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Drug Overdose, On The Rise, Cropping Up As Campaign Issue

As presidential candidates visit the early caucus and primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire, they're hearing about heroin and meth. Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than traffic accidents. And, in many places, there's a growing acceptance that this isn't just a problem for other people.New Hampshire is in the throes of a crisis. Last year more than 300 people in the small state died of drug overdoses. Mostly opiods like oxycontin and heroin.On a recent morning at the Farnum Center, a...
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U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen are inviting New Hampshire veterans to attend a forum at Saint Anselm College to discuss the Veterans Choice Card program.

The card provides "backup" care if a veteran cannot be seen by a Veterans Affairs facility in 30 days or if the VA's closest medical facility is challenging to access. In situations like this, Veterans are eligible to receive care outside of the VA.

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Former technology executive Carly Fiorina is returning to New Hampshire as she campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination.

Fiorina, the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard Co., is speaking at the President's Circle Leadership Forum at Rivier University on Tuesday. Following that event in Nashua, she'll head to a luncheon hosted by the Derry GOP and a house party in Bedford.

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  A report on bipartisanship in Congress finds Senators from New Hampshire and Maine among the most likely to work with members of the other party. 

The only two Republican Senators from New England scored high on the Bipartisan Index put out by the Lugar Center and Georgetown University

Maine's Susan Collins was ranked most likely to reach across the aisle, with New Hampshire's Kelly Ayotte seventh.

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New Hampshire’s US senators are holding a forum Tuesday afternoon to discuss the Veterans Administration’s new Choice Card program.

The program, established in the overhaul of the VA in 2014, allows veterans to use private medical providers if their VA center is too busy or too far away. The latter has been an issue in New Hampshire, a state in which the VA has facilities but no full-service hospital.

  The biggest motorcycle rally in the Northeast kicks off in New Hampshire in two weeks, and law enforcement officials and organizers say they anticipate no repercussions from this month's deadly shootout between rival motorcycle gangs in Waco, Texas. 

Laconia Motorcycle Week runs from June 13 to 21. It left its raunchier and riot-scarred days in the dust more than a decade ago. Today, it draws hundreds of thousands of bikers and revelers to the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee _ boosting the local and state economy. 

Remembering The "Ghost Army" Of World War II

May 25, 2015
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New Hampshire Representative Ann McLane Kuster has introduced a bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the “Ghost Army.” During World War II, the Ghost Army diverted enemy attention by deploying inflatable military vehicles and using radio trickery and other deceptive tactics. 

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  The number of uninsured people showing up in New Hampshire emergency rooms continues to drop _ a trend hospital officials attribute to the state's expanded Medicaid program. 

Under the plan lawmakers passed last year, adults making less than 138 percent of the federal poverty limit _ about $15,900 a year _ are eligible for Medicaid. More than 39,000 have signed up since enrollment began July 1. 

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  With more time and money at their disposal, Senate budget writers are crafting a two-year state spending plan that restores many of the cuts made by their House counterparts. 

Downtown Portsmouth.
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  Police in Portsmouth say they’re investigating what may be another heroin-related death.

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The president of the New Hampshire Senate says he expects the process of writing a new two-year state budget to continue for more than a month.

Republican Chuck Morse of Salem spoke on WMUR-TV’s “Close Up” this weekend. While the Senate is looking to pass its version of the budget by June 4, lawmakers must send the governor a final budget by the end of June. 

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Things You Should Know About Ticks

Once again, tick season is upon us, and the risk of tick bites and tick-borne infection is high.Originally created in 2014, we have updated the graphic below to represent the latest statistics we have on confirmed cases of Lyme disease. Read through to learn more about ticks, the infections they can carry, and how to prevent being infected yourself.
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Friday N.H. News Roundup - May 29, 2015

This week in New Hampshire news: budget votes, business taxes, and bipartisan rankings. The senate finance committee approved an 11.4 billion dollar budget, restoring money to social services that house members had cut from the governor’s proposal. Democrats decried the plan for shortchanging critical programs, while cutting taxes for businesses. In 2016 news, Vermont’s Senator Bernie Sanders launched his campaign in Burlington and headed straight for New Hampshire, and former New York...
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Word Of Mouth

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Writers On A New England Stage: Sue Monk Kidd

On today’s show, it’s Writers on a New England Stage with Sue Monk Kidd, recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. The author of The Secret Life of Bees explores the roots of American racism with The Invention of Wings, a novel about the unlikely alliance between a southern woman and a slave.
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Something Wild

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Something Wild: Ferntastic

Biologists like to talk about crocodiles, cassowaries, even chickens as being descendants of the dinosaurs. But in your back yard is likely something that can trace its ancestry to before the dinosaurs, some 360 million years ago. We’re talking about Ferns!
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