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The golden dome atop the New Hampshire State House is glistening once again.

Workers have begun to dismantle the scaffolding around the dome on the Civil War-era State House. The $1 million project started in March and is expected to be completed by Dec. 1. The work has involved meticulously laying five pounds of gold leaf in 4-inch squares on the dome and its golden eagle.

Casey McDermott, NHPR

New Hampshire’s Executive Council has always been quietly powerful: The five-member board has the final say on most major state contracts and nominations to state agencies, among other critical responsibilities that keep the state running.

But it was never a required stop for someone looking to rise the political ranks in New Hampshire, and it’s not exactly known as a place for high-profile political battles.

Jason Moon, NHPR

  Prosecutors say interviews and electronic evidence indicates that  Kyle Tasker used and sold marijuana at the state house, but also that illicit drug transactions at the capital it weren't  "pervasive" and no charges will be filed. 

The lawmakers named in the AG's report are Manchester Rep. Joe Lachance, who told prosecutors Tasker was "like the Club Med of weed."

Pam Tucker of Greenland, also bought pot from Tasker and a marijuana elixir.

Allegra Boverman

The first presidential debate on Monday and since then, we’ve been waiting for polls to tell us what a broad, random sample of likely voters thought about how the two major party candidates for President did. One poll is now out from WBUR that found in New Hampshire the debate was a net positive for Democrat Hillary Clinton. The poll also looked at the race for US Senate and Governor. Steve Koczela, president of MassINC Polling Group, spoke with NHPR's Peter Biello.

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The Bookshelf from NHPR is New Hampshire Public Radio's series on authors and books with ties to the Granite State.  All Things Considered host Peter Biello 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. If you have an author or book you think we should profile on The Bookshelf, send us an email. The address is

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Bats in New Hampshire have been struggling with White Nose Syndrome for the past few years. So we sat down with Wildlife Biologist Emily Preston from NH Fish and Game and Endangered Species Biologist Susi von Oettingen from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to find out how they’ve been faring recently. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - September 30, 2016

Sep 30, 2016
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We check in on both presidential candidate visits to the Granite State, and discuss decisions on two major court cases, along with other news around the state this week.

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Following their first debate Monday, Hillary Clinton has a 7-point lead over Donald Trump in New Hampshire according to a poll released Friday by WBUR.

The poll conducted Sept. 27-29 found 42 percent of likely voters supporting the Democratic presidential nominee, and 35 percent backing her Republican opponent. Thirteen percent of voters said they support Libertarian Gary Johnson.

The poll surveyed 502 likely voters and has a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.


Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte and her challenger, Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, are set to face off in the first of their six debates in the hotly contested race.

The debate Friday morning will take place at the North Conway Grand Hotel in Conway.

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Donald Trump returned to New Hampshire Thursday for a rally in Bedford, where he took aim at Hillary and former President Bill Clinton.

Emily Corwin / NHPR

  The Supreme Court has ordered comprehensive written briefs containing details of victim Lizzi Marriott’s sexual past will remain sealed during Seth Mazzaglia’s appeal proceedings.  However, attorneys’ oral arguments will remain open to the public – and apparently unrestricted. The justices also did not restrict the content of their written opinion.

A jury convicted Mazzaglia of murder in 2014. He was sentenced to life in prison.

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign is working hard to woo young voters in New Hampshire -- a group that voted overwhelmingly in favor of her opponent, Bernie Sanders, just 8 months ago. But Wednesday, the two worked together to try and get those same young voters as excited about Clinton as they once were for Sanders.

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Three months ago, the Legislature signed off on a bill to expand an anti-drug law enforcement program known as Granite Hammer.

On Wednesday, state officials announced plans to distribute more than a million dollars in grant money to municipalities across New Hampshire. 

Allegra Boverman, NHPR

Leading up to our conversation with Gov. Maggie Hassan, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, we asked what you’d want to ask her, if given the chance.

Here’s a roundup of her responses on some of the topics you told us wanted to hear Hassan weigh in on.

