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A 2016 trial date has been set for a man charged with kidnapping a 14-year-old New Hampshire girl and raping her over the course of nine months.

Merrimack County Superior Court Judge Larry Smukler says jury selection will begin March 21 for Nathaniel Kibby, of Gorham.

Prosecutors say the 34-year-old Kibby kidnapped the girl on her way home from school in Conway on Oct. 9, 2013. They say he imprisoned her in his house and a storage unit until July 2014, when she returned home.

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New reports commissioned by Governor Maggie Hassan have found state regulators failed to protect residents from abuse and neglect at Lakeview Neurorehabilitation Center in Effingham.

The reports come as the Department of Education - after repeated attempts to push Lakeview into compliance with state regulations - announces it will shut down the Lakeview School. 

The state will now reevaluate how it regulates the facility’s residential program.

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Early indications show some promise for a New Hampshire moose herd that has been wobbled by a troublesome parasite.

Kristine Rines, a wildlife biologist and the moose project leader for the state's Fish and Game Department, says it's still too early to say with certainty if the 2014-15 winter will be better than previous winters, but data so far shows fewer calf deaths and fewer winter ticks.

Among the animals tagged by state biologists, seven of 27 calves had died as of last week. That's a 26 percent mortality rate, compared to 64 percent last year.

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New Hampshire's congressional delegation is asking the federal Department of Energy to extend the time the public has before commenting on what is expected to be a voluminous environmental impact report on the proposed Northern Pass power transmission project.

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On The Political Front is our weekly conversation with NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers. This week, a look at the latest in the 2016 presidential race and the New Hampshire primary.

Hillary Clinton made it official yesterday – she’s running for president. There’s no shortage of coverage of that on our air – and everywhere else this morning. But I want to talk to you about what it all means for New Hampshire.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton made no mention of her potential Republican rivals when kicking off her second campaign for president.

They didn't share her restraint.

Rand Paul put Clinton at the center of his first television ad, titled "Liberty, not Hillary."

On Twitter, Scott Walker fired off a series of messages describing Clinton as having a "Washington-knows-best mentality."

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A spokesman for Sen. Bernie Sanders says the Vermont Independent will decide by the end of the month whether to enter the 2016 White House race.

In the meantime, he's urging newly announced presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to speak out strongly about wealth inequality and climate change.

Sanders, who describes himself as a "democratic socialist," has been drawing large crowds as he travels the country speaking on those issues and others.

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  Lawyers for Nathaniel Kibby, who is  charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting a Conway teenager over the course of nine months, will appear in court today to finalize a trial date.

The 34-year-old Gorham man faces more than 200 indictments in Carroll County where he allegedly kidnapped the then 14-year-old victim and in Coos County where he is suspected to have held and sexually abused her in his mobile home. 

But last month a judge consolidated the charges and assigned the case to Belknap County.

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Potential presidential candidates will be flooding into the Granite State this week, with nearly 20 GOP White House hopefuls expected to attend a Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua over the weekend.

Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio and Rick Perry are just a few of the likely candidates slated to speak at the Nashua Crown Plaza Hotel for the First of the Nation Summit. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, who are the only official candidates so far in the race, are also scheduled.

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Nobody Knows Me At All/ The Weepies/ Songs From Sing Out! V.51#4/ www.singout.org/

Five Days in May/ Salamander Crossing/ Bottleneck Dreams/ Signature Sounds

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On Belay uses adventure-based recreation as a platform to build community for kids whose families have been affected by cancer. The Kontarinis are one such family. After Angelo passed away from kidney cancer in October, 2010, His wife Melissa and their three children (aged eight, five and three) faced the daunting task of “getting on” with their lives. 

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Local, state and federal officials combined forces in Dover on Friday to try to figure out how best to combat New Hampshire’s ongoing heroin epidemic.

The Heroin Summit, which focused on truth and hope for solutions, attracted dozens of medical professionals, social workers, police officers and state and federal legislators.

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On March 20th, winter officially came to an end and spring began.  But in between winter and spring, as NHPR's Sean Hurley reflects, it's mud season.

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The New Hampshire Attorney General's office has reached an agreement with a rug store owner who has been advertising a going out of business sale since last fall.

Attorney General Joseph Foster said the state entered into an agreement with Menashe Cohen, doing business as Epic Oriental Rugs of Hampton, to resolve allegations that he violated the state's Consumer Protection Act. Cohen published ads until April.

The act prohibits advertising such a sale that lasts for more than 60 days.

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A group in Claremont will hold a public meeting this weekend to discuss the possibility of the city hosting the Keene Pumpkin Festival.

The New Hampshire Union Leader reports the Claremont Citizens Group will meet Saturday morning at Trinity Church.

