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Rape Allegations Surface As Lakeview Aims For August 1 Closure

Lakeview Neurorehabilitation Center in Effingham is telling employees it plans to close as early as August 1. This comes amid new reports of a sexual assault at the facility.
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The Bookshelf: Short Story Writer Robin McLean

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The Bookshelf is NHPR's series on authors and books with ties to the Granite State. All Things Considered host Peter Biello interviews authors, covers literary events and publishing trends, and gets recommendations from each guest on what books listeners might want to add to their own bookshelves.

If you have an author or book you think we should profile on The Bookshelf, send us an email. The address is books@nhpr.org.

Friday N.H. News Roundup - July 3, 2015

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We're talking about the top news stories of the week: Chris Christie becomes the fourteenth contender in the Republican Presidential primary, and heads straight to the Granite State. New Hampshire U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte announces her plans to run for reelection in 2016.  And as of this week, Granite Staters must officially say goodbye to handheld devices in the car.

Guests:

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NHPR's Sean Hurley continues his Summer Stock series with a visit to the New London Barn Playhouse, a theater known for cultivating young talent.  The actress Laura Linney credits the Barn with her love of theater.  Broadway legend Steven Schwartz, creator of Godspell and Wicked, got his start there.  And as Sean discovered, there's even a well known NPR reporter who once graced the stage of the old Barn.

The driveway of the New London Barn Playhouse is alive with the sound of The Sound of Music sets being created.

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After officially entering the GOP presidential race in his home state of New Jersey on Tuesday, Gov. Chris Christie kicked off his campaign with a five-day trip to New Hampshire.

At a town hall event in Sandown Tuesday night, Christie told voters, "I want to be the next president of the United States and I plan to win the next election." And he's relying, in large part, on his personality to help him do that.

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If today's installment of Something Wild fell to my NH Audubon cohorts, it would be easy to feature our national symbol, the Bald Eagle--perfect for patriotic Fourth of July! Instead, "NH Forest Guy" wracks his brain to make a tree connection to our nation's birthday. All I could come up with is that bottle rockets are affixed to wooden sticks and that firecrackers and other pyrotechnics are constructed and packaged using cardboard and paper--all derived from tree. No trees? No fireworks!

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Getting ready to fire off some bottle rockets this Independence Day? You may want to check our map below first.

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It’s the busiest time of the year for Champny’s Fireworks in Bow. Deborah Colby, who owns the store, says her customers are spending anywhere from $15 to $3,000 on fireworks. Colby says some of the most popular products are the ones that used to be illegal, such as reloadable fireworks.

“They tend to be a good value and they’re very beautiful,” Colby says. “They tend to go a little higher sometimes than some of the multi-shot cakes.”

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You know summer is the perfect time for cookouts and campfires, but did you know that it's also the time to cut & split wood so it can season for winter? Do you know what to look for when you're foraging for firewood around your campsite? (Pro tip: look for long, green tinder for the perfect marshmallow roasters!)

Whether it's time to place an order or time to make s'mores, use our printable guide to firewood as a year-round reference.

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New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen is one of a dozen lawmakers from both parties calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide benefits to members of the military who survived mustard gas testing during World War II.

Recently NPR reported that the Department of Defense tested mustard gas on 60,000 US troops, often grouping them by race or ethnicity. Many survivors have been rejected for health care and other VA benefits.

Independence Day means fireworks, BBQs, flags – and, in New Hampshire, presidential politics.

The three-day weekend has lured at least eight candidates for president to the Granite State. The candidates, Republican and Democratic, will appear up and down the state, Friday through Sunday. So, if you've always wanted to discuss foreign policy with the future leader of the Free World while holding a sparkler, now might be your chance.

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Top N.H. Lawmakers Discuss State Budget Impasse

Since Governor Hassan’s budget veto last week, lawmakers have called for compromise, though there’s been little action on that front. Meanwhile, as state government continues to operate under a temporary resolution, agencies are struggling with uncertainty. We sit down with leaders from both parties to discuss the way forward.
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Salting, Squirrels, and Mock Apple Pie: Three Civil War Cooking Trends to Try at Home

2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. While many of us remember the war in terms of battles and lives lost, people of the era also had to deal with the business of everyday life, including what to have for dinner. We spoke with Helen Veit, editor of Food in the Civil War Era: the South, who explained that the Civil War changed how and what Southerners ate - and how Southern cuisine never really changed back. Here are three cooking trends from the Civil War era South that you can try in your very own kitchen.
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7.1.15: Tabloid Journalism, Oddball News, & Owls

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6.30.15: Pop Songs, The Steel Wheels & Mountain Men

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Something Wild: Banding The Peregrine Chick

Those of you who keep a close eye on the Peregrine Falcon cam in Manchester, will be well acquainted with the saga these birds have undergone. If you're not, NH Audubon's Chris Martin recorded a quick recap last year.
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Something Wild: Audubon and his Prints

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Something Wild: Ferntastic