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 A report on the state's Division of Children, Youth and Families points to an immediate need to add more staff.

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Governor Maggie Hassan signed an executive order Wednesday calling for the creation of the state’s first ever committee designed to analyze drug overdose deaths. 

National security has proven to be a pivotal issue in this year's Senate race between Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Gov. Maggie Hassan.

Ayotte, a Republican, has cast herself as a strong advocate for the nation's security, pointing to her record in the Senate. Hassan, a Democrat, has taken some positions that put her at odds with her own party and President Obama.


According to a Census Bureau report, household incomes have gone up. Global trade is a hot campaign issue, and we'll  look at how it impacts New Hampshire. And JP Morgan Chase plans to move six hundred jobs out of Salem.

Writers on a New England Stage: Justice Stephen Breyer

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Today, NHPR and the Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with Stephen Breyer, recorded live at the Music Hall in Portsmouth. Breyer was appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1994. He is now 78 and author of several books throughout his distinguished career. Some are academic, others displaying his unbridled enthusiasm for the democratic system and belief that it is the court’s job is to make government work for real people living today.


A federal grant of nearly $1.7 million is going to help low-income students in New Hampshire go to college.

It's the first time New Hampshire has received funding through the Department of Education's Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.

It will support 500 seventh-grade students at middle schools in Berlin, Claremont, Franklin and Laconia, as well as the Lisbon Regional School, Stewartstown Community School and Whitefield Elementary School.

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Democratic candidate Colin Van Ostern says as governor, he would invest in job training programs to strengthen the state’s workforce.

Speaking with representatives from the state’s community college system and healthcare employers, Colin Van Ostern stressed the need for more certificate and associate degree programs to help address the state’s labor shortage in key areas like nursing.

As a rookie officer in Nashua, N.H., Sergeant Lakeisha Phelps owned a little blue sports car. “One of the troopers would stop me like every other night,” she says, laughing. Phelps worked midnight shifts, and arrived in Nashua around 11 at night.

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For college students, the first semester of the academic year is well underway. Kids are busy making new friends and adjusting to classes and dorm life.

But unlike previous generations, these young adults are more likely to report anxiety and depression.

And that has campus mental health centers struggling to keep up with demand.



Officials in Exeter say the town plans to have police enforce new penalties outlined under a water ban law, including fines and disrupted service.

The Portsmouth Herald reports selectmen voted Monday night to approve the ordinance following a public hearing.

Under the law, a written warning will be sent for a first violation. Subsequent offenders could face a $1000 fine and a third violation could result in a $500 fine and discontinued water service.


Students are returning to a Vermont high school for the first time since four classmates and another member of the community were killed by a wrong-way driver.

The superintendent of Harwood Union High School says a memorial space has been set up in the building, and that students and staff who are returning Tuesday will be given the time and space they need.

The four Harwood juniors and a girl who grew up with them but went to high school in New Hampshire died late Saturday when the car they were riding in was hit by a wrong-way driver and burst into flames.

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 Fentanyl continues to be the main culprit behind deadly overdoses in New Hampshire: It’s been linked to 70 percent of drug deaths so far this year, according to the latest data from the state medical examiner.

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Hours after a 2005 recording of Donald Trump was made public last week, in which the Republican presidential nominee boasted in explicit terms about groping women, Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Sununu issued a one-sentence statement:  “Mr. Trump’s comments are repugnant, unacceptable and offensive.”

But when it comes to supporting Trump as president, Sununu’s campaign says nothing has changed. He still plans to back Trump as the Republican party’s nominee.

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With New Hampshire seen as a key battleground state in the presidential race, both sides will continue to focus their attention on the Granite State this week.

Michelle Obama will visit New Hampshire Thursday to campaign for Hillary Clinton.

The First Lady will hold a rally for the Democratic presidential nominee at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester. 

And after holding an event in Sandown last week, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is scheduled to return for a campaign rally Saturday in Portsmouth.

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After months of walking a tightrope when it comes to her position on Donald Trump, New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte now says she can’t support her party’s presidential nominee.

This comes after the release of an 11-year-old video in which Trump bragged about using his position of power to sexually assault women.

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Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte says 11-year old footage of Donald Trump talking crudely about groping women is “fundamentally different” than past statements by Trump, and that she'd  support Trump dropping out of the race. 

