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New Hampshire Congresswoman Annie Kuster has returned from a trip with other House members to Afghanistan and Kuwait, which included spending Thanksgiving with U.S. troops.

Kuster, a Democrat and member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, was one of six representatives receiving in-country updates on security, political transitions, and counter-terrorism initiatives.


A small hospital in Wolfeboro is exploring an affiliation with a much larger medical center in Manchester.

The governing boards at Huggins Hospital and Catholic Medical Center have approved a non-binding letter of intent to pursue an affiliation. Huggins Hospital has 25 beds and 400 employees, while CMC has 330 beds with 2,500 employees.


Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida says radical jihadists are using the refugee crisis as a cover to send terrorists to the West and that it's impossible for the United States to vet some Syrian migrants.

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A group of New Hampshire mayors and mayors-elect rallied around Hillary Clinton’s newly released infrastructure plan Monday, expressing optimism that the Democratic presidential candidate’s proposals will provide a long-awaited boost to local development.

A Planned Parenthood clinic in New Hampshire has reopened nearly six weeks after police say it was badly damaged by a hatchet-wielding juvenile.

The Claremont clinic reopened Monday, three days after police in Colorado Springs, Colorado, said a man opened fire on a Planned Parenthood clinic there, killing a police officer and two civilians.

In New Hampshire, Claremont Police Chief Alexander Scott says officers are cognizant of what happened and are keeping an extra eye on the facility. He says the clinic has installed internal security upgrades since the Oct. 21 vandalism.

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On Sunday, New Hampshire’s Democratic Party hosted its annual Jefferson Jackson dinner. All three Democratic presidential candidates spoke to the sold out crowd in Manchester’s Radisson Ballroom. Hillary Clinton closed out the night. More so than Sanders or O’Malley, her speech called on time spent here in the Granite State. 


Keene State College is getting national recognition for its efforts to reduce food waste.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently honored 14 organizations in a variety of categories. Keene State won an award for the best educational and outreach campaign.

The campaign involves performing regular food audits, brining experts on the topic to campus and having a "spokesvegetable," the Carrot, which is displayed across campus with facts about preventing food waste.

Students in Manchester schools are heading back to classes this morning at new times.

The school district is changing hours based on its new contract with the Manchester Education Association.

The high schools will start at 7:45 this morning, the middle schools at 7:35 and elementary schools in the city will begin at 8:45.


The Portsmouth City Council is considering a change to its trash and recyclable collection times in the city's historic downtown district amid growing concerns.

Recycling and solid waste coordinator Jacob Levenson tells the Portsmouth Herald that afternoon collection times for the downtown area has caused issues for both businesses and residents.

A survey conducted by the Department of Public Works showed that residents overwhelmingly prefer a morning pickup, with businesses supporting collections closer to the evening.


Presidential campaigning is back in full post-Thanksgiving swing in New Hampshire, with former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie heading to the state for events.

O'Malley kicks off Monday with a tour of Velcro Companies in Manchester. He'll then host a town hall in North Conway and a meet-and-greet in the late afternoon in Somersworth. O'Malley's 3-stop tour comes after his speech Sunday night at the state Democratic party's annual dinner.

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The state is asking the federal government for more flexibility in establishing rural health clinics.

If approved by the feds, the policy will broaden what it means to be a rural health clinic in New Hampshire. The state has 14 federally-approved rural health clinics, which are located in areas with high poverty rates and not enough healthcare providers. These clinics receive more generous reimbursements from Medicaid and Medicare.

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Republican Chris Christie is back in New Hampshire today. It’s the New Jersey Governor’s first campaign visit after landing a high-profile endorsement.

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NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers joins Morning Edition most Monday mornings for "On the Political Front."

At Sunday night's Jefferson Jackson dinner, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders took a moment on the stage to express his opposition to the Northeast Energy Direct—the controversial natural gas pipeline proposed by Kinder Morgan.

"I opposed the Keystone Pipeline from day one," Sanders said. "And that is why, here in New Hampshire, I believe the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, that would direct fracked natural gas for four hundred miles, through seventeen communities, is a bad idea, and should be opposed."

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Rescuers helped two lost hikers in Randolph and a man who fell while ice climbing in the Huntington Ravine Saturday, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

The lost hikers, both from Massachusetts, were part of a group of four who climbed Mount Madison and then separated. About 5:20 pm two of the hikers reached their vehicle, didn’t see their companions, and figured the other two had missed the correct trail, so they called for help.

