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An 18-year-old high school senior from New Hampshire died in a sledding accident at Sunday River Ski resort early this morning.

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During his run for Governor, Chris Sununu called commuter rail a “boondoggle” – a bad investment.

Now he’s putting his support behind a $4 million feasibility study to look at how commuter rail could work. On Wednesday morning in Nashua, Sununu said that with Amazon potentially coming to New Hampshire and more private partnerships available, he thinks it makes sense to explore rail.

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The winter storm that began overnight will result in 3- to 6- inches of snow accumulation for most of New Hampshire before leaving the region by early evening.

Gov. Chris Sununu says the state Emergency Operations Center opened at 6 a.m. to monitor the impact on this morning's commute. Major highways are posted 45 mph top speed.

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An outpouring of bipartisan support was shown at the State House on Tuesday for a bill to strengthen victims’ rights.

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A controversial school choice bill drew a large crowd at a public hearing before lawmakers Tuesday.

The bill would allow some parents to take their children out of public school and then spend the state tax dollars that would have followed that child on other forms of education, including private school tuition.  

Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig was among those who spoke against the measure.

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The University System of New Hampshire is expanding a program offering four years of free tuition to in-state students who qualify for federal Pell grants.

The program, known as "Granite Guarantee," began last year at the University of New Hampshire.  It'll now expand to cover Keene State College and Plymouth State University. Those schools will begin covering tuition for first-year students enrolling next fall.

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Speaking at a Martin Luther King Jr. event in Manchester, Governor Chris Sununu urged New Hampshire residents to add their voice to community forums in the coming months.

He pointed to his administration’s new council on diversity and inclusion, as well as a new Civil Rights Unit established within the Attorney General’s Office.

 

Mark Hounsell Says He's Running for Congress

Jan 16, 2018
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Carroll County Commissioner Mark Hounsell says he is running for the Republican nomination for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District.

Hounsell, a former state senator from Conway, joins state Sen. Andy Sanborn of Bedford and former state liquor enforcement chief Eddie Edwards of Dover in the GOP field for the open seat in 2018.

U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, a Democrat from Rochester, is not running for re-election this year.

Vermont is poised to legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana beginning this summer. Police along New Hampshire’s western border, though, say they’re not concerned about the policy change.

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The Manchester VA Medical Center is celebrating the reopening of its women’s clinic today.

A tour of the reconstructed space on the sixth floor will take place as part of the open house scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

The reconstructed women's clinic will have its own waiting room and restroom.

It has been closed since July, when a pipe burst and flooded it and several floors below. Interim Manchester VA Medical Center Director Al Montoya says about 85 percent of the space that was flooded has since been reopened.

Diane Rehm is back on the air, discussing the state of the country one year after the inauguration of President Trump. 

Later this week, the beloved host will welcome a panel of political analysts, delving into how the country has changed since the election, and what's ahead for the White House, Congress and voters in 2018. 

The program will air on NHPR on Friday evening, January 19, at 8 p.m. 

Listen in then to hear Diane and her guests:  

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Governor Chris Sununu and a bipartisan group of legislators will officially kickoff the campaign for a new amendment to the New Hampshire Constitution at the State House on Tuesday.

N.H. Rivers Drop Below Flood Stage, Snow in the Forecast

Jan 15, 2018
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Heavy rain and ice jams that contributed to some headaches in northern New England are in the past, and weather officials are now keeping an eye on a snowstorm.

One neighborhood in Littleton, N.H, dealt with rising water on Sunday. Homes were evacuated in northern Vermont. 

By Monday, all rivers had dropped below flood stage. Bob Marine from the National Weather Service said river levels were still trending downward.

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  There are several New Hampshire events today to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

People will gather at a service in Nashua, a candlelight vigil at Dartmouth College, and a couple of traditional events to recognize civil rights and human rights.

Gov. Chris Sununu is scheduled to attend the Seacoast NAACP Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast at the South Church in Portsmouth.

