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At Something Wild we like to talk about some of the interesting wildlife or natural occurrences you can find in New Hampshire. We hope you learn a little something wild along the way; sometimes that’s birds and bees, sometimes that’s flowers and trees, but today we want to talk about that thing called love. 

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Donald Trump was back in New Hampshire Thursday. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee held a private, town hall style event at a shuttered light bulb plant in Manchester.

It was Trump’s second trip here in just the last few weeks, and behind the scenes, there’s been a shakeup in his New Hampshire campaign since his last visit.

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“Keep it simple. Get it done.” That's the slogan Republican Ted Gatsas is using in his campaign for governor. It’s a theme the Manchester Mayor has turned to time and time again throughout his political career. 

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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called for the U.S. to scale back its trade deals with foreign nations during an invitation-only speech in Manchester yesterday. Trump used a now shuttered light-bulb factory as the backdrop.

As Donald Trump events go, it was a modest affair. Only about 150 supporters sat on folding chairs in a parking lot nestled around back of the former Osram Sylvania plant in Manchester. But as Trump made clear again and again, the setting was the point.

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The Coakley Landfill, a federal Superfund site located in North Hampton and Greenland, N.H., is the fifth source of perfluorinated chemicals identified in New Hampshire. 

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Governor Maggie Hassan has issued an executive order barring discrimination in state government against transgender individuals.

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Peach lovers are in for a bit of disappointment this summer, with New Hampshire’s crop of the fuzzy fruit almost entirely wiped out. In this week's installment of Foodstuffs, we'll find out what's behind the shortage.

At Carter Hill Orchard in Concord, visitors this time of year typically find acres and acres of apples, peaches, and other tree fruits growing among the rolling hills.

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Biologists have begun investigating what killed an 18-year-old humpback whale that washed ashore in New Hampshire.

New England Aquarium spokesman Tony Lacasse tells The Portsmouth Herald the reason the whale named Snow Plow died remained a mystery as of Wednesday.

A former admissions officer at an elite New Hampshire prep school who went on to become a Teacher of the Year at another school has pleaded not guilty to sexual abuse charges.

Seventy-four-year-old Arthur Peekel was charged with two misdemeanors from his time at Phillips Exeter Academy. He's accused of assaulting Lawrence Jenkens when the then-14-year-old visited the school in 1973.

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In 1987, Hiroshi Hayashi moved his restaurant “Latacarta” from Cambridge, Massachusetts to Peterborough, New Hampshire. After just eleven months in his new location, Hayashi had amassed a loyal following among the town’s residents. NHPR reporter Robbie Hoenig met with him to talk about his business and the emphasis he placed on natural food preparation.

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State officials held a public meeting Wednesday evening in Merrimack to update residents on the steps they’re taking to address groundwater contamination linked to the Saint-Gobain plastics plant.

But many residents were less than satisfied with the answers they got.

This was the latest meeting between officials and residents of Merrimack and surrounding towns impacted by contamination from the chemical PFOA, which has been linked to several health problems, including cancer.

 

The New Hampshire Lottery says it has sold over $300 million in tickets this year, breaking its all-time sales record.

Officials say the amount tops the $280 million raised last year, which was the previous record high.

The increase includes new scratch tickets and a surge in Powerball sales.

Scratch ticket sales, which make up about 70 percent of total New Hampshire Lottery sales, jumped by $8 million, or 4 percent, from last year to this year. Annual scratch ticket sales have risen from $160 million in 2011 to $216 million this year, 35 percent increase.

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Donald Trump will be in New Hampshire Thursday, his second trip to the Granite State this month.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee will be at the former Osram Sylvania building Manchester at 3:30, where he’s expected to deliver a speech focused on trade.

This is the second day of a two-day swing through New England for Trump.

He held a fundraiser in Boston Wednesday, and held a rally in Bangor, Maine.

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New Hampshire Congresswoman Annie Kuster has introduced a bill that would put labels on opioids to warn users about the addictive nature of narcotics.

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New Hampshire's Executive Council has approved state funding for Planned Parenthood.

