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Six police departments in New Hampshire and Maine plan to open their police stations to drug addicts seeking treatment.

Under the Community Access to Recovery program, those suffering from drug addiction may come to the police departments and be referred to treatment.

Police departments in Portsmouth, Dover and Newmarket, New Hampshire, and Eliot, York and Kittery, Maine, are participating.

They plan to announce the program on Wednesday.

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This week NHPR has been reporting on how New Hampshire schools are fundamentally rethinking the role they play in the lives of their students and in their communities. Reeling from the state’s heroin crisis, the aftermath of the recession, and struggling local economies, many schools are taking on a mountain of new responsibilities beyond the classroom, often with limited help from the state.

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  The federal government does not regulate PFOA and PFOS -- the contaminants found in drinking water in Southern New Hampshire and on the former Pease Air Force Base. But as of today, they are regulated in New Hampshire.

That’s because the state’s environmental regulator has filed an emergency rule giving the state new authority over contaminated water.  

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Followers of New Hampshire politics might’ve noticed a familiar face (and voice) at Donald Trump’s much-hyped press conference on Tuesday morning: Al Baldasaro, a state representative from Londonderry who Trump has referred to at varying times as “The King” and his “favorite vet.”

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A former state representative from Rochester has been arrested on charges related to voter fraud.

According to the Attorney General’s Office, during the recent presidential primary Don Leeman voted in a district he no longer lived in and then tried to bribe a local employee to cover it up.

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With the unofficial start of summer, gas prices are creeping up in northern New England.

GasBuddy surveys show the average retail price in New Hampshire is $2.28 per gallon, up nearly 3 cents in the last week.

The average price per gallon in Vermont is $2.34, up 1.7 cents from last week. In Maine, the average price per gallon is $2.37, up 2.5 cents from the week before.

The national average of $2.32 has increased 11.1 cents during the last month and stands 42.7 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

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When David Griffin started teaching middle school in Berlin more than three decades ago, he thought he knew what to expect. He never imagined that stocking a food pantry might be part of the job.

Sure, Griffin says, he always anticipated a few needy kids in each class. But in the past few years, especially, the number of students who need help — and the complexity of their needs — seems greater than ever.

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  The US Senate is backing an amendment to allow a sober living home for veterans in Manchester to again seek federal funds. 

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  New Hampshire officials are marking Memorial Day by unveiling a monument dedicated to those killed in the conflicts in Iraq to Afghanistan.

  Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start to summer tourism season. 

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  As summer tourism season begins, the New Hampshire Lakes Association is reminding recreational boaters to help keep invasive species from spreading.

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  Manchester's police chief says the city's officers will not be featured on the TV show "COPS" as originally planned. 

  Authorities have found the body of a Canadian man who went missing on Mount Washington this month.

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  This Memorial Day weekend the state expects some 600,000 people to come to New Hampshire. Many of them will be on the Seacoast, though probably not many of them will do what poet and author Julia Shipley did - walking the 13 mile stretch along New Hampshire's coast. 

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  Rockingham Park will close at the end of the summer. 

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  Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan has vetoed a bill to remove the licensing requirement for carrying concealed guns as expected. 

New Hampshire is expecting a record number of visitors over Memorial Day weekend.

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The Bookshelf is NHPR'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 books@nhpr.org.

Before you head out for the long weekend, catch up on the headlines you might've missed this week. And don't forget to sign up for our Friday news email, The Rundown, to get this delivered right to your inbox. Here's the link.

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Every week here at Something Wild we encourage you to go outside.  It's easy to find the wild in New Hampshire, be it a walk on the beach, a hike in the woods or a quiet crepuscular kayak ride.  However there are things you need to be mindful of when you're out.  We've heard a lot about ticks but not so much about poison ivy.  

You've probably seen or come into contact with poison ivy at some point; the three waxy leaves with serrated edges.  You probably also know you should avoid it.  Don't touch touch the vine, don't touch the root.  You can get a rash from any part of the plant.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - May 27, 2016

May 26, 2016

We'll be discussing the recent class action lawsuits by residents with private wells near the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics plant in Merrimack.  Saint-Gobain is the likely source of water contamination in the area, according to state officials.  With  bipartisan fanfare, New Hampshire launches the first statewide initiative of a national campaign called Change Direction, promoting more open discussion of mental illness.   Plus, the legislature winds up it's session with negotiation on issues from police body cameras to mandatory minimum sentences to short-term rentals like AirBNB.

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Republican State Senator Nancy Stiles of Hampton says she won't seek another term in the fall. 

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An ongoing staffing skirmish at New Hampshire Hospital threatens to create a backlog in the state’s already fragile mental health system.

The conflict pits one of New Hampshire's most esteemed medical institutions – Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital – against one of the most specialized psychiatric teams.

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A controversial practice that seeks to convert minors from being gay is likely to remain legal in New Hampshire.

Lawmakers this week failed to agree on a bill that would ban so-called conversion therapy for those under 18.

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We think we know all about vitamins, but according to author Catherine Price, most of us know nothing about these thirteen invisible chemicals.  Over the century since they were discovered, vitamins have changed human destiny by preventing and curing many diseases.  Price's "Vitamania" points out that these micronutrients have also taken on a life of their own in the hands of marketers, affecting how we think about health, and the decisions we make about what we eat.


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We examine several key indicators and their impact on the Granite state.  One is rising inflation.  Another is consumer debt:  Americans are spending more, but we're also borrowing -- to the tune of nearly one trillion dollars.  Also, a new report finds a worrisome trend: business formation in small towns and rural counties has dropped dramatically.

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An attorney for Owen Labrie, the St. Paul’s School graduate convicted of having sex with a minor last summer, can no longer represent him in his push for a new trial.

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State leaders recently joined the medical and mental health community to launch  "Change Direction NH," part of a national initiative to raise awareness of mental health disorders and  eliminate the stigma around these issues.  Long considered an afterthought to physical well being, mental health has gained recognition as having equal importance, although it's still not easy for many to discuss or seek help. Change Direction NH attempts to fix that, promoting awareness of the signs of mental illness.  Still, challenges remain, including access to treatment.  


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Dartmouth-Hitchcock health care system has been discussing a potential affiliation deal with Elliot Health System, a smaller provider serving southern New Hampshire.

The Valley News reports D-H executive vice president Stephen LeBlanc confirmed that the discussions were underway, but he declined to say what form the affiliation might take. 

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You may have heard of the Rails to Trails program – where old railroad tracks are cleared away and replaced by paths for walking and biking.  In Wolfeboro, as NHPR’s Sean Hurley tells us, the Cotton Valley Rail Trail Club has helped build something unique in the United States – a rail and trail multi-use path.

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