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Tick numbers are on the rise across New England this spring, raising the prospect of an increase in Lyme and other diseases associated with the blood suckers later this year.

The region got a respite last year as the drought took a toll on ticks, whose numbers drop as the humidity falls below 85 percent. But the drought is largely gone from the region and ticks are taking advantage.

Authorities have released video of a police interview with a suspected serial killer who died in a California prison in 2010 in the hopes it might provide tips to identify him and possible New Hampshire victims.

New Hampshire authorities say a man called Bob Evans likely killed a girlfriend who disappeared from the state in 1981 and an unidentified woman and three girls whose bodies were found in barrels in Allenstown in 1985 and 2000.

In California under the name Lawrence Vanner he was convicted in the 2002 death of his wife, Eunsoon Jun, in Richmond.

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Police are looking for a man who attacked an 18-year-old woman outside a Planet Fitness gym in Rochester, punching her 39 times and leaving her badly injured.

On Tuesday, Rochester police released a 16-second clip on its Facebook page of the 10 p.m. June 12 attack taken from the gym's surveillance camera. It shows a man in his 20s - dressed in a white T-shirt, dark shorts and wearing sunglasses- getting out of his car and walking toward the gym.

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New Hampshire ski resorts have reported a strong season for last winter, with a 33 percent increase in snow sports visits over last year's visits.

Alpine skier and rider visits totaled 2,104,298, nearly 30 percent higher than last season, while total cross-country skier visits were up 80 percent, to 133,621.

Snow tubing visits hit 119,690, which is the third best year since Ski New Hampshire started keeping records, 20 years ago. Tubing saw an 82 percent jump over the previous season.

An increasing number of organ donations in New Hampshire are coming from people who have died of overdoses.

New England Donor Services says in 2016, 92 organ donors had died of a drug overdose. WMUR-TV reports  the percentage of organ donors who were overdose victims rose from 4 percent to 27 percent in a five-year timespan.

About a third of donors are overdose victims in New Hampshire.

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 It's not old, but it's certainly grand: Manchester has a new "Great Flag" that pays tribute to both veterans and the city's textile manufacturing history.

In 1914, workers at the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company gathered for a photo in front of a 95-by-50-foot American flag they had created. On Wednesday - Flag Day - several hundred members of the public recreated the photo with a new flag unfurled against the former mill building. Some were relatives of the mill workers depicted in the 103-year-old photo.

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The state is reminding boaters to be aware of a new law that went into effect this year that prohibits the transport of aquatic plants on their trailers and other measures aimed at combating the spread of invasive species.

The law, which went into effect on Jan. 1, is part of an effort to combat the spread of aquatic plants and animals that are not native to New Hampshire's lakes, ponds and rivers. Violators could face fines up to $200.

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Three seniors at an elite New Hampshire prep school have been expelled days before graduation for tampering with an election for student council president.

The Portsmouth Herald reports Phillips Exeter Academy expelled the students June 2 following an investigation by the school's discipline committee.

A spokeswoman said the academy was presented with evidence that fraudulent ballots had been filled out and counted in the results of the April 25 election. She says the school is working with council and faculty advisers to determine how best to address the election results.

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New Hampshire's Loon Preservation Committee says two loons have died after ingesting lead fishing tackle.

One loon was found May 21 on Massabesic Lake in Auburn. An X-ray showed fishing tackle in the loon's gizzard. The bird died overnight, and the state veterinary laboratory confirmed it had ingested a lead sinker.

The second loon was found in the northern part of the state on May 26. A blood test showed lead levels more than times the threshold for clinical lead poisoning, and so the loon was euthanized.

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A teen who was sexually assaulted during a game of sexual conquest at a prestigious New Hampshire prep school is writing a book.

Chessy Prout made her first public comments about the assault last year, describing what happened to her at St. Paul's School in Concord in 2014 when she was a 15-year-old freshman.

Prout's memoir, "I Have The Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope," is being co-written with Boston Globe journalist Jenn Abelson. It will be published in March.

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New Hampshire's Republican governor says he won't join an alliance set up by other states pledging to uphold the Paris climate change accord.

Authorities say five jail inmates apparently suffered overdoses at the Strafford County Jail and three of them have been hospitalized in serious condition.

WMUR-TV reports the five inmates lived together in one section of the jail in Dover. Rescuers were called to the jail at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Some of the inmates were in their cells; others were in common areas.

Dover Fire Chief Eric Hagman says jail staff had administered Narcan to inmates.

Further information was not immediately available.

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The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says two hikers who became separated from their groups in separate incidents had to be rescued on Mount Lafayette in the White Mountains.

A 36-year-old Barnstead woman was having trouble descending around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday while a 911 call came in that a group of five female teenagers from Quebec were missing. The temperatures were in the mid-40s with rain and wind.

A nonprofit group has received a $300,000 grant from the New Hampshire Department of Education to expand technology and teacher training for visually impaired children.

Future In Sight, a Concord-based nonprofit, will receive the money starting in July to help train teachers on new technology and curriculum that can help children learning with sight limitations. The organization will work with the state to develop a statewide model to design and coordinate technical assistance and professional development.

Religious leaders in New Hampshire are holding a vigil outside Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in an effort to show support for immigrant families at risk of deportation.

The vigil takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday outside the Norris Cotton Federal Building in Manchester. The leaders of Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish congregations will call upon the agency known as ICE to let immigrants stay and work to keep families together.

