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Police in New Hampshire's largest city say crime has decreased.

According to the Manchester Police Department, violent crimes are down from 360 to 329 over the past year. Police Chief Nick Willard tells WMUR-TV the department made an effort to reduce crime after seeing a 2 percent rise last year.

Willard says Manchester police will continue to focus on preventing robberies and aggravated assaults. The department uses predictive analytics to figure out what areas are vulnerable to robberies.

The police chief says his officers are responsible for the crime reduction.

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The new state budget may be in effect, but one issue still unresolved is a contract for state employees. Governor Sununu says he’d welcome a deal but it may not happen.

Negotiations between the Sununu administration and the five unions representing state workers haven’t been easy. 

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The “Climb to the Clouds” road race will take place on the slopes of Mount Washington this weekend. All eyes will be on David Higgins, a rally driver who holds the record for fastest time up the Mount Washington Auto Road—a blistering 6 minutes and 9 seconds, over 70 miles an hour on average.

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Firefighters in Rochester will be the first in the state to have their pay tied to their performance.

Keene has joined a growing number of cities around the country committing to the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

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A group of New Hampshire firefighters will be heading west this weekend to help in the battle against wildfires in the Rocky Mountains.

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This summer, beach-friendly wheelchairs will be available for free at several New Hampshire beaches.

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As N.H. Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan explained on The Exchange, the voter information requested by the Commission on Election Integrity is already publicly available and has been for about ten years -- though there are laws governing who gets access to that voter information, as well as how it is accessed and used.  For election-law attorney Paul Twomey, the Commission's request, in addition to being politically suspect,  does not fall within that legal framework and could lead to major security risks.  

Both Scanlan and N.H. Secretary of State Bill Gardner have seemed somewhat taken aback by the uproar over the Commission's request. Scanlan places some of the blame on a polarized political climate.  Since our conversation, as NHPR's Casey McDermott reports here, the ACLU has joined with two N.H. lawmakers in suing Gardner over his plans to comply with the Trump Administration's request for voter information.

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Heather Mulgrew is a young woman with a plan. She’s going to work at Bank of America, make good money, and live in New York City. But first, she’s off to Europe for a last hurrah with her girlfriends before real life begins.

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New Hampshire authorities say initial damage assessments from last weekend's storms and flooding are in excess of $11.5 million.

Perry Plummer, state Homeland security and Emergency Management commissioner, says the vast majority of the damage has happened in Grafton County.

Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency started looking at the damage on Thursday.

Plummer said he fully expects to meet the thresholds and justifications required to ask Gov. Chris Sununu to request a presidential disaster declaration.

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Two New Hampshire lawmakers from different sides of the aisle are asking a judge to block the Secretary of State from handing over voter information to President Trump’s election integrity commission.

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Merle Schotanus of Grantham has had cancer twice, prostate cancer in 2006 and lung cancer in 2014. With the second diagnosis, his doctors removed 20 percent of his right lung.

Of all of the things to worry about after that surgery, the Prouty was on his mind. “I was afraid I wasn’t going to be able to participate,” he said.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: July 7, 2017

Jul 7, 2017

We'll have the latest on the controversy over the request  from the Presidential Commission on Electoral Integrity for voter data from the states.  The American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire sues to bar New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner from disclosing New Hampshire voter information.  The re-building of I-93 from Manchester to Salem may include a fourth lane, which could also cut five to eight million dollars along the way.  A 14-year-old student raped in a hallway at Manchester High School West in 2015 may sue the school district. And it's a bumper year for strawberries.


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To everything there is a season and this is the season when we go swimming and we spend a lot of time talking about Cyanobacteria. So what is it, exactly? we spoke with Sonya Carlson in 2016 when she was the head of the Beach Inspection Program with the state Department of Environmental Services and gave us a primer on the micro-organism.

Work requirements under the federal health insurance program Medicaid are based on a simple premise: If you want to receive government assistance for your healthcare and you’re able to work, you should work.

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Last weekend’s rainstorm did more damage than officials initially assessed. On Thursday evening, twenty local roads remained closed. 

