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Dallas Police Chief David Brown says a shooting attack that left five police officers dead was "well planned."

Speaking at an interfaith prayer vigil in downtown Dallas on Friday, Brown called the shootings the previous night a "well-thought-out evil tragedy," saying his force "won't rest until we bring everyone involved to justice."

Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths were represented at the vigil that was attended by hundreds.

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  Seabrook is one of the latest New Hampshire towns to institute restrictions on water use amid a summer drought. 

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The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a plane crash at Dillant-Hopkins Airport in Keene. 

The FAA says the Piper PA 44 aircraft crashed into a ditch midday Thursday after landing on the airport's main runway.

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In a week where violence by and against police has dominated the news, from Louisiana to Minnesota to Texas, we thought we’d take a look at recent police shootings in New Hampshire.

Since the beginning of 2015, four people have died at the hands of police officers in the state, and two police officers have been been shot, both surviving those incidents.

Johanna Eldredge Morrissey

The Bookshelf is NHPR'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.

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Today’s topic is thunderstorms. Summer in NH brings those triple H days – hazy, hot, and humid! On days like those there’s nothing more welcome than the arrival of a late-afternoon thunderstorm, leaving in its wake cool, refreshing air, scrubbed clean of haze and pollution.

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A newly approved $1 million in federal funding is helping three legal organizations provide no-cost services to low-income victims of domestic violence and stalking.

The money, approved last week by the Executive Council, will be shared among New Hampshire Legal Assistance, the New Hampshire Bar Association's Pro Bono Program and the Legal Assistance Resource Center. The three organizations are partnering to reach victims earlier to find them lawyers who can help draft restraining order petitions and represent victims in court.

 

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan had a stronger fundraising quarter than her U.S. Senate rival, incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte.

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A hearing is planned for next month on whether a New Hampshire man accused of killing his 11-year-old stepdaughter five years ago is mentally competent to stand trial.

The Caledonian Record reports

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 Spinach, kale, and tomatoes are foods you'll have no trouble finding this time of year in New Hampshire gardens. But take a turn down a little road in Bedford and you’ll find a farm growing plants you may have never seen before, unless you’ve been to Bhutan, or parts of Africa. At Common Earth Farms, refugee families grow vegetables from around the world.

On a day that's expected to be hot, Bhutanese Refugee Dhele Niroula provides a little liquid relief to a row of plants baking in the morning sun. His father and fellow gardener, Khada Niroula, names these plants.

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Parts of southern New Hampshire are now in a severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

The affected area includes much of Rockingham and Hillsborough counties, as well as southern portions of Cheshire and Strafford counties.

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Northern New Hampshire is known for its beautiful mountains and hiking opportunities, or its ski areas that draw crowds from all over New England in the winter. However, the North Country is home to more than recreational resorts. Nestled in the heart of the White Mountains is a thriving arts community that holds poetry in high regard.

 

Children who witness violence in New Hampshire's largest city will be getting help, thanks to a new partnership among police and behavioral health care providers.

The new Adverse Childhood Experiences Response Team grew out of efforts by Manchester police to address a troubling realization: Unlike direct victims of crime, none of the more than 400 children who were exposed to violence in 2014 were provided with advocacy or referral services.

A Manchester woman's hot dog creation could soon be on the menu at Fenway Park.

Danielle York's submission, "Le Chien Poutine," has made it to the top five in Kayem's "Create the Next Fenway Frank" online contest. Voting runs through the end of the day Friday.

"Poutine on a hot dog! French fries, beef gravy and cheese curds smothered on top of a Kayem Fenway Frank," reads the description.

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Hillary Clinton will return to New Hampshire next Tuesday, her campaign confirmed this afternoon. It will be her first visit back to the Granite State since the presidential primary.

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Here is the scathing conclusion from a report about New Hampshire’s struggling mental health system: “The time for patience…is over.”

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School may be out for the summer, but some teachers in New Hampshire have been keeping busy by becoming students again. At a teachers’ workshop in Keene, educators brushing up on their Civil War history.

