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Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas is suing a former alderman and a critic, saying he was defamed by their accusations that he covered up a sexual assault at a high school.

The lawsuit in Hillsborough County Superior Court targets former Alderman William Cashin and critic Jon Hopwood, who wrote to aldermen accusing Gatsas of "engineering a cover-up."

WMUR reports that the lawsuit says the men "knowingly made false allegations."

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New Hampshire authorities are investigating a possible opioid overdose by a 6-year-old boy in Manchester.

Police say they were called to an apartment early Tuesday for an unresponsive child. Police say it's unclear how the boy became incapacitated. They say he was revived after Narcan was administered by first responders and remains hospitalized.

The incident happened the same day Gov. Chris Sununu and the state's new "drug czar" visited a Dover bakery to discuss the state's opioid crisis.

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Police in Gilford spent Tuesday afternoon corralling a herd of buffalo that got loose from a local farm.

Police said on Facebook that the buffalo were "scared and running." They asked drivers not to approach the buffalo or blow their car horns.

WMUR reports that by Tuesday evening, all of the buffalo made it back to Bolduc Farm.

Robert Bolduc says the buffalo may have been startled by some construction work and found a weak spot in a fence.

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Authorities say a 12-year-old Colorado girl waterskiing on a New Hampshire lake was struck and killed by a powerboat operated by her father.

The New Hampshire Marine Patrol says Zoe Anderson, of Highlands Ranch, fell while waterskiing Monday on Newfound Lake. The patrol says her father, Sherwood Anderson, drove the towing boat back toward her but became briefly distracted as his hat was blown off his head.

The patrol says he quickly placed the boat in neutral as it passed over the top of Zoe at a slow speed. She suffered serious injuries to her torso.

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Health officials are warning the public about potential exposure to measles at a New Hampshire beach.

According to state officials, an individual who had measles travelled from out of state to visit Hampton Beach July 9. The individual spent time on the beach and at several outdoor locations.

Health officials say those who are vaccinated should not be concerned. However, they do say beachgoers should monitor for any symptoms.

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The reviewer overseeing reforms outlined in a lawsuit settlement over mental health care says New Hampshire has made significant advances toward compliance.

Court-appointed monitor Stephen Day cites "the very positive results" in the number of people being treated in the community rather than in hospital emergency departments that have been made possible by mobile crisis teams in Concord and Manchester. Mobile crisis services have helped more people access crisis services, delivered more crisis services, and led to "substantial growth" in people accessing crisis apartments.

Neurologists will be able to help treat potential stroke patients en route to the hospital through a new telemedicine system at New Hampshire's Catholic Medical Center.

The first 60 minutes after someone arrives at a hospital with stroke symptoms are a critical window for starting treatments that can limit the side effects and potential damage of a stroke.

The TeleStroke Ambulance Program allows ambulance crews to communicate with neurologists via a tablet to begin evaluating patients even before they get to the hospital.

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Gov. Chris Sununu is heading to an elementary school to sign a bill that achieves one of his top priorities: state funding for full-day kindergarten.

Sununu, a Republican, initially proposed an $18 million-per-year, need-based grant system that would've funded programs for districts with a lot of low-income families but wouldn't have covered the full costs elsewhere. Lawmakers instead approved partial funding and the use of the keno lottery game to pay for it.

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Portsmouth officials are leading a stricter campaign to prevent drinking at Prescott Park festivals.

The Portsmouth Herald reports the state attorney general's Charitable Trust Division contacted city officials after receiving complaints about drinking in the park. Guidelines in the Prescott Trust prohibit alcohol in the city park.

Police already work with festival officials to ensure the alcohol ordinance is upheld. Under the new strategy, police will issue citations for alcohol and the city will erect large signs.

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The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says sales will begin soon for special permits allowing hunters to take additional antlerless deer in the southeastern part of the state this fall.

Up to 750 hunters will be allowed to purchase Special Antlerless Deer Permits for Unit L this year. These permits will all come with one deer tag at a cost of $26. Only one Unit L permit can be issued per sportsperson. Unit L permits will be sold online only at www.nhfishandgame.com.

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New Hampshire officials say they will address a landfill that is leaching potentially cancer-causing chemicals into groundwater sources.

