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  Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig has nominated Assistant Chief Carlo Capano to be the Queen City's next Chief of Police.

 

Current Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard was recently nominated to become the next U.S. Marshal for New Hampshire.

 

Capano would then be bumped up to Chief as long as his nomination is approved by the Manchester Board of Aldermen.

 

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A New Hampshire state prison center that serves families has a new program that provides counseling services to children and incarcerated parents.

Family Ties hopes to strengthen communication among families to increase emotional support and practice coping skills for the child and caregiver. Both will meet with family therapists and the incarcerated parent will participate via the internet or televisiting.

Studies show that many children are traumatized by the loss of a parent to prison.

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Lakes Region residents can hear more Wednesday night about plans to redevelop the site of a former state prison in Laconia.

The Lakes Region facility was a minimum-security prison from 1991 to 2009.

For nearly 100 years before that, it was the Laconia State School – a residential facility for people with developmental disabilities. It had a documented history of abuse, neglect and overcrowding.

Now, state and local officials have to decide what to do with the scenic, 200-acre property long-term.

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New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is nominating Paul Parisi to serve as the state's next fire marshal.

Sununu was expected to nominate Parisi at Wednesday's Executive Council meeting.

Parisi has spent nearly 30 years in the New Hampshire Fire Service. He's risen through the ranks in the Salem Fire Department to the position of chief.

If confirmed, he will succeed Marshal J. William Degnan, who is retiring.

A new study from the UNH Carsey School of Public Policy finds that the number of children removed from parents has increased by 50 percent from 2012 to 2016.

Cases that included a substance use allegation doubled in that time period, from 30 percent to 60 percent.

Kristin Smith is the family demographer at the Carsey School. That removal from parental care can be stressful for children, and those whose parents use substances face challenges. 

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The opioid crisis has forced physicians to rethink their prescribing practices, and many are providing fewer opioid prescriptions, potentially leaving some patients without proper pain management.

Tighter regulations and insurance requirements have reduced overprescribing, but many say this makes it difficult for patients with both acute and chronic pain to find the help they need.

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State environmental regulators will ask a North Hampton car wash to change how it disposes of used water, after testing showed high levels of potential toxins.

The investigation comes after two types of contaminants – PFAS and 1,4 dioxane – were found last year in a North Hampton well that served Seacoast residents.

The pollutants were under state limits, but Brendan Kernen of the state’s drinking water protection bureau says the well's operator, Aquarion, shut it off anyway.

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The U.S. Department of Justice announced it's adding 311 Assistant Attorneys to its ranks nationally. Two of those federal prosecutors are headed to New Hampshire.

 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the attorneys would be reinforcements in the prosecution of violent crime, illegal immigration, and the opioid crisis.

 

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Neighbors of the Coakley Landfill Superfund site in Greenland are optimistic the site may see further cleanup.

They met privately with top Environmental Protection Agency officials Monday.

The group held a press conference at the edge of a brook that runs alongside the landfill and contains high levels of potentially toxic PFAS chemicals.

“While this may have been called an emerging issue some time ago, it is now a top priority issue for the U.S. EPA,” said New England EPA Administrator Alexandra Dunn.

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The New Hampshire Attorney General's office revealed on Tuesday that a grand jury had been convened to look into whether a former state Senate intern received a cash payment and a job “in exchange for the intern’s silence regarding an inappropriate comment” made by Sen. Andy Sanborn.

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The commission studying marijuana legalization in New Hampshire is watching Massachusetts as pot shops become legal there on July 1.

Ed Shemelya says it could present some unique challenges—even in the Granite State.

Shemeleya is coordinator of the National Marijuana Initiative, a federal anti-drug effort focused on marijuana data. He addressed the study commission on behalf of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program, established by the White House office of National Drug Control Policy.

In 1859, a Mrs. H.E. Wilson published a novel at her own expense. The book told the story of a biracial girl named Frado abandoned by her mother to be raised by a prominent family where she suffered verbal and physical abuse at the hand of her employers in a New Hampshire town famous for its abolitionist activities.

The novel didn’t sell well - likely less than 100 copies - and the book as well as its author fell into obscurity.

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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort made several attempts to tamper with witnesses in his ongoing criminal cases, prosecutors said Monday as they asked a federal judge to consider revoking his house arrest.

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A wood-burning power plant in Springfield could face more than $125,000 in federal fines after a worker died on the job last November.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that a 23-year-old plant employee died after being pulled into a conveyor.

Inspectors found a lack of safety guarding on that conveyor and other machinery. And they say employees weren’t trained to keep equipment from accidentally turning on.

In a statement, officials say the worker’s death was a tragedy the plant’s owner could have prevented.

