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The city of Portsmouth's effort to is trying to overturn a neighboring town’s approval of a controversial propane rail project. On Tuesday, a Superior Court judge heard arguments from attorneys on both sides.

The controversial Sea-3 rail expansion project would ship propane from fracking sites in the American West to their expanded Newington facility.  And it would run through Portsmouth. 

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On the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Governor Hassan is honoring New Hampshire residents who have improved the lives of disabled people in the state. The annual Governor's Accessibility Awards were given out at a Statehouse ceremony on Tuesday.

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New Hampshire’s drug czar has released his initial recommendations on how the state can combat its growing opioid problem.

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Monday afternoon, high school students in a program with University of New Hampshire launched a weather balloon they designed and assembled themselves.

NHPR's recent interactive map showing how Granite Staters are donating to the 2016 presidential candidates is a unique visual guide to campaign fundraising.

On first glance, a couple of obvious geographic partisan disparities jump out. For instance, Republican donors are heavily concentrated in southern Hillsborough County and Rockingham County. There's also a pocket of Republican donors in the Lakes Region.

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Throughout the 2016 presidential season, NHPR will bring you profiles of the people and places behind the scenes of the New Hampshire Primary. We start with Geno's Chowder and Sandwich Shop, an iconic campaign stop in Portsmouth for candidates looking to meet voters - and maybe sample a lobster roll.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich is heading to New Hampshire immediately after making his run for the GOP presidential nomination official.

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Officials say the spike in heroin use in New Hampshire has created a new problem— dangerous needles being left at parks where children play.

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Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed a bill banning welfare recipients from using their electronic benefit cards at marijuana dispensaries, cigar and smoke shops and tattoo and body piercing shops. It takes effect in 60 days.

More than 12,000 households in New Hampshire receive cash benefits through so-called EBT cards, which function like debit cards. Since last year, state and federal law has banned use of the cards at liquor stores, gambling establishments and adult entertainment venues.

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Constituents were banned from asking 1st District Congressman Frank Guinta about his campaign finance issues during a town hall meeting in Plaistow last night.

WMUR reports a woman’s attempt to ask Guinta about the issue was cut off by the post commander at the American Legion hall where the event was being held.

Commander David Meaney told the woman she couldn’t ask any political questions because the American Legion is a non-political organization.

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A report finds that while New Hampshire is second in the nation in child wellbeing, it’s among the worst states when it comes to teen substance abuse.

In the annual Kids Count report, the Granite State ranked second behind Minnesota when using factors such as economic wellbeing, education, and health.

Mapping the Money: How Granite Staters Are Giving to the 2016 Candidates

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Nearly two thirds of the contributions from New Hampshire residents to presidential candidates since January went to Democrats, with Hillary Clinton collecting more from Granite Staters than all the Republicans combined.

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State officials announced Monday that the state’s renewable energy fund, which provides rebates for people putting solar panels on their roofs or installing high efficiency wood-fired boilers, earned $4.38 million dollars last year.

That might sound like a lot, but it’s a drop of 75% from the previous year.

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Gov. Maggie Hassan has vetoed a bill that would have changed the state’s business tax code. The so-called “Planet Fitness” measure was introduced by the gym franchise in May after the company’s executives threatened to leave the state if the law was not changed.

Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio has canceled a two-day New Hampshire trip due to an illness, the campaign announced Monday morning.

The Florida Senator was scheduled to make stops in Merrimack and Londonderry on Monday and Hooksett on Tuesday.

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A series of violent thunderstorms struck the North Country Sunday evening with the worst hitting Littleton and Bethlehem just before 7 p.m., said Michael Cempa with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.

“We were indicating fifty to sixty mile per hour gusts on our radar.”

Within minutes dozens of trees were felled, often blocking roads.

At one point one lane of Interstate 93 in Bethlehem was closed by a downed tree.

Nicole McGrath and her daughter were just trying to drive to their home in Bethlehem when one of those trees hit their car.

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The director of New Hampshire Fire Standards and Training says bullying and a rigorous physical entrance exam are the principle reasons why only one percent of New Hampshire's 8,000 full-time firefighters are women.

