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New Hampshire lawmakers are holding a public hearing to discuss a recent audit of the state's community college system that highlighted numerous concerns about financial operations and other areas.

In a report issued in August, auditors said the system had no clear policy on how to allocate state funding and couldn't justify why one school got nearly three times the amount of money per pupil than another.

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Dartmouth College officials say they've bought five properties around the school's lab waste site.

The Valley News reports  the sales have resulted from the college's bid to stabilize a market concerned by fears of contamination. Rennie Farm is where the college's medical school buried thousands of pounds of lab animals about 50 years ago.

The value assurance program, as Dartmouth's real estate initiative is known, allows landowners to apply for reimbursement when they sell their property below market value.

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Areas around Concord Municipal Airport will be deliberately burned this fall to benefit New Hampshire's state butterfly.

The state Fish and Game Department says the controlled burn will happen sometime before Nov. 15 depending on the weather. The goal is to maintain the grassy open areas of the Concord Pine Barrens that are a crucial habitat for the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly.

Officials say precautions will be taken to limit smoke and ensure the burn stays within the conservation zones at the airport.

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Police in New Hampshire are working to find who strung up barbed wire across a neighborhood trail in Pelham.

Pelham police say the way the wire was wrapped led them to believe it was intentional, as it was also found deep in middle of the trail. WMUR-TV reports  police believe the barbed wire was set up sometime between last Thursday and Sunday.

Pelham Police Sgt. Glen Chase says it serves no purpose other than to injure someone. He says it would have been "catastrophic" if a jogger ran into it.

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Police in New Hampshire say that an executive and mechanics with Ford Motor Co. were in Manchester this week to help with carbon monoxide issues in police SUV cruisers.

Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard said Wednesday that his department had a second incident with elevated carbon monoxide levels in a Ford vehicle this week. WMUR-TV reports  that the Manchester Police Department has about two dozen Fords in its fleets.

Last week, Officer Kyle Daly was briefly hospitalized for carbon monoxide exposure after fumes were detected in his vehicle on Sept. 4.

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Gov. Chris Sununu  says he will introduce legislation to rename a bridge in Portsmouth after former Republican Executive Councilor Ruth Griffin.

Griffin says she thought the Republican governor was joking when he mentioned it to her, and she is overwhelmed with joy by the gesture. The Portsmouth Herald reports  in addition to serving as executive councilor, Griffin also served in the New Hampshire Senate and House of Representatives during her decades-long political career.

Town councilors in Durham are holding off on a new resolution to create a new town holiday honoring European explorers and Native Americans on the same day as Columbus Day.

Durham's town council was considering a proposal Monday to create "The Age of Exploration and Indigenous Peoples' Day" on the second Monday in October - effectively replacing Columbus Day. Town Council Chairperson Kitty Marple motioned to table discussion until the next meeting on Sept. 18, citing the late hour.

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If you have stopped by a farmers' market in New Hampshire, you are not alone.

Several surveys from the University of New Hampshire, state agriculture officials and others found that 84 percent of 500 participants surveyed had shopped at a farmers' market and that most said they shopped there to either support local businesses or buy good quality products.

The key draw for shoppers was the quality, variety, market hours and location. The 16 percent of shoppers who had never been to a market, said they didn't have one near them or had no information about them.

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A report by the Department of Veterans Affairs concludes that stroke patients at its Manchester facility received substandard care, including a failure to transfer them to another facility that could provide the necessary tests and treatment.

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Police say they are in contact with a man wanted in connection with a shooting near a New Hampshire high school.

Manchester Police Lt. Brian O'Keefe says the shooting was reported Thursday morning and led to a temporary lockdown of Central High School. WMUR-TV reports  the victim of the shooting was found several blocks away from the initially reported area.

The victim had a torso gunshot wound and is in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Officials say they are in contact with the suspected shooter by phone, but they haven't located him.

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Democratic New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan is planning to discuss her efforts to strengthen the state's community-based mental health system at this year's Manchester VA Medical Center's mental health summit.

Attendees also will be spending Tuesday discussing the eradication of veteran suicides while addressing access to health care in specialty populations.

Specialty topics will include substance abuse, aging, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and women veterans.

The summit is being held at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.

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Bus driver shortages in New Hampshire have forced one school district to delay the start to the school year.

WMUR-TV reports elementary and middle school students in Wakefield will start Sept. 11, a week later than scheduled. School business administrator Terry Wiggin says the district has 14 bus routes but only three drivers.

High school students have been directed to report to the Paul School if they need bus transportation.

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Voters in a New Hampshire city will be able to determine whether the gambling game Keno should be played in restaurants and bars.

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New Hampshire's attorney general is asking people to be cautious before donating to help those who are in need in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

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Hillary Clinton is returning to New Hampshire to sign copies of her new book, "What Happened."

The former Democratic presidential nominee will be at Gibson's bookstore in Concord on Dec. 5. Tickets to the event cost $30 and include one copy of the book. They go on sale Sept. 5.

