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Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence is returning to New Hampshire for a campaign rally.

Pence, the governor of Indiana, will appear in Milford at 1:30 p.m. on Monday.

Pence and Donald Trump have each campaigned in the state several times since the summer, as has the Democratic vice presidential nominee, Tim Kaine.

Hillary Clinton is scheduled to visit New Hampshire on Wednesday, her first trip to the state since July.

 

More riders on all-terrain vehicles are being seen on New Hampshire trails — and now, on some local and state roads — and the Fish and Game Department's 42 conservation officers are feeling stretched.

In recent years, towns in Coos, Grafton, Sullivan counties and elsewhere have been allowed to open up their roads to the vehicles, beyond the state's 1,200 miles of riding trails.

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are scheduled to talk about student debt and college affordability in New Hampshire.

The two are expected to campaign Wednesday at the Field House at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

Clinton's campaign says she and Sanders will talk about how student debt should not hold Americans back after graduation. They also plan to discuss free in-state college educations for qualified families.

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Police say a 25-year-old New Hampshire man has died of injuries following a shooting involving a police officer.

New Hampshire's Attorney General office is investigating the death of Cody Lafont, of Claremont, and did not release further details on the Sunday morning shooting.

An autopsy will be performed Monday.

Police responded to a 4:50 a.m. call at a Claremont residence. They say Lafont was fatally wounded during a confrontation with police. Authorities say no police officers were injured.

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Officials in the tiny town of Farmington say they're "grateful" that GOP presidential Donald Trump finally paid a bill for police overtime at a January rally.

The Concord Monitor reports that Trump's payment for the roughly $9,500 bill came after months of silence.

Farmington Town Administrator Arthur Cappello said that the Trump rally used up about 30 percent of the town's police overtime budget.

 

Dogs trained to find illegal drugs will soon be patrolling New Hampshire prisons.

The Executive Council has approved $74,000 for the state Department of Corrections to create a canine unit. The department will buy two dogs trained to detect controlled drugs as well as cellphones. The dogs will be deployed to search inmate housing as well as the mail and visiting rooms.

The department has been searching for new ways to stop the flow of illegal drugs into prisons. New Hampshire operates men's prisons in Berlin and Concord and a women's prison in Goffstown.

 

Marine traffic will be prohibited in the Piscataqua River's navigable channel for one week next month as crews remove the center span of the now-closed Sarah Mildred Long Bridge.

The Portsmouth Herald reports the waterway will be closed from Oct. 10-16 according to the resident engineer for the Maine Department of Transportation's bridge replacement project.

The bridge connected Portsmouth to Kittery, Maine via the U.S. Route 1 Bypass before it malfunctioned last month. The span has since been locked in its open position and was closed permanently on Aug. 24.

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The New Hampshire Executive Council has decided to honor the state's $36.5 million contract with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center to staff New Hampshire Hospital.

The decision comes on the heels of the medical provider's announcement of mass layoffs system-wide.

Despite the deal being already in place and set to begin in November, Councilor Chris Sununu says he wants the contract to be re-bid.

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Dry conditions from an ongoing drought in much of New Hampshire could cut short the state's lucrative fall foliage season.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that across southern New Hampshire, maples and other leafy trees known for their vibrant hues are changing color or dropping their leaves early— a potential sign of distress.

Kyle Lombard, of the state Division of Forest and Lands, says tree-targeting insect pests are thriving this year due to the dry weather.

 

State officials say New Hampshire's projected population is expected to reach 1.4 million in 2040, an increase of nearly 9 percent from the population at the 2010 census.

The Office of Energy and Planning says the projected number of births is expected to decline very slightly over this time period, from 66,000 between 2010 and 2015 to 65,000 between 2035 and 2040.

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U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte and her challenger, Gov. Maggie Hassan, will be discussing how to strengthen and preserve Social Security at a forum in Manchester.

