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N.H.'s Civic Health Could Use a Boost

As hosts of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, Granite Staters often claim a reputation for political sophistication and civic engagement. But a new report finds that relatively few residents are politically involved and, when Election Day rolls around, they are more likely to accept the status quo and stay home rather than cast a ballot.
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A man convicted of killing an 18-year-old New Hampshire woman more than four decades won't get a new trial.

Seventy-seven-year-old Robert Breest claims he was wrongly convicted of beating Susan Randall to death and tossing her partially nude body onto the frozen Merrimack River in Concord in February 1971. He has tried to clear his name through DNA testing as technology and collection methods improved, but a Merrimack County Superior Court judge this week rejected his latest request for a new trial.

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The lawyer for a New Hampshire prep school graduate accused of sexually assaulting a freshman last year says they plan to go to trial.

The Concord Monitor reports 19-year-old Owen Labrie, of Tunbridge, Vermont, is scheduled for a pretrial hearing Friday in Merrimack County Superior Court.

It's his last chance to strike a plea bargain with prosecutors.

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Breastfeeding advocates will rally on the State House lawn in Concord to promote the benefits of breastfeeding and the importance of workplace policies that support breastfeeding mothers.

The event on Friday morning kicks off World Breastfeeding Week.

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A southwestern New Hampshire organization is getting a $350,000 economic development grant from the parent company of Vermont Yankee to benefit communities affected by the closure of the nuclear power plant.

Monadnock Economic Development Corp. applied for the grant from the Entergy Charitable Foundation, which presented it Thursday.

About 200 New Hampshire residents were employed by Vermont Yankee, which stopped making power in December.

The grant will benefit areas such as Chesterfield, Hinsdale, Keene, Swanzey and Winchester.

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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.

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The resurrection of the closed Balsams Resort in the North Country got past a critical hurdle Thursday as state officials approved a request to take water from the Androscoggin River for snowmaking.

The Department of Environmental Services report said the Balsams’ developers could take about 22 million gallons of water a day and pump it about nine miles to the resort.

The economy is always a key issue in presidential campaigns.

But whose economy are we talking about? Many millennial voters are underemployed and crushed under thousands of dollars of student debt.

And perhaps nowhere is the problem more acute than in New Hampshire.

Seventy-six percent of the class of 2013 had loans. On average, each New Hampshire student was carrying $32,795 of debt, according to The Project on Student Debt. It's the nation's biggest student loan debt burden.

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In 2012, the New Hampshire Mushroom Company was producing two hundred pounds of mushrooms a week in their 5000 square foot farm-warehouse in Tamworth - and struggling to sell them.  Three years later, with seven full-time employees, the farm can't keep up with the demand, selling out their weekly stock of 1,200 pounds of edible fungus usually within 24 hours. 

Dennis Chesley, part owner of the New Hampshire Mushroom Company, says there's very little gray area when it comes to mushrooms.  It's either love or hate -

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The president of the University of New Hampshire says he’s troubled by a guide found on the school’s website that referred to the term “American” as politically incorrect.

In a statement, President Mark Huddleston says he’s among those offended by the bias-free language guide, which has since been removed from its website.

The guide discourages use of the term “American,” and suggests instead saying, “U.S. citizen” or “resident of the U.S.”

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New Hampshire Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen says she’ll vote against legislation to defund Planned Parenthood.

Speaking on the Senate floor Wednesday, Senator Shaheen says stripping Planned Parenthood of more than $500 million in federal funding would make it harder for millions of women, including 12,000 in New Hampshire, to get the health care they need.

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Why You Should Know About New Hampshire Governor John Winant

He was governor of New Hampshire, the first head of the Social Security Administration, and U.S. ambassador to Great Britain during World War II. Yet John Gilbert Winant remains little known among Americans. We unearth the history of this unsung Granite Stater and hear about an effort to memorialize his contributions.
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5 Things You Might Not Know About Octopuses

The mighty octopus features heavily in science fiction stories, playing the part of creepy creature from the deep, from H.P. Lovecraft’s octopus/dragon/man hybrid Cthulhu to the mass of tentacles described by H.G. Wells in his short story "The Sea Raiders":
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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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