issues include the drawing of political boundaries, called gerrymandering.  Other cases involve digital privacy, and religious freedom. 

NPR has a comprehensive discussion of many of these cases, found here

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The former Daniel Webster College campus in Nashua was sold Monday for  nearly $12 million. That’s about half of the property’s recently assessed value.

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Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist who has declared war on establishment Republicans, will speak to a conservative GOP group in New Hampshire early next month.

Bannon left the Trump administration after a controversial stint that included allegations he was behind leaks.

The 603 Alliance announced that Bannon will share his Washington insights and perspectives on 2018.

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