The Keene City Council voted last week to reject the permit for what would have been the 25th anniversary of the festival this October.

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Hippo Editor Amy Diaz joins Morning Edition to discuss some of this weekend's events, when the Spring weather is expected to finally arrive in the Granite State.

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New Hampshire U.S. Attorney John Kacavas is leaving the post he's held for six years to become chief legal officer and general counsel for Dartmouth-Hitchcock health systems.

A Dartmouth-Hitchcock spokesman says Kacavas will join the health network April 20. His resignation as U.S. Attorney — announced Thursday — is effective April 17.

Hospital officials say he will oversee government relations, risk management and claims management.

Kacavas was nominated by President Barack Obama and sworn in as U.S. Attorney in August 2009.

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It was quite a run for Kerry Greene of Manchester.

She won six straight games on the quiz show “Jeopardy!”

Her streak came to an end last night, but she walked away winning $146,598.

Her appearances on the show were actually taped back in January, so she’s had to wait until now to share the experience with friends and family.

You come across as so calm and cool on the show, you really do.

That’s what I’ve been hearing online actually, to the extent that someone called me “robotic.”

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court has declined to weigh in on a bill tying the right to vote with registering a vehicle.

Under the bill, those who declare New Hampshire their home for voting purposes would be considered a resident for motor vehicle law purposes.

House lawmakers asked the court in March for an advisory opinion on two issues: whether the bill would violate a specific part of the state Constitution and whether it would violate any other provisions of the state or U.S. Constitution.

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One of the rituals I shared with my children when they were growing up was stalking woodcocks during their spring courtship display. I guess I was sort of emulating a hero of mine named Aldo Leopold.

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During Passover, it's best to stock up on matzah early, especially in a state like New Hampshire.

"Jews don't move to New Hampshire for the Jewish community, we move here for other reasons," says rabbi Robin Nafshi of the Temple Beth Jacob in Concord, "the Jewish population of New Hampshire is fairly small."

There was a Stop and Shop in Bedford that used to accommodate kosher shoppers, "It was unbelievable, there was almost two aisles of food for passover," says Katy Gibny from Goffstown. But that store has closed, which has turned Gibni's family to "hunter gatherers."

Withdrawing water from the Androscoggin River to provide snowmaking for the Balsams resort would adversely affect 15 hydro-electric facilities downstream, the Brookfield Renewable Energy Group says in a filing with the state’s Department of Environmental Services.

And, Brookfield can’t support the project unless there is a guarantee that the developers of the Balsams will compensate it for any lost revenues, according to a letter sent to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.

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A second New Hampshire man who helped kill Pamela Smart's husband in a case that inspired sensational media coverage is up for parole.

Patrick Randall held a knife to Gregory Smart's throat in May 1990 as Billy Flynn, who was Pamela Smart's teenage lover, shot him in the head.

Flynn was paroled last month; Smart is serving life without parole after being convicted of plotting the murder.

Smart was a media coordinator at the high school both teens attended. Randall and Flynn pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and were sentenced to 28 years to life.

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South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a possible Republican presidential candidate, will spend part of a two-day swing through New Hampshire touring a business with Sen. Kelly Ayotte.

Graham and Ayotte, who have worked closely in the Senate on foreign policy issues, are scheduled to tour New Hampshire Ball Bearings in Laconia on Thursday afternoon. The tour is part of Ayotte's official schedule, and Graham is joining her to see the facility, meet workers and discuss their support of legislation reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank.

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Apr 9, 2015

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A jury found admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty on all counts yesterday, including 17 making him eligible for the death penalty.

The bombings left three people dead and wounded more than 260 others.

Karen Brassard of Nashua was injured in the first blast near the finish line, along with her husband and daughter.

She was in the courtroom when the verdict was read and joins Morning Edition to share her reaction.

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New Hampshire is one of 13 states that allows baiting to hunt bears. But last fall four bears died suddenly in the town of Stark after eating chocolate at a bait site, and now the Fish and Game Commission is considering banning the use of chocolate as bear bait.

When Rand Paul took the podium at Milford Town Hall, he was quick to indicate his vision of what granite state voters want.

“I come to N.H. to announce that I will fight for your right to be left alone.”

Paul railed against government surveillance of phone records and said he’d keep the federal government out of states when it comes to education. He also cited a balanced budget amendment and term limits for member of congress as a way to “defeat the Washington machine.”

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  Congressman Frank Guinta worked the counter -- and met with lobbyists from the National Association of Convenience Stores during a stop at Cumberland Farms in Portsmouth.

He said he would work to make sure compliance with federal regulations like the new food labelling law isn’t unwieldy for convenience stores:

I will now,  when I’m back in Washington,  take a look at the current rule. And there’s legislation to fix that – proposed legislation -- so I’m going to take a look at all of that.

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