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Campaigning in Exeter, O'Malley Urged to "Get Some Speed Going"

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley spent Monday campaigning in New Hampshire with stops in Manchester, Bedford and Rindge. At the RiverWoods Retirement Community in Exeter, O'Malley took questions on gun control, immigration -- and even one, from resident Monty Scharff, about how to boost his name recognition.
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New Hampshire lawmakers Wednesday overwhelmingly signed off on a joint task force charged with addressing the state’s opioid epidemic. The vote came in a special session of the Legislature.

  John Kasich, the Ohio governor and Republican presidential hopeful, stopped by NHPR's offices in Concord recently for an interview with The Exchange.

On the way up to the studio,  we caught up with Kasich (and a few new friends) — asking him, specifically, for a quick pitch on why he should be president. Here's what he had to say.

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The developers of the Balsams Resort told Coos County officials Tuesday night they hope to begin construction and renovation of the buildings on June 1st of next year.

That raises the possibility at least part of the now-closed resort could be open by the end of 2016 or early in 2017.

However, a spokesman for the developer said some other work may start earlier.

The news came during a meeting between the developers and the Coos County Planning Board to try and work out details of a long-range, multi-year concept plan.

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Lawmakers will gather at the State House in Concord Wednesday for a special session devoted solely to tackling the issue of substance abuse.

The state saw a record number of drug overdoses last year – more than 300 – and opioid, heroin, and prescription drug abuse continues to plague communities across the Granite State.

To talk about the special session, Senate President Chuck Morse of Salem joined NHPR's Morning Edition.


Dartmouth College faculty has taken an advisory vote in favor of creating an independent graduate school.

The Valley News reports college President Phil Hanlon yesterday advocated forming a School of Graduate and Advanced Studies. Faculty members approved the measure.

Hanlon says the school would help advance Dartmouth's profile in research. Arts and Sciences Dean Michael Mastanduno says the move would correct a "historical anomaly" in the college's organization.

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U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte says New Hampshire is getting more help in prosecuting drug traffickers.

Ayotte says she has secured a commitment from the Drug Enforcement Administration to create a federally-funded, full-time position in the U.S. attorney's office to enhance efforts to prosecute drug traffickers. Ayotte, a Republican, had written a letter to Department of Justice officials in October requesting funding for the position.


Concord attorney and Democratic activist Andru Volinsky  is running for the Executive Council.

After months of scrutiny for abuse and neglect, this residential facility for people with brain injuries and developmental disabilities closed. We're following up on an investigation by NHPR and the radio program Reveal about the history of the center, its connections to similar facilities nationwide - and what this means for a vulnerable population.



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With all of the recent posturing at the State House, it might be easy to assume that Gov. Maggie Hassan and Republicans in the Legislature are having trouble finding common ground on how best to tackle substance abuse. But, as lawmakers gear up for a special session devoted to New Hampshire’s opioid epidemic, that’s not necessarily the case.

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A man charged with holding a 14-year-old Conway girl captive for nine months was in court Tuesday in Laconia.

Nathaniel Kibby of Gorham is charged with 205 indictments involving multiple kidnapping and sexual assault counts.


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