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Donald Trump confronted head-on allegations that he is racist on Thursday, defending his hard-line approach to immigration while trying to make the case to minority voters that Democrats have abandoned them.

 

A New Hampshire state trooper caught on video beating a man who led officers on two-state car chase has been given a deferred jail sentence after pleading guilty to three simple assault charges.

Thirty-one-year-old Andrew Monaco was arrested in July on charges stemming from his use of force in the arrest of Richard Simone Jr. on May 11 following a 50-mile pursuit through Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Video captured by a TV news helicopter appears to show Simone surrendering and officers then punching him repeatedly.

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Two men have pleaded guilty in Las Vegas to federal charges in an armed confrontation with U.S. officials over grazing rights near cattleman Cliven Bundy's ranch.

Gerald "Jerry" DeLemus and Blaine Cooper each admitted Thursday they conspired with others who engaged with Bundy in the tense gunpoint standoff in April 2014 about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

DeLemus, of Rochester, New Hampshire, also pleaded guilty to interstate travel in aid of extortion.

Cooper, of Humboldt, Arizona, also pleaded guilty to assault on a federal officer.

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The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office issued a statement outlining their position on the legality of guns in schools when used as polling places.

Reporter Jason Moon joined All Things Considered host Peter Biello to discuss the statement.

The statement from the Attorney General's Office in full:

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and vice-presidential candidate Bill Weld are campaigning in New Hampshire today. They'll be holding a rally in Concord's Eagle Square at 5:30. Earlier this afternoon they paid a quick visit to a frequent campaign stop-- the Red Arrow Diner in Manchester. 


For political observers and journalists, there is something appealing about the idea of a bellwether town -- a place whose vote in an election consistently matches up with the statewide totals. Journalists can patrol the main streets of bellwethers for man-on-the-street interviews, confident they will feel shifts in the broader political winds.

But the data shows that true bellwethers are an endangered species in many parts of the country. 

 The drought conditions that have gripped much of the Northeastern U.S. this summer appear to have a silver lining — fewer ticks.

From Maine to Rhode Island, researchers say they expect tick numbers to be down from previous years especially for the blacklegged ticks, known as deer ticks, which transmit Lyme disease.

It's too early to say, however, whether fewer ticks could mean a decline in Lyme disease cases.

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Democrat Colin Van Ostern and Republican Ted Gatsas are leading the cash race in the contest for governor.

Campaign finance reports filed Wednesday show Van Ostern has raised just over $1 million and Gatsas just below that amount, not including a $75,000 personal loan. The totals are significantly higher than their competitors. The primary is Sept. 13.

Republican Rep. Frank Edelblut has contributed $750,000 to his own campaign, giving him the highest cash on hand at this point.

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If you look far enough back into American media, you’ll find no shortage of smoke filled offices, but as time went by, public opinion (in part due to scientific discoveries about the true hazards of smoke and second-hand smoke) shifted, and amidst the furor the popularity of cigarettes died down. In 1990, 73% of New Hampshire residents did not smoke, yet a bill that would call for more regulation regarding smoking in the workplace was still met with opposition.

New Hampshire’s drug czar on Wednesday released his recommendations for how the state should continue to address the opioid crisis.

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The N.H. Executive Council yet again delayed voting on a $36 million staffing contract with Dartmouth-Hitchcock to provide psychiatric services at the state hospital.

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New Hampshire Public Radio is excited to partner with The Farmers Dinner to present an evening celebrating great local food and great local radio.

Join hosts Laura Knoy, Virginia Prescott, and Sam Evans-Brown at Gould Hill Farm in Contoocook for a delicious farm to table dinner to celebrate NHPR’s 35 years on the air.

It’s official; the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge that connects Portsmouth, New Hampshire to Kittery, Maine is now permanently closed to motorists. The closure is the result of a mechanical failure that occured on Sunday, just ten weeks before the bridge was scheduled to permanently close in order to make way for its replacement, currently under construction.

Bill Boynton is with the state Department of Transportation.

“It pushed up the closing date. A 76-year-old bridge that certainly served both states well but had reached the end of its life.”

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The state’s Department of Environmental Services is going through the public comments as it weighs how much of the contaminants PFOA and PFOS to allow in drinking water in the state. These are the chemicals that have contaminated wells in Southern NH, on the former Pease Air Force Base, and countless other locations around the country and the world. 

The state is offering free admission into any of its 29 day-use parks Thursday.

The state Division of Parks and Recreation is waiving admission to the parks tomorrow in celebration of the National Park Service's 100-year anniversary.

Visitors to the parks only need to say "Happy Birthday" to the park staff and the entire vehicle will get in free.

You can find the full list of participating state parks here

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Donald Trump will be back in New Hampshire Thursday.

The Republican presidential nominee is scheduled to hold a campaign rally at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester at 1 p.m. This will be his second trip to the state this month.