The 3-2 vote on a family planning contract comes ten months after the council rejected an almost identical contract by the same margin.

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A group representing New England states and federal agencies held a meeting Sunday in Portsmouth to get public input on their plan to coordinate the use of the region’s ocean resources.

The Northeast Regional Planning Body was designed to coordinate the interests of a whole host of parties interested in how the ocean gets used, from commercial fishing to transportation to national security. The group includes representatives from all six New England states and nine federal agencies.

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Researchers say an algae called "rock snot" that was thought to be an invasive species in the Northeast is actually native to the northern United States. So if “rock snot” has been here for a long time, why haven’t we noticed it before? To answer this question we turn to Granite Geek David Brooks. He’s a reporter with The Concord Monitor and writer at Granitegeek.org, and he joined NHPR’s Peter Biello to discuss the matter. 

  

 

Scientists conducting a necropsy of a dead whale that washed up in Rye Monday say they have yet to find any indication of what killed the 18-year-old humpback. They found no sign of a hematoma, which would have indicated that the whale had been struck by a ship, but they would continue to take tissue samples to see if any disease can be detected.

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services says that it has temporarily expanded its bottled water delivery to people in Amherst who may have the potentially cancer-causing chemicals PFOA and PFOS in their private water wells.

DES says it made the decision because tests confirmed the existence of the chemicals in some wells at greater than 70 parts per trillion. Repeat testing confirmed the results.

The properties in Amherst that will receive bottled water delivery fall within a half-mile radius of the former location of Textiles Coated International.

 

A former police chief accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl more than 10 years ago has been acquitted of the charges.

WMUR-TV reports that the jury delivered its not guilty verdict Tuesday afternoon, after less than two hours of deliberations.

Lawyers on both sides agree that John LaRoche and the girl had sexual contact.

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Senator Kelly Ayotte is in the middle of a competitive reelection bid this year.  In her six years in Washington she's quickly risen from the ranks of rookie politician to the national spotlight. But enough with that for the moment. We sent NHPR's State of Democracy reporter Natasha Haverty off the campaign trail, to see what Ayotte's daily working life is like on Capitol Hill. She sends this report.


The bestselling author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - and bonafide Charming British Lady - Helen Simonson lets us in on her writing process, her thoughts on sunshine, and the perils of HGTV. Her latest novel, set in 1914, is The Summer Before the War.

Chris Sununu has voted for state contracts with Planned Parenthood , and he's voted against them.

This one, which would send $638,000 to seven clinics, five run by Planned Parenthood. It would subsidize low cost birth control, STD testing, and cancer screenings. 

The fight over the contract could prove a big moment in the race for governor. Democrats, including fellow councilor and gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern are pushing Sununu, who identifies as pro-choice, to support the contract. 

A new coalition comprised of hunters, outdoors enthusiasts and wildlife advocates alike has formed with the goal of modernizing the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

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This week’s ‘Brexit’ – Britain’s high-profile vote to exit from the European Union – may shake up the European economy and politics for years to come. Here in the Granite State, though, there’s still uncertainty about what the impact will be.

 

The mother of a 19-year-old Michigan man shot by police in New Hampshire says she was told by the state Attorney General's office that he was brandishing a BB gun and running away when he was shot.

Lane Lesko, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, died of a single gunshot wound on Tuesday on Route 136 in Peterborough. The Attorney General's office has not said which department nor released the names of the officer involved in the case.

 

Taking a cue from Great Britain's recent historic vote to leave the European Union, a group of New Hampshire residents are now advocating for their state's own independence.

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Mark Connolly is running for Governor. Today, he runs his own small investment company. But his resume runs the spectrum from financial executive to deputy secretary of state.

There are a lot of reasons to run for office. Ideological convictions. Hunger for power. A sense of duty to serve. But Connolly seems driven by a desire to improve what he sees as the technical and structural weaknesses in Concord.

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The medication “Vivitrol” is gaining traction as a tool in the fight against drug addiction. It’s a once-a-month injection that was approved as a treatment for opioid and alcohol users in 2010. A psychiatric hospital in Hampstead now prescribes the medication, and patients seem to show signs of improvement.

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