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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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As a New Hampshire facility for people with brain injuries and developmental disabilities prepares to close after months of scrutiny over allegations of abuse, the families of the people who live there are scrambling to find new placements for their loved ones.

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Democrat Martin O’Malley is campaigning in New Hampshire’s North Country this morning, meeting with a group of Democrats in Berlin.

The former Maryland Governor says while he polls at just five percent in New Hampshire in a new NBC News/Marist College survey, he says that’s up from the one percent he had when he launched his campaign. “It’s my hope that if we continue to meet more and more people and make our case for an economy that works again for all of us, where wages go up instead of down, we’ll garner another five percent in the next forty days,” O'Malley says.

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul took a diagonal path from West Lebanon to Windham this weekend, making six stops in 36 hours. Tilton was his second-to-last stop of the day on Saturday.

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Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum made his first visit to New Hampshire this afternoon since announcing his candidacy nearly two months ago. 

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A growing majority of Granite Staters support loosening state laws on marijuana, according to a survey from WMUR and the University of New Hampshire.

Sixty percent of residents support legalizing marijuana. That’s up from 54 percent a year ago. Support is strongest among liberals, younger adults and non-churchgoers.

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 Home sale prices and median home prices both rose in June compared to the same month in 2014. That’s according to a new housing report from RE/MAX INTEGRA New England and another from the New Hampshire Association of Realtors. 

NHAR president Maxine Goodhue says while overall home inventory is up as well, the market still slightly favors buyers, judging by the length of time it takes to sell a home. 

“The ones that really present well and are desirable are selling very quickly,” Goodhue says. “The ones that are more unique are sitting a little bit longer.”

Politicians are always looking to get their name in the newspaper -- provided that it actually is their name.

A Laconia Daily Sun headline was at least half correct in reporting which GOP presidential candidate has plans to be in Tilton Saturday.

It is, of course, Rand Paul who will be in the state this weekend, rather than his father, three-time presidential hopeful and former Texas congressman Ron Paul. 

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The Bookshelf is NHPR's series on authors and books with ties to the Granite State. All Things Considered features 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. 

The number of health insurers in New Hampshire shrank by one this morning with the news that the state’s two largest players, Anthem and Cigna, have agreed to merge in a deal worth more than $48 billion.

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Former Pennsylvania Senator and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum makes his first trip to the Granite State today after making his campaign official nearly two months ago.

Santorum will hold a town hall meeting at the New England College office in downtown Concord at 2, followed by another town hall meeting at the Weare Town Hall at 6:30.

Since announcing his second bid for president in May, Santorum has focused most of his attention on the more socially-conservative early voting state of Iowa.

Santorum won the Iowa caucus in 2012.

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