By Wednesday, cities and towns in Grafton County had upped their flood damage tally from $4 million to nearly $12 million. Two state roads, 116 South in Easton and 25A in Orford, will likely remain closed through the coming weekend, although local traffic can access residences in the interim.

On Thursday, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials began a tour of storm damage in the state.

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University officials say a Dartmouth College student has been diagnosed with mumps.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the case Monday. School officials say the student is being treated and has been isolated on campus.

Dartmouth officials notified students, faculty and staff about the case.

Fever, muscle aches, fatigue and swollen salivary glands are all symptoms of the contagious disease.

The measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is a mandate for Dartmouth students unless they have a special exemption.

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Governor Chris Sununu spent Thursday morning at Hampton Beach. He toured local businesses and touted the area as a successful collaboration between public and private interests.

The Governor, flanked by members of the Hampton Chamber of Commerce, strolled down Ocean Boulevard...

“Enjoying the beach?”

Through the kitchens of local restaurants...

“Hey gang, how are you?

And into at least one candy store...

“Hey Pete I got us some fudge for the ride home!”

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Two state lawmakers are joining the New Hampshire chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union to sue Secretary of State Bill Gardner over his plans to comply with the Trump administration’s request for voter information.

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When New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner said he intended to share information from the state’s public voter checklists with a newly launched Trump administration commission, plenty of people were quick to decry the move as an “invasion of privacy.”

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New Hampshire is moving forward with efforts to sharpen its focus on economic development by dividing the Department of Resources and Economic Development.

The agency is splitting into the Department of Business and Economic Affairs and the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu on Wednesday nominated Taylor Caswell to serve as the new commissioner of the Department of Business and Economic Affairs, while Jeff Rose, the current commissioner of the former agency, will take over the natural and cultural affairs post.

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University officials say a Dartmouth College student has been diagnosed with mumps.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the case Monday. School officials say the student is being treated and has been isolated on campus.

Dartmouth officials notified students, faculty and staff about the case.

Fever, muscle aches, fatigue and swollen salivary glands are all symptoms of the contagious disease.

The measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is a mandate for Dartmouth students unless they have a special exemption.

New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan is urging a stronger diplomatic response to North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday.

Speaking at an event in Newport Wednesday, Sen. Hassan said she’s worried about President Trump's ability to handle the crisis. "I am very concerned that the President seems to think that diplomacy is something you can do via Twitter," she said. 

Trump tweeted Wednesday morning, “So much for China working with us – but we had to give it a try!”  

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For Dr. Gary Sobelson who practices family medicine in Concord a recent study suggesting that people with mental illness consume a disproportionate share of prescription painkillers was concerning but not necessarily surprising.

The New Hampshire Union Leader has disabled the comments section on its website.

The paper’s president, Brendan McQuaid, said that responding to complaints and at times removing comments was taking up too much of the staff's time. 

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Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas is overseeing the city prosecutor’s office until an interim city solicitor can take over.

On Thursday, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office shared with Manchester officials findings from an investigation into the city’s domestic violence prosecutions. They outlined a multitude of failures both by a domestic violence prosecutor, and her boss, city solicitor Tom Clark.

On Friday, Clark resigned, effective immediately.

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The Rochester Farmers Market is offering any veteran who lives in Strafford County a $20 voucher to thank them for their service.

The Vouchers for Veterans program lets veterans spend $20 at any of the Rochester Farmers Market vendors.

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If this Fourth of July is sounding noisier to you, you’re not wrong. This is the first Fourth of July in more than a decade that people can legally buy firecrackers in New Hampshire.

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A wild black bear was shot and killed in downtown Nashua late last night.

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Comedian George Carlin once said, “Baseball is the only sport that appears backward in a mirror.” In The Concord Monitor this week, Granite Geek David Brooks has been writing about what it would be like to turn America’s pastime on its head. Instead of running to first base, what if batters could choose to run to either first or third base?

Brooks spoke with NHPR’s Peter Biello to defend this modest proposal.

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