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The Democratic National Committee announced it will hold six presidential primary debates, including a Dec. 19 debate in Manchester.

“We’re proud to be a co-host of the New Hampshire Democratic Presidential Debate in December and we’re looking forward to hearing the Democratic candidates lay out their visions for our country’s future," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley.

Not everyone is excited about the limited debate schedule.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who has been trailing in the polls, was immediately critical.

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At this time of year farms across the state are brimming with corn and tomatoes, zucchini and beans.  And if you stop by one of those farms to pick up some of that fresh produce it’s then up to you to find a way to prepare it at home.  But at Ski Hearth Farm in Sugar Hill you can pick up dinner such as new potatoes with season pesto; chilled chickpea-tahini soup and a salad, all ready to go.

Davis and Tina Mangold recently bought the well-known farm once owned by Sel Hannah. And it was their idea to start preparing carry out dinners.

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Last week Eversource official Lee Olivier told analysts that the company still thinks completely burying the Northern Pass line is “unnecessary” and “prohibitively expensive.”

But, he said, some additional burial might be possible.

That comes in response to the release of a new report from the Department of Energy that includes a look at the issue.

For years opponents of the controversial Northern Pass project have contended the overhead transmission lines could be buried.

And Northern Pass officials have insisted burial is too expensive.

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A Canterbury police chief has pleaded not guilty to a charge that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl while he was a police officer in Boscawen.

Prosecutors in Franklin released a 14-page affidavit Wednesday detailing a nearly year-old investigation into 44-year-old John Laroche, including transcripts from recorded conversations.

Laroche is accused of using his authority to coerce the then-17-year-old female. He told police in an affidavit the contact was consensual.

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To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, members of faith-based and activist groups in Concord are holding a memorial event.

Organizers say it's intended to raise awareness of the current threat of nuclear war and to call for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

The event is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Concord campus of New England College. A panel discussion of community leaders will be featured, followed by a walk to the Merrimack River and a commemorative service and vigil on the riverbank.

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By all accounts, New Hampshire’s solar industry has started to accelerate in a big way. This year New Hampshire is on track to see a five-fold expansion in the number of solar farms in state since last fall. While that may be the case now, many in the industry say solar is racing towards a brick wall.

Here’s why.

Solar power is supported by a collage of incentives in New Hampshire: There are state rebates for smaller projects, state grants for larger ones, a federal investment tax credit, and renewable energy credits that owners can sell.

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The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office is delaying public release of the police body camera video of the fatal shooting of man in Bath, due to legal action by the man's family.

The attorney for the man's ex-wife and children filed a petition in Merrimack County Superior Court on Wednesday to halt the public release of the video of the shooting of 42-year-old Hagan Esty-Lennon of Canterbury.

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Campaign rallies and town hall meetings featuring a presidential primary candidate have been a near daily occurrence in the Granite State over the past few months.

Behind the scenes, running these events and the planning that goes into them is no easy task.

Chris Malloy of Chris Malloy Events has been busy this primary season. He’s planned and run campaign events for Hillary Clinton, Chris Christie and Ted Cruz.

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We’ve been listening back to a 1989 report on the state of mental health care in New Hampshire. Last week, reporter Kathy McLaughlin explored the living conditions in the old New Hampshire Hospital buildings, which could be crowded and grim.

Today, we share part two of that report. NHPR’s Martin Murray spoke with Paul Gorman, superintendent of New Hampshire Hospital, who explained how the hospital’s new, community-oriented facility sought to treat patients.

A state official says about 50 people -- roughly half of the spectators in the circus tent that collapsed in Lancaster Monday killing a man and his daughter -- sustained some kind of injuries, although many were minor.

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Foreclosure deeds rose in June in New Hampshire, but analysts say that was likely a one-time rise rather than the beginning of a trend.

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The Executive Council Wednesday voted 3-2 along party lines against renewing two family planning contracts for Planned Parenthood centers in New Hampshire. 

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Enrollment in a program that tracks the genes of military veterans has picked up the pace at a local VA hospital.

The Million Veteran Program, or MVP, is a nationwide effort to put into a database the genetic information of one million veterans. Researchers will use the database to find genes that affect conditions like diabetes or PTSD.

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 New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is teaming up with Utah Republican Sen. Orin Hatch to introduce legislation that would hold colleges more accountable for "overwhelming" student debt.

If the bipartisan proposal passes, colleges with repayment rates that are more than 10 percent below the national average over a three-year period would lose their eligibility to participate in the federal student loan system.

