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In Fight Against Opioids, State Looks to Expand Programs Aimed at Pregnant Women

New Hampshire health officials decided to prioritize a specific demographic this year when allocating scarce federal funds toward the opioid epidemic: pregnant and newly post-partum women. The choice reflects stark statistics both in New Hampshire and across the country.

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Administrators and lawmakers continue to discuss safety in the classroom after another school shooting took place earlier this month. This time it was in Santa Fe, Texas. 

Educator John Shea will take over as principal of Somersworth High School in July. He's asked Governor Chris Sununu and his task force on school safety to make sure to include discussions of gun regulation during their meetings.

(Editor's note: this transcript has been edited lightly for clarity.)

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President Donald Trump says North Korea's leader should not "hesitate to call me or write" if he changes his mind about their now-canceled summit.

Trump announced Thursday that he had canceled a summit planned with Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12.

Trump released a letter to Kim saying his decision was based on "the tremendous anger and open hostility" in Kim's most recent statement. Trump did not explain what triggered his decision.

 

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Southern New Hampshire residents had a lot of questions for Liberty Utilities Wednesday night at the public unveiling of a proposed natural gas pipeline.

The project is called the Granite Bridge. It would be buried along Route 101 between Stratham and Manchester, with a large liquefied natural gas storage tank in Epping.

Liberty says it needs the 27-mile, $340-million project to meet growing demand and expand natural gas service for commercial, industrial and residential customers.

Britta Greene / NHPR

New Hampshire health officials decided to prioritize a specific demographic this year when allocating scarce federal funds toward the opioid epidemic: pregnant and newly post-partum women.

The choice reflects stark statistics both in New Hampshire and across the country. 

Annie Ropeik / NHPR

The Northern Pass power line proposal returns before state regulators Thursday. NHPR's Annie Ropeik has more on what a recent court ruling could mean for the project's appeal.


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Companies attempting to grow human organs will be exempt from paying two state business taxes for the next 10 years after a measure easily cleared both the New Hampshire House and Senate on Wednesday.

The bill comes in the wake of the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute, a Manchester-based non-profit created by inventor Dean Kamen, receiving an $80 million grant last year from the U.S Department of Defense.

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Bill Kristol, the founder and editor-at-large of The Weekly Standard, visited the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College today to speak at the traditional "Politics & Eggs" event. The conservative leader does have his sights set on 2020—he just wants someone else, someone formidable, to take on President Trump. 

Kristol joined All Things Considered host Peter Biello to further discuss this administration, the mid-term elections, and the next presidential election. 

(The transcript below as lightly edited for clarity.)  

HUD

  New Hampshire housing authorities across the state are set to receive a total of $7.9 million in U.S. Housing and Urban Development funds.

 

HUD says the yearly Capital Fund Allocations will go toward large-scale improvements like roof repairs and upgrades to electrical systems at properties overseen by public housing agencies.

 

Liberty Utilities' natural gas pipeline proposal gets its first close-up with the public tonight in Epping.

The company will hold an open house to answer questions about the project, known as Granite Bridge.  

The 27-mile proposed pipeline would run underground along Route 101 from Stratham to Manchester. Liberty also wants to build a liquefied natural gas storage facility in an empty quarry in Epping.

Wednesday’s open house marks the start of public input on the project, as Liberty works to get Granite Bridge approved.

The Exchange

The Exchange: In-Depth:  It's only in recent years that New Hampshire has begun to seriously address the mental health needs of children. Under a 2016 law, the state is supposed to provide a more coordinated system to help children with mental health needs that have been intensified by the opioid crisis and a troubled DCYF system. Suicide remains a top cause of death for N.H. teens.

Schools are now playing a major role in helping to identify problems -- using "trauma-informed" techniques to help children cope with psychological stress and challenges that can interfere with academics and learning.   

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