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The Environmental Protection Agency wants public input on its recommendation for cleaning up a toxic waste site in Nashua.

The Mohawk Tannery is a proposed Superfund site in a residential area along the Nashua River. It produced tanned leather from the 1920s to the 1980s, leaving acidic sludge, dioxanes and arsenic in the ground.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is coming to New Hampshire to speak about the opioid and fentanyl crisis.

Sessions will deliver his remarks Thursday afternoon at the federal building in Concord.

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President Donald Trump has chosen Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Kavanaugh currently serves as a U.S. Circuit Judge on the D.C. Court of Appeals. He’s described as a conservative.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with New Hampshire's Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen about her thoughts on the president's pick.

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A former high school guidance counselor in New Hampshire has been sentenced to over two years in prison as part of an agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to sexual assault charges involving a student.

Kristie Torbick, of Lee, had worked at Exeter High School. Education officials said the assaults happened in late 2016 and early 2017.

Other charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

The 39-year-old Torbick surrendered her education credentials. She also will need to register as a sex offender after serving her sentence.

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An invasive earthworm may be on the move in New Hampshire.

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension is hosting a public seminar later this month about a fast, hungry species called the "jumping worm" that was recently introduced to North America from eastern Asia.

Watch a video the worms here.

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A man has been sentenced to at least 25 years in prison for setting fire to a New Hampshire church and stabbing two people who talked to police about him.

Anthony Boisvert apologized to the First Baptist Church in court on Monday. The 29-year-old Boisvert, of Lebanon, pleaded guilty to multiple charges.

New Hampshire's Department of Health and Human Services wants to improve its child welfare system by integrating mental health, substance abuse, and preventive services to better support youth and families.

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Americans across the country with relatives detained at the border are working to be reunited with their loved ones.

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The state is warning casual hikers to reconsider attempting what's considered the toughest trail in the White Mountains.

That's after the second rescue in two years on Mount Washington's Huntington Ravine trail.

On Friday, responders had to scale the cliffs that divide the trail to help two stranded women, both 35 and from Minnesota.

State Department of Fish & Game Lt. Mark Ober says the pair wasn't geared up for the trail's difficulty or for mountain weather.

Governor Chris Sununu’s office is pushing forward with his Recovery Friendly Workforce initiative despite roadblocks in the state legislature this spring.

The goal of the initiative is to get the private sector more involved in preventing addiction and supporting workers struggling with drug and alcohol abuse.

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Keene residents now have an option for curbside compost pick-up.

The Elm City Compost Initiative began its collection service last week, accepting produce, meat and dairy scraps, as well as compostable paper and plastic products.

For $15 per month, the business will pick up a five-gallon bucket each week. Customers receive a clean bucket with each collection.

The Claremont MakerSpace celebrated its grand opening Friday. 

Sen. Maggie Hassan and Rep. Annie Kuster were in attendance for the ribbon cutting,  accomplished by laser cutter, rather than a traditional set of shears.

The project, which received both federal and state funds, has been in the works for years.  It’s an important keystone in efforts to revitalize the city, Kuster said.

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The Exchange will explore a different region of the state every Thursday starting July 12th: the Great North Woods, the White Mountains, the Lakes Region, Dartmouth/Sunapee, the Monadnock Region, the Merrimack Valley, and the Seacoast. 

We look at what makes each region distinct, the biggest issues facing that part of the state, and what people who live there love about their home. 

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Plymouth State University says it's teaming up with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network of New Hampshire to offer training on how to stop bullying in the classroom.

The partnership between PSU's Holmes Center and GLSEN is part of an effort to help educators create inclusive learning environments for all students.

Mary Earick is the Holmes’ Center's Director. She says hurtful interactions between students can be tricky for teachers to address.

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New Hampshire authorities are investigating the death of a man found in the Contoocook River in Concord.

They say the unresponsive man was found and recovered in shallow water on Sunday afternoon. An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday.

The Marine Patrol says the middle-age man was wearing a pair of red and black swim trunks with a gray, sleeveless T-shirt and had tattoos on both biceps and was wearing a red bracelet.