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Coming on the heels of last year's prolonged budget fight, with negotiations stretching months longer than usual, the 2016 session of the New Hampshire Legislature can't help but seem a bit sleepier. But, in fact, it was a busy few months for lawmakers.

Things kicked off early, actually, with a special session in November to address the state's opioid crisis. Lawmakers eventually worked through more than 1,000 bills, wrapping things up late last month. 

   A new 10-bed mental health crisis unit is open at New Hampshire Hospital after almost a year of delays.

The unit opened Tuesday in Concord and will admit people over age 18 for stays of three days or less. One goal is to reduce pressure on emergency rooms that are often left caring for patients when beds aren't available at the New Hampshire Hospital, the only state-run psychiatric hospital. On Tuesday, 23 people were on the hospital's waiting list.

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State data shows that the number of road deaths in New Hampshire fell last year amid the passage of a law in July 2015 barring drivers from having a mobile device in their hand.

The Telegraph of Nashua reports state Department of Safety data shows distracted driving deaths fell to sixth place in 2015 after state police say it ranked as the second- or third-leading cause of road deaths for nearly two decades.

Six of the 103 fatal collisions last year were due to distracted driving. That's 6 percent.

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New Hampshire Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte says the FBI's recommendation that Hillary Clinton not be prosecuted for her use of a private email server "suggests that she gets to play by a different set of rules than everyone else."

Ayotte commented Tuesday after agency Director James Comey said announced the decision, but called Clinton's actions as former secretary of state "extremely careless" and faulted her agency for a lackadaisical approach to handling classified material.

When the owner of Coed Sportswear in Newfields introduced Chris Sununu during a tour of the business a few weeks back, he included a line Sununu’s probably used to hearing by now. 

“He comes from a political family that has a long history of, from my perspective, making the right decisions for our country,” Mark Lane told his staff at the sportswear company, listing off one of several reasons he wanted Sununu to speak to them.

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These days, the story of New Hampshire’s economy is kind of a “good news, bad news” tale. The good news: Unemployment is low, at least on paper, and wages seem to be rising, if slowly. The bad news: Employers are struggling to fill positions, and lots of prospective employees say they can’t find the kind of stable, full-time work they’d like to have.

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If a video designed to recruit people into extremist groups pops up online, it stands to reason that you could just flag it to have it removed and the problem is solved. But that’s not so easy. These videos are easily replicated, so one video could suddenly appear on a variety of websites. It’s time-consuming to track down and try to remove each one. One professor at Dartmouth College has developed software that would help find all those copies.

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Starting this month, the state’s more than 140,000 Medicaid recipients are eligible for substance abuse disorder benefits.

The expansion went into effect Friday.

The benefit was already available to the 49,000 people who enrolled as part of the state’s Medicaid expansion program launched two years ago.

Lawmakers reauthorized the program earlier this year.

 

Biologists still don't know what killed a young humpback whale that washed ashore in New Hampshire.

The 45-foot-long whale, named Snow Plow, was discovered June 26 by fishermen who first spotted its corpse floating 20 miles off the shore.

Snow Plow was one of hundreds of whales that scientists had been tracking for years. She's part of several pods that return to the Gulf of Maine to feed every summer.

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Among the Democrats running for governor this year is Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern. He's a candidate who's no stranger to running political campaigns and is now seeking statewide office for the first time.

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Champny’s Fireworks in Bow is a family-owned business that has pyrotechnics of every shape and size.

Deborah Colby, the owner of Champny’s Fireworks in Bow, stands in front of a TV display of fireworks, giving her customers a preview of what they buy. Lissa and Jessica Dubois of Hopkinton huddle close to the screen, transfixed.

"These are really cool," they say. 

How many fireworks do they want to buy?

"Like 20," Lissa says.

"More than that!" Jessica says.

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For the growing immigrant communities in southern New Hampshire, the language barrier poses many challenges, from schools to public transit. The city of Nashua has come up with a novel way to help city bus drivers communicate with passengers with limited English abilities. 

 

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