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Digital Divide: Some N.H. Schools Are Not Up To Speed for Online Learning

A new report shows New Hampshire has made big strides in connecting public schools to broadband Internet. But there are some districts in the state who lack access.

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Earlier this year, Keith Howard stepped down as executive director of Liberty House, a transitional living facility for formerly homeless veterans.  And he started something new.

Howard now lives at a converted hunting camp in northern New Hampshire, on the grounds of Warriors at 45 North, where he's going to run writing retreats for veterans.  Howard himself lives in what he calls the Tiny White Box. I went to visit him there. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: September 15, 2017

Sep 15, 2017

It's not primary season, but voting issues are top of mind in New Hampshire lately with the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity meeting in Manchester this week.  The voting law known as SB3 faces  its first test in a special election in Belknap County.  And Claremont grapples with race-based tension after a report of an alleged lynching attack on an eight-year-old biracial boy.  

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The family of an eight year-old Claremont, N.H. boy is calling into question the police department’s initial handling of an incident they say was a racially motivated lynching attack.

The state attorney general's office is now assisting Claremont investigators with their work.

  Manchester will get nearly half a million dollars from the state to help police investigate opioid-related drug use and trafficking.

The money is part of a $1.2 million contract between the Division of State Police and local law enforcement agencies.

The funding targets some of the state’s larger cities. The agreement includes $261,767 for Nashua, $62,551 for Concord, $50,000 for Laconia, and $32,000 for Portsmouth. The money will support investigative work, such as overtime expenses.

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The town of Hampton is taking the state to court. Officials there want the town reimbursed for services it provides at the state owned beach.

Local and state officials have long disagreed about exactly who is responsible for what at Hampton Beach, which is in the town of Hampton but owned and operated by the state.

The New Hampshire Democratic Party is gathering Saturday in Manchester for its mid-term state convention.

Party chairman Ray Buckley says a big part of the event will focus on training what he says is a new generation of Democrats.

“In the off-year conventions it’s a great opportunity for Democrats across the state to gather, to exchange skills, and learn the abilities to expand our grassroots operation.”

The event is being held at Manchester’s Memorial High School.

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This weekend, the music of composer Amy Beach will echo throughout UNH’s campus during a two-day event timed to celebrate her 150th birthday.

Beach, who was born in Henniker in 1867, is often referred to as ‘the Dean of American Women Composers.’ At a time when women were often limited to writing parlor songs and other light fare, UNH Professor Peggy Vagts says Beach was a trailblazer, composing complicated, bold music.

“She took on really major works. She wrote a mass, wrote a symphony. She was the first American woman to do that,” says Vagts.

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Ziggy, Ana, Ivy and Tuxedo, along with some of their animal buddies, were all up for adoption in Florida before the storm. 

But as families impacted by Hurricane Irma were forced to give up their pets, and other animals were abandoned, the shelters in the storm’s path became overwhelmed.

And so, 10 dogs and 32 cats boarded a plane bound for New Hampshire.

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The problem with most nature museums is that they’re too neat.

Everything is carefully labeled and preserved, enclosed in glass cases or behind various barriers. It’s all very nice and scientific, but it’s not what nature is like. Nature is messy.

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Electric vehicle enthusiasts are gathering around New Hampshire this weekend for National Drive Electric Week.

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