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The state’s two largest school districts – Manchester and Nashua – have a lot in common.

Both have high poverty and a diverse student population. And there’s a controversial educational practice they also share – leveling or, as it’s also called, tracking.

That’s when students are separated into different classes based on their past performance.

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From the start of this year's budget negotiations, Republican leaders, as well as many business groups, have stressed that New Hampshire's corporate taxes, among the highest in the country, are driving away business.

Dave Juvet, senior vice president of the state’s Business and Industry Association, says as other states have made efforts to lower their rates, New Hampshire has lost ground.

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For a little over two decades the Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network – based in Bethlehem - has helped artists and business people in the North Country. Thursday night – in Berlin - it opened its second center.

The WREN Works Maker Studio is focused on artists and people who would like to be artists, says Marilinne Cooper, WREN’s executive director. And, its 4,000 square feet is filled with equipment to please them.

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An arts fair in Peterborough this weekend is aimed at the more budget-conscious arts consumer. Broke, the Affordable Arts Fair, features locally crafted work all priced under fifty dollars. The fair is being held this Saturday as part of the annual Thing in the Spring music festival.

Mary Goldthwaite-Gagne is co-founder of the fair, and she joined Morning Edition to talk about the event.

What's the idea behind the fair?

Here's a dubious Granite State superlative: New Hampshire has the third highest incidence of Lyme disease in the country following Maine and Vermont!

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USDA Undersecretary, Kevin Concannon visited New Hampshire this week to talk poverty and food policy with social service providers, meet with high school students, and visit a farmers market. I caught up with him and asked about local food and SNAP benefits; local food in schools -- and how behavioral economists are influencing the USDA's "Smarter Lunchrooms" program. 

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Gov. Maggie Hassan says she is likely to veto a bill that would require a person to live in the state for at least 30 days before being able to vote.

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A senior class tradition at Concord High School has erupted into a controversy surrounding offensive t-shirts.

School administrators are replacing the senior class t-shirts after discovering references they deemed to have racial overtones. The shirt's design contains word art in the shape of a wave for the school's team nickname, the "Crimson Tide." Embedded in that design are the letters, "K K K" and the phrase "Go White."  

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With lawmakers facing a June 30 deadline to pass a two-year state budget, Senate and House leaders say speculation about a government shutdown is unfounded.

In a joint statement Wednesday, Senate President Chuck Morse and House Speaker Shawn Jasper said leaders in state government are doing everything in their power to make sure a budget is passed before the deadline.

 

Advocates for domestic violence victims say a one-day snapshot of services provided in New Hampshire point up the need for additional funding.

The National Network to End Domestic Violence this week released the results of its survey of 90 percent of domestic violence programs nationwide conducted on Sept. 10, 2014.

 

A top USDA official is visiting New Hampshire to discuss hunger issues and how federal programs are working to address it.

Kevin Concannon is the undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services. He's taking part in a discussion at the Foundation for Seacoast Health in Portsmouth on Thursday.

Concannon is also eating lunch with students at Exeter High School and touring a farmers' market to see a nutrition incentive program for people participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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A coalition of civil rights groups, local election authorities and lawmakers are urging Gov. Maggie Hassan to veto a bill requiring people to live in New Hampshire for 30 days before they can register to vote.

The New Hampshire House passed the measure last week and the Senate already adopted a similar law. The Secretary of State's Office also supports the waiting period as a way to prevent "drive-by" voting by people who live out of state.

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New Hampshire's largest utility says its plan to sell off its fleet of power plants is in the hands of state energy regulators.

Eversource filed the settlement with the Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday. It depends on legislation passed by the House and Senate; Gov. Maggie Hassan said she would sign it.

Eversource says the sale means customers will no longer be responsible for paying for the continued operation of them, and will avoid potentially costly investments to meet environmental standards.

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With more than 4000 miles of hiking trails, it's not too hard to get away from it all here in New Hampshire. But if you want to get even further away, you could head out on the Cohos Trail, one of the wildest, most remote trails in New England. I recently went for a hike on the Cohos with trail founder, Kim Nilsen.

In the dirt lot at the base of Owl's Head mountain, 68 year old Kim Nilsen pulls a weaved pack basket, made by his daughter, over his shoulders.  

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The Granite State real estate market is heating up. 

The Manchester-Nashua market was ranked among the top 20 hottest markets in the nation last month, according to Realtor.com.

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Carly Fiorina is campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination in New Hampshire this week.

On Wednesday Fiorina spent the morning touring the manufacturing company Cirtronics, a business that makes products such as circuit boards and airport screening devices.

The former CEO of Hewlett Packard walked around the facility sounding both like a candidate and a corporate veteran– greeting nearly every employee she with a blend of small talk and business. But what makes this company a handy campaign backdrop for Fiorina – is that its story mirrors her own.