Clinton lost the 2016 Democratic primary in New Hampshire to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, but the state picked her over Donald Trump in the general election.

One of New Hampshire's last drive-in movie theaters is going to be sold for $2.5 million to a businessman with plans for condominiums and commercial development in its place.

The Laconia Sun reports Patricia Baldi has owned the Weirs drive-In since 1974. She said the land is more valuable than the business, which is open about 12 weeks a year.

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Police report a white nationalist who says he pepper-sprayed a demonstrator in self-defense on the campus of the University of Virginia has turned himself in.

Campus police issued a statement late Wednesday saying Christopher Cantwell of Keene was taken into custody at the police department in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Cantwell was wanted on three felony charges: two counts of the illegal use of tear gas or other gases and one count of malicious bodily injury with a "caustic substance," explosive or fire.

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A white nationalist wanted for crimes authorities say were committed on the campus of the University of Virginia a day before a deadly rally says he'll turn himself in to authorities.

University of Virginia police say Christopher Cantwell of Keene is wanted on three felony charges: two counts of the illegal use of tear gas or other gases and one count of malicious bodily injury with a "caustic substance," explosive or fire.

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Officials are investigating what caused an early morning fire that heavily damaged a popular New England seafood restaurant.

Firefighters got a call shortly before 3 a.m. about the fire at Brown's Lobster Pound in Seabrook, New Hampshire.

Seabrook firefighter Barry Sargent says the fire destroyed the rear of the building and kitchen and caused smoke and water damage to the dining room. No one was injured.

The iconic lobster pound on the coast has been open since 1950. The owners say they will be back in business as soon as possible.

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The state has added three churches to the New Hampshire Register of Historic Places.

The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources has announced that Nashua's St. Francis Xavier Church, Farmington's First Congregational Church and the Federal-style Congregational Church in Wentworth have been added to the list.

St. Francis was built in 1898 for the industrial city's growing Franco-American community. Built in a Norman Gothic Revival style, it's considered the most ambitious church designed by Timothy O'Connell.

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The New Hampshire attorney general's office says the deaths of a man and woman in Haverhill appear to have been a murder-suicide.

An autopsy on the bodies found Tuesday morning in the home of 44-year-old Crystal Lewis determined that Lewis died of a single gunshot wound to the head. Her death was ruled a homicide.

The autopsies conducted Wednesday found that 45-year-old Robert Taylor also died of a single gunshot wound to the head. His death was ruled a suicide.

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Officials in the New Hampshire city of Portsmouth are praising a new bike sharing program after two months of operating.

According to a report by Planning Director Juliet Walker, there were 548 bike rentals in a two-month period following the Zagster bike sharing program's launch on May 3. The Portsmouth Herald reports Zagster allows people to rent bikes from kiosks throughout the city.

Walker says Portsmouth pays $54,000 a year to lease 30 bikes and six stations. Zagster returns money from membership fees to the city after deducting a 7 percent processing fee.

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Facebook has banned the Facebook and Instagram accounts of a white nationalist who attended the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that ended in deadly violence.

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New Hampshire's governor wants to strengthen the state's animal cruelty laws after more than 80 neglected Great Danes were removed from a mansion.

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Neighbors of President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski say he harassed them in a land dispute and threatened to use his "political clout" to make their life "a nightmare."

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What started as one mother's private outlet for grief has grown into a larger effort to comfort others and reduce the stigma of addiction in New Hampshire.

After her daughter died of a heroin overdose in 2014, Anne Marie Zanfagna painted a pink-and-purple portrait as a way to heal and remember her daughter's beauty and vibrancy. Since then, the Plaistow woman has painted more than 80 portraits for other families, and they're on display this month at the New Hampshire State Library in Concord.

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Residents in the New Hampshire capital will get the chance to vote on whether to allow a lottery game in restaurants and bars whose proceeds will to fund full-day kindergarten.

The Concord Monitor reports that city councilors voted Monday to add the question to November ballots and hold a public hearing to discuss the proposal.

The New Hampshire attorney general's office has opened an investigation into the "untimely deaths" of two people.

In a statement Tuesday, the office says it is investigating the deaths in Haverhill with the State Police Major Crime Unit. Said the location of the deaths is being withheld pending notification of relatives.

It provided few other details about the deaths, though the attorney general's office said there is no threat to the general public.

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Twenty years ago, an angry loner with a gun murdered four people — two of them state troopers — in the New Hampshire town of Colebrook, and wounded four other officers before he was killed in a shootout with police in Vermont.

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A legislative committee is seeking public input about the quality and overall value of New Hampshire's higher education system.

The Public Higher Education Study Committee is trying to determine whether students leave school with critical thinking skills, personal and professional development and the ability to repay student loan debt. Republican state Sen. John Reagan, the committee's chairman, says the panel is looking for individual stories that illustrate the quality of the education students receive in New Hampshire.

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