Last year, we started asking the presidential candidates who stopped by NHPR's offices to deliver their best "elevator pitches" on the way into our studios. Now that we're heading into the final stretch of the election season, we're reviving this feature — this time, with the candidates for statewide office.


Back in January, former New Hampshire governor John H. Sununu warned voters against “drinking the Trump Kool-Aid.”

On Tuesday, Sununu poured himself a glass and took a big sip.



New England has taken in nearly 650 Syrian refugees since President Barack Obama set a goal last year to take in 10,000 refugees across the country.

Most of the refugees in New England have resettled in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Connecticut has taken in 334 refugees, the most of any New England state.

Massachusetts has accepted 145 refugees despite initial hesitations expressed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker.

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump squared off for their first presidential debate Monday night at Hofstra University in New York. Here in NH, the debate attracted crowds for watch parties for each candidate.

NHPR’s reporter Paige Sutherland stopped by a couple of them.


Following their first debate Monday night, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump are bringing their presidential campaigns to the battleground state of New Hampshire.

Clinton will be in the state Wednesday, when she will campaign with former Democratic rival, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

The two are set to appear together at an event at the University of New Hampshire, where they will discuss college affordability.

Trump is set to campaign here the following day, rallying with supporters at an event in Bedford on Thursday.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton go head-to-head in the first presidential debate Monday night. The NPR Politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is following along and will be annotating and fact-checking in real time.

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Over the weekend, New Hampshire poets came together to celebrate poetry.  The celebration came at a time when poetry itself is losing popularity. A National Endowment for the Arts survey last year shows fewer and fewer people are reading it.

But if you spent a couple of days in Manchester this past weekend, like I did, you would have found a community of poets whose passion for the poem is as strong as ever.


We kick off our 2016 "Conversations with the Candidates" series with Governor Maggie Hassan, the Democratic U.S. Senate nominee. Hassan's race against incumbent Senator Kelly Ayotte is one of the most highly-watched in the nation. We ask the Governor about the big issues at stake: from national security to gun laws to money in politics. 

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Two-hundred randomly selected public water customers in Merrimack will get their blood tested for PFOA. That’s the contaminant found in drinking water near the Saint-Gobain plastics plant.

The New Hampshire Democratic Party has changed the controversial name of its Jefferson-Jackson dinner, an annual fundraiser held in the fall.


More riders on all-terrain vehicles are being seen on New Hampshire trails — and now, on some local and state roads — and the Fish and Game Department's 42 conservation officers are feeling stretched.

In recent years, towns in Coos, Grafton, Sullivan counties and elsewhere have been allowed to open up their roads to the vehicles, beyond the state's 1,200 miles of riding trails.

Kate Brindley for NHPR


Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are scheduled to talk about student debt and college affordability in New Hampshire.

The two are expected to campaign Wednesday at the Field House at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

Clinton's campaign says she and Sanders will talk about how student debt should not hold Americans back after graduation. They also plan to discuss free in-state college educations for qualified families.

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Police say a 25-year-old New Hampshire man has died of injuries following a shooting involving a police officer.

New Hampshire's Attorney General office is investigating the death of Cody Lafont, of Claremont, and did not release further details on the Sunday morning shooting.

An autopsy will be performed Monday.

Police responded to a 4:50 a.m. call at a Claremont residence. They say Lafont was fatally wounded during a confrontation with police. Authorities say no police officers were injured.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR


Officials in the tiny town of Farmington say they're "grateful" that GOP presidential Donald Trump finally paid a bill for police overtime at a January rally.

The Concord Monitor reports that Trump's payment for the roughly $9,500 bill came after months of silence.

Farmington Town Administrator Arthur Cappello said that the Trump rally used up about 30 percent of the town's police overtime budget.

Sean Hurley

Morphy the Corpse Flower came into bloom this past weekend at Dartmouth College and  NHPR’s Sean Hurley stood in line with hundreds of people eager to get a whiff of the smelliest flower in the world.

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