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The humble little mouse has become big business at Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. The research center uses selective breeding to create mice that have the genetic traits to make them useful for scientists searching for cures to human diseases. David Brooks recently visited Jackson Labs and learned a lot about the business of mice. He’s a columnist for the Nashua Telegraph and writer at Granitegeek.org. He spoke with NHPR's All Things Considered host Peter Biello.
 

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A new poll shows Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders only six points behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire.

The WMUR Granite State poll released Tuesday shows Clinton with 42 percent of support among likely Democratic voters in the Granite State. Sanders is a close second, with 36 percent support.

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Billionaire businessman Donald Trump has scored the top spot for Thursday night’s leadoff debate of the 2016 presidential race, joined by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and seven other Republican contenders who made the campaign’s first cut.

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Citing declining enrollment, officials with Mount Washington College in Manchester say the school will close in April of next year.

In a statement on its website, the for-profit college says it will stop enrolling new students immediately and will focus its attention on the school’s roughly 500 current students.

The college says students can complete their programs of study online through Kaplan University free of charge.

Kaplan owns Mount Washington College, formerly known as Hesser College.

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Chris Rocket has been in prison for 19 years. His convictions are for second degree murder and robbery. The crimes, he says, were the result of an alcohol addiction.

His addiction to heroin and prescription drugs?

He got hooked on those while incarcerated at the state prison in Berlin.


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  When the Department of Corrections begins offering naltrexone to male inmates sometime this fall, it will put New Hampshire among the more than 20 states that use the drug to treat incarcerated addicts.

New Hampshire, however, will launch the program using the oral version of naltrexone, which studies show faces more barriers to success than the extended-release injections used in other prisons and jails across the country.

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court has upheld its decision to reject a lawsuit filed by four officers injured in a 2012 shootout with a suspected drug dealer who fatally shot the Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney.

The officers sued Cullen Mutrie's mother, saying she was liable for their injuries because she knew or should have known her son was dealing drugs from the house she owned. Maloney and the officers were shot at on April 12, 2012, as they tried to execute a search warrant for drugs. The 29-year-old Mutrie then killed his girlfriend and himself.

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The attorney general's office has obtained a temporary restraining order against a New Hampshire water park closing its "speed slides" attraction until the park gets required design approvals from the state.

The office says the Liquid Planet water park in Candia had received notice regarding the attraction. The Department of Environmental Services said water samples taken from the speed slides had unsanitary levels of coliform bacteria. It also said the park opened the slides without first obtaining design approval from the department.

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The Canterbury police chief has been arrested on a charge of sexually assaulting a teenage girl while he was a police officer in Boscawen.

The New Hampshire attorney general says John Laroche was arrested Tuesday on one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault.

The 44-year-old Laroche could not be reached for comment. It was not immediately known if he was being represented by an attorney.

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A tour of a factory floor is a classic campaign stop for presidential candidates in New Hampshire. Ohio Gov. John Kasich continued that tradition in Manchester Tuesday -- with a modern twist.

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State officials say the father and daughter killed Monday evening in the collapse of a circus tent in Lancaster were from Concord, Vermont.

They were identified as 41 year-old Robert Young, and his six-year-old daughter Annabelle,

State fire marshal Bill Degnan said they died of “blunt force trauma” from beams that had been supporting the tent.

At a news conference Tuesday afternoon Degnan also faulted the circus operators.

“The circus did not have a place-of-assembly permit and that is one of the things were are looking into.”

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Lower than average rainfall is prompting officials in Newmarket to limit water use for the first time in a decade.

Residents and businesses who use the town's municipal water system may only water their lawns twice a week: odd numbered addresses on Mondays and Wednesdays, and even numbered addresses on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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The city of Portsmouth has legalized the ride-sharing service Uber.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that the ordinance was passed along with an amendment to delay its implementation by 45 days.

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Authorities say the father and daughter who were killed when the circus tent collapsed during the storm were from the town of Concord, Vermont.

They were identified Tuesday as 41-year-old Robert Young and 8-year-old Annabelle Young. Fire Marshal William Degnan says an autopsy showed they died of blunt force trauma.

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Tuesday nights in Portsmouth this summer are all about improv comedy.

Now in its 12th season, the “Stranger Than Fiction” comedy troupe puts on shows every Tuesday night at the Players’ Ring, coming up with material on the fly based on audience participation.

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The New Hampshire Department of Transportation hopes to start work next year on a project to eliminate erosion around supports of a historic covered bridge connecting the state to Vermont.

The Eagle Times reports state officials met with the Cornish Selectboard and residents last week during a public hearing on the $2 million project.

Officials say the flood-related erosion, known as scour, is critical at the 149-year-old Cornish-Windsor Bridge.

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