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Keene State College is joining a national trend of getting the public involved in crowd-sourcing the transcription of historical documents.

The college is working the with the state Division of Archives and Records Management to host citizen archivist training workshops where participants learn the ins and outs of reading and correctly transcribing letters, diaries and other historical records. The goal is to create a core group of volunteers who can help town historical societies and other organizations make documents more widely available to the public.

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New Hampshire officials say the state's unemployment rate went up slightly in June, to 2.8 percent.

The state employment security office says the preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is up a tenth of a percentage point from the May rate of 2.7 percent.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June 2015 was 3.5 percent.

The state estimates that 731,010 people were employed last month, an increase of 1,910 from the previous month and an increase of 14,510 from June 2015.

 

A New Hampshire prep school criticized for how it handled sexual misconduct and assault cases has sent an email to faculty members, students and parents saying it's hiring a director of student well-being.

Tuesday's email was signed by the Phillips Exeter Academy's principal and the president of its board of trustees. It says the student well-being director will have oversight of all matters regarding student safety, especially those involving sexual misconduct, harassment and assault.

 

The New Hampshire Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a fire that tore through a multi-story apartment building and displaced dozens of people in Nashua.

WMUR-TV reports that the fire was reported just after 5 p.m. Sunday. It took crews more than an hour to contain the flames.

Firefighters say people living in all 36 units of the building are homeless. Two firefighters were hospitalized with heat-related injuries. No residents were hurt.

The fire was reported as a grill fire, but officials say the official cause is under investigation.

   

Officials say New Hampshire's Star Island in the Isles of Shoals is receiving a $300,000 gift that will help preserve two older buildings and help establish a fishermen exhibit.

The Portsmouth Herald reports the donation comes from Virginia author Lois Williams, who wrote "Religion at the Isles of Shoals." The Williams family has been coming to the island since 1975.

The nonprofit Star Island Corporation has owned the 43-acre island since 1915.

 

Police in New Hampshire's largest city have gotten the Pokemon Go bug, trying to lure fugitives with the popular app.

A post on the Manchester Police Department Facebook page announces that police recently detected one of the more rare Pokemon characters — a Charizard — in the booking area. The post invites those whose names appear on a list linked to the post to be "one of the lucky ones" to come capture the Charizard.

The list includes the names of the more than 500 fugitives on the department's wanted persons roundup.

 

 

New Hampshire health officials say residents whose drinking water supply has been contaminated with PFCs can get their blood tested.

The Executive Council has approved contracts with Southern New Hampshire Medical Center and Portsmouth Regional Hospital, which will start drawing blood for perfluorochemicals on Thursday.

The drinking water on the Pease Tradeport and some private wells in Southern New Hampshire have been contaminated with PFCs above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Lifetime Health Advisory level of 70 parts per trillion.

 

A historic general store and tourist attraction in New Hampshire that closed earlier this year is up for auction.

The Brick Store in Bath was built in the late 1700s or early 1800s. It closed after several years of financial hardship, and is up for auction on Wednesday.

The store is believed to be one of the oldest continually-operated general stores in America.

There's also a gift shop and a 1950s-style ice cream shop on the property, along with space formerly used as an art studio and apartment.

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  The New Hampshire fire marshal has recommended that negligent homicide charges be brought against the operator of a circus tent that collapsed last year in Lancaster, killing two people.

Bill Degnan said Tuesday he recommended felonies and misdemeanors to Coos County attorney John McCormick, who would determine which charges to bring before a grand jury. McCormick did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire is criticizing the president for not acting quickly or strongly enough to defeat the Islamic State.

National security is a key focus for Ayotte in her re-election race against Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan. She is calling for more military special operations raids against the Islamic State, a more forceful response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's influence in the region and a clearer strategy for dealing with captured terrorists.

 

An organization that runs recovery centers for people dealing with substance abuse is expanding its services across New Hampshire.

Hope for NH Recovery is opening a new community center in Derry on Friday. Another one is opening Monday, July 18, in Claremont, and a third is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 2, in Berlin.

The public is welcome to attend all of these openings. Centers have opened in Concord, Manchester and Newport.

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Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte will deliver a speech on confronting the Islamic State and terrorism.

Ayotte is delivering her remarks Monday morning at St. Anselm College as part of the "Politics & Eggs" political lecture series. Ayotte is seeking re-election against Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan in one of the country's most closely watched U.S. Senate battles.

National security is a key focus for Ayotte in her first term in the Senate. Her campaign has attempted to paint Hassan as weak on national security and counterterrorism.

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Attorney General Joseph Foster says New Hampshire will start reporting certain individuals suffering from mental illness to the national gun background check system.

Federal law prohibits the possession of firearms by people who have been "adjudicated as a mental defective" or committed to a hospital. But New Hampshire is one of a few states that doesn't report these records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

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Dallas Police Chief David Brown says a shooting attack that left five police officers dead was "well planned."

