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14 GOP Candidates (No Donald Trump) To Square Off At 'Voters First' Forum

Fourteen Republican presidential candidates are taking part in Monday night’s Voters First Forum at St. Anselm College. You can listen live to the forum on NHPR at 7 PM by clicking right here. That may sound like a lot, but organizers say it’s all about staying true to the spirit of the primary process. Media outlets in New Hampshire, Iowa, and South Carolina organized the forum in response to networks shutting out low-polling candidates in nationally-televised debates. You can hear the two-hour forum live on NHPR, starting at 7 p.m.
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Two people were killed and 15 were injured when a circus tent collapsed in Lancaster Monday night.

The Associated Press  reports Department of Safety spokesman Michael Todd confirmed the fatalities to WMUR-TV.

The incident happened at the Lancaster fairgrounds during a severe storm.

Gov. Maggie Hassan said the state's Disaster Behavioral Response Team was headed to Lancaster to assist those affected and first responders.

State police say 250 people were under the tent when it collapsed.


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More details on the proposed redevelopment of the Balsams Resort in the North Country are available as developers seek a zoning change in the North Country.

The new Balsams resort would start with 4,600 “dwelling units” ranging from hotel rooms to condos.

Its core would be called the Balsams Lake Village and would be anchored around the historic Dix and Hampshire houses, which would be “largely preserved.” The village would include shops and restaurants.

Governor Maggie Hassan and Senator Jeanne Shaheen gathered with law enforcement officials in Laconia Monday to push for more funding for substance abuse treatment and prevention. The group says politics is standing in the way of progress in confronting the city’s heroin epidemic.

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign has successfully attracted thousands of enthusiastic volunteers. The challenge now is to translate that enthusiasm into success at the polls in early-voting states like New Hampshire.


Police and judicial officials are joining Gov. Maggie Hassan and U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen to address cooperation at the federal, state and local levels to deal with heroin and opioid abuse in New Hampshire.

They've scheduled a Monday morning news conference in Laconia with a focus on funding prevention and treatment programs in the federal and state budgets.


University of New Hampshire researchers say the program known for years as food stamps has declined slightly in recent years, but remains an important support for people at risk for food insecurity and hunger.

The research by the Carsey School of Public Policy shows the decline from 13.6 percent to 13.5 percent between 2012 and 2013 in the use of Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. This was the first decrease since the recession began in 2007.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton is airing the first television ads of her presidential race.

The $2 million ad buys start on Tuesday and run in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. They focus on Clinton's work on behalf of families and relationship with her late mother— central themes of her early campaign.

The ads are an effort by her campaign to reintroduce Clinton to voters as a progressive fighter who understands the struggles of average Americans.

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  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.

"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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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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