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The New Hampshire Supreme Court for a third time has ruled in favor of protecting the privacy of a 19-year-old murder victim.

Seth Mazzaglia was convicted of killing Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott, of Westborough, Massachusetts. He argues the trial court should've allowed him to introduce evidence about Marriott's sexual past, but the court has rejected that argument numerous times, most recently on Thursday.

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Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan heads to the U.S. Senate pledging to find ground with Republicans but stand up to President-elect Donald Trump when necessary.

Hassan will be the second woman ever to serve as a state's governor and U.S. senator. The other is New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

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   A New Hampshire prep school criticized for how it's handled sexual assault cases faces trial on a lawsuit brought by a former student's mother who alleges the school wrongfully withdrew her 15-year-old son after he had sex with another student.

The lawsuit alleges Phillips Exeter Academy first said the boy would be placed on leave, but could return this fall after seeking therapy, among other conditions. The mother says Exeter changed its mind and decided to withdraw him altogether as it was responding to reports it mishandled sexual assault cases involving staff and students.

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Newly elected members of the New Hampshire House can begin filing legislation.

All 400 members of the House are allowed to file legislation beginning on Monday. Frequently more than 500 bills are filed each year. Each bill also gets a hearing a full vote on the floor.

Returning lawmakers have already begun submitting bills. Among them are annual proposals to raise the minimum wage and expanding gun background checks, both of which will fail under the Republican-controlled Legislature.

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Outgoing Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who narrowly lost in her re-election bid Tuesday, is being considered by the Donald Trump administration for defense secretary, according to the Washington Post

Ayotte has been a vocal critic of Trump, and, after the release of the Access Hollywood tape, joined other prominent Republicans in saying she would not vote for the Republican nominee. She vowed to instead write in Trump's running mate, Mike Pence.

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Hundreds gathered Friday for an annual ceremony to honor veterans and those who died in combat. 

At the State Veteran’s Cemetery in Boscawen, Senator Jeanne Shaheen spoke in personal terms about her mother, who, before she passed away, loved to visit this cemetery.

"She was very proud of the fact that we had bricks on the walkway to honor my father, a WWI veteran, his brother, who died over the pacific in WWI, and his other brother who served in Korea.," said Senator Shaheen. 

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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 books@nhpr.org.

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How might a Trump Administration handle the many international dilemmas that defy easy answers -- threats from North Korea, European uncertainty after Brexit, and proliferating Middle East conflicts?  

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With winter weather on the way, NHPR's Chris Martin sat down to talk to meteorologist Tony Vazzano, who specializes in mountain weather and snow. His company, North Winds Weather, provides specialized weather reports to ski areas across northern New England.

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After this week’s elections, Newfields, New Hampshire is entitled to a little bit of bragging. Two of the town’s 1,700 or so residents now hold some of the highest titles in the state.

Both Senator-Elect Maggie Hassan and Governor-Elect Chris Sununu call the Seacoast community home.

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One New Hampshire Senate contest and possibly two House races are headed for recounts.

Democratic Sen. Andrew Hosmer of Laconia has requested a recount against Republican challenger Harold French, who is up by 13 votes. In House races, two Manchester races are in recount territory. Democrat Andrew Gregoire requested a recount, but updated numbers now put him one vote ahead. In Manchester ward 12, Republican Dick Marston is also asking for a recount.

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A state representative from Hooksett, Dick Marple, was arrested and re-elected on the same day.

Republican State Rep Dick Marple was sitting outside the Hooksett polling place with his own campaign signs Tuesday morning when a Hooksett police officer recognized him. Marple had an outstanding bench warrant for his arrest because he had not shown up at an October court date.

According to the Hooksett Police Department, Marple drove himself to the police station, where he turned himself in and was placed under arrest.  

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When the New Hampshire Legislature reconvenes in January, Republicans will continue to hold majorities throughout the State House.

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The Secretary of State’s office has certified the results of the race between incumbent senator Kelly Ayotte and Democratic challenger Maggie Hassan. And the results are that Hassan has beaten Ayotte by a slim enough margin that Ayotte could have requested a recount (although she’s opted not to).

Among the reasons why Ayotte may have lost is Republican Aaron Day. He’s an independent who ran in this race to Ayotte’s right, and he was highly critical of Kelly Ayotte’s record. Day joined All Things Considered’s host Peter Biello to talk about the election.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has charged a New Hampshire real estate agent with discrimination, alleging he refused to rent an apartment to families with children in Keene.