 

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Concord's city council will vote Monday night on setting a city-wide goal of using all-renewable energy sources within a few decades. It's the second time they've discussed the plan, and this time, it's expected to pass.

Rob Werner is a Concord city councilor who helped write the energy resolution. He says the first time council took it up, they heard concerns from the city's chamber of commerce and conservation committee, and that the plan came off as too binding.

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For the first time ever, the New Hampshire Attorney General's office is auditing all state-level fundraising reports to make sure they're filed on time and include all the right information. And in its initial review, the office found “deficiencies” in 73 of the 142 filings that were submitted for the June 20 reporting deadline.

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Divers will be out in Lake Winnisquam this summer removing invasive milfoil by hand. It’s the first comprehensive attempt to manage the weed in New Hampshire’s fourth-largest lake.

The newly formed Winnisquam Watershed Network got $46,000 in state and local funds for the project.

They’ll send out divers from now until September to remove the feathery milfoil from mucky shoreline areas by pulling it out at the roots. They’ll also use suction hoses and, later this fall, herbicide on some denser growths.

July  13-15, 2018

>>>Green River Festival

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Performers include:    Michael Franti and Spearhead, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dr, Dog, Josh Ritter Band, and many more TBA.

July 19-22, 2018

>>>Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

Oak Hill, New York

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Every Monday

>>>Wild Eagles Blues Jam at the Stone Church ~ Newmarket, NH ~ 7:30pm

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>>>Hootenanny at the Salt Hill Pub ~ Hanover, NH ~ 6pm ~ www.salthillpub.com

>>>Bluegrass Jam at McNeill’s Brewery ~ Brattleboro, VT ~ 8:30pm ~

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The New Hampshire attorney general's office and local police are investigating a suspicious death at a home in Nashua.

Police responded to a 911 call at the residence around midnight and found a deceased man. He's been identified as 49-year-old David Smith of Nashua.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

The attorney general's office and police said Sunday that at this time they do not believe that there is any threat of harm to the public.

 

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A New Hampshire museum is looking to collect Northern Pass-related hats, T-shirts, videos, and other items to educate future generations about grassroots opposition to the energy project.

The Caledonian Record reports the Sugar Hill Historical Museum wants the items for its "Northern Pass Opposition Archives." Project opponent Susan Schibanoff, of Easton, thought of the archives as she researched Easton's 1970s battle against the ultimately defeated proposal for a four-lane highway through Franconia Notch and said she found little on it.

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The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says two sets of hikers had to be rescued from the White Mountains because they were unprepared for the terrain and cold, windy conditions.

A 77-year-old Florida man and 71-year-old woman from New York were found at 11:20 Friday night off the Tuckerman Ravine trail after requesting a rescue. Both had hypothermia.

Volunteers worked overnight carrying them to the Mount Washington Auto Road where they were driven down. The woman was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

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It can be hard to get excited about something as abstract as a soybean or steel tariff, but that doesn't mean you can just ignore it.

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New Hampshire and Vermont organizations are getting $1.5 million in grants to support efforts in the North Country.

The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has awarded 28 grants focusing on such projects as afterschool programs, a dental clinic upgrade, and more in-depth news coverage.

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Victoria is 23 and working her way through college. Over Memorial Day weekend, she and her parents piled into the car and drove from New York for a vacation in the North of New Hampshire.

Hanging out at the hotel, taking a ride on the Cog Railway, that kind of thing.

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It has been a hot week in New Hampshire but the heat has not kept poet hope Jordan Hope from her daily walk on a hiking trail in Canterbury between I-93 and the Merrimack River. All Things Considered host Peter Biello spoke with the poet about her new collection The Day She Decided to Feed Crows.

Hope Jordan’s Top Five Reading Recommendations

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Mount Washington has had three of its warmest July days ever in the past week, but it didn't quite break its all-time high of 72 degrees.

Weather observer Ian Bailey says they came close Thursday, hitting 71 degrees in the early afternoon.

The Independence Day holiday week stretches into this weekend, with a number of local fireworks displays on the schedule. The heat wave should finally break, or lessen, according to the National Weather Service. But anyway, let's get this weekend started: Here are 5 things to do in New Hampshire (plus some bonus time):

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