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Count Sen. Jeanne Shaheen among those cheering the news that Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill.

For the last year, Shaheen has been one of the leading voices in Congress calling for more female representation on U.S. currency.

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The New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen has a new monument, thanks to a 95-year-old man in Bristol who wanted to honor the elite unit he served with in World War II. 

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The New Hampshire House killed a bill Wednesday to fund a program designed to teach substance abuse prevention in high schools.

HOPE, which stands for Heroin and Opiate Prevention Education, is run by Plymouth State University and offers peer to peer prevention. But not every school in the state participates.

Under the measure, roughly $51,000 would be available to public and charter high schools in the state who want to join the program.

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A bill aimed at cracking down on people who put sexually explicit photos of a person online without his or her consent in New Hampshire is now heading to the Governor.

On Wednesday the full House passed the measure through a voice vote – something the full Senate did last month.  

Under the bill, those found to have participated in the practice of so-called “revenge porn” will be charged with a felony. 

Faculty at Plymouth State University voted this week to form a union.

By a margin of about 60 percent to 40 percent, the tenure and tenure-tracked faculty at the school voted to organize with the American Association of University Professors.

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The New Hampshire House on Wednesday backed a bill calling for an additional $5 million to help combat the state’s current opioid crisis.

Under the measure, $3, million will go to treatment services while $2 million will help to provide housing for those battling an addiction. It also includes money to hire a state attorney to prosecute drug cases.

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The New Hampshire House Wednesday backed a measure that would allow the state Division of Children, Youth and Families to investigate parents suspected of having an opioid dependence. 

As written, the bill would exempt parents currently involved in treatment or actively seeking treatment.  

Democrat Skip Berrien of Exeter said this bill would ensure that DCYF can offer services before problems escalate.

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The classic gerrymandered map you learned about in high school civics class is full of oddly-shaped legislative districts, drawn with obvious intent to boost one party.

But in New Hampshire, that’s rarely the case: It’s very hard to see, just by looking at the election maps, which districts might help or hurt a certain party’s chances.

So has gerrymandering been a factor in the state’s politics? And if so, how much?

The state’s Medical Examiner has concluded that a man found dead at the Valley Street Jail in early March died of a fentanyl overdose. The death was ruled an accident.

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A new poll shows only 4 percent of likely voters in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District say they would definitely vote to re-elect Republican Frank Guinta in the wake of his campaign finance scandal, though fewer voters are totally ruling him out.

The Federal Election Commission last May concluded Guinta broke the law by accepting $355,000 in donations from his parents in 2010. Guinta maintains his only mistake was improperly reporting money that was rightfully his because he managed a "family pot" of money.

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An Air Force official told members of the Pease Restoration Advisory Board that it will most likely take "decades" to restore water to acceptable standards at the former Pease base.

Peter Forbes, environmental engineering program manager for the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center, also told board members Tuesday night that the Air Force has spent about $15 million in addressing water contamination at the base over the last two years.

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The families of a Vermont couple killed when a former Fortune 500 executive crashed his pickup truck into their SUV on a New Hampshire highway have settled lawsuits related to the crash.

Robert Dellinger was an executive at PPG Industries Inc. in Pittsburgh who held top positions at Sprint Corp., Delphi Corp. and General Electric Co. The 55-year-old pleaded guilty and was sentenced last year to between nine and 20 years in prison.

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Here’s a confusing reality about New Hampshire politics today.

Democrats are having success like never before, scoring wins that would have been impossible just two decades ago.

But despite that shift, there’s one place where Republicans still have a leg up on Election Day: the state Legislature.

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A second bottled water pickup has been scheduled for Southern New Hampshire residents whose wells were contaminated with the compound known as PFOA.

The state Department of Environmental Services will provide the bottled water, paid for by Saint-Gobain, at the Litchfield Transfer station on Sunday, from 9 to 3.

Residents who qualify include those within a one-mile radius of the Saint-Gobain plastics plant, as well as those in designated neighborhoods outside of that radius.

New Hampshire's highest court has clarified the state's right-to-know law. 

The ruling came in a case involving Donna Green, Sandown's representative on the Timberlane Regional School Board.

Last year, Green sought budget documents from SAU 55.

Green  was told she could inspect them at the district's offices and pay to copy them, but was denied them when she asked for them in a digital format.

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If you’ve ever wanted to change the color of something—your car, a wall in your dining room, or even your shirt—you may have wished that you could just snap your fingers and voila, you’ve got a new color. It’s a skill that cephalopods like squid and octopuses have already mastered. Now some scientists are studying this ability in squid so they can learn how to make materials and fabrics change color in the blink of an eye.

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 A political action committee affiliated with Planned Parenthood is spending $400,000 to target Kelly Ayotte in its first TV ad focused on 2016 Senate races.

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It seems like a simple question: Overall, have free-trade agreements (like NAFTA) been good news or bad news for the Granite State?

The answer, according to the experts and others who weighed in during The Exchange, isn’t so straightforward.

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After an evening of auditions at Jean’s Playhouse, Clark’s Trading Post has found its new Wolfman. Actor, teacher, construction worker  - and Santa Claus - Larry Vigus of Barrington, New Hampshire has won the iconic role.

In 1969, the day after graduating from High School, Leon Noel took a job as a laborer at Clark’s Trading Post. He did landscaping, swept the parking lot, and sometimes took tickets. 

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"On the Political Front" is our weekly check-in with NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers.

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After a slow week at the State House, lawmakers will have long session days in both chambers with roughly 60 bills on the docket in the House and Senate. 

  New Hampshire US Senator Kelly Ayotte is using the University of New Hampshire as a model for giving the public more information about sexual assaults on college campuses. 

Flood forecasting and contaminants in drinking water are among the issues at this week's conference on New Hampshire water and policy issues. 

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  The Memorial Bridge will be closed to all traffic for part of the day Tuesday. 

  The US Department of Agriculture is asking maple producers to weigh in on this year's syrup crop. 

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  Police in Hanover say a phone scammer is impersonating an officer in an attempt to elicit cash payments. 

Belknap County Nursing Home employees have voted down a proposed labor agreement.

Chapter president Tanya Phillips says the proposal from the Belknap County Commissioners didn't add up for workers, because the additional health care costs would have more than offset the proposed wage increases.

The two sides have been unable to reach a deal since 2012.

Phillips says she expects contract talks to begin again in August.

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  The state says residents who have questions or concerns about PFOA exposure can call a public inquiry line starting today. 

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  Officials with Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine are set to begin notifying workers who will lose or change positions as part of a restructuring. 

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Residents of a mobile home park in Portsmouth recently purchased the land they’ve been living on for decades. This park joins a growing number of other mobile home communities to do the same. When Kathy Ireland received a letter last year that said the mobile-home park she lives in was being sold, she wasn’t quite sure how to take it.

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