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A judge has rejected a request from a Vermont man to dismiss a lawsuit filed by his family accusing him of killing his millionaire grandfather and possibly his mother in an attempt to collect inheritance money.

Judge David King scheduled a 10-day trial in probate court for Nathan Carman, starting in 2019.

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  Vail says it's buying Triple Peaks, LLC, the parent company of Mount Sunapee Resort and two other properties in Vermont and Colorado for $82 million. The company says it also plans to assume the state land lease for Sunapee.

 

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U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan is the latest high-profile Democrat to back Molly Kelly in her bid to unseat Governor Chris Sununu.

According to Hassan , Kelly's record in the state senate -- where Kelly served five terms -- and her life story -- Kelly put herself through school while raising three children as a single mother -- prove she understands the challenges faced by New Hampshire families.

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State wildlife officials are considering scrapping their plans to relocate a female bear from the Hanover area.

It’s the latest turn-of-events for an animal whose fate has swung dramatically over the past year, aided in part by a grassroots public-awareness campaign and a last-minute reprieve by Governor Chris Sununu.

Fish and Game officials decided last spring to kill the bear after her then-yearlings got into a home in Hanover.

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Courtney Marshall's Sunday Zumba class is standing-room only. Once a week, a group of all ages laugh, cheer, and dance together. 

This group brings style and goofy t-shirts to their workouts. They call it "Sunday Funday".

"You saw me get up and do a dance. I would never do that in any class that I take I would never do that," said Donna Garofono, a regular participant.

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Members of New Hampshire's LGBTQ community kicked off Pride month in style Saturday. There were colorful costumes, musical performances, and drag queens on the State House lawn.

But this year, attendees had something extra to celebrate. A bill, passed by the Legislature earlier this spring, will include gender identity in New Hampshire's civil rights laws.

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The city of Nashua is moving forward in its plan to reduce its carbon footprint.  

The Solarize+ campaign covers Nashua and Hudson, and runs through the end of August.

The city is working with two New Hampshire companies to offer residents and businesses discounts on clean energy upgrades – like solar installations, battery storage and energy efficiency audits.

Madeline Mineau of the city’s energy committee says the more sign-ups they get, the bigger the discounts will be.

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The Environmental Protection Agency will meet Monday with residents who live near the Coakley Landfill Superfund site on the Seacoast.

An EPA spokesman says the agency’s New England administrator, the new head of the Superfund task force and others will be in Greenland to fulfill a promise to talk with neighbors about their concerns.

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In New Hampshire’s increasingly tight rental market, one area where there’s new development is conversion of industrial buildings. It’s a niche market, but one that’s attracting multiple generations of residents.

 

In a parking lot in Manchester, surrounded by a maze of early 20th-Century brick factory buildings just south of the ballpark, Mike Bernier explains how he ended up here.

 

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Over the past few months, more than a dozen New Hampshire towns, cities and counties have filed lawsuits against major drug makers, accusing the companies of ignoring signs that their products were fueling an epidemic of addiction.

The lawsuits represent the latest turn in a story that has hit New Hampshire harder than much of the rest of the country. Here’s an overview of where things stand, and where they may be headed.

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Fans of loons can once again watch a pair of nesting loons in New Hampshire's Lakes Region.

This is the fifth year the Loon Preservation Committee is streaming live footage of the birds.

The footage captured the first egg on May 25 and two more eggs were seen on May 28.

Biologists expect to see chicks between June 20-22, if all goes well.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire's oldest city, is gearing up for its 400th birthday.

The Portsmouth Historical Society and the city have created a partnership called Portsmouth400 to mark the anniversary in 2023. The events will start with a look back at previous anniversaries.

The festivities will continue with discussions of how to engage the community in programs that will honor the city's historic past and benefit its future.

The sessions are set for June 12 and June 26 at the Portsmouth Public Library. More sessions will be held in the fall.

 

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Right now, a group of hydroelectric dams on the Connecticut River are undergoing a once-in-a-generation process – a federal relicensing. NHPR’s Annie Ropeik went to the dams and talked with people who live, work and play nearby about what they hope might change.  

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says his fight against gerrymandering is a partisan attempt at good governing. Holder was in New Hampshire Friday, promoting what he calls "fair redistricting."

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About 60 people gathered in front of the US Attorney's Office in Concord today to protest the Trump administration's order to separate children from families at the border. 

Demonstrators held signs that read "Stop Separating Families," and "Las Familias Deben Estar Juntas."

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Members and allies of the Concord area LGBTQ community with gather on Saturday for the second annual Pride Concord event.

Organizer Alison Murphy says it’s a way to celebrate the region’s LGBTQ community.

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