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Sen. Kelly Ayotte, expected to face a tough re-election battle next year, has received a $500,000 donation from a Republican entrepreneur who wants his party to confront climate change.

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If you grew up in the 1970s or 80s, the sound of Simon may be familiar to you. It’s the electronic memory game that gives you increasingly difficult patterns of sounds and colors to remember and repeat.

Some of the credit for inventing it goes to late Manchester resident Ralph Baer. Baer was part of a team that developed the first home video game in the late 1960s'. The National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. has included Baer’s Manchester, N.H. workshop as part of its innovation wing.

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As Harry Reid, the Senate’s Democratic leader, prepares to retire from Congress, he’s turning his attention to the handful of races next year that could sway control of the Senate. And, according to a recent story in Politico, Reid has taken a particular interest in New Hampshire – specifically the question of whether Gov. Maggie Hassan will jump into the Senate race herself.  

A police officer from Haverhill fatally shot a man Monday afternoon in Bath, according to the attorney general’s office.

Neither the circumstances nor the identity of the 42-year-old man was released pending an autopsy. However, the attorney general said two officers from Haverhill were at the scene and more details would be available later today.

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Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says he'd prefer there were no super PACs, but stopped short of calling on one supporting him to stop airing negative attack ads against Democratic rival Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

"I would hope that we would keep this debate a debate about the issues and I would prefer, not that I'm able to tell a super PAC what to do, I would prefer that we didn't have any super PACs, frankly," he said.

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U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta has scheduled his first town hall meeting since the Federal Election Commission concluded that he accepted $355,000 in illegal campaign donations from his parents.

NH1 News reports that Guinta will hold the meeting Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Gilman Library in Alton.

In a settlement made public in May, the FEC fined the 1st District Republican $15,000 and ordered him to repay his parents. Guinta insists the money belonged to him because for years he contributed to and managed a "family pot" of money.

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U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster is calling for a long-term transportation funding bill to pass Congress.

With the Route 4 bridge construction project in West Lebanon as a backdrop, Kuster on Monday said essential roadwork in New Hampshire and around the country could be threatened if Congress fails to pass a funding bill by the end of the month.

Kuster, a Democrat, said without funding, road and bridge projects could come to a halt during the busy summer building season, putting construction crews out of work.

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The national death rate from knee replacement surgery is about one in a thousand. But patients are three times more likely to die if they have their knee replaced at a hospital that doesn’t perform that surgery frequently.

Now three leading healthcare systems, including Dartmouth-Hitchcock, are putting restrictions on their surgeons. 

Some police are taking it easy on drivers in the first few days of the state’s new law banning the use of hand-held devices while behind the wheel.

In Nashua, officers have pulled over 30 people for using a cell phone while driving since law went into effect July 1.

But Captain James Maloney says not a single driver received a ticket for that offense.

“Total of 30 warnings on those 30 stops, so the vast majority of the time the officers were using those as an informational opportunity to make sure people were aware of the law."

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Rockingham County will pay an $80,000 settlement to a whistleblower in the Attorney General's investigation of former prosecutor Jim Reams.  The settlement with Jerome Blanchard comes after Blanchard filed a claim against the county for wrongful termination. It includes $54,000 in lost pay and damages, and $26,000 in attorneys fees.

Newmarket's Craig Werth has been busy with his new Oh, Pluto project.  Listen in to find out more!

Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed off on a bill that expands the use of medical marijuana to those with epilepsy, lupus and Parkinson’s disease. Currently about a dozen other illnesses are included under the law.

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Donald Trump's recent comments about undocumented Mexican immigrants have cost him business deals ranging from the Miss USA Pageant to a clothing line at Macy's. Trump's stance is also drawing increasing criticism from his rivals for the GOP presidential nomination.

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    Governor Maggie Hassan signed a bill this morning prohibiting the sale, use or possession of synthetic drugs. The bill is part of a larger effort to combat New Hampshire’s substance abuse problem. 

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As promised, Gov. Maggie Hassan has vetoed a bill that would have allowed anyone who can legally own a gun to carry it concealed without a license.

Currently, people need to get a permit from local officials to carry a concealed firearm beneath a coat or in a handbag. Hassan said although she supports the second amendment, she believes eliminating this step would “compromise the public safety of our citizens.”