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Dozens of the state’s top Republicans are urging Fox News not to limit the number of participants in its upcoming presidential debate.

In the letter signed by more than 50 members of the New Hampshire GOP, including two former governors and nine current state senators, the network is asked to reconsider its decision to only include 10 candidates in a debate scheduled for Aug. 6.

Despite more than a dozen confirmed or prospective Republican presidential candidates in the field, the network says it will use national polls to determine who makes the cut.

 

City officials in Portsmouth are calling for ride-hailing services like Uber to prove they're commercially insured.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that Assistant Mayor Jim Splaine released an amended ordinance this week that would mandate ride-hailing services to have a total of $300,000 personal injury coverage for each accident and have at least $50,000 in property damage insurance.

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An elementary school principal in Concord is resigning amid a police investigation into accusations he had physical contact with a student while attempting to restrain him.

John Forrest is stepping down from his position at Beaver Meadow Elementary School after being on paid administrative leave for more than seven weeks. He was placed on leave in April. His resignation is effective June 30.

No charges have been filed against Forrest.

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Three companies have been selected to open the state’s first four medical marijuana dispensaries.

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A law to ban “ballot selfies” had its day in court yesterday. Challengers say prohibiting voters from taking pictures of their ballots and posting them on social media sites is a violation of free speech. Proponents of the law say it prevents voter fraud. NHPR's Peter Biello spoke with David Brooks, a reporter for the Nashua Telegraph and writer at Granitegeek.org
 

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Gov. Hassan was in the North Country Tuesday to praise students at Profile School in Bethlehem who gave up their senior trip to help a beloved principal recently diagnosed with cancer.

 “You are wonderful examples of character not only for everybody in New Hampshire but throughout the country.”

Last month the students learned that Courtney Vashaw, their principal, was being treated for cancer.

Almost immediately the 42 seniors got together. The question was whether to give Vashaw about $8,000 saved for a class trip to a resort in upstate New York.

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A judge says it was "pure censorship" when a man was arrested at an Alton selectmen’s meeting earlier this year for criticizing board members.

In his ruling, Judge James Carroll threw out the charge of disorderly conduct filed against Jeffrey Clay, and said the arrest was clearly an attempt to silence him.

"The state's actions...were content-based censorship, as the defendant was acting within the very rules promulgated by the board, as well within his Constitutional rights under the U.S. and N.H. constitutions," the judge wrote.

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The state’s highest court has ruled that protesters who went around following parking attendants and feeding meters in Keene cannot be sued for damages.

Tuesday's decision states these so-called "Robin Hooders" are protected under the First Amendment as long as their actions remain nonviolent.

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A New Hampshire golfer has qualified to compete in the US Open Championship.

Rich Berberian Jr., the reigning New England PGA champion, earned one of the four spots awarded at the sectional in Purchase, New York on Monday.

It was one of 10 sectionals held across the country yesterday.

Berberian lives in Derry and works as an instructor at the Golf Academy at the Windham Country Club.

He will compete next week in the 115th U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, near Seattle. 

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Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed into law a bill that would allow the Fish and Game Department the closing of clam, oyster and other bivalve area for restoration efforts in the Great Bay.

Hassan said Monday the measure will help ensure the sustainability of shellfish restoration projects and the ecological and water-quality benefits they provide.

The measure requires any such closure be preceded by a public hearing, be limited to 50 acres, and be for a period of not more than five years.

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Former technology executive Carly Fiorina is campaigning across New Hampshire this week after announcing endorsements from more than a dozen state representatives.

Fiorina's campaign released a list of 13 New Hampshire endorsements on Monday, including Deputy House Speaker Gene Chandler.

Her visit to New Hampshire began Monday night at a house party in Londonderry and continues through Wednesday with several local events, another house party and a tour of a Milford business.

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Dozens of people are displaced after a fire ripped through two buildings in downtown Nashua.

Officials say wind helped the flames jump to another building on West Hollis Street in Nashua Monday night. The buildings have businesses on the bottom floor and apartments on the top floors.

One firefighter was injured and taken to the hospital. The firefighter's condition is unknown.

The fire was knocked down by 10 p.m.

All the residents escaped safely without injury.

It is unclear how the blaze started, but it is under investigation.

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Senate President Chuck Morse has called for a review of the state liquor commission’s $2.5 million settlement with a Nashua-based warehouse company.

The April settlement ended pending litigation brought against the state by Law Warehouses.

The company had accused the liquor commission of violating its bidding procedures by going with an out-of-state competitor for a $200 million warehousing contract.

Bradley To Democrats: Meet Us Halfway

Jun 8, 2015
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The New Hampshire Senate voted along party lines last week to pass the $11.3 billion dollar two-year state budget. The budget has been described by Republicans as "conservative, yet compassionate." Democrats say it doesn't go far enough. NHPR's Peter Biello sat down with Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley to talk about the budget and what's to come. 

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