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 New Hampshire congressional delegation members are urging the federal government to investigate the death of an American in Saudi Arabia.

The Telegraph of Nashua reports that the body of 50-year-old Christopher Cramer, of Milford, New Hampshire, was found in January beneath the third-floor balcony of his hotel.

The Port of New Hampshire will get $5 million to make it easier for ships to turn around.  The money is part of the state’s capital budget that Governor Hassan signed into law this week. The capital budget also includes increased funds for the new women's prison in Concord.

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Back in 1984, the Army Corps of Engineers recommended five port improvement projects. Four have been completed. With this additional $5 million from the capital budget paired with $14 million more from the feds, the final project can get underway. 

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The invasive beetle that has devastated ash trees in the Midwest is now confirmed in a fourth county here in New Hampshire. State officials have found Emerald Ash Borer in a box trap in the town of Gilmanton.

On Monday, a quarantine which prohibits taking wood across county lines will extend to Belknap county.

New Hampshire’s State Entomologist, Piera Siegert, says the pest has also been found in Hillsborough, Rockingham and Merrimack County. The infestation appears to be clustered in the center of the state.

 

The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered treatment of Portsmouth-owned wells at the Pease International Tradeport that have been tainted by "contaminants of emerging concern."

The Portsmouth Herald reports the order issued Wednesday requires the U.S. Air Force to design, install and operate a groundwater treatment system for the Haven well closed last year because of high levels of chemicals. A similar order was given to treat two neighboring wells with lower levels.

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Saturday morning, cyclists racing in Newton’s Revenge will tackle the grueling, 7.6 mile Mount Washington Auto Road.

Missing from the pack will be the cyclist who won 11 titles racing the course, the most ever.

Marti Shea announced this week she is stepping down from competitive racing. The 52-year-old Manchester, New Hampshire native has been battling an arthritic knee.

She owns the women’s record for time for both Newton’s Revenge and the Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb, which use the same course.  

 

About $230,000 is available for 2016 Conservation "Moose Plate" grant applications through the New Hampshire State Conservation Committee.

Eligible applicants include municipalities, county conservation districts, nonprofits involved in conservation programs, public and private schools, county cooperative extension natural resource programs, and scout groups.

The deadline for applying is Sept. 25. Awards will be announced in December, and funding will be available in April 2016.

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The Winnipesaukee Playhouse got its start in 2004 as a store front theater on Weirs Beach.  In 2013, the theater moved to the former Annalee Doll factory in Meredith.  In this 3rd installment of his Summer Stock series, NHPR's Sean Hurley pays the playhouse a visit.  

Timothy L'Ecuyer, Education Director at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse says there are still remnants - in closets and unused rooms - of the "factory in the woods" as the Annalee Doll company used to be known. It can be a little spooky, he says -

 

A 61-year-old woman has suffered serious injuries after losing control of her all-terrain vehicle while riding on a steep, rocky section of trail in Columbia.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says Lise Nienhouse of Farmington suffered the non-life-threatening injuries when she fell off her ATV as it rolled downhill on the Cree Notch Trail. It happened around 2:15 p.m. Thursday.

The crash took place about 4 miles from the nearest paved road. A riding companion called for help on a cellphone.

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Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed into law a plan allowing New Hampshire's largest utility to sell its fleet of power plants.

Eversource Energy says selling the nine Public Service Company of New Hampshire hydro facilities and three fossil fuel plants could mean a savings of $300 million to ratepayers.

The plants to be sold include the Merrimack Station in Bow, Newington Station and Schiller Station in Portsmouth.

The deal also says the company can recover all but $25 million of the $422 million it spent on a pollution-reducing scrubber.

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Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed into law a $271 million capital budget that includes money for 50 new beds at the state veterans' home for dementia care and for a new Merrimack County courthouse.

It doesn't include $4 million Hassan wanted for further study of a plan to bring commuter rail from Boston into Nashua and Manchester. She says it is critical for economic development and bringing young people into the state. Opponents say the benefits are overstated and the state will need to spend money subsidizing the project.

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As the many GOP presidential candidates crisscross the state courting voters, you hear a lot about the economy, ISIS, immigration, the threats of Iran, Russian and China. You’ll hear far less, however, about the hot-button issue of gay marriage, addressed just two weeks ago in a landmark court decision. And that’s probably good politics in New Hampshire.

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Last year, New Hampshire settled a class action lawsuit that alleged the state was violating the civil rights of people with mental illness. In the settlement, the state agreed to spend $30 million over four years to beef up services for those individuals.

Now, one year into the deal, a report from a court-appointed monitor says the state hasn’t yet hit the benchmarks it agreed to.

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What are the limits on presidential campaign funding? Can I really spend whatever I want to help my candidate get elected?

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From now on, any community college student in the nation will automatically be accepted to New England College in Henniker. The private, 4-year college revealed their new enrollment policy this week.