Speaking at an interfaith prayer vigil in downtown Dallas on Friday, Brown called the shootings the previous night a "well-thought-out evil tragedy," saying his force "won't rest until we bring everyone involved to justice."

Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths were represented at the vigil that was attended by hundreds.

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A newly approved $1 million in federal funding is helping three legal organizations provide no-cost services to low-income victims of domestic violence and stalking.

The money, approved last week by the Executive Council, will be shared among New Hampshire Legal Assistance, the New Hampshire Bar Association's Pro Bono Program and the Legal Assistance Resource Center. The three organizations are partnering to reach victims earlier to find them lawyers who can help draft restraining order petitions and represent victims in court.

 

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan had a stronger fundraising quarter than her U.S. Senate rival, incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte.

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A hearing is planned for next month on whether a New Hampshire man accused of killing his 11-year-old stepdaughter five years ago is mentally competent to stand trial.

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Children who witness violence in New Hampshire's largest city will be getting help, thanks to a new partnership among police and behavioral health care providers.

The new Adverse Childhood Experiences Response Team grew out of efforts by Manchester police to address a troubling realization: Unlike direct victims of crime, none of the more than 400 children who were exposed to violence in 2014 were provided with advocacy or referral services.

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Hillary Clinton will return to New Hampshire next Tuesday, her campaign confirmed this afternoon. It will be her first visit back to the Granite State since the presidential primary.

   A new 10-bed mental health crisis unit is open at New Hampshire Hospital after almost a year of delays.

The unit opened Tuesday in Concord and will admit people over age 18 for stays of three days or less. One goal is to reduce pressure on emergency rooms that are often left caring for patients when beds aren't available at the New Hampshire Hospital, the only state-run psychiatric hospital. On Tuesday, 23 people were on the hospital's waiting list.

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State data shows that the number of road deaths in New Hampshire fell last year amid the passage of a law in July 2015 barring drivers from having a mobile device in their hand.

The Telegraph of Nashua reports state Department of Safety data shows distracted driving deaths fell to sixth place in 2015 after state police say it ranked as the second- or third-leading cause of road deaths for nearly two decades.

Six of the 103 fatal collisions last year were due to distracted driving. That's 6 percent.

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New Hampshire Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte says the FBI's recommendation that Hillary Clinton not be prosecuted for her use of a private email server "suggests that she gets to play by a different set of rules than everyone else."

Ayotte commented Tuesday after agency Director James Comey said announced the decision, but called Clinton's actions as former secretary of state "extremely careless" and faulted her agency for a lackadaisical approach to handling classified material.

 

Biologists still don't know what killed a young humpback whale that washed ashore in New Hampshire.

The 45-foot-long whale, named Snow Plow, was discovered June 26 by fishermen who first spotted its corpse floating 20 miles off the shore.

Snow Plow was one of hundreds of whales that scientists had been tracking for years. She's part of several pods that return to the Gulf of Maine to feed every summer.

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Biologists have begun investigating what killed an 18-year-old humpback whale that washed ashore in New Hampshire.

New England Aquarium spokesman Tony Lacasse tells The Portsmouth Herald the reason the whale named Snow Plow died remained a mystery as of Wednesday.

A former admissions officer at an elite New Hampshire prep school who went on to become a Teacher of the Year at another school has pleaded not guilty to sexual abuse charges.

Seventy-four-year-old Arthur Peekel was charged with two misdemeanors from his time at Phillips Exeter Academy. He's accused of assaulting Lawrence Jenkens when the then-14-year-old visited the school in 1973.

 

The New Hampshire Lottery says it has sold over $300 million in tickets this year, breaking its all-time sales record.

Officials say the amount tops the $280 million raised last year, which was the previous record high.

The increase includes new scratch tickets and a surge in Powerball sales.

Scratch ticket sales, which make up about 70 percent of total New Hampshire Lottery sales, jumped by $8 million, or 4 percent, from last year to this year. Annual scratch ticket sales have risen from $160 million in 2011 to $216 million this year, 35 percent increase.

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New Hampshire Congresswoman Annie Kuster has introduced a bill that would put labels on opioids to warn users about the addictive nature of narcotics.

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Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is back in Maine, and he's being joined once again by Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

The Bangor visit Wednesday afternoon is the candidate's second time in Maine this year. He was in Portland before the March caucuses that he lost to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

LePage told WVOM that he'll be there to "cheer him on."

This time, Trump is visiting Maine's 2nd Congressional District, which is more conservative than Maine's 1st Congressional District.

 

A former police chief accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl more than 10 years ago has been acquitted of the charges.

WMUR-TV reports that the jury delivered its not guilty verdict Tuesday afternoon, after less than two hours of deliberations.

Lawyers on both sides agree that John LaRoche and the girl had sexual contact.

A new coalition comprised of hunters, outdoors enthusiasts and wildlife advocates alike has formed with the goal of modernizing the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

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