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New Jersey Governor and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie visited Manchester on Wednesday to answer audience questions at the Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security Forum.

New Hampshire Democrats are set to take up a question several other state parties have considered in recent weeks: should the party rename its annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner?

Spokesperson Lizzy Price says state party chair Ray Buckley brought the question to the party's executive committee, which referred it to another panel. That committee, Price says, will "discuss the issue and offer any recommendations back to the executive committee."

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President Obama signed into law Tuesday a bill that would make it easier for veterans to start businesses with loans from the Small Business Administration.

The bill would waive fees for veterans starting up new businesses with SBA loans—which New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen says will help veterans get started.

"This is bipartisan legislation," Shaheen says. "I introduced it in the last Congress and we reintroduced it. It got support in the House. And I’m very happy the President signed it quickly into law."

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You’ve heard of open source software. Linux is perhaps the best-known example. But what about open source hardware? It’s not a new idea, but it’s now in New Hampshire proving itself valuable to one of the town of Merrimack’s biggest employers. David Brooks, a columnist for the Nashua Telegraph and writer at Granite Geek.org, spoke with NHPR's Peter Biello.

David, for the uninitiated, tell us: What is open source hardware?

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The New Hampshire Employment Security Agency is hosting a job fair in North Haverhill on Thursday.

It's going to be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Haverhill Town Office.

New Hampshire's unemployment rate held steady in June at 3.8 percent. That's down from 4.3 percent in the same month last year, and is lower than the national June average of 5.3 percent.

A variety of employers are expected to attend the job fair, representing such fields as health care, veterans resources, staffing agencies, manufacturing, government, and others.

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New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte is heading a subcommittee hearing that will focus on best practices at shipyards.

The hearing before the Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee on Wednesday will look at new training techniques, efficiency initiatives, management and labor cooperation, apprentice programs and the role of shipyards in sustaining naval readiness.

Ayotte invited Paul O'Connor to testify. He's the president of the Metal Trades Council at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

The council represents 2,500 tradesmen and women at the shipyard.

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a couple who attempted to sue Pat's Peak Ski Resort over a chairlift fall, but whose complaint was dismissed for failing to give proper notice.

The court reversed a judge's decision Tuesday and sent the case back for further action.

Deborah and Matthew Hogan reported injuries Feb. 4, 2012. They sent notice to the resort by certified return receipt mail on May 3, 2012, that they retained a lawyer. The resort got it May 10.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is chiding his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination for speaking in slogans rather than offering specifics on policies they'd pursue if elected to the White House.

At a town hall meeting in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Christie said that talk of making America great may sound good. But, he says, "Where's the beef?"

Christie's remarks came during his 15th town hall in the early voting state. Performing well in the New Hampshire primary is seen as crucial to Christie's presidential hopes.

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Sixteen New Hampshire nonprofits will receive funding in the form of tax credits from the Community Development Finance Authority. The tax credits total $5.5 million.

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Manchester's police chief is hosting a forum Tuesday night for the public to talk about the city's heroin epidemic.

Chief Nick Willard will be one of seven panel members at the forum at the Radisson Hotel from 5 to 7 p.m.

Manchester police Lt. Brian O’Keefe says drug activity in the city continues to surge at an alarming rate.

“We’re well over I believe 47 deaths since Jan. 1,” he said. “In addition to that, we have responded to probably well over 250 overdose-related calls since Jan. 1. The numbers are staggering in the city.”

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Gym company Planet Fitness has started its initial public offering.

The Newington, New Hampshire-based workout center chain announced 13,500,000 shares of its Class A common stock Monday.

The company says underwriters will have a 30-day option to buy up to an additional 2,025,000 shares.

The price range for the IPO is estimated to be between $14 and $16 per share.

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The only thing missing was the waffles.

Authorities in Keene were in for some sticky times when a load of maple syrup shifted in a tractor-trailer and leaked very slowly all over a main highway.

Police Sgt. Thaddeus Derendal says about 220 gallons of the sweet-smelling pancake-topper from a Vermont producer oozed onto Route 101 on Monday afternoon.

Firefighters used squeegees to corral the mess and poured something like kitty litter on it to speed the drying process. The two eastbound lanes were reduced to one lane while the cleanup was underway.

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is holding meetings in Nashua and Milford to obtain feedback from residents about a proposed natural gas pipeline that would run through the state.

The Telegraph of Nashua reports the pipeline, designed to bring gas from shale fields in Pennsylvania and New York, would span 71 miles of southern New Hampshire.

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The first rule of campaigning: Go where the voters are. On a sunny Saturday afternoon in Manchester’s Arms Park, the Granite State Brewers Association Summerfest has already drawn more than 1,200 people – and that's drawn one of the sixteen announced Republican presidential candidates, former New York Governor George Pataki.

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A new polls shows that in New Hampshire, businessman Donald Trump is leading the pack of Republicans in the presidential race.

The NBC News-Marist poll shows Trump with 21 percent support among potential Republican primary voters. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush trails at 14 percent, followed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with 12 percent.

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Gov. Maggie Hassan is signing a bill that modernizes securities regulations in New Hampshire, with the goal of making it easier for businesses to start up and grow.

The Uniform Securities Act is being signed into law Monday afternoon.

Hassan said the measure helps focus on investor protection and reduce hurdles for businesses trying to raise capital, while balancing the state's interest in regulating securities transactions.

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As brash businessman Donald Trump continues his surprising surge in the national presidential polls, behind the scenes, there’s a well-known GOP operative from New Hampshire pulling the strings.

Corey Lewandowski was the director of the conservative Americans for Prosperity here in the Granite State.

He’s now campaign manager for Donald Trump.

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Republican Lindsey Graham is set to take part in a candidate forum Monday morning in Derry. But it's his plans for next weekend that may help boost his profile in the Granite State.

According to multiple news outlets, the South Carolina U.S. Senator will campaign with Arizona Senator John McCain, one of Graham’s closest Senate allies and a two-time winner of the first in the nation presidential primary.

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New Hampshire's Catholic Medical Center is distributing color wristbands to help children learn how to avoid potentially dangerous ticks.

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas is proclaiming this week "Tick Awareness Week" in the city. He'll join hospital officials and the city's public health director on Monday to accept a box of the wristbands to distribute to families.

The wristbands feature images of ticks, which can cause Lyme disease.

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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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It's been four years since Celina Cass was last seen hunched over a computer in her family's New Hampshire apartment.

The 11-year-old was last seen July 25 in West Stewartstown. A week later, her body was found in the Connecticut River near a dam.

Four years later, no one has been charged with her death, which investigators have called a homicide. It is still a haunting presence in the small, rural, town.

The attorney general's office says it is still investigating the case.

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