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As the state continues to grapple with a drug problem, top state lawmakers are hoping to get businesses to be a part of the solution.

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A Republican state lawmaker who has tried for years to regulate drones in New Hampshire will try again in 2018.

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Portraits of the President and Vice President will no longer hang in the Portsmouth Post Office.

People in New Hampshire and surrounding states spotted a suspected meteor streaking across the sky Tuesday night.

The American Meteor Society has received more than 200 reports of the suspected meteor, with sightings from western Connecticut to Bangor, Maine. People report seeing a streak of light blaze up the sky around 6pm Tuesday, some for as long as seven-seconds.

Images captured in Portsmouth shows a brilliant white tail of light-- a suspected interplanetary chunk of debris-- zipping over the Piscataqua.

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Judges in New Hampshire may soon get a few more years on the bench.

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A proposal next legislative session seeks to make it easier for needle exchange programs to open up in New Hampshire.

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Temperatures will drop to single digits for the rest of this week, so break out the long underwear, the wool sweaters, and those down jackets.

"Or your flannel-lined jeans."

That's what one DOT worker told the press last year when asked for his secret on bearing the extreme cold while required to work outside.

(The National Weather Service has issued a winter chill advisory for northern New Hampshire.)

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Ski season is in full swing across New Hampshire after the Christmas Day snowstorm. Cross-country skiers were also out taking advantage of the new snow Tuesday. 

Few details have been released on the officer-involved shooting this weekend that led to the death of a 26-year-old man from Enfield.

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A man accused of shooting two Manchester police officers will file an insanity plea in court in a few weeks.

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A new bill aims to give public sector workers more protections when it comes to workplace accidents or deaths.

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Overdose deaths remain high, as 2017 comes to a close and state lawmakers are looking to secure more resources for the crisis when they return to the State House in January.

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After a high profile case of animal cruelty, New Hampshire lawmakers are working on legislation to tighten commercial breeding regulations.

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Lawmakers will consider at least a dozen bills about water contamination and other environmental hazards when they return to session in January.

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MONDAY Night update: The forecast calls for high wind gusts and drifting snow Monday evening, with a cold front sweeping over New Hampshire for the coming days.

The National Weather Service has a hazardous weather outlook for the region. A combination of strong winds and cold will mean a chance of dangerous wind chill values through the end of the week, the Weather Service says.

MUSIC EVENTS

Every Monday

>>>Wild Eagles Blues Jam at the Stone Church ~ Newmarket, NH ~ 7:30pm

http://www.stonechurchrocks.com/

>>>Hootenanny at the Salt Hill Pub ~ Hanover, NH ~ 6pm ~ www.salthillpub.com

>>>Bluegrass Jam at McNeill’s Brewery ~ Brattleboro, VT ~ 8:30pm ~

Title/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Haul Away/ Fred Gosbee/ The Night the Whiskey Froze/ Castlebay

More Wood/ Herdman, Hills and Mangsen/ Voices of Winter/ Gadfly Records

Somethin' Special/ Noel Paul Stookey/ Happy Holidays, Volume 12/ Hudson Harding

Joy to the World/ David Francey/ Carols for a Christmas Eve/ Laker Music

Not Grieve the Dying Light/ Harvey Reid and Joyce Andersen/ Christmas Morning Woodpecker Records

Uncle Pink/ Pete's Posse/ Parting "Friends"/ Epact Music

First Christmas/ Harvey Reid/ Christmas Morning/ Woodpecker Records

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Some state lawmakers are looking to reduce the number of requirements needed to become a school nurse.

A new bill in the statehouse would roll back a set of requirements for school nurses that went into effect in 2016. Those requirements include having a bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years of experience in pediatric nursing.

Under the new bill, the only requirements would be that the applicant is a registered nurse in the state and is approved by the local school board.

Republican state representative Carol McGuire is one of the sponsors of the bill.

Update: State Trooper Involved in Fatal Shooting in Canaan

Dec 24, 2017
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Update: The Attorney General's office has identified the man shot and killed as Jesse J. Champney, 26, of Enfield. 

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Authorities say a New Hampshire State Trooper was involved in a shooting in which a man was fatally wounded.

The shooting happened shortly before 6:30 p.m. Saturday in a field at the junction of Route 4 and Switch Road in Canaan.

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A state lawmaker from Concord pled guilty Friday to assaulting a political opponent.

Rep. Katherine Rogers, a Democrat, accepted a plea deal on a misdemeanor assault charge. The deal suspends a $1,000 fine pending good behavior, but Rogers must take an anger management class.

As the farm-to-table movement caught on nation-wide, a cohort of farmers, chefs, and organizers put in the legwork to make local food possible here in New Hampshire. 

This week on Word of Mouth, we trace the history of local food in the state, and we address a listener's question: How can you distinguish real, authentic local food from the dizzying display of marketing gimmicks? 

We also hang out with a local arts collective on the seacoast, and we sit down with National Book Award-winning poet Frank Bidart. 

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It was the mid nineteen nineties. Gail McWilliam Jellie had a new job. She just started working for the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, and part of her job was to meet with farmers and find out what challenges they were facing and how the state might be able to help.

"I was new here, and talking with farmers about what they would like to see in the marketing end of things," she says. "I heard a lot from farmers that they would love to be able to sell to restaurants."

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Since taking office in February, Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut has drawn criticism that he’s politicizing what’s supposed to be a nonpartisan office — by speaking at Republican party meetings, for example, or using his official Twitter account to take a jab at Democratic executive councilor Chris Pappas.

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Nashua is now the second New Hampshire city to sue pharmaceutical giants over their alleged role fueling the community’s opioid crisis. The city’s complaint is almost identical to one filed on behalf of the city of Manchester in September.

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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.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: December 22, 2017

Dec 22, 2017

It's our look back at the top news stories and topics of 2017.  From S.B.3 to the Trump Voter Commission, we review the debate over access to voting and concerns about voter fraud in the past year.  We take a look at the physician-led rebellion revealing allegations of poor management at the Manchester V.A. hospital.   And we revisit the election of Joyce Craig as the first female mayor of New Hampshire's largest city, Manchester. 

Watch the show:

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'Tis the season for Christmas carols but at Something Wild one in particular captures our attention: The Twelve Days of Christmas. There are a lot of birds featured in the song but, like so many of our carols, the lyrics are from old Europe and don’t really speak to life in 21st century New England. So we thought maybe it’s time for an update… a rewrite… a New Hampshire Christmas carol.

More than 70 families with children are living outside in the Manchester area this winter. They're sleeping in tents or cars, according to Cathy Kuhn, director of the N.H. Coalition to End Homelessness.  

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Thursday night was the longest night of the year – and also a cold one, with temperatures dipping well below freezing. With this in mind, Catholic Medical Center's Health Care for the Homeless convened a vigil in Manchester's Veterans Park to remember the more than 50 people who died in the past year because they had no place to go on nights like this.

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A new report from the Centers for Disease Control shows that New Hampshire had one of the highest drug overdose death rates in the country last year.

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