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Two men who suffered non-life-threatening injuries from an ATV rollover in Stewartstown have been taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents.

Fish and Game officers say the accident happened on Saturday near the entrance to a campground at Coleman State Park.

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A wind farm that was rejected by a state panel in 2013 is asking for a re-hearing.

Antrim Wind is asking state regulators this week to take ultimate authority over whether the wind-farm gets built. Portsmouth-based Eolian Renewable Energy it has eliminated one turbine and shrunk a second from its initial 10-turbine proposal, and the new project is different enough that it should get a second hearing before the state.

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On Sunday night, the U.S. Womens Soccer team goes up against Japan in the World Cup Final. Ten year old soccer player Abby Bentley of Newmarket is looking forward to the game. NHPR's Emily Coriwn met up with Bentley at a summer camp held by Seacoast United in Hampton, N.H.

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Amid the fanfare and rumbling antique cars of the Amherst Fourth of July parade, candidates for president greeted residents and posed for pictures. Four candidates in total walked the parade route.

Republicans South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and former Texas Governor Rick Perry jogged energetically from handshake to handshake, often joking with residents. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush kept a steadier pace behind them.

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Getting ready to fire off some bottle rockets this Independence Day? You may want to check our map below first.

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One of New Hampshire’s largest landlords, Brady Sullivan Properties, is under scrutiny from city, state and federal regulators for lead contamination in one of its buildings in Manchester. 

The Bookshelf: Short Story Writer Robin McLean

Jul 3, 2015
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The Bookshelf is NHPR's series on authors and books with ties to the Granite State. All Things Considered host Peter Biello interviews 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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NHPR's Sean Hurley continues his Summer Stock series with a visit to the New London Barn Playhouse, a theater known for cultivating young talent.  The actress Laura Linney credits the Barn with her love of theater.  Broadway legend Steven Schwartz, creator of Godspell and Wicked, got his start there.  And as Sean discovered, there's even a well known NPR reporter who once graced the stage of the old Barn.

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After officially entering the GOP presidential race in his home state of New Jersey on Tuesday, Gov. Chris Christie kicked off his campaign with a five-day trip to New Hampshire.

At a town hall event in Sandown Tuesday night, Christie told voters, "I want to be the next president of the United States and I plan to win the next election." And he's relying, in large part, on his personality to help him do that.

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If today's installment of Something Wild fell to my NH Audubon cohorts, it would be easy to feature our national symbol, the Bald Eagle--perfect for patriotic Fourth of July! Instead, "NH Forest Guy" wracks his brain to make a tree connection to our nation's birthday. All I could come up with is that bottle rockets are affixed to wooden sticks and that firecrackers and other pyrotechnics are constructed and packaged using cardboard and paper--all derived from tree. No trees? No fireworks!

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It’s the busiest time of the year for Champny’s Fireworks in Bow. Deborah Colby, who owns the store, says her customers are spending anywhere from $15 to $3,000 on fireworks. Colby says some of the most popular products are the ones that used to be illegal, such as reloadable fireworks.

“They tend to be a good value and they’re very beautiful,” Colby says. “They tend to go a little higher sometimes than some of the multi-shot cakes.”

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Lakeview Neurorehabilitation Center in Effingham is telling employees it plans to close as early as August 1. This comes amid new reports of a sexual assault at the facility.

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You know summer is the perfect time for cookouts and campfires, but did you know that it's also the time to cut & split wood so it can season for winter? Do you know what to look for when you're foraging for firewood around your campsite? (Pro tip: look for long, green tinder for the perfect marshmallow roasters!)

Whether it's time to place an order or time to make s'mores, use our printable guide to firewood as a year-round reference.

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New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen is one of a dozen lawmakers from both parties calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide benefits to members of the military who survived mustard gas testing during World War II.

Recently NPR reported that the Department of Defense tested mustard gas on 60,000 US troops, often grouping them by race or ethnicity. Many survivors have been rejected for health care and other VA benefits.

Independence Day means fireworks, BBQs, flags – and, in New Hampshire, presidential politics.

The three-day weekend has lured at least eight candidates for president to the Granite State. The candidates, Republican and Democratic, will appear up and down the state, Friday through Sunday. So, if you've always wanted to discuss foreign policy with the future leader of the Free World while holding a sparkler, now might be your chance.

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