Brad Poznanski, NEC’s director of admissions, says so long as the student is in good academic standing, no application is necessary.

In 2014, 18 out of 44 transfer students came to NEC’s on-campus program from community colleges.

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In December 1999, six weeks before the 2000 New Hampshire primary, John Rauh watched as Republican Sen. John McCain and Democrat Bill Bradley met in Claremont to denounce the role of money in politics.

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For years, advocates for people with addiction problems have been working to create a viable recovery system for New Hampshire. New organizations in Keene, Manchester and Portsmouth are working to help people stay away from addictive drugs. But the state still has a long way to go. 

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State officials have again found fault with a federally required review of Northern Pass' potential impact on historical sites.

This is the second time within a month that the state’s Division of Historical Resources has taken issue with the federal review called Section 106.

As part of the permitting process, the Department of Energy must look at the potential impact to historical sites or views along Northern Pass’s proposed route. 

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The late June morning grows warmer as seven refugee farmers till their new plots at Lewis Farm in Concord. This is the second "incubator" farm established by the Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success, or ORIS. After the success of their first location, the organization established another to meet the interest of their clients.

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Senator Jeanne Shaheen has introduced legislation to put abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the $10 dollar bill.

The legislation was referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs yesterday.

The Treasury Department announced last month it would put a woman on the $10 dollar bill in the year 2020.

Shaheen had introduced legislation in April to put a woman on the $20, but the Treasury chose the $10 because it had already been scheduled for a redesign. 

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A new report finds New Hampshire is struggling to improve its mental health system, as it agreed to in a $30 million dollar lawsuit settlement. 

A court-appointed monitor finds, one year into the settlement, the state is lagging on nearly every benchmark. 

Republican Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is campaigning this week in New Hampshire. By some measures, the former Hewlett Packard CEO is doing very well compared to her primary opponents. But when it comes to pounding the pavement, she faces one basic challenge: introducing herself to voters.

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The White Mountain National Forest has a new deputy forest supervisor.

Clare Mendelsohn has been an environmental professional in the U.S. Air Force for 25 years, with the last 11 spent in San Francisco as director of the Western Regional Environmental Office. She gained experience there in partnering for landscape scale conservation and natural resources management.

In 2013, she started working for the U.S. Forest Service in the position of public service team leader on the Hiawatha National Forest in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire is part of a delegation that will attend the commemoration marking the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre.

The delegation is led by former President Bill Clinton. The commemoration is scheduled for Saturday in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Some 8,000 Muslim men and boys were executed in Srebrenica in 1995 when Serb forces overran the eastern Bosnian town and mounted Europe's worst massacre since World War II.

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As part of the state's effort to address the ongoing drug abuse problem, Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed a bill that will spare people from criminal prosecution in certain cases if they are reporting a drug overdose.

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The New Hampshire attorney general's office says it won't release the body-cam video of police fatally shooting a man in Bath at this time because it's still part of an ongoing investigation.

Authorities say the incident was caught on video by the two Haverhill officers who shot to death 42-year-old Hagan Esty-Lennon of Canterbury, after stopping him walking along Route 302 in Bath Monday.

The officers were responded to a car crash nearby and report of a man with a weapon a stab wound to the chest.

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Democrat Martin O’Malley returned to the campaign trail in New Hampshire this week. His main challenge, at this point in the primary race, is introducing himself to as many Granite State voters as he can.

ABC Quilts was founded in 1988, at the height of the AIDS epidemic, with the mission to lend comfort to babies born with AIDS. Now, its volunteers also make and deliver handmade quilts to abandoned babies and those affected by their mother’s drug or alcohol abuse.

Ellen Ahlgren of Northwood, New Hampshire began ABC Quilts, delivering six baby quilts to Boston City Hospital, each carrying the inscription “with love and comfort to you.” Soon after, ABC Quilts began to grow rapidly, and has since delivered more than half a million quilts worldwide.

From the archives this week, the story of Ellen Ahlgren and ABC Quilts, from reporter Leslie Bennett. 


If you’ve been wondering how the state budget battle might play out through the dog days of summer, the past week provided some insight. None of it, however, seems very promising for a smooth resolution.

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Medicine came up often when GOP presidential candidate and former neurosurgeon Ben Carson campaigned at the Corner View Restaurant in Concord Wednesday.

“I’ve never lost my awe of the brain,“ Carson confided to a pre-med student who approached him inside the diner with a portrait to sign.

But Carson wasn’t alone in talking about -- and expressing wonder at -- the human body.

Candy Carson, the candidate’s wife, swapped birth stories with a group of women in the restaurant.

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The City of Manchester is halfway into replacing all of its streetlights with energy efficient LEDs.

The total price tag for replacing 9,000 street lights? $3.7 million dollars.  

But the savings, according to the city’s Deputy Public Works Director Tim Clougherty are “in the neighborhood of $550,000 dollars a year.”

The city says the upgrade will pay for itself in less than six years.

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