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The federal government has published new data about the health risks of industrial chemicals known as PFAS.

The Centers for Disease Control study backs the concerns of some residents in contaminated areas here in New Hampshire, who say federal and state limits on PFAS aren't strict enough.

Many lawmakers, including New Hampshire’s congressional delegation, called for the study’s release after reports that the White House and Environmental Protection Agency had sought to withhold the data.

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In honor of the summer solstice arriving Thursday, sum up this season by writing a haiku—the traditional Japanese poem—and join the celebration on New Hampshire Public Radio's Twitter account @NHPR

Use the hashtag #SummerHaiku.

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State officials have less than two months to detail their plans to spend a major increase in federal opioid dollars.

This is the money Congress made available through the budget deal in March. It's a major boost for New Hampshire -  up to nearly $23 million from just $3 million last year.

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Deb Bourbeau owns a home in Hampton Beach, and each morning, she checks how high the tides will be. Flooding's been an issue for her and her neighbors.

It's one reason she turned out for the New Hampshire Coastal Climate Summit on Wednesday.

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A much-awaited vote on public funds for addiction recovery efforts in Claremont and Concord was tabled at the Executive Council meeting Wednesday.

Health Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers said it’s for the sake of transparency around Harbor Homes, the organization that will facilitate those funds. 

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  St. Paul's School in Concord said Wednesday it plans to create an independent therapy fund for alumni who were sexually abused by faculty. The school’s announcement comes just hours after NHPR reported St. Paul’s is an outlier among boarding schools that have grappled with similar issues.

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The case over a traveling medical technician who infected dozens of patients with hepatitis C in multiple states is close to ending.

New Hampshire's Exeter Hospital has settled with a staffing agency but is still suing a registry organization over technician David Kwiatkowski who was arrested in 2012.

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The city of Manchester is getting a new police chief.

Chief Nick Willard has been appointed by President Donald Trump as the next U.S. marshal for New Hampshire.

And now Carlo Capano will take over as chief of police in Manchester on July 1st. He’s served as assistant chief of the department for the past three years. All Things Considered Host Peter Biello spoke with Capano about taking over this new position.


New Hampshire Public Radio will air a one-hour special from 1A titled "Families At The Border" Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Thousands of children have been separated from their parents at the southern border of the United States under the federal government's "zero tolerance" policy.

A Quinnipiac University poll found that while a third of voters oppose the policy - more than half of Republicans polled support the policy.

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Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three "tender age" shelters in South Texas, The Associated Press has learned.

Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the Rio Grande Valley shelters described play rooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis. The government also plans to open a fourth shelter to house hundreds of young migrant children in Houston, where city leaders denounced the move Tuesday.

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Travelers on Interstate 93 near Woodstock encountered another Border Patrol Checkpoint between June 15 - June 17. 

The U.S. Border Patrol confirmed Tuesday afternoon that it made a total of five arrests for people who "did not have  legal immigration status." 

People arrested during the operation were from Mexico, El Salvador, China, Ecuador and Brazil, the agency said in a statement

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Over a year ago, St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire published an investigation that revealed decades of sexual abuse allegations. The school is currently being sued by two alumni over faculty sex abuse allegations.

And yet they haven’t established a therapy fund for alumni who were abused, something academics, attorneys and victims believe is essential for healing.

NHPR NEWSROOM IS TOP WINNER IN NATIONAL JOURNALISM COMPETITION FOR SECOND YEAR RUNNING

New Hampshire Public Radio is the Small Market Radio winner for “Overall Excellence” in this year’s national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition.

Governor Chris Sununu has vetoed a bill to expand electric net metering in New Hampshire, but renewable energy advocates hope legislators will force the bill through.

Ted Vansant runs a solar business and leads the state's sustainable energy advocacy group. He calls the governor's move short-sighted.

"I really feel like he's missing an opportunity to move our state toward the growth of good jobs, clean air, clean water, and true long-term cost savings," Vansant says. (Read his organization's full statement below.)

In today's episode, we're talking about getting in too deep and surviving. First, storm chasing burst onto the pop-culture scene in the 90s with the box-office hit Twister. But the hobby is more active today than ever before and more dangerous, too. And then, the business that can helicopter, air-lift and rescue their clients from dangerous adventures and vacations - for the right price. 

