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As construction in downtown Concord continues, a group of local filmmakers is making use of the transition from old to new in their fictional film, "Granite Orpheus," an updated and largely improvised take on the story of Orpheus, the musician and poet who tries and fails to retrieve the love of his life from the underworld. 

In the dusty, barely lit basement of Zoe & Company Professional Bra Fitters, Rick Broussard is getting ready for the third day of shooting, which takes places in the streets, alleys, squares, basements and rooftops of the capital city. 

The conversation around early childhood education in New Hampshire today is often focused on the availability of half-day versus full-day kindergarten programs.

Governor Maggie Hassan weighed in when she spoke to NHPR in May:

"Full-day kindergarten would be a very important next step in making sure our young people have the kind of education that really prepares them for the 21st century global economy."

However, kindergarten here was not guaranteed until a 2007 law mandating public programs state-wide – making New Hampshire the last state in the nation to fully adopt public kindergarten.

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Six GOP presidential candidates visited Londonderry High School Wednesday for a forum on K-12 education. The Republicans largely agreed that federal bureaucracy is behind many of the problems in public education and that more school choice is the solution.

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The US Air Force will comply with an order from the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up groundwater at the Pease International Tradeport. A chemical family known as PFCs were discovered there, above the EPA threshold in the spring of 2014. 

In a statement, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center announced they had already resumed operation of a water treatment system; they have funded studies to evaluate new drinking water sites, and will develop wells to intercept the contaminants - -which are already leaching into the neighboring Harrison and Smith wells.

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The Hannaford supermarket chain is settling a dispute with the federal Department of Labor with a promise to institute new worker protection standards at two distribution centers.

The labor department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Hannaford for failing to keep distribution centers in Schodack Landing, New York, and South Portland, Maine, free from hazards that can cause disorders of the muscular and skeletal systems. The citation came after inspections in 2013 and 2014.

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Town officials are moving forward with new guidelines for a medical marijuana dispensary and cultivation center in Merrimack.

The Telegraph of Nashua reports Merrimack officials said Tuesday evening that a licensed company is interested in putting a dispensary in the town.

Town officials unanimously granted initial approval on new rules requiring dispensaries be 1,000 feet away from schools. Police must also review their floor-plans and security measures.

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Interstate 93 northbound in Concord is expected to be closed for several hours due to a sinkhole.

Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton says the report came in just after noon, and no injuries were reported.

"The hole is about 20 feet deep, 12 feet long, and 14 feet wide, so a major hole in hole road there that has shutdown northbound traffic," Boynton said.   

He says the DOT and private construction companies are working to address the problem.

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Authorities in New Hampshire say they've found insufficient evidence to charge a Dartmouth College fraternity accused of branding new members.

Alpha Delta, which partly inspired the 1978 movie "Animal House," lost its status as a student organization in April after a string of disciplinary violations including hazing and underage service of alcohol.

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Authorities say a 32-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a man found in a Manchester apartment.

Police responding to a report of a shooting found the body of 44-year-old Raymond Drake shortly after 4 a.m. Tuesday. He'd been shot several times. An autopsy is to be performed.

Drew Morris of Manchester has been charged with second-degree murder. He is to be arraigned Wednesday morning in district court. It wasn't immediately known if he has a lawyer.

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It's been 10 years since New Hampshire started its E-ZPass electronic tolling system, and some of the oldest transponders are nearing the end of their battery life.

Customers with transponders that are at least nine years old are being asked to check their account statements. If their license plate numbers are listed instead of their transponder numbers, the transponder isn't working.

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Six Republican presidential hopefuls are taking part in an education summit at Londonderry High School on Wednesday.

The summit is being put on by American Federation for Children, a conservative school choice advocacy group.

Lauren Camera, a reporter for Education Week, joined NHPR’s Morning Edition to help sort out where the candidates stand on K-12 education policy.

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Political reaction was mixed to the revised Northern Pass proposal released on Tuesday.

Eversource officials say they’re now willing to bury 52 miles of lines through the White Mountains. That means 60 miles of lines, or nearly a third, of the 192-mile route would be buried.

Senate President Chuck Morse of Salem called the changes a major improvement and a great opportunity for the state.

“I am pleased to be able to support the Northern Pass project as now revised,” Morse said.

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The city of Somersworth is trying to restrict panhandling.

Foster's Daily Democrat reports the Somersworth City Council passed an ordinance Monday stating that people are no longer allowed to give or receive items from vehicle occupants on roadways.

Both the panhandler and drivers could be fined up to $500.

Councilor David Witham said residents have expressed fear and frustration about aggressive panhandlers on the roadways. He insisted it is a safety issue.

Southeastern New Hampshire Services in Dover offers inpatient substance abuse treatment along the same stretch of County Farm Road as a nursing home and a day care center.