His visit comes after a major campaign shakeup: Trump last week named Breitbart CEO Steve Bannon as his campaign CEO, and promoted pollster Kellyanne Conway to campaign manager.

Campaign chairman Paul Manafort also stepped down.

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Kelly Link is one of a handful of writers to manage to be wondrous, fantastical and ominous at the same time. As Kirkus says, her work is “like Kafka hosting Saturday Night Live, mixing humor with existential dread.” Her most recent collection, Get in Trouble, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction.  She and her husband manage Small Beer Press.

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Six years is barely the blink of an eye for the White Mountains, which have defined New Hampshire’s landscape for more than a hundred million years. But to a father, six years can feel like a lifetime - as NHPR’s Sean Hurley discovered while hiking recently with his son.


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The Executive Council Wednesday is scheduled to vote on a more than $36 million contract with Dartmouth-Hitchcock to provide psychiatric services at New Hampshire Hospital. The decision of whether to extend this contract has been delayed for months due to ongoing labor disputes. 

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RGGI turns ten years old this month. RGGI—that’s the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative—was conceived as an agreement between seven northeast states, including New Hampshire, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions created by the production of electricity.

For more than a year, Melissa Crews has been the public face of HOPE for New Hampshire Recovery, a non-profit that supports people struggling with drug addiction.

She’s authored op-eds, sat for newspaper and television interviews and appeared side-by-side with elected officials to lobby for more money for substance-abuse treatment.

Last week, she took on another role: mouthpiece for a Republican political group that blames Gov. Maggie Hassan for hundreds of drug-related overdose deaths.

A former New Hampshire state trooper accused of assaulting a suspect following a high-speed chase will plead guilty this week.

The attorney general’s office announced Tuesday morning that Trooper Andrew Monaco will enter guilty pleas to three counts of simple assault in Nashua District Court Thursday.

The charges stem from a May incident in which Monaco is accused of repeatedly punching a Massachusetts man who had surrendered to police once the chase ended in Nashua.

News helicopters captured footage of the incident.

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A recent Pew Research report finds some bad news for traditional print media with newspapers seeing perhaps their worst year since the Great Recession.  But there's good news for all things digital: many more people are seeking information on social media sites and in the mobile realm.  We examine the trends on all platforms, and look at ramifications for the actual work of journalism.


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Two defendants are set to become the first to plead guilty in Nevada to federal charges stemming from an armed confrontation with U.S. land management agents near Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's ranch in 2014.

Gerald "Jerry" DeLemus of New Hampshire is expected to enter his plea Tuesday.

Blaine Cooper of Arizona is due in court Thursday.

In court filings, U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro says she has signed plea agreements from the two men.

Attorneys for both defendants say they can't talk about the pleas until after they're entered.

 

New Hampshire Department of Transportation officials say the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge remains closed to traffic following a malfunction, and it's possible the span may never reopen.

The 76-year-old bridge, which connects Portsmouth to Kittery, Maine via the U.S. Route 1 Bypass, malfunctioned at about 11 a.m. Sunday and became stuck in its down position.

Because federal law mandates that river traffic takes precedence over cars, the lift span was raised early Monday morning and now remains stuck in its up position.

When Governor Maggie Hassan talks about why she got into politics her explanation tends to center on her son, Ben.

“Right after he was born Tom and I learned that Ben had severe and pervasive physical disabilities.”

Less emphasized is the role of her father, Robert Wood, a pioneering academic and who held top government jobs -- and even considered his own run for United States Senate in Massachusetts.

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The New Hampshire Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Violence is arguing that the victim’s private records in the murder and rape case involving UNH student Lizzi Marriott should remain sealed throughout the appeal process. 

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Surf’s up, boards out. It’s still summer, and there’s still time to get out on the water. On the New Hampshire seacoast, paddleboard yoga is an up-and-coming summer sport.

It was 6:30 on a recent Tuesday night. Seabrook Harbor at sunset. Motorcycles on the strip, planes overhead, and a crew of women, doing yoga on paddleboards. I was one of them, out on the water in downward dog, bobbing in the waves.

Why We Do (Or Don't) Love To Go Camping

Aug 22, 2016
Molly McKean

Today, we pull the tent flaps back on camping. 

Every summer, thousands of Americans load up the car and head into the wilderness on outdoor excursions.

Now, a new book traces the origins and evolution of this tradition, examines a few unorthodox camping methods, and ponders the joys of subjecting ourselves to the buggy, lumpy, and unpredictable great outdoors. 

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  There was excellent weather for the 550 or so cyclists who raced up the Mount Washington Auto road on Saturday.

Victoria De Savino beat out her competition by 7 minutes, summiting the Mount Washington auto road 1 hour and 7 minutes.  She is 37 and from Buffalo, NY. Eneas Freyre, 40 and of  Norwalk, CT finished in 52 minutes, more than two minutes faster than the mens’ second-place finisher.  

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