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A Laconia High School English teacher has been named the state’s top educator.

Tate Aldrich was named the New Hampshire Teacher of the Year at a surprise ceremony at the school Friday.

Aldrich has been teaching English for eight years, all of them at Laconia High School, which also happens to be his alma mater.

Tate Aldrich joined NHPR’s Morning Edition to talk about the award.

What was your reaction when you learned you won?

 

The Citizen newspaper of Laconia says it will stop publishing on Sept. 30, after 90 years of serving readers in the state's Lakes Region.

The paper reports Sample News Group CEO George Sample says the company has tried for several months to sell the paper, without success. Sample says in its six years of ownership, The Citizen became the No. 1 source for online news, but the advertising needed to sustain that effort, plus the high cost of printing and distributing newspapers, hasn't followed.

Jack Rodolico

Just as the school year began, the Manchester School District announced there was lead in the drinking water at some of its schools.

That contamination is now cleaned up. But in the aftermath of Flint, Michigan’s massive drinking water crisis, this small scare in Manchester highlights a concern among New Hampshire’s public health officials: there is no comprehensive lead testing done on drinking water in schools across the state.

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This weekend is Saint-George Greek Orthodox Church’s 37th annual Glendi festival in Manchester-- the church's largest fundraiser of the year. 

Glendi is the Greek word for “celebration," and the festival, which runs from Friday through Sunday, includes live music, traditional costumed dancing, and plenty of Greek food.

Frank Comerford is the president of the church’s Board of Directors, and calls himself "the Irish president of the Greek Cathedral." If he could only get one thing at the festival all weekend, Comeford says, he would get the lamb shank.

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Senate president Chuck Morse is calling for the state to enter into a settlement with Dover after a judge ruled a spending cap placed on the districts’ schools was unconstitutional.

Last week a judge ruled a legislative spending cap that had kept money from fast growing schools districts like Dover, was unconstitutional.

Now, Senate President Chuck Morse, who had intervened to defend the cap in the lawsuit, says the state Attorney General should settle the case for the amount the cap cost Dover in fiscal year 2016. Dover says that’s about $1.5 million.

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In his first days campaigning for governor in the general election, Democrat Colin Van Ostern has focused on women’s health issues.  And today he did so again at a stop on the Seacoast.

Colin Van Ostern met with state senator Martha Fuller Clark and a handful of healthcare professionals at the Lovering health care center in Greenland.

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The state will offer blood tests to a random selection of residents who use  city water in Merrimack. That’s despite the fact that public water in Merrimack is currently below the state’s enforceable threshold for PFOA contamination.

Surrounding the Saint-Gobain plastics plant in Merrimack, over 600 private wells have been tested for the chemical PFOA, and more than a third have turned up with high enough contamination to qualify for bottled water, new water infrastructure, and blood tests paid for by Saint-Gobain.

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 Facing backlash from alumni and even the governor, the University of New Hampshire is defending its decision to spend $1 million from a $4 million gift from a former librarian on a new video scoreboard for its football stadium.

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The Bookshelf from NHPR is New Hampshire Public Radio's series on authors and books with ties to the Granite State.  All Things Considered host Peter Biello 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 books@nhpr.org.

The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College is opening a new gallery space on Main Street in Hanover on September 16th.  The museum itself is closed until 2019 while it undergoes a major expansion project, but Director John Stomberg and his staff came up with a way to keep the Hood engaged in the community. 

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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.

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After Tuesday’s primary election, both parties’ tickets for November are now officially in place. On Wednesday, the state’s GOP leaders gathered for a “unity breakfast” and got one major call to action: stand with the man who will be at the top of their lineup: Donald Trump. Their first chance was last night, at a rally Trump held in Laconia.


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At a campaign rally inside Laconia Middle School Thursday night, Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump opened his remarks by mocking the fact that his press pool’s plane was still on the tarmac:

"I have really good news for you. I just heard that the press is stuck on their airplane they can’t get here [Applause] I love it. So they’re trying to get here now they’re going to be about 30 minutes late they called and said, 'Could you wait?' I said absolutely not," Trump told a cheering crowd.

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Virginia Senator and Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine spoke to a group of millennials about workforce development in Portsmouth today.

