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For Trump's N.H. Inner Circle, a Day to Celebrate Candidate's Improbable Rise

Donald Trump laid out his vision to Republicans and the nation Thursday night as he accepted his party’s nomination. For New Hampshire delegates loyal to Trump, Thursday was a chance to celebrate their candidate, their own improbable rise, and thumb their nose at elements of their party who doubted Trump. For many delegates who didn’t back Trump, it was a time to reassess.
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New Hampshire’s medical marijuana program finally got off the ground in April, with the opening of the state’s first cannabis treatment center. Three of the four state-licensed dispensaries are now operating, and more than 1,100 people with serious illnesses are approved to use the drug.

But many, if not most, of the New Hampshire residents who could potentially benefit from medical marijuana won’t be able to legally obtain it.

As Donald Trump had promised, there were surprises Monday night at the opening of his personally programmed Republican National Convention — and some of them might have surprised even him.

Let's take a quick look at what went right and what did not:

The big hits of the night were former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Melania Trump. Their speeches were polar opposites but each lit up the convention hall. Yet each was marred as well.

Moocall

Students at the University of New Hampshire are using a device called “Moocall” to monitor pregnant cows at night. The technology was developed in Ireland in 2015; UNH is one of two universities in the States to use the sensor for agricultural research. 

The sensor attaches to the cow’s tail and records movements that coincide with birthing contractions. When things start getting serious, the sensor sends a text message to the researcher, who can run into the field to help the cow give birth.

Chaos erupted on the floor on the first day of the Republican National Committee in Cleveland, as forces opposed to Donald Trump tried — and failed — to make one last stand.

Arkansas Rep. Steve Womack brought up the Rules Committee report, which would keep delegates bound to Trump. Anti-Trump forces began shouting and wanting a roll call vote in a last-ditch effort to unbind GOP delegates and let them vote their "conscience."

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Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard's uninhibited style has landed him in the spotlight recently. He’s been outspoken about the state's opioid crisis and has weighed in on political campaign disputes.

Most recently, he’s taken heat for comments about policing and race. But those who work with Willard say his actions often speak better than his words. 

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Alcohol is big business in New Hampshire. Last year, profits from state-owned liquor stores added about 150 million dollars to the general fund. But it’s rare that this important industry meets together as a whole.

You might think with an industry so important to public and private interests; the different players would get together every once in a while to chat.

Van McLeod, commissioner of the state Department of Cultural Resources, has died.

McLeod, 70, was serving his sixth term as head of the department, which he led for 24 years. He was the longest-tenured state agency head currently serving.

No details are available on what caused his death.

In a statement, Gov. Maggie Hassan described McLeod as a "steadfast steward of our cultural and historic resources in the Granite State."

NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers is reporting this week from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

NPR also has a team of reporters on the ground.

Check this page frequently for updates, stories, photos, and to listen to live streaming coverage from the convention presented by NPR.

Click here for the live stream, which will broadcast coverage each day from 8 PM to 11 PM EST.

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On the Political Front is our occasional check-in with NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers.

 

The New Hampshire Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a fire that tore through a multi-story apartment building and displaced dozens of people in Nashua.

WMUR-TV reports that the fire was reported just after 5 p.m. Sunday. It took crews more than an hour to contain the flames.

Firefighters say people living in all 36 units of the building are homeless. Two firefighters were hospitalized with heat-related injuries. No residents were hurt.

The fire was reported as a grill fire, but officials say the official cause is under investigation.

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