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New Hampshire's U.S. senators have introduced a bill for the creation of a coin in recognition of the 30th anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger disaster and honoring Christa McAuliffe, who was picked to be the first teacher in space.

Proceeds from the sale of the coins would support FIRST programs that inspire young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program is founded by inventor Dean Kamen.

Worries over lost tax revenue and neighborhood complaints have state and local officials grappling with how to regulate private rentals through online platforms such as Airbnb.

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Citing public safety concerns, Governor Maggie Hassan has vetoed a bill that aimed to limit the power of local building inspectors. This is Hassan's first veto of the year.

It’s time to stuff your pants into your socks because we’re entering tick season in New Hampshire.

David Brooks is a reporter for the Concord Monitor and writes the weekly Granite Geek column. He's hosting a Science Café this evening at which the topic will be Lyme disease. He spoke with All Things Considered host Peter Biello.

David, the drought made it hard for the ticks to survive. How badly did it damage the tick population?

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Veterans who receive care for chronic pain through the VA's Veterans Choice program may soon have fewer options for treatment.

The private New Hampshire-based company, PainCare, is once again considering cutting ties with the Veterans Choice program and the company that administers it, Health Net, Inc., because Health Net allegedly continues to delay payments to PainCare doctors. PainCare operates 11 clinics in New Hampshire. 

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 A proposal to use marijuana to battle opioid addiction is being processed by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

Tuesday marks the deadline for public comments on the proposal to add opioid addiction to the list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana in Maine. 

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A judge has ruled that the owner of a popular New Hampshire Christmas tree farm can continuing leasing the land from his parents despite their insistence that he stop.

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New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster says he sees "no active role" for his office in investigating Phillips Exeter Academy's handling of sexual misconduct allegations at the elite prep school.

Rep. Katherine Prudhomme-O'Brien, a Derry Republican, recently sent a letter co-signed by 18 fellow legislators to the Attorney General's Office requesting their involvement in the investigation. 

 

The lawyer for a New England prep school graduate convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old freshman as part of game of sexual conquest has filed arguments appealing a judge's decision to revoke his bail.

The arguments filed Monday say the judge didn't consider conditions by which Owen Labrie abided by his bail requirements, or any alternative or combination of conditions by which he would likely abide. The lawyer also said the judge didn't consider that Labrie's bail conditions were more restrictive. The state hasn't responded yet.

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More homeowners and businesses can now take advantage of a financial incentive for installing solar power.

A bill signed by Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan on Monday lifts the cap on a program called net metering, which allows solar power generators to sell the energy they don't use back into the electric grid. An existing cap limits how many megawatts can be sold back into the grid, and this legislation doubles the cap. It takes effect immediately.

Hassan says lifting the cap will help New Hampshire's clean energy industry "grow and thrive."

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The Department of Environmental Services has referred an illegal dumping case involving Brady Sullivan Properties to the New Hampshire Attorney General's office for review. 

In 2013, Brady Sullivan Properties was responsible for moving more than 600 tons of contaminated soil from a Manchester mill yard to a gravel pit in Londonderry.  Groundwater below the dumping site is contaminated with PCE, a chemical linked to cancer.

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Drinking water from private wells in northern New England may increase the risk of bladder cancer, according to a new study from the National Cancer Institute, Dartmouth and the state health departments in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.

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The New Hampshire Republican party has called off an email vote on delegate assignments for the Republican National Convention. The postponement came after complaints by the Donald Trump's campaign.

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North Hampton officials say the southeast New Hampshire town is interested in discussing the possible regionalizing of fire services with Rye and Portsmouth.

The North Hampton Select Board plans to send a letter to Rye requesting that the two select boards hold a joint meeting to gauge interest in regionalizing.

Residents aware of Rye's regionalization talks with Portsmouth led them to write to North Hampton selectmen asking for the town to join. Rye Selectman Craig Musselman says the Rye board would welcome North Hampton to the conversation.

 Federal data shows that the U.S. government has placed fewer than 100 migrant children from Central America who have entered the United States without their parents in Northern New England since the fall of 2013.

The federal government says it has placed 60 unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras with relatives and other sponsors in New Hampshire. A total of 24 were placed in Maine, and five were placed in Vermont.

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The previously crowded Republican primary for New Hampshire's First Congressional District shrunk yet again on Monday, as State Rep. Pam Tucker announced plans to suspend her campaign.

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"On the Political Front" is our weekly check-in with NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers.

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The New Hampshire Senate returns this week with another loaded agenda. Meanwhile the House will have its hands full weighing in on dozens of Senate bills in committee.

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North Hampton officials say the southeast New Hampshire town is interested in discussing the possible regionalizing of fire services with Rye and Portsmouth.

The North Hampton Select Board plans to send a letter to Rye requesting that the two select boards hold a joint meeting to gauge interest in regionalizing.

Residents aware of Rye's regionalization talks with Portsmouth led them to write to North Hampton selectmen asking for the town to join. Rye Selectman Craig Musselman says the Rye board would welcome North Hampton to the conversation.

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Lawmakers are receiving a series of briefings on New Hampshire's labor market, economy and demographic challenges.

Economists and other experts are making presentations Monday to House and Senate lawmakers who sit on key committees that determine how money is raised and spent in New Hampshire. The briefings are open to the public and will be live streamed on the state's website.

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By the time Sanctuary ATC opened its doors in Plymouth — around 11 a.m. Saturday morning — about a dozen people were already huddled around on the porch or hanging out in the parking lot outside, hoping to get in.

The state gave the medical marijuana dispensary the green light to open Friday afternoon. And by the end of its first day, the dispensary ended up served 45 people in all, according to its director.

A 23-year-old woman from Maine suffering from a medical problem was rescued from the Dry River Trail Saturday evening, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Kristina Reams, 23, began having problems breathing and since there was no cell service a companion hiked out and flagged down a motorist who called for help, conservation officer Alex Lopashanski said.

Rescuers reached her, stabilized her breathing and helped her to an ambulance.

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.

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Friendly reminder: (Still? Only?) 137 days ‘til the state primaries

And if this week’s any indication, it’s not going to be pretty.

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It’s official: Nearly three years after the state legalized medical marijuana, New Hampshire’s first dispensary will start serving patients Saturday morning in Plymouth.

Outside/In: On the Hunt

Apr 29, 2016
Greta Rybus and Logan Shannon

Ever since becoming a reporter, Sam has heard stories about a secret hunting reserve in New Hampshire, stocked with elk and 200-pound wild boar.  It's the size of a medium-sized town, but most people have never even heard about it, and almost nobody wants to talk about it.

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Is there a song that has stuck with you for years?  Maybe a tune your parents sang to you as a child, the notes imprinted on your mind and became a part of your being.  As Chris and Dave shared the melodies imparted to themselves, the conversation turned (as it often does) to birds.  Is our musical learning similar to that of our avian neighbors?

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Red Cross officials say the need for volunteers across New Hampshire and Vermont is critical, and they're holding a "disaster bootcamp" in the North Country to train new recruits. 

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The federal Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to test water for possible PFC contamination near the Coakley landfill in southeast New Hampshire.

The Portsmouth Herald reports Gov. Maggie Hassan said it's her understanding that the EPA has committed to testing areas around the landfill in Rye and North Hampton and is finalizing a plan for such testing.

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For some, the end of winter conjures thoughts of swimming at the lake or working in the garden.  For others, the warm weather means it’s time to put fresh batteries in the metal detector.  

Retired firefighter Mike Cogan from Long Island hoists a metal detector over his shoulder and heads down the dirt road with 40 other metal detecting enthusiasts from around the country.

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