The agent, Allan Saari, of Harrisville, denied the charge Wednesday and said he's hired a lawyer.

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 Maine residents are still waiting to find out whether marijuana will become legal in their state.

Voters cast ballots on a referendum to potentially legalize recreational marijuana use on Tuesday. Results so far show voters for the proposal holding an edge of less than 1 percent.

The race remains too close to call with more than 95 percent of precincts reporting. Opponents of legalization say they're not ready to concede the race, and they are likely to ask for a recount once the results are tabulated.

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By the time January rolls around, Chris Sununu will be in the rare position of taking office at a time when Republicans control every chamber in the Statehouse – the House, the Senate, the executive council and, of course, his seat. It’s the first time that’s happened in more than a decade.

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This election has been a long slog, especially here in New Hampshire. Now, it’s over, and NHPR’s Jack Rodolico went out to see how people were feeling.

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It was an unusually long election night on Tuesday, and while some of the results are still unknown, there were more than a few surprises as the vote tally rolled in.

Here with some analysis of what's going on with the electorate in New Hampshire is Chris Galdieri, an Assistant Professor of Politics at Saint Anselm College and Tom Rath, former New Hampshire Attorney General and long time Republican Party strategist.

  First to you, Tom, President-Elect Donald Trump...your reaction?

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After a long, well-financed, neck-and-neck campaign, the race for United States Senate in New Hampshire could be headed for a recount.

Republican incumbent Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan finished Election Day separated by 1,023 votes out of more than 738,420 cast, with Hassan holding the slight lead.

Despite the razor thin margin, the two-term governor rallied her supporters outside the State House Wednesday morning.

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Up and down the ballot, New Hampshire candidates are still awaiting the final vote counts that will determine the outcome of many state and local races.

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Democrat Maggie Hassan has won the race for U.S. Senate.

Hassan notched a narrow victory: just 716 votes over incumbent Republican Kelly Ayotte, out of more than 720,000 ballots cast. 

Related: You can see real-time election results right here.

Speaking outside the State House Wednesday morning, Hassan pledged to heal any divisions in Washington.

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New Hampshire Democratic gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern says he's disappointed in the results of the election, but he respects the will of the voters and wishes Republican winner Chris Sununu congratulations.

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In their fourth consecutive match-up, Democrat Carol Shea-Porter settled the score with political rival Frank Guinta, beating the Republican Tuesday.

Shea-Porter now heads back to Congress for her fourth term. She served two consecutive terms from 2006 to 2010, and when Guinta knocked her out, she ran again and won in 2012. 

The race was called early Wednesday morning, winning the race by a 44-43 margin.

Independent Shawn O'Connor finished with about 9 percent of the vote. 

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Tuesday was quite a night for American politics, and the same goes for New Hampshire, where the U.S. Senate race is still unresolved. NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers joined Morning Edition host Rick Ganley to discuss the latest in the Senate race, and to talk GOP control in the legislature, Governor-elect Chris Sununu and the Democratic wins in the races for U.S. House. 

 

Minimum wage workers in Maine are going to get a raise.

According to Maine Public Broadcasting, voters, by a solid margin, supported the ballot measure that will boost the current $7.50 an hour minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020.

It will also increase tipped workers’ base wages, which some in the restaurant industry say will increase costs and change the culture of hospitality.

 

The marijuana legalization movement scored its biggest victory yet Tuesday as voters in California, Massachusetts and Nevada approved recreational pot, making the drug fully legal in the nation's most populous state and giving it a toehold in the densely populated Northeast.

Voters in Florida, North Dakota and Arkansas approved medical marijuana measures.

A preliminary exit poll conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research showed the proposal passed handily in California.

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Riding an unexpectedly strong showing at the top of the ballot, Republicans appeared poised to hang on to their advantage in the New Hampshire state Senate.

With 86 percent of the vote counted, Democrat Scott McGilvray led Republican state Rep. Joe Duarte by three percentage points in the Senate District 16 contest. If McGilvray hangs on, Democrats will pick up one seat, cutting the GOP’s Senate majority to 13-11.

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The New Hampshire race that did get called late last night was District 2 Congressional Seat—which covers the west and north of the state. Incumbent Democrat Annie Kuster won a third term, but that win was unexpectedly tight. NHPR’s Natasha Haverty reports.


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