Ayotte's latest stance comes two days after the Washington Post reported on a videotape where Trump talks of groping women.

On Friday, Ayotte called Trump’s remarks "totally inappropriate and offensive."

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Senator Kelly Ayotte has withdrawn her support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. The move comes after the Washington Post reported on an 11-year old video showed Trump talking crudely about groping women.

Friday night, Ayotte called Trump's remarks in the video "totally inappropriate and offensive."

By late Saturday morning, Ayotte said in a statement that she’s “a mom and an American first and cannot support a candidate for President who brags about degrading and assaulting women.”

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New Hampshire’s department of travel and tourism is predicting 670,000 visitors and over $98 million spent by the end of this Columbus day weekend. The Columbus holiday is NH’s third strongest tourism weekend.

Kris Nielson is with the department of Travel and Tourism. She says peak foliage season is a little later than usual, this year. Still, she says, the Great North Woods are at peak,; and the White Mountains are close.  

"The color’s been a little bit slower to come in the lakes region and the Seacoast," she said, "but signs are popping up all over."

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was back in New Hampshire today. The former Democratic presidential candidate was campaigning for his former rival Hillary Clinton.

He was also here to support New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan's bid for U.S. Senate. Sanders spoke with NHPR's Peter Biello.

A long weekend calls for a road trip, and rumor has it the foliage in the western part of the state is glowing. 

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Black bears are as much a part of New Hampshire as fall foliage and stone walls, nevertheless they are a misunderstood species. To better understand the species, we wanted to talk to a bear, the closest thing we could get was Ben Kilham. And that’s pretty close, which is evident when you meet him. He’s over six-feet tall and moves with a slow ambling gait. His ursine tendencies aren’t surprising when you consider Kilham’s been studying and living with black bears for nearly 25 years.

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New Hampshire is getting the green light to continue a pilot program aimed at reducing standardized testing in schools.

The U.S. Department of Education on Thursday announced a one-year extension for New Hampshire's PACE program, which stands for Performance Assessment for Competency Education.

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court is weighing whether to give 78-year-old convicted murderer, Robert Breest, a new trial.

During Thursday’s arguments the defense focused the discussion on new forensic evidence, they say debunks the state’s original case.

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Food trucks have been a growing culinary trend in big cities for several years now. In rural New Hampshire, the fad has been slower to catch on. But a recent food truck festival in Portsmouth may be a sign that that’s changing.

The Manchester internet company Dyn has a new CEO. Colin Doherty is succeeding Dyn co-founder Jeremy Hitchcock. 

Dyn is an internet performance management company based in Manchester, with clients including Visa, Netflix and Twitter.

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This story has been updated with a response from the Trump campaign.

At his rally in Bedford last week, Donald Trump’s prescription for New Hampshire’s drug crisis — a wall at the southern border as a way to stop the flow of drugs into the country — earned plenty of cheers.

That proposal, and his assessment of the state’s drug issues more generally, went over less well with New Hampshire’s leading drug prevention advocacy organization, New Futures.

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Public Health officials say the flu has arrived in New Hampshire and will be here through April or May.

Every year, scientists create a new flu vaccine to try to outwit the highly mutable influenza virus.   

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Early-learning programs have always been a tough sell in New Hampshire. Child advocates and educators have tried for years to break lawmakers’ resistance to the idea, yet a proposal to put more 5-year-olds in all-day kindergarten can still roil Concord for months.

A Washington, D.C. political group with deep pockets, a team of lobbyists and a small army of volunteers wants to change that.

Never one to shy away from weighing in on politics, Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard made his feelings clear in the race for governor this week, backing Democrat Colin Van Ostern.

"As I've gotten to know Colin, I've been impressed by his concern for every community in this state," Willard wrote in post on his personal Facebook page. "He met with me well over a year ago to wrap his head around what we have been experiencing as a community with the drug crisis and he did so long before it became politically expedient."

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Donald Trump returns to New Hampshire Thursday night, his second visit to the Granite State in just eight days.

The Republican presidential nominee will hold what’s being billed as a “town hall style event” in Sandown.

The event is invitation only, and is seen as preparation for Trump to get accustomed to the format for the second presidential debate Sunday in St. Louis.

That debate this weekend features a town hall style setting, with the candidates responding to questions from undecided voters.