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New Hampshire's Democratic congressional delegation has harshly criticized Republican President Donald Trump for withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate change accord.

They said the decision ignored the impact that climate is having on the Granite state and beyond and also cedes the leadership role on containing greenhouse gas emissions to other countries, including China.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen called the decision "a devastating blow to America's global leadership with grave implications for New Hampshire and future generations."

Authorities say a New Hampshire state legislator has been accused of stealing over $423,000 in meal and rental tax payments from a restaurant and bar he owned in Manchester.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald says 44-year-old Thomas Katsiantonis, of Manchester, has been charged with tax evasion, theft, and other charges, going back to 2011, in connection with his ownership of Grand Slam Pizza and Tommy K's Restaurant and Bar.

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  New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner says he has heard almost nothing from the White House in the two weeks since he agreed to join President Donald Trump's election integrity commission.

Gardner told the Concord Monitor he got a call May 10 letting him know that the commission's creation was going public but he doesn't know when it will start meeting, how much time it will take or what his role includes.

  New Hampshire tourism officials are estimating that 625,000 people will visit the state and spend $100 million over the three-day Memorial Day holiday weekend.

That's a 4 percent increase in visitors and a 5 percent increase in visitor spending compared to a year ago.

Research shows scenic drives and outdoor recreation are the most prevalent Memorial Day weekend activities in the state, while shopping, attending commemorative events, college graduations, visiting friends and relatives, and rest and relaxation also are popular.

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More than a dozen female inmates in New Hampshire are learning how to transcribe textbooks and other materials into Braille as part of a jobs training program.

The New Hampshire Department of Corrections is teaming up with the state Department of Education and hopes to complete the training by the end of the year, when a new women's prison opens in Concord. Once they learn Braille transcription, the women will transcribe materials from the Department of Education and the American Printing House for the Blind.

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New Hampshire officials are warning anyone looking to beat the heat in local rivers may get swept away by deceptively strong currents.

Hooksett Fire Chief James Burkush says the recent rescue of five stranded kayakers on the Merrimack River in Hooksett shows the danger of the rivers. WMUR-TV reports  water levels are much higher than expected due to recent wet weather.

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President Donald Trump's counselor Kellyanne Conway has told supporters in New Hampshire they should "just ignore" his critics and the incessant chatter about the scandals dogging him.

Conway was guest speaker Thursday at the fundraising Spring to Victory dinner, hosted by the New Hampshire Republican State Committee in Nashua. About 150 people attended.

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The owner and manager of a Dover, New Hampshire, apartment complex are accused of housing discrimination by limiting rental options for applicants with young children.

WMUR-TV reports the case came to the Department of Housing and Urban Development's attention when a mother filed a complaint alleging she had been denied the chance to rent a two-bedroom unit at the 192-unit White Cliffs at Dover complex.

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Police say a two-month-old infant in New Hampshire who died last year was exposed to and ingested methamphetamine, and his parents have been charged with negligent homicide and manslaughter.

  Anheuser-Busch has announced a multimillion-dollar expansion at one of its breweries in New Hampshire, eying growth in expanding craft or specialty beers.

The brewery in Merrimack will receive the $11.3 million expansion, allowing construction of new fermentation tanks for brewing craft beer.

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  Police in Rochester are working with the Secret Service to try to determine the origin of counterfeit $20 bills that have been found in the area.

Police said the counterfeit currency looks and feels like regular $20 bills, but the back-side has been printed upside down.

Rochester businessman Marc Saxby tells WMUR-TV it's "horrible anytime you hurt a small local business." Saxby is now retraining his employees on how to spot counterfeit money.

Police are asking shop owners and customers to be on the lookout for counterfeit bills when exchanging money.

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Police at the University of New Hampshire are investigating swastika drawings found in a student dormitory.

The images were discovered Friday in a stairwell at Stoke Hall, the largest dorm on the Durham campus.

The discovery followed a Thursday night forum in which dozens of UNH students urged administrators to do more to combat racism.

In a statement headlined "Another Incident: This Must Stop" UNH President Mark Huddleston and Provost Nancy Targett said they condemned "all acts and behavior of hate and bias."

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  The New Hampshire Senate has given preliminary approval to a plan to significantly increase the number of psychiatric treatment beds in the state.

The plan the Senate sent to its Finance Committee on Thursday would require the state to contract with private hospitals and nonprofit facilities to set up 68 new beds. Twenty would be for those subject to involuntary admission, 40 would be community-based beds to help people transition from hospitalization and eight would be peer respite beds.

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New restrictions are coming to southern New England's lobster fishery in an attempt to save the area's population of the crustaceans.

The population of lobsters off of Connecticut, Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts has declined as waters have warmed.

An arm of the interstate Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted on Tuesday to pursue new management measures to try to slow the lobster decline. Management tools will include changes to legal harvesting size, reductions to the number of traps and seasonal closures to fishing areas.

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  Dartmouth-Hitchcock says it is discontinuing its Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility program at the end of this month due to staffing issues.

Dr. Edward Merrens, Dartmouth-Hitchcock's chief clinical officer, tells the Valley News the decision stemmed from difficulty in finding "the right amount of staffing" to support the work, which can involve monitoring patients seven days a week. He says because of the nature of the treatments, patients have to come in at specific times without delay.

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