Ayotte, a Republican, and Hassan, a Democrat, are attending a forum organized by AARP on Monday.

The event is being held at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.

 

The Citizen newspaper of Laconia says it will stop publishing on Sept. 30, after 90 years of serving readers in the state's Lakes Region.

The paper reports Sample News Group CEO George Sample says the company has tried for several months to sell the paper, without success. Sample says in its six years of ownership, The Citizen became the No. 1 source for online news, but the advertising needed to sustain that effort, plus the high cost of printing and distributing newspapers, hasn't followed.

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A New Hampshire judge has dismissed a Pennsylvania liquor distributor's suit alleging corruption in the state Liquor Commission's awarding of a 20-year, $200 million warehousing contract.

XTL-NH was the second highest bidder for the contract, which was given to Ohio-based Exel Inc. in 2013.

Judge Richard McNamara of the Merrimack County Superior Court rejected XTL's suit, calling it "nothing more than the grousing of a disappointed bidder."

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Officials in the New Hampshire city of Somersworth have voted to reinstall the municipality's controversial Ten Commandments monument to its original location next to City Hall.

Foster's Daily Democrat reports the City Council approved the measure Tuesday.

The Fraternal Order of Eagles gifted the granite Ten Commandments tablet to the city in 1958. It was toppled by an unidentified vandal in August following objections to its religious implications.

 

New Hampshire dairy farmers say low milk prices and ongoing drought conditions have contributed to the state losing 16 percent of those farms over the past eight months.

The state's agriculture commissioner says 19 of the state's 120 dairies have closed this year. The state had lost 10 dairies over the previous four years combined.

Federal agricultural prices list 100 pounds of milk as selling for $14.80 last month. That's down from $23.40 in June 2014 and $16.90 in June 2015.

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A recently deceased graduate of the University of New Hampshire who worked for nearly 50 years at the Durham school's library gifted his $4 million estate to his alma mater.

While Robert Morin was known to live simply, he quietly amassed the fortune that was left to UNH following his death a little over a year ago.

Morin, a member of UNH's Class of 1961, worked as a cataloguer in the Dimond Library for decades.

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The largest energy provider in the New England region will spend $30 million this year to trim trees along 2,800 miles of power lines in New Hampshire.

WMUR-TV reports Eversource is trimming the trees to prevent power outages caused by limbs that have been weakened by ongoing drought conditions in the state.

The utility has hired a team of arborists tasked with examining trees along power lines in an effort to spot any issues before a power outage could occur. Eversource officials say customers have been reporting outages caused by trees that fall for no apparent reason.

 

There's still no word on who won a $487 million Powerball jackpot last month in New Hampshire, but there are plans for the winning supermarket's share of the money.

Someone bought the winning ticket for the July 30 jackpot at the local Hannaford supermarket in Raymond, a southern New Hampshire town of about 10,000. It was the eighth largest U.S. lottery jackpot.

No one has come forward, but Hannaford is getting its commission check on Tuesday. It plans to donate it to charitable organizations to benefit New Hampshire residents.

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 U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Gov. Maggie Hassan are going to be highlighting a 24-hour addiction crisis hotline in New Hampshire.

The Tuesday event will be held at 1 p.m. in Nashua.

The 24-hour service is a statewide crisis hotline that connects people affected by substance abuse with recovery assistance.

Shaheen and Hassan, both Democrats, will make remarks on the opioid epidemic.

Hassan is seeking the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Kelly Ayotte.

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan is asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to accelerate its consideration of competing products to the EpiPen after a big increase in cost for the allergy treatment.

Hassan sent a letter to the FDA on Monday asking it to accelerate its review and work to ensure that safe and affordable generic versions of the treatment are able to come to market "as quickly as possible."

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The mother of a photojournalist killed by the Islamic State is fighting for press freedoms and services for families of hostages two years after her son's death.