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Brokedown Palace/ Mark Erelli/ Mix Tape/ Mark Erelli

Skippin' in the Mississippi Dew/ John Hartford/ Mark Twang/ New Rounder

This Old Guitar/ Joe Purdy/ American Folk (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)/ American Folks Records

The Warranty Deed/ Tony Barrand And Keith Murphy/ On the Banks of Coldbrook: Atwood Family Songs from the Hills of Vermont/ Tony Barrand and Keith Murphy

Pelicans/ Birds Of Chicago/ Real Midnight/ Five Head Entertainment

Banish Misfortune;Open Hand/ Patty Larkin/ À Gogo/ Vanguard Records

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A flood watch is in effect for a large part of New Hampshire on Friday and Saturday, as the forecast calls for possible heavy rain at times, with precipitation turning to sleet and a wintry mix.

The National Weather Service has issued a slew of warnings and advisories for the Granite State. Some regions have multiple advisories. Concord, for example, has the following:

State Senator Andy Sanborn at a political event at The Draft, the bar and restaurant he owns in Concord

A top State House leader said this week that an incident involving a sitting senator prompted him to seek the advice of an outside law firm, a process that spurred a larger overhaul of the New Hampshire Legislature’s anti-harassment policy several years ago.

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State officials say they're close to finalizing a deal that would bring clean water to Bedford residents whose wells have been contaminated with toxic chemicals called PFCs since 2016.

The contamination likely came from air emissions at the nearby Saint Gobain Plastics Plant. Since then, many residents have been drinking bottled water as they wait for Saint Gobain to pay to connect them to Manchester's water system.

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A Plymouth District Court judge heard three hours of arguments on Thursday about whether evidence obtained by drug-sniffing dogs utilized by U.S. Border Patrol and Customs agents can be used to prosecute drug crimes in New Hampshire State Courts.

The legal dispute stems from multi-day checkpoints staged last summer on Interstate 93 in the town of Woodstock, New Hampshire, which is approximately 90 miles from the international border.

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A reality show chronicling the work of New Hampshire Fish & Game officers is back on Animal Planet.

North Woods Law was set in Maine from 2012 to 2016, and moved to New Hampshire last year. It follows the conservation officers who enforce the state's fish, game, wildlife recreation and marine laws.

In the new season, which airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m., the Department of Fish & Game says officers will run a search and rescue mission on Mount Washington, investigate a cold case, suspicious hunters and drug crimes, help a disabled hawk and more.

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It was a packed house at the Teatotaller café in Somersworth as five transgender panelists shared their stories and took questions from an audience.

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The Weekly N.H. News Roundup on The Exchange hit the road this week and recorded before a live audience at The Barley House in Concord. The show airs at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m Friday.

Click here to see photos from the event

Host Peter Biello also fielded questions from the audience, including two about marijuana legislation.

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New Hampshire’s medical marijuana program has more than doubled in size since 2016. About 4,700 patients were enrolled in the program by the end of 2017.

Michael Holt is the Therapeutic Cannabis Program Administrator for the Department of Health and Human Services. He joins us now to talk about how the state’s medical marijuana program has grown.

(Editor's note: this transcript has been edited lightly for broadcast.)

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Long before the #MeToo movement took down politicians, movie moguls and powerful media personalities, St. Paul’s School in Concord was grappling with its own history of sexual misconduct.

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Long-running efforts to expand public boat access on Lake Sunapee may be headed in a new direction.

Officials with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department had been working for decades to build a new public boat launch on a piece of land known as the Wild Goose Site when Governor Chris Sununu abruptly pulled the plug on the plan last summer.

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When an elementary or middle school student can't pay for lunch, that student will run up lunch debt. Students with debt are sometimes given an "alternative meal" instead of a hot lunch, and that could lead to shame and embarrassment. Recently a man in North Haverhill launched an effort to wipe out kids' lunch debt in his local schools...and is now promoting what he calls "lunch equality." 

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Over the last few weeks, a coalition of community groups and city leaders in Rochester set up an impromptu warming center as a last-ditch effort to give homeless residents a safe place to go during the recent cold snap. With this week’s warmer weather, the center’s set to close at noon Thursday. But for many, the need for stable housing isn't going away.

A public housing complex for people who are chronically homeless could open in Rochester later this year.

Last year, a doctor in Rochester donated her old medical office building to the Rochester Housing Authority.

Stacey Price, director of the housing authority, says they’re hoping to transform the space into 8 housing units for people who are chronically homeless.

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The state Supreme Court has ruled for Eversource in the company's fight with the town of Bow over the value of a local power plant.

The decision comes as the utility finishes selling off Merrimack Station as part of its deregulation process.

The plant and some related assets have made up a big part of Bow's tax rolls for decades.

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