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Despite Risks, High Rate of Opioid Prescriptions For People With Mental Health Conditions

During the last 15 years, the number of opioids sold in this country has quadrupled, contributing to an epidemic of addiction and overdose that has ravaged communities in New Hampshire and across the country.

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We may be hearing a lot about bees this week. It's national pollinator week - a chance to talk about the important role pollinators play in agriculture and the environment. And in New Hampshire, several organizations are planning events

As the populations of pollinators decline, national organizations like the Pollinator Partnership are working to raise awareness about the bats, bees, and butterflies that pollinate our crops.

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The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Carroll, Sullivan, Grafton, Belknap, and Merrimack Counties.

It has also issued a flash flood warning for Grafton, Hillsboro, Belknap, Merrimack, Sullivan, Cheshire, and Carroll Counties.

The weather will clear for tomorrow, with partly cloudy skies in southern New Hampshire, and scattered storms in the North Country. 

Highs tomorrow will be in the low 80s.

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It’s been 60 years since workers inside a New Hampshire textile mill began getting sick with a mysterious illness. Over a ten week period, four of these mill workers would die, sparking a massive public health investigation.

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In their new headquarters inside what used to be Manchester’s police station, the staff at Serenity Place pack three or four workspaces into a single office, with more desks lining some of the hallways. Old police interrogation rooms have been converted to counseling spaces.

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Officials have uncovered what’s being described as a puppy mill in a mansion in the town of Wolfeboro.

Eighty-four Great Danes were discovered as part of a raid carried out Friday. Investigators say the dogs were living in squalid conditions.

The owner of the house – Christina Fay – was arrested and charged with two misdemeanor counts of animal neglect. She’s free on bail and will be arraigned in August.

Lindsay Hamrick is New Hampshire state director of the Humane Society of the United States, and was part of the team that carried out this rescue operation.

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New Hampshire ski resorts have reported a strong season for last winter, with a 33 percent increase in snow sports visits over last year's visits.

Alpine skier and rider visits totaled 2,104,298, nearly 30 percent higher than last season, while total cross-country skier visits were up 80 percent, to 133,621.

Snow tubing visits hit 119,690, which is the third best year since Ski New Hampshire started keeping records, 20 years ago. Tubing saw an 82 percent jump over the previous season.

An increasing number of organ donations in New Hampshire are coming from people who have died of overdoses.

New England Donor Services says in 2016, 92 organ donors had died of a drug overdose. WMUR-TV reports  the percentage of organ donors who were overdose victims rose from 4 percent to 27 percent in a five-year timespan.

About a third of donors are overdose victims in New Hampshire.

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River Valley Community College, based in Claremont, is launching two new programs in computer science and information technology. The move is an attempt by the college to better tailor its offerings to the needs of local employers. 

"There are actually companies that are very, very concerned about not finding the right talent in the state," said Ali Rafieymehr, interim president and vice president of academic affairs at RVCC.

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In its 94th year, the Laconia Motorcycle Week prides itself on being the world’s oldest motorcycle rally. As the rally ages, however, so too has its main demographic. But health-related organizations are seeing a silver lining in this shift — and are seizing on this new chance to reach aging bikers in their element.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: June 16, 2017

Jun 16, 2017

N.H. House and Senate negotiators reach a deal on the $11.7 billion budget this week but the spending plan is facing pushback from both sides of the aisle ahead of next week's full vote. At a hearing on the Northern Pass project, opponents show up in force. And bears continue to make news in the Granite State. 


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