Diane Foley, of Rochester, New Hampshire, tells the Portsmouth Herald she thinks many Americans take press freedoms for granted. Foley created the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation to advocate for the release of American hostages and help keep journalists reporting in conflict zones safe.

James Foley was killed on Aug. 19, 2014, after being held hostage by the Islamic State for several months.

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Lawyers for a New Hampshire prep school sex assault victim say parents and alumni at St. Paul's School helped raise over $100,000 for her alleged attacker's defense team.

The Boston Globe reports documents filed in a New Hampshire federal court Thursday allege that Joshua Abram, described as a "prominent SPS parent" in the filings, contributed $10,000 and solicited more donations from other parents and alumni.

The money allegedly helped graduate Owen Labrie pay for prominent attorney J.W. Carney, who represented notorious Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger.

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Donald Trump confronted head-on allegations that he is racist on Thursday, defending his hard-line approach to immigration while trying to make the case to minority voters that Democrats have abandoned them.

 

A New Hampshire state trooper caught on video beating a man who led officers on two-state car chase has been given a deferred jail sentence after pleading guilty to three simple assault charges.

Thirty-one-year-old Andrew Monaco was arrested in July on charges stemming from his use of force in the arrest of Richard Simone Jr. on May 11 following a 50-mile pursuit through Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Video captured by a TV news helicopter appears to show Simone surrendering and officers then punching him repeatedly.

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Two men have pleaded guilty in Las Vegas to federal charges in an armed confrontation with U.S. officials over grazing rights near cattleman Cliven Bundy's ranch.

Gerald "Jerry" DeLemus and Blaine Cooper each admitted Thursday they conspired with others who engaged with Bundy in the tense gunpoint standoff in April 2014 about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

DeLemus, of Rochester, New Hampshire, also pleaded guilty to interstate travel in aid of extortion.

Cooper, of Humboldt, Arizona, also pleaded guilty to assault on a federal officer.

 The drought conditions that have gripped much of the Northeastern U.S. this summer appear to have a silver lining — fewer ticks.

From Maine to Rhode Island, researchers say they expect tick numbers to be down from previous years especially for the blacklegged ticks, known as deer ticks, which transmit Lyme disease.

It's too early to say, however, whether fewer ticks could mean a decline in Lyme disease cases.

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Democrat Colin Van Ostern and Republican Ted Gatsas are leading the cash race in the contest for governor.

Campaign finance reports filed Wednesday show Van Ostern has raised just over $1 million and Gatsas just below that amount, not including a $75,000 personal loan. The totals are significantly higher than their competitors. The primary is Sept. 13.

Republican Rep. Frank Edelblut has contributed $750,000 to his own campaign, giving him the highest cash on hand at this point.

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Two defendants are set to become the first to plead guilty in Nevada to federal charges stemming from an armed confrontation with U.S. land management agents near Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's ranch in 2014.

Gerald "Jerry" DeLemus of New Hampshire is expected to enter his plea Tuesday.

Blaine Cooper of Arizona is due in court Thursday.

In court filings, U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro says she has signed plea agreements from the two men.

Attorneys for both defendants say they can't talk about the pleas until after they're entered.

 

New Hampshire Department of Transportation officials say the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge remains closed to traffic following a malfunction, and it's possible the span may never reopen.

The 76-year-old bridge, which connects Portsmouth to Kittery, Maine via the U.S. Route 1 Bypass, malfunctioned at about 11 a.m. Sunday and became stuck in its down position.

Because federal law mandates that river traffic takes precedence over cars, the lift span was raised early Monday morning and now remains stuck in its up position.

 

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is urging residents to step up water conservation efforts after five months of abnormally dry conditions.

The U.S. Drought Monitor released a new map for the Northeast region that showed the area of extreme drought expanding in northeastern Massachusetts, including Boston, and into southern New Hampshire.

During a visit to a farm in North Andover, the Republican governor said the public can help by limiting water use in various ways, including taking shorter showers and washing only full loads of laundry or dishes.

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