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Throughout the 2016 presidential season, NHPR is bringing you profiles of the people and places behind the scenes of the New Hampshire Primary. In our latest installment, we catch up with Jim Cole, the Associated Press photographer who has covered every New Hampshire presidential primary since 1980. 

 

New Hampshire politicians were quick to praise a new White House initiative to combat heroin use and trafficking.

Amid a spike in heroin use and deaths across the country, the Obama administration on Monday announced $5 million initiative focused on states along the East Coast.

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After 50 years, the iconic Macy’s department store off Interstate 293 in Bedford is shutting down.

Dallas-based Encore Enterprises, Inc. has purchased the building and the 16-acre property for $12 million, according to Colliers International of New Hampshire, which brokered the sale.

The company plans to convert the site into an "upscale lifestyle center."

The center will be adjacent to the Goffe Mill Plaza redevelopment, which will be anchored by a Whole Foods Market. 

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At a meeting Monday morning at the Sununu Youth Center in Manchester, a bipartisan group of N.H. lawmakers discussed several options of how the facility can save money due to its low enrollment. The facility currently houses 44 people but it can hold 144.

Senate and House members applauded the juvenile detention center for operating at a third of its capacity. but said it needs to better utilize its funding in order to serve more youth.

The group did; however, rule out closing the facility.

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Next month, a primary election in Manchester will narrow an unusually crowded field of candidates seeking to unseat three-term mayor Ted Gatsas. The race has been roiled by Gatsas’s recent decision to nix a contract with the city’s teachers union. The move has enraged the educators, who have been working without a contract — and without raises — for the past two years, and it’s given new ammunition to the mayor’s rivals.

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VA Hospitals across the country are beefing up their preventative medicine programs. At the VA hospital in White River Junction, Vermont, a variety of programs open to New Hampshire and Vermont veterans are tackling health problems like obesity, tobacco use, and stress. Some of these programs at VAs across New England are still underutilized.

In a small room at the ground floor of the VA hospital in White River Junction, a handful of veterans sit around a table and talk with a dietitian about a battle they all fight: a battle against body fat.

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On the Political Front in our Monday morning check-in with NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers.

Here we are in mid-August. The days are getting a bit shorter. Is what one GOP presidential candidate, guess who, has dubbed the  Summer of Trump almost over?

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The heavily funded super PAC backing Republican Jeb Bush will spend at least $10 million on television time in the earliest voting presidential primary states, the first salvo in a massive TV ad campaign to support the former Florida governor’s bid for the Republican nomination.

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Jury selection is set to begin in the trial of a Vermont man prosecutors say raped a 15-year-old freshman two days before he graduated from the prestigious St. Paul's School in New Hampshire.

Owen Labrie, now 19, of Tunbridge, Vermont, has pleaded not guilty to multiple felony charges including forcible rape.

Prosecutors say the girl tried unsuccessfully to resist his attempts at intercourse in a building on the school's Concord campus on May 30, 2014.

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The New Hampshire Liquor Commission says it posted record sales of $642 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30.

Officials say that marks an increase of $21 million in sales over the previous year.

Net profits transferred into the General Fund also set a new record at nearly $152 million.

Liquor Commission Chairman Joseph Mollica says innovative marketing and sales initiatives and a successful holiday season drove the record gains.

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Public hearings are being held this week in four New Hampshire communities being eyed as potential hosts for the state’s first medical marijuana dispensaries.

A hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at Plymouth Town Hall.

  Six Republican presidential hopefuls will be back in New Hampshire for a forum on education.  Wednesday’s event is being organized by The Seventy-Four, an education news and opinion site led by former CNN anchor Campbell Brown. Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Scott Walker, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie and Bobby Jindal are set to speak at Londonderry High School. 

Most of these candidates are holding additional events around the state – especially Fiorina, who will campaign here from Wednesday through Sunday.

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One thing is clear as throngs of people wind down Alumni Drive on the way up to Winnacunnet High School in Hampton: these folks are not coming out just for the Donald Trump spectacle. They really want him to be president.

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In 1915, Robert Frost and moved his family to Franconia, New Hampshire, where he wrote many of his best-known works in the farmhouse overlooking Mt. Lafayette. That house is now the Frost Place, and is open as a non-profit museum and poetry center. Visitors can tour Frost’s home and walk nature trails, as well as attend conferences and seminars hosted by the Frost Place. Ruth Harlow, a retired elementary school teacher, used Frost’s poems with her students.

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While you’re probably familiar with The Lorax, The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs & Ham, and the dozens of other world-famous Seuss books, there is one chapter of Geisel’s professional history that remains relatively unknown.  Before he was world famous for his children’s books, Dr. Seuss employed his rich imagination and skillful illustrations for another purpose- convincing Americans to go to war.

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The Bookshelf is NHPR's series on authors and books with ties to the Granite State. All Things Considered 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. 

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