Director Deb Pendergast tells the Portsmouth Herald that the agility test is given once a year for men and women. She said an average of 10 women take it and three of fewer pass.

She said the test is difficult for both genders, and an average of 40 percent fail it.

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The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission is set to review a proposal to provide natural gas to customers in Hanover and Lebanon through a pipeline.

The Valley News reports if the proposal is approved this month, the franchise petition would grant Valley Green Natural Gas authority to provide regulated natural gas service in the two municipalities.

Gulf Oil Limited Partnership would truck liquefied natural gas from the Marcellus shale formation in Pennsylvania to part of a property owned by Valley Green's president, Jay Campion, in Lebanon.

 

New Hampshire got off to a late start compared to many other states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but it quickly made up for lost time in terms of enrollment.

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New Hampshire US Senator Jeanne Shaheen is cosponsoring a bill that would review the service records of those who were discharged from the military for being gay or lesbian. 

Shaheen is one of 22 Senators that signed on last week to the bill from Hawaii Democrat Brian Schatz. It would require the Defense Department to establish processes for reviewing records and reclassifying discharges that were based on, or refer to, an individual's sexual orientation. 

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Durham is set to install a new charging station for electric cars.

Town officials say the dual-port station will be installed at the Pettee Brook parking lot, as part of a repaving project that’s set to begin this week.

According to Durham officials, the charging station is being funded by a $5,000 state grant. They say the University of New Hampshire will also contribute toward the costs.

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Several times a year New Hampshire Employment Security releases short-term forecasts on jobs. For the period of late 2014 through late 2016, the state expects 14,197 new jobs, which would be a gain of two percent for the period. The forecast says job growth is expected in every sector of the economy and in nearly every job category.

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Shaghaf Mohammed has seen too much in her 11 years. Her family fled Iraq in 2013. And when they left, they never could have guessed the battle they’d face in their new home in Manchester. Shaghaf’s four-year-old sister, Aleel, is sick with lead poisoning.

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 1st District Representative Frank Guinta is set to hold another town hall meeting today.

Guinta’s office says this afternoon’s event in Plaistow will be the Manchester Republican’s tenth such meeting since returning to Congress in January. It will also be his second town hall meeting since reaching a settlement with the Federal Election Commission, in which he agreed to repay his parents $355,000 the FEC concluded were illegal campaign donations.

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The twenty-fifth annual American Independence Festival brought hundreds of visitors to Exeter this weekend. The festival aims to show visitors what life was like in the colonial period. 

For the professionals in colonial garb, like milliner Tara Raiselis, it is a place to show their unique skills and teach curious visitors.

"A milliner in the eighteenth century was sort of your fashion emporium," Raiselis explained. "Think of it as your miniature department store."

The Community Alliance Family Services is a Newport-based non-profit dedicated to supporting individuals and families in maintaining their independence. The organization’s Juvenile Court Diversion Program gives young people the opportunity to learn from, and make reparations for, their mistakes. By attending the program a juvenile offender avoids having the crime added to his/her permanent record. 

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A line of people stretched outside Joey's Diner in Amherst Thursday morning ahead of Scott Walker's first New Hampshire campaign event in more than a month. 

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A volunteer effort to restore and maintain hiking trails on Mount Monadnock is celebrating its 10th year.

Volunteers are welcome to participate for one day or several during Monadnock Trails Week from July 17 to July 21. Complimentary camping is available at the Monadnock State Park campground.

This year's projects include constructing new stone stairs on the Pumpelly Trail; upgrading erosion control areas on the White Dot Trail; and adding footbridges and drainage on the Gilson Pond Loop and Birchtoft Trail.

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A municipal employee can no longer fly a Confederate flag from his pickup truck while on town property.

Canaan Town Administrator Mike Samson said he instructed J.R. Defosse, a transfer station manager, to take down his flag. He said the flag has been associated with resisting desegregation for decades.

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New Hampshire senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte are supporting a rewrite of the education law known as No Child Left Behind that aims to give power back to the states.

They joined 79 other senators Thursday in passing the bill. Both say it will help restore local control in education. The senators also supported amendments to better promote science, technology, engineering and math education and to address mental health and substance abuse issues.

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