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President Donald Trump has issued a major disaster declaration for New Hampshire and will provide federal emergency assistance following severe storms that hit the state last month.

The storms dropped more than an inch of rain per hour. About 60 roads were damaged, about a dozen homes were surrounded by water and about 600 people evacuated from campgrounds. Most of the damage was in Grafton County.

New Hampshire authorities say initial damage assessments from last weekend's storms and flooding are in excess of $11.5 million.

A Manchester man has been fined $40,000 for filing false visa applications.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says Rohit Saksena, 42, runs a staffing company that specializes in connecting American companies with skilled foreign IT workers through the H-1B visa program.

The New Hampshire attorney general says officers from the Keene Police Department were justified in the use of deadly force in a shooting that injured a man last month.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said Wednesday the shooting happened after police responded to an apartment to assist the girlfriend of Patrick Letendre and the woman's 3-year-old daughter.

The girlfriend was removing their belongings. MacDonald said she was involved in an argument with Letendre, who prevented her from leaving. She called 911 and three officers arrived.

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Time moves differently—and is counted differently—on Three Mile Island.

The summer camp on Lake Winnipesaukee, which is owned and operated by the Appalachian Mountain Club, hasn’t changed much since its opening in 1900. And many of the campers, some of whom have been returning annually for more than half-a-century, are more likely to tell you when they first started coming to Three Mile, rather than admit their age.

With the electronic gambling game keno now legal in New Hampshire, city governments across the state are starting to consider whether they want it in their communities.

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Blow-Me-Down Farm occupies more than 40 acres along the Connecticut River, just across the road from Saint Gaudens National Historic Site. The National Park Service owns the property, and has been working with Lebanon-based Opera North on a plan to spruce up the estate and make it a center for the arts.  

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Protesters sat in the black plastic chairs of the Keene City Council chambers in June, hand-lettered signs at their feet. At issue at the meeting was a proposal by Liberty Utilities.

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Just weeks after New Hampshire legalized Keno, the state’s lottery commission has started pitching the electronic bingo game to cities across the state.

Under the new law, money raised by Keno will go towards full-day kindergarten programs statewide. But the game will only be allowed in cities and towns that approve it. 

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New Hampshire's Department of Health and Human Services says two batches of mosquitoes from Manchester have tested positive for the West Nile Virus, the first of the 2017 season.

State Epidemiologist Benjamin Chan says no humans or animals have tested positive for the West Nile or for Eastern Equine Encephalitis this year.

New Hampshire’s Office of the Attorney General filed its first lawsuit against one of the companies it’s been investigating over their role in the state’s opioid crisis.

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The vinyl resurgence is thriving in New Hampshire.

Do a quick Google search, and you’ll find there are nearly two dozen music stores across the Granite State carrying new or used records.

Across the globe, vinyl LP sales spiked by 53 percent last year, reaching the format’s highest point in 25 years.

To find out what’s behind this renewed interest in records, Morning Edition host Rick Ganley paid a visit recently to Thrifty’s Second Hand Stuff in Manchester.

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The Telegraph of Nashua found itself in an awkward situation for a newspaper recently. Turmoil in the paper’s management was making the headlines.

The paper’s top editor was fired last week. Another senior editor quit. This comes less than a year after the Telegraph’s managing editor left in protest. Former employees say much of the unrest is due to the paper’s owners, an out-of-state chain that bought The Telegraph four years ago.

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Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter is holding a pair of town hall meetings this week.

The first will be at Laconia Middle School on Tuesday. And on Wednesday, Shea-Porter will be at the McConnell Center in Dover. Both events are open to the public and get underway at 6 p.m.

Shea-Porter plans to discuss her work in Congress, and take questions from the audience. 

The Democrat is in her fourth term serving New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District.

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The Nashua Board of Aldermen will hold a special meeting Tuesday to discuss the electronic bingo game Keno.

Last month Gov. Chris Sununu signed legislation legalizing Keno, but where the game can be played is still up to cities and towns.

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A lawsuit that sought to restrict New Hampshire's ability to share voter information with the Trump administration’s election integrity commission was resolved in court Monday. 

Both sides compromised on a plan to allow Secretary of State Bill Gardner to share scanned, unsearchable copies of local voter checklists from all wards across the state— not the larger, digitized version of that information that is collected in the central statewide voter database.

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Prosecutors laid out their evidence Monday in a murder-for-hire case in the town of Plainfield. 

