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The Little Church Theater in Holderness is just that.  It's a little theater in a former little church.  While its current summer season is charged with familiar Broadway mainstays, the playhouse also does something a "little" different.  In this latest installment of our Summer Stock series, alongside the big familiar hits The Little Church Theater puts on original works by New Hampshire natives.

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There is a common misconception that wild turkeys were once extinct in New Hampshire but have since returned.  Extinction is often confused with extirpation but they are actually two different concepts.

Extinct refers to species no longer in existence, having no living representatives – gone everywhere.  Things like the brontosaurus, which no longer occurred as of 10's of millions years ago, the wooly mammoth 10-thousand years ago, or the passenger pigeon only 10 decades ago.

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As hosts of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, Granite Staters often claim a reputation for political sophistication and civic engagement. But a new report finds that relatively few residents are politically involved and, when Election Day rolls around, they are more likely to accept the status quo and stay home rather than cast a ballot.  

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The resurrection of the closed Balsams Resort in the North Country got past a critical hurdle Thursday as state officials approved a request to take water from the Androscoggin River for snowmaking.

The Department of Environmental Services report said the Balsams’ developers could take about 22 million gallons of water a day and pump it about nine miles to the resort.

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In 2012, the New Hampshire Mushroom Company was producing two hundred pounds of mushrooms a week in their 5000 square foot farm-warehouse in Tamworth - and struggling to sell them.  Three years later, with seven full-time employees, the farm can't keep up with the demand, selling out their weekly stock of 1,200 pounds of edible fungus usually within 24 hours. 

Dennis Chesley, part owner of the New Hampshire Mushroom Company, says there's very little gray area when it comes to mushrooms.  It's either love or hate -

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The president of the University of New Hampshire says he’s troubled by a guide found on the school’s website that referred to the term “American” as politically incorrect.

In a statement, President Mark Huddleston says he’s among those offended by the bias-free language guide, which has since been removed from its website.

The guide discourages use of the term “American,” and suggests instead saying, “U.S. citizen” or “resident of the U.S.”

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New Hampshire Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen says she’ll vote against legislation to defund Planned Parenthood.

Speaking on the Senate floor Wednesday, Senator Shaheen says stripping Planned Parenthood of more than $500 million in federal funding would make it harder for millions of women, including 12,000 in New Hampshire, to get the health care they need.

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The man accused of kidnapping a 14-year-old girl and raping her over the course of nine months has been indicted on new charges that he threatened the lead prosecutor in the case.

Nathaniel Kibby of Gorham is scheduled to go on trial in March 2016. Prosecutors say the 35-year-old Kibby kidnapped the girl on her way home from school in Conway on Oct. 9, 2013, then imprisoned her in his home and a storage unit until July 2014, when she returned home. He faces more than 200 charges in Carroll and Coos counties.

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A Concord non-profit is calling for greater voter participation and civic engagement in New Hampshire as it releases a study showing poor performance in both areas.

The group, Open Democracy, is holding a press conference Thursday morning at the Legislative Office Building to discuss the findings of a 9-month research project. The project measured areas such as voter registration and turnout, volunteerism, political donations, lobbying, diversity of representation and the competitiveness of New Hampshire elections.

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New Jersey Governor and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie visited Manchester on Wednesday to answer audience questions at the Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security Forum.

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Lawmakers Wednesday approved a $112,500 grant to fund the state's so-called "drug czar" through December, providing some stability to what has been a politically contentious issue in recent weeks.

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New Hampshire Democrats are set to take up a question several other state parties have considered in recent weeks: should the party rename its annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner?

Spokesperson Lizzy Price says state party chair Ray Buckley brought the question to the party's executive committee, which referred it to another panel. That committee, Price says, will "discuss the issue and offer any recommendations back to the executive committee."

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President Obama signed into law Tuesday a bill that would make it easier for veterans to start businesses with loans from the Small Business Administration.

The bill would waive fees for veterans starting up new businesses with SBA loans—which New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen says will help veterans get started.

"This is bipartisan legislation," Shaheen says. "I introduced it in the last Congress and we reintroduced it. It got support in the House. And I’m very happy the President signed it quickly into law."

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You’ve heard of open source software. Linux is perhaps the best-known example. But what about open source hardware? It’s not a new idea, but it’s now in New Hampshire proving itself valuable to one of the town of Merrimack’s biggest employers. David Brooks, a columnist for the Nashua Telegraph and writer at Granite Geek.org, spoke with NHPR's Peter Biello.

David, for the uninitiated, tell us: What is open source hardware?

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The New Hampshire Employment Security Agency is hosting a job fair in North Haverhill on Thursday.

It's going to be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Haverhill Town Office.

New Hampshire's unemployment rate held steady in June at 3.8 percent. That's down from 4.3 percent in the same month last year, and is lower than the national June average of 5.3 percent.

A variety of employers are expected to attend the job fair, representing such fields as health care, veterans resources, staffing agencies, manufacturing, government, and others.

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New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte is heading a subcommittee hearing that will focus on best practices at shipyards.