Tim Kaine appeared alongside a panel from the group Stay Work Play, a nonprofit focused on attracting young professionals to New Hampshire.

Cheryl Senter, NHPR

Today, the Union Leader did something unusual: It endorsed a candidate for president who was not the Republican nominee. The paper bypassed Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to endorse Gary Johnson and his vice presidential running mate, Bill Weld.

Two days after the state primary, with an eye toward the general election, State Sen. Jeff Woodburn had one message for the crowd of Democrats who packed into the Puritan Backroom for the party’s unity breakfast on Thursday morning.

"We’re not running against the Republicans," Woodburn told his fellow Democrats. "We’re running against complacency."

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Democratic Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern won his party's nomination for governor Tuesday. He'll face fellow councilor and Republican Chris Sununu in the general election.

Van Ostern spoke with NHPR's Morning Edition the day after the primary.

There’s a crisis facing New Hampshire’s dairy industry.

Nineteen of the state’s 120 wholesale dairy farms have closed this year.

Now, there’s growing concern about what kind of relief – if any – might be available for these farmers and where the industry goes from here.

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Donald Trump is back in New Hampshire Thursday.

The Republican presidential nominee is set to hold a campaign rally at Laconia Middle School at 7:30 p.m.

This comes as a report by Politico this week finds that Trump’s former campaign manager – New Hampshire resident Corey Lewandowski – has become increasingly more involved with the campaign behind the scenes.

Michael Brindley

Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Sununu was among the high-profile Republicans who called on 1st District Congressman Frank Guinta to step down last year in the wake of a $355,000 campaign finance violation. 

Now, Sununu says he no longer holds that position, even though the facts of the case remain the same.

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The General Election race for governor has begun, with the New Hampshire Democratic Party holding a press conference Wednesday morning to criticize the two top Republican contenders for the corner office.

Executive Councilor Chris Sununu was declared the winner over Representative Frank Edelblut by a narrow margin later that afternoon.

Paige Sutherland/NHPR

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern held his first campaign event as the nominee in Nashua Wednesday. 

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Not since his father, former Gov. John H. Sununu, eked out his own closely fought race in 1982 has New Hampshire seen a Republican gubernatorial primary as tight as the one Chris Sununu won this week.

But in the end, there didn’t appear to be any hard feelings between Chris Sununu and opponent Frank Edelblut, who came in second place by less than one percent.

Special interest groups spent nearly half a million dollars on the primary races for governor and state Legislature that ended Tuesday, led by a nonprofit social-welfare organization with ties to a prominent Concord lobbying firm.

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Congressman Frank Guinta looked relieved when Republicans gathered at the Bedford Village Inn for their post-primary unity breakfast Wednesday.

And for good reason. 

Cheryl Senter, NHPR

Republican Rich Ashooh has conceded to incumbent Frank Guinta in their primary in the state's 1st Congressional District.

With 96 percent reporting, Guinta leads Ashooh by 661 votes, or about 1 percent of the vote. 

Wednesday morning, Ashooh issued a statement, saying that despite the close margin, "I am conceding this race to my opponent so that the Republican ticket may immediately position itself for victory in November." 

Southern New Hampshire University has reached a deal with ITT Educational Services that will let students at Daniel Webster College in Nashua complete their degrees.

Under a “teach out” agreement, SNHU will take on all of the college’s 550 students, and says it will hire as many Daniel Webster College faculty members as possible.

Students with 90 or more credits will be able to earn a degree from Daniel Webster College this year, while all other students will be able to transition to SNHU programs.

Executive Councilor Chris Sununu and State Representative Frank Edelblut headed home last night before their tight race for the Republican nomination for governor could be called.

 

With 280 of 300 precincts reporting, Sununu led Edelblut by a 1 percentage point -- about a thousand votes.   

By the time Sununu addressed supporters last night at the Portsmouth Country Club, it was heading towards 11:30,  and the race wasn’t officially over.  But with 90 percent of the vote in and Sununu in the lead, it felt -- and sounded -- like it was heading in that direction.

Jim Cole/AP

New Hampshire voters had the biggest field of candidates for governor to consider  that they've had in twenty years--seven people wanted the job. But how much can a New Hampshire governor actually do, anyway? 


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