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For decades, some the first ballots in the first in the nation primary have been cast in the same place: the Ballot Room at the Balsams grand resort hotel in Dixville Notch.

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 This Sunday New Hampshire’s Democratic Party hosts its annual Jefferson Jackson dinner. 

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley will all be there Sunday, joining Governor Hassan and Senator Shaheen at Manchester’s Radisson Ballroom. The event is sold out.

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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. 

If you have an author or book you think we should profile on The Bookshelf, send us an email. The address is

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November is a great time to spot golden eagles. They are a rare sight in New Hampshire, but they do pass through the state on their annual migration. Right now they’re on their way south to winter in the central Appalachians. They’ll pass back through the state in March on their way to Labrador and northern Quebec to nest.

Golden eagles are sometimes confused with young bald eagles, but there are differences. When bald eagles are in flight, they hold their wings flat like a plank, but golden eagle wings have a slight ‘V’ shape.

Data from the University of New Hampshire shows that almost all high school students witness acts of dating and sexual aggression in high school, and that most bystanders do something about it.

Psychology professor, Katie Edwards says this is one of the first studies in the country to look at bystander behavior among high schoolers. In a survey, she and other researchers found almost all New Hampshire high schoolers witness acts of sexual and dating aggression, and almost two thirds of them intervene – most often, girls.

The day after Thanksgiving is better known as Black Friday when  shoppers rush to the stores in the early hours for a bargain. But local New Hampshire shop owners urge  people to skip out on the madness and head to downtown stores where you can get discounts  for just wearing plaid.

The tradition is known as Plaid Friday – and it’s not just in New Hampshire – but across the country.  Liza Poinier with Intown Concord says more than a dozen stores in Concord plan to participate.

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  It’s been one year since James Beard award-winning chef Evan Mallett had an epiphany. “We were on a vacation that culminated in a meal at a restaurant called Saturne,” Mallett recalls, “an amazingly expensive meal with the love of my life in Paris.”

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For most of us the highlight of Thanksgiving is the food. So this year we thought we’d hear from people who cook for a living—professional chefs—and see what their Thanksgiving meals and traditions look like.

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 Each year, Goffstown Fire Chief Richard O’Brien and firefighters around the state find themselves responding to a cornucopia of cooking incidents. Oven fires, stovetop fires, not to mention the occasional turkey fryer that boiled over and quickly became engulfed in flames.

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A former St. Paul’s student who was convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old freshman is appealing to the state Supreme Court. Twenty-year-old Owen Labrie was sentenced in October to a year in county jail along with having to register as a sex offender for life. 

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After 17 days chained to a water slide, Liquid Planet owner Kevin Dumont is coming down.  As NHPR's Sean Hurley reports, Dumont's attempt to save the water park from auction have been dashed.

Kevin Dumont has removed the chain from his leg, gathered his things, and says it's time to throw in the towel.

"Yeah I feel as though, you know, I kind of lost the battle," Dumont says.

Although his publicity stunt drew national attention, Dumont says he hasn't found a partner willing to invest in the troubled water park. 

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The Veterans Administration Hospital system in Phoenix was the epicenter of the VA scandal that surfaced in 2014.

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Your dad made it look easy...maybe. But carving a turkey is a bit more complicated than you might think. It's a big bird, after all, and not every knife is created equal. (Nor is every bird, thanks to the "spatchcock" craze!)

But never fear, humble home-chef, there's somewhere to turn if you're confounded by the prospect of carving: YouTube. 

Listed below are some of the most informative and easy-to-follow turkey carving how-to videos on the site.

Pro Tip: Watch them in advance of the family arriving and you'll look like a turkey carving ninja come dinner time.

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With gas prices just north of $2 a gallon, and no freak holiday snowstorm in sight like last year, about 1.8 million New Englanders are hitting the road this Thanksgiving. That's up from last year. 


The Hilltop School in Somersworth has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.

Its predecessor was Great Falls High School, the first public high school in New Hampshire constructed in 1849 after a law that cleared the way for municipalities to develop centralized school districts and build schools.

By the 1920s, that building was in disrepair. The school board secured funding for a new school.