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As Winter Looms, Eversource Looks to Improve Outage Response

A year ago, Thanksgiving dinners throughout New Hampshire were thrown into chaos by a surprise snowstorm that knocked out power to more than a third of the state.
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The director of the Veterans Administration Hospital in White River Junction, Vermont is has been assigned to the Phoenix, Arizona VA Health Care System.

Deborah Amdur will take over as leader in Phoenix on December 13th.

Phoenix VA hospitals made headlines in 2014 when it was discovered that VA staff manipulated records to show that wait times for care were shorter than they actually were.

Police officials say the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council, responsible for training every law enforcement officer in the state, is in "financial crisis."

Capt. Benjamin R. Jean, PSTC support bureau commander, tells The Portsmouth Herald that there are two main reasons for the council's dire financial state.

First, Jean says, was the removal of millions of dollars from the PSTC's budget to put toward the state's general fund.

For those who like to try new recipes at Thanksgiving, let Clay Dunn and Zach Patton be your guides. They're the couple behind the food blog, The Bitten Word, and every year before the holiday, they scan 10 leading food magazines to identify recipe trends.

Residents in western New Hampshire are concerned that an investment in new fossil fuel infrastructure could affect environmental issues in the region.

The state Public Utilities Commission is considering bids from two utility companies - Valley Green and Liberty Utilities - that want to provide natural gas to customers in Lebanon and Hanover. The Valley News reports that both proposals would truck in natural gas to a Lebanon depot and distribute it to customers through an underground distribution pipeline.

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U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is proposing $600 million in emergency funding to address the nation's opioid and heroin abuse crisis.

The bulk of the money would go to the Department of Health and Human Services, including $250 million that would be distributed to states as block grants for prevention, treatment and recovery programs. Another $200 million would go to the Department of Justice for grants that fund programs focused on law enforcement, courts and education.

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NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers joins Morning Edition to talk about the politics to watch in the upcoming week. 

So Josh, in the wake of the Paris attacks just about every presidential candidate was on record weighing in on how to deal with ISIS, and on whether or not the U.S should continue taking refugees from Syria. But the person what may have made the most news in New Hampshire on that front was Governor Maggie Hassan.

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New Hampshire's Catholic bishop says the state can resettle refugees while keeping residents safe from potential terrorists. 

<>In a statement Friday, Bishop Peter Libasci said the Diocese of Manchester stands ready to help Syrians fleeing violence. He said while security concerns are understandable in the wake of recent attacks, including the mass killings in Paris, New Hampshire residents should learn more about the screening process for refugees and quote "to consider the stories of the persecution these poor souls have suffered."

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Another set of housing data shows a rise in New Hampshire home sales in October. The latest New England Housing Report from RE/MAX INTEGRA showed there were 1,979 home sales in the state last month.

That number was more than 8 percent higher than the 1,819 sold in October 2014.

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Republican Chris Christie says New Hampshire voters should consider his experience and decisiveness as governor in choosing the next commander in chief. 

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Two presidential hopefuls, both stressing their experience to voters, are on the campaign trail today in New Hampshire.


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