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Opioid overdose rates are rising rapidly in rural counties, according to new research from the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy.

Rates remain higher overall in urban areas, but have jumped more quickly outside of city centers, researchers found. They looked at two decades of death data collected by the Centers for Disease Control. 

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A chicken breed known for its ability to withstand cold winters is now the official state poultry of New Hampshire. But it still could run afoul of another new law despite its special status.

In today's episode, we're talking about species that thrive... and some that don't. First, an American lobster discovered in European waters raises some important questions: is it invasive or just non-native? Then the story of two birds: one universally reviled and the other an avian celebrity. 

There are different kinds of lobster… you know this, right? You’ve seen Blue Planet.

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Claremont's first-ever LGBTQ Pride celebration, called Rural Pride, drew visitors from throughout Sullivan County and beyond on Saturday. NHPR's Savannah Maher stopped by and sent us this audio postcard.

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Last March, a group of high school seniors in North Conway planned a school walkout after the Parkland shooting.  More than 300 students showed up. But now those seniors have graduated, and summer’s right around the corner.  

The question of how to keep the momentum going was at the forefront of these senior’s minds towards the end of the school year.

Their first step was to put on two voter registration drives in May. Their second was to pass on the leadership to underclassmen.

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There are at least 50 species of non-native insects established in the state, including the Emerald Ash Borer, which has devastated the local ash tree population. Poised to join this list is another wood-boring bug, which could have a similar impact on more of New Hampshire’s trees: the Southern Pine Beetle.

“In New Hampshire, we live in a global hotspot of non-native forest insects,” said Matthew Ayres, Professor of Biological Sciences at Dartmouth.

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The severe storm that swept across New Hampshire Monday caused more than 63,000 Granite Staters to lose power at peak outage.

Utility crews worked overnight to restore electricity to more than 50,000 customers by Tuesday morning.

The estimates: Eversource, 11,529; NH Electric Coop, 362; Liberty Utilities 317; Unitil 57.

Monday night's report continues below here:

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A bipartisan bill raising the marriage age in New Hampshire to 16 is now law after a signing ceremony in Concord.

The measure, which was backed by Governor Chris Sununu and championed by Cassie Levesque, a teenage Girl Scout from Barrington, raises the age from 13 for girls and 14 for boys.

For children who rely on free and reduced price meals during the school year, including 50 percent of public school students in Laconia, summer vacation can mean 10 weeks of food insecurity. 

That's why 10-year-old Maia Heller is up early on her first day of summer vacation, volunteering for the Got Lunch! Laconia program. 

"It feels really good that I know they need some food and I'm helping them get it," Heller said as she packed apples, carrots, and jars of peanut butter and jelly into grocery bags. 

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By Fred Bever, Maine Public

 

While the Trump administration is working to prop up coal-fired power plants, many states are on the hunt for renewable energy. In New England, though, a plan by Massachusetts to tap into Canada's vast, low-polluting hydroelectric dam system is drawing fire.

 

  Two former Manchester police officers who were fired earlier this year are facing a criminal investigation.

 

The Manchester Police Department says it took swift action and terminated officers Aaron Brown and Darren Murphy following an internal investigation.

 

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UPDATE:  The National Weather Service has listed a tornado warning it issued for Grafton County and Carroll County from about 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday.

There is a severe thunderstorm watch for parts of those counties, as well as for southern New Hampshire.

At 5 p.m., a flood advisory was then issued for parts of Grafton and Carroll counties, due to the rainfall projections.

(An earlier report below here was posted during the tornado warning.)

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New Hampshire is adding a new letter to its popular moose license plates, after selling out of two past letter combinations. 

 

The state has issued nearly 50,000 of the special conservation plates in the past 20 years. 

 

Now, state natural and cultural resources commissioner Sarah Stewart says they need more letter combinations. 

 

"The letter C for conservation - that was the first letter, then we added H for heritage - and now this spring, we've added P for preservation to meet demand," she says.

 

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Bedford State Senator and Republican congressional candidate Andy Sanborn said allegations about his conduct at the Statehouse are being blown out of proportion by local media — despite a recent finding from the New Hampshire Attorney General's office that he did use "inappropriate language" toward a legislative intern in 2013.

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