Pauline Chase, 83, and her son Maurice Temple, 63, are charged with plotting to pay another man,  Mark Horne, to kill Temple's ex-wife. 

The Cheshire Fair may consider clearer protocols for vendors after the sale of racially-tinged items at least week’s fair drew social media protests.

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New Hampshire is considering establishing a new veteran's cemetery in the town of Stark.

On a 20-acre plot overgrown with brush, the cement foundations of guard towers and a few old fireplaces are the only remnants of a prisoner of war camp from World War II, New Hampshire’s only POW camp.

Officials are weighing a plan to use that land and surrounding forest as a site for the new cemetery. New Hampshire currently has one veteran's cemetery, in Boscawen, but traveling to the cemetery requires a long drive for vets and their families in the North Country.

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The mother and son charged in a Plainfield murder-for-hire plot are slated to appear again in court Monday afternoon. At the hearing, more details of their alleged plot will likely become public. 

Pauline Chase, 83, and Maurice Temple , 63, were arrested last month and charged with plotting to pay for the murder of Temple's ex-wife. Both are being held on $1 million bail. 

Mark Horne, the man who police say Temple and Chase planned to pay for the murder, is not being charged. Sullivan County Attorney  Marc Hathaway said Horne is cooperating with investigators. 

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Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire say federal funding is in place to build a new bridge between New Hampshire and Vermont.

They say the New Hampshire Department of Transportation will receive $5 million in federal funding to replace the Rogers' Rangers Bridge on U.S. Route 2, which was built in 1950.

The funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation will accelerate construction and allow New Hampshire and Vermont to move ahead with the project.

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The Northern Border Regional Commission has awarded more than $2.2 million in federal funds to 13 development projects across New Hampshire.

The projects range from a septic wastewater treatment station in Whitefield to parking in Lancaster to improve access to an island nature area.

The New Hampshire congressional delegation on Friday announced the funding, made available after Congress secured a $5 million increase in funding.

The border commission is a federal-state partnership.

The Dallas Police department has suspended its use of a pistol made by New Hampshire-based Sig Sauer, the latest bit of controversy to visit the local gun-maker.

Children in New Hampshire are finding themselves caught in the front lines of the state’s heroin and opioid crisis.

Last month, first responders had to use Narcan to revive a 6-year-old Manchester boy. And last week, a 9-year-old was left unattended at a Manchester Dunkin' Donuts when his father overdosed in the bathroom.

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The fight over whether New Hampshire should share voter files with the Trump administration’s election commission has its first court hearing Monday afternoon in Nashua.

Two New Hampshire lawmakers, with the help of the New Hampshire branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, are trying to stop Secretary of State Bill Gardner from sharing information from the statewide voter file with the Trump administration.

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Republican Gov. Chris Sununu's first appointee to the New Hampshire Supreme Court is going to be sworn in this week.

The ceremony for Associate Justice Barbara "Bobbie" Hantz Marconi is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

She is replacing retiring Associate Justice Carol Ann Conboy.

A large federal building occupying prime real estate in Portsmouth is getting one step closer to being turned over to the city.

After almost 15 years of talks with the city about the fate of the Thomas J. McIntyre building in downtown Portsmouth, the federal General Services Administration says it is planning to move out by next fall.

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Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin has removed a third top official from the Manchester VA.

Secretary Shulkin has removed Carol Williams, the medical center's director of nursing and patient care services. It's a move doctors who blew the whistle on problems with the Manchester VA had been calling for.

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Ever walk past a private driveway with no end in sight and wonder... what's down there? Or glimpse a building through some trees and wish you could get up close?

Well, one listener wrote in about a place that she'd never seen... only heard of in passing. A place tucked into the trees in the Great North Woods. A New Hampshire institution. And chances are, you've never seen it either. 

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The state's highest court will hear arguments involving a proposed wind farm in the town of Antrim.  It's the latest development in a years-long battle for the Antrim Wind project, which has been under development since 2009.

Governor Chris Sununu will be revving his engine Saturday night at New England Dragway in Epping.

The governor told reporters he doesn’t believe the school buses he, lottery director Charles McIntyre, New Hampshire’s 2017 teacher of the years, and a radio host best known as “Roadkill,” will be driving are souped up.

But he did indicate he’s considering ways to make sure his bus turns heads at it speeds down the ¼ mile drag strip.

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