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Senators are opening the budget process to members of the public who want to give testimony on what should and shouldn't be included in the next 2-year spending plan for New Hampshire.

People can testify before the Senate Finance Committee during two public hearings Tuesday, starting at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Both will be held in Representatives' Hall at the State House in Concord.

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A community forum Wednesday night will focus on how the heroin epidemic is impacting southern New Hampshire.

The Union Leader reports the forum is being held Alvirne High School in Hudson, and will include experts from the Hudson police and fire department.

Local health professionals will also be on hand to discuss treatment and support programs available for addicts.

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National Endowment for the Arts chairman Jane Chu will spend a day visiting museums and music venues in New Hampshire.

Chu is in the state Tuesday with appearances scheduled in Manchester and Concord.

The state Council on the Arts and Currier Museum are hosting an event at the museum, where Chu will speak about her priorities and vision for the NEA and field questions from the arts community.

Chu and Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster also will tour the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. Chu will visit the Concord Community Music School.

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Officials in Portsmouth are set to vote Monday night on a proposed $23.2 million downtown parking garage.

The city council is scheduled to hold a public hearing before voting on the proposal.

The six-story parking garage is expected to create an additional 600 new parking spots downtown.

Hundreds of people have signed a petition opposed to the project.

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A team of rescuers has come to the aid of a hiker who slipped on an icy trail and suffered a leg injury in Lincoln.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department officers say 34-year-old Luis Serrano of Lowell, Massachusetts, had hiked up the Falling Waters Trail on Sunday afternoon. On his way down, he slipped. A passing hiker called 911.

Rescuers reached Serrano and carried him back to the trailhead, where he was assessed for his injury. His condition wasn't immediately known Monday.

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 New Hampshire’s tourism industry is looking at opportunities to reach out to Canadian visitors as part of a two day annual conference.

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  Forecasters say Monday will likely bring New Hampshire its warmest temperatures of the year so far.

Meteorologist Rob St. Pierre of Hometown Forecast Services says an area of high pressure system has brought higher temperatures to the state, after several weeks of cooler weather:

“We had an upper level low sitting off to the east of Maine, and that was spinning in all the clouds. We had a northerly flow at the time, so that’s why our temperatures had a hard time getting out of the 40’s and low 50’s.”

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Lawmakers will debate fetal homicide laws, restrictions on synthetic drugs and more in this week's upcoming sessions.  

The Republican majority in the House is likely to amend a Senate version of fetal homicide legislation. The bill would allow for criminal charges to be brought in the death of fetuses beyond eight weeks of gestation. It says criminal charges cannot be brought against a woman or a doctor in cases of abortion. Advocates for the bill say it's necessary for women who lose their pregnancies as a result of criminal acts such as assault or car accidents.  

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The Ebola crisis in three countries in West Africa is not over, but as the rate of infection drops public health officials are looking at what they’ve learned from the epidemic that killed thousands, so that they can be better prepared for the next outbreak.

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Among the tables featuring fresh fruits and vegetables at New Hampshire farmers markets this summer, you’re also likely to see small craft breweries and wineries selling their creations.

Tasting one of these alcoholic beverages, however, will have to wait until after you purchase it and take it home.

Jane Lang is president of the New Hampshire Farmers Markets’ Association. She says it’s important to taste samples of food and beverages before you buy—it helps the consumer choose—and this is especially important for wine and beer.

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Democratic Presidential candidate Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will make two campaign stops in New Hampshire this weekend.

Sanders identifies as an Independent, but says he plans to challenge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. 

Sanders says about half the people in New Hampshire don’t know who he is, but support for him will grow as people hear his message.

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Assuming the Northern Pass project is approved, it will not be fully operational until the first half of 2019, Eversource Energy official Lee Olivier said during a conference call with analysts.

That’s a delay of about six months, which Olivier said was due in part to an extended regulatory process.

When the project was announced late in 2010 officials said it should be operating by 2015. But that was before it became a highly controversial project opposed - in its current form - by politicians including Gov. Hassan.

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It’s Free Comic Book Day on Saturday.

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz joined Rick Ganley to talk about this year’s event.

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House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will be the keynote speaker at a major Democratic fundraiser this weekend.

The McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner is set for Sunday evening at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.

Tickets for the event begin at $100-per-person. For $350, attendees can attend a VIP reception.

And at the high end of the scale, those purchasing tickets for $10,000 are given so-called majority maker status.

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In hopes of halting drug smuggling, the New Hampshire Department of Corrections is putting new restrictions on what kind of mail can be sent to inmates.

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The New Hampshire Senate has passed a bill that bans anyone under age 18 from using tanning facilities, sending the bill to Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan's desk.