The hearing before the Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee on Wednesday will look at new training techniques, efficiency initiatives, management and labor cooperation, apprentice programs and the role of shipyards in sustaining naval readiness.

Ayotte invited Paul O'Connor to testify. He's the president of the Metal Trades Council at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

The council represents 2,500 tradesmen and women at the shipyard.

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a couple who attempted to sue Pat's Peak Ski Resort over a chairlift fall, but whose complaint was dismissed for failing to give proper notice.

The court reversed a judge's decision Tuesday and sent the case back for further action.

Deborah and Matthew Hogan reported injuries Feb. 4, 2012. They sent notice to the resort by certified return receipt mail on May 3, 2012, that they retained a lawyer. The resort got it May 10.

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Governor Maggie Hassan says she doesn’t believe National Guard recruiters should be armed.

After a shooting earlier this month at two recruiting centers in Tennessee left five military personnel dead, 60 New Hampshire House members called on Hassan to allow recruiters in the Granite State to be armed.

Hassan has been reviewing security measures at recruiting centers with the New Hampshire National Guard.

She says because the National Guard doesn’t recommend arming recruiters, it’s not something she will support.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is chiding his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination for speaking in slogans rather than offering specifics on policies they'd pursue if elected to the White House.

At a town hall meeting in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Christie said that talk of making America great may sound good. But, he says, "Where's the beef?"

Christie's remarks came during his 15th town hall in the early voting state. Performing well in the New Hampshire primary is seen as crucial to Christie's presidential hopes.

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Sixteen New Hampshire nonprofits will receive funding in the form of tax credits from the Community Development Finance Authority. The tax credits total $5.5 million.

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Manchester's police chief is hosting a forum Tuesday night for the public to talk about the city's heroin epidemic.

Chief Nick Willard will be one of seven panel members at the forum at the Radisson Hotel from 5 to 7 p.m.

Manchester police Lt. Brian O’Keefe says drug activity in the city continues to surge at an alarming rate.

“We’re well over I believe 47 deaths since Jan. 1,” he said. “In addition to that, we have responded to probably well over 250 overdose-related calls since Jan. 1. The numbers are staggering in the city.”

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Gym company Planet Fitness has started its initial public offering.

The Newington, New Hampshire-based workout center chain announced 13,500,000 shares of its Class A common stock Monday.

The company says underwriters will have a 30-day option to buy up to an additional 2,025,000 shares.

The price range for the IPO is estimated to be between $14 and $16 per share.

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The only thing missing was the waffles.

Authorities in Keene were in for some sticky times when a load of maple syrup shifted in a tractor-trailer and leaked very slowly all over a main highway.

Police Sgt. Thaddeus Derendal says about 220 gallons of the sweet-smelling pancake-topper from a Vermont producer oozed onto Route 101 on Monday afternoon.

Firefighters used squeegees to corral the mess and poured something like kitty litter on it to speed the drying process. The two eastbound lanes were reduced to one lane while the cleanup was underway.

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is holding meetings in Nashua and Milford to obtain feedback from residents about a proposed natural gas pipeline that would run through the state.

The Telegraph of Nashua reports the pipeline, designed to bring gas from shale fields in Pennsylvania and New York, would span 71 miles of southern New Hampshire.

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The first rule of campaigning: Go where the voters are. On a sunny Saturday afternoon in Manchester’s Arms Park, the Granite State Brewers Association Summerfest has already drawn more than 1,200 people – and that's drawn one of the sixteen announced Republican presidential candidates, former New York Governor George Pataki.

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A new polls shows that in New Hampshire, businessman Donald Trump is leading the pack of Republicans in the presidential race.

The NBC News-Marist poll shows Trump with 21 percent support among potential Republican primary voters. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush trails at 14 percent, followed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with 12 percent.

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Gov. Maggie Hassan is signing a bill that modernizes securities regulations in New Hampshire, with the goal of making it easier for businesses to start up and grow.

The Uniform Securities Act is being signed into law Monday afternoon.

Hassan said the measure helps focus on investor protection and reduce hurdles for businesses trying to raise capital, while balancing the state's interest in regulating securities transactions.

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As brash businessman Donald Trump continues his surprising surge in the national presidential polls, behind the scenes, there’s a well-known GOP operative from New Hampshire pulling the strings.

Corey Lewandowski was the director of the conservative Americans for Prosperity here in the Granite State.

He’s now campaign manager for Donald Trump.

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Republican Lindsey Graham is set to take part in a candidate forum Monday morning in Derry. But it's his plans for next weekend that may help boost his profile in the Granite State.

According to multiple news outlets, the South Carolina U.S. Senator will campaign with Arizona Senator John McCain, one of Graham’s closest Senate allies and a two-time winner of the first in the nation presidential primary.

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New Hampshire's Catholic Medical Center is distributing color wristbands to help children learn how to avoid potentially dangerous ticks.

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas is proclaiming this week "Tick Awareness Week" in the city. He'll join hospital officials and the city's public health director on Monday to accept a box of the wristbands to distribute to families.

The wristbands feature images of ticks, which can cause Lyme disease.

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