The bill's supporters say it's necessary to protect the health of teenagers, similar to the ban on minors buying cigarettes. Data from the World Health Organization shows using a tanning bed under the age of 30 significantly increases the chances of being diagnosed with melanoma.

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A Merrimack man has been charged with killing his wife at their home.

The New Hampshire attorney general's office says 62-year-old Joseph Lawrence was arrested Thursday night. His wife, 61-year-old Darlene Lawrence, was found dead at their home earlier in the day.

Lawrence has been charged with second degree murder and is due in court for arraignment Friday afternoon. It was not immediately known whether he has an attorney.

 

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A panel that included the step-mother of a woman who died of a heroin overdose told a House committee Thursday that proposed cuts in substance-abuse programs will exacerbate the state’s alarming rise in drug-related deaths.

“Last year, it was 321,” said Tym Rourke, chair of the Governor’s Commission on Prevention, Treatment and Recovery. “Next year it could be 600 and the year after that, 800.”

Something Wild takes pride in introducing to the residents of the state to the wonder in the wild that surrounds us all. Someone who discovered that wonder at a young age is David Carroll, “I was 8 years old when I had that experience with the first spotted turtle.” Naturalist, writer, artist are among the many descriptors frequently attached to Carroll’s name.

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President Barack Obama has signed a scaled back version of an energy efficiency bill co-authored by New Hampshire Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

The bill, co-sponsored by New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte, aims to cut energy use in commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and homes. It includes the Better Buildings Act, which Ayotte first introduced in 2013.

The measure was popular with both parties. But it was defeated last year after becoming enmeshed in a partisan fight over the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

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A bill that opens the door to a state-backed loan to the developer of the Balsams Resort got a big boost Thursday when the House of Representatives Finance Committee unanimously voted it ought to pass. That allows it to go before the full House.

“I hope the House will see it as the great economic development tool that the Finance Committee did,” said Rep. Cindy Rosenwald, a Democrat from Nashua, who is on the committee.

The bill allows the formation of a tax district in the unincorporated area around the closed Balsams Resort.

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court has upheld a lower court's ruling that an out-of-state hiker was responsible for his 2012 rescue. 

 Then 59-year-old Edward Bacon of Michigan will now have to pay the state more than $9,100.

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  A minor earthquake hit central New Hampshire Thursday morning.

The US Geological Survey recorded the 2.1 magnitude tremor near Contoocook just before 6.

It’s the second small earthquake in the Granite State in as many days.

A 2.3 magnitude earthquake was recorded near Sanbornton early Wednesday morning.

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The Brookings Institution has ranked NHTI – Concord’s Community College -- as the nation’s most value-added two-year college.

The report compares how well two and four-year colleges boost student’s economic outcomes. That’s in contrast to many college rankings, which assess schools’ ability to attract top students.

Brookings Fellow Jonathan Rothwell says the study focused on alumni’s midcareer salaries, their occupations, and their ability to repay student loans.  

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The approval process for Northern Pass is ramping up and so is the battle for public support.

Last month Northern Pass and its parent company Eversource Energy donated $3 million to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to be used on conservation projects in New Hampshire.

But there’s some controversy over it now and NHPR’s Chris Jensen has been looking into the donation and why some conservation groups are reluctant to accept the money.  He joins us now.

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New Hampshire lawmakers are wrestling with whether they have any authority to regulate the construction of new natural gas pipelines. Legislation that lays out a series of proposals which would modify the way pipeline developers could use eminent domain went before a senate committee today.

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A bill repealing New Hampshire’s long-standing law requiring a concealed firearms permit was repealed by the House 212 to 150 on Wednesday.

In a statement Governor Maggie Hassan said before the vote that she would veto the bill, adding that the permitting system allows for local law enforcement to better keep the community safe.

But Republican John Tholl of Whitefield, a former state police officer, told his colleagues these public safety concerns are overblown.

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State officials are investigating reports of an international traveler in New Hampshire infected with the measles virus.

The only known public exposure site in New Hampshire was the Flatbread Company restaurant in Portsmouth on April 20 between the hours of approximately 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

There are no cases identified related to this situation, and New Hampshire is well-protected from widespread measles transmission due to a high vaccination rate.

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Most counties in New Hampshire took home high marks for air quality in this year’s “State of the Air” report from the American Lung Association.

Two counties do stand out, however, as lagging behind the rest of the state.

Hillsborough county saw an elevated number of days with high levels of ozone or smog, which is produced primarily by automobile and power plant emissions. The trend generally in Hillsborough county has been toward less smog.

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U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont will be jumping into the Democratic race for president, according to Vermont Public Radio.

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