The Portsmouth Herald reports Michael Wimsatt, director of the state Department of Environmental Services' Waste Management Division, believes the migration of contaminants from the Coakley Landfill is unacceptable. Wimsatt says removal of contaminants or containment on the site is necessary after receiving a letter from concerned state lawmakers.

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Laconia firefighters say they've seen a spike in the number of drug overdoses and use of the overdose antidote Narcan in the last five weeks compared to the same time last year.

Assistant Fire Chief Kirk Beattie says "the numbers have been the worst we've ever seen in this area."

WMUR-TV reports that Laconia firefighters have responded to an average of 30 overdoses in that five-week period.

Police in New Hampshire's largest city say crime has decreased.

According to the Manchester Police Department, violent crimes are down from 360 to 329 over the past year. Police Chief Nick Willard tells WMUR-TV the department made an effort to reduce crime after seeing a 2 percent rise last year.

Willard says Manchester police will continue to focus on preventing robberies and aggravated assaults. The department uses predictive analytics to figure out what areas are vulnerable to robberies.

The police chief says his officers are responsible for the crime reduction.

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New Hampshire authorities say initial damage assessments from last weekend's storms and flooding are in excess of $11.5 million.

Perry Plummer, state Homeland security and Emergency Management commissioner, says the vast majority of the damage has happened in Grafton County.

Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency started looking at the damage on Thursday.

Plummer said he fully expects to meet the thresholds and justifications required to ask Gov. Chris Sununu to request a presidential disaster declaration.

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University officials say a Dartmouth College student has been diagnosed with mumps.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the case Monday. School officials say the student is being treated and has been isolated on campus.

Dartmouth officials notified students, faculty and staff about the case.

Fever, muscle aches, fatigue and swollen salivary glands are all symptoms of the contagious disease.

The measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is a mandate for Dartmouth students unless they have a special exemption.

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New Hampshire is moving forward with efforts to sharpen its focus on economic development by dividing the Department of Resources and Economic Development.

The agency is splitting into the Department of Business and Economic Affairs and the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu on Wednesday nominated Taylor Caswell to serve as the new commissioner of the Department of Business and Economic Affairs, while Jeff Rose, the current commissioner of the former agency, will take over the natural and cultural affairs post.

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University officials say a Dartmouth College student has been diagnosed with mumps.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the case Monday. School officials say the student is being treated and has been isolated on campus.

Dartmouth officials notified students, faculty and staff about the case.

Fever, muscle aches, fatigue and swollen salivary glands are all symptoms of the contagious disease.

The measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is a mandate for Dartmouth students unless they have a special exemption.

A man igniting a sparkler in New Hampshire has accidentally set fire to fireworks he had in his SUV, causing them to explode and sending him and his family scrambling for safety.

A private-public partnership has awarded $3.2 million in community block grants to several New Hampshire communities for infrastructure and housing projects.

The funding from the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority will be used to connect Derry housing development to the town wastewater system, construct more than 40 housing units in Exeter, renovate a child advocacy center in Belknap County and build a drug and alcohol treatment center in Bethlehem. Nearly $750,000 will go to other economic development projects throughout the state.

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New Hampshire authorities say they've responded to more overdoses in June than any other month in 2017 so far, with a total of 117 suspected overdoses reported.

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Police in New Hampshire are investigating reports of a sexual assault at a prep school with a history of sexual misconduct allegations.

Concord police say they opened an investigation at St. Paul's School on June 1 after a female student told a staff member she had been assaulted by another student. The Concord Monitor reports the police investigation remains open as of Wednesday.

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Tom Corcoran, an Olympic skier who founded the Waterville Valley ski resort in New Hampshire that became popular among racers and celebrities, has died. He was 85.

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The sexual assault trial of a former student from an elite New Hampshire prep school who was encouraged to bake bread for his accuser as an act of weekly "penance" has been called off by the prosecutor.

The Portsmouth Herald reports jury selection was scheduled Monday in the misdemeanor case of 19-year-old Chukwudi Ikpeazu, of Parkland, Florida. A Phillips Exeter Academy classmate alleged that he fondled her against her will in 2015.

New Hampshire state police say shooting ranges at Sig Sauer Academy facing Route 101 have been shut down for now following their investigation of the origin of a bullet that went through a driver's windshield in Epping in April.

Kristen Burke, of Hampton, was driving on Route 101 between exits 7 and 8 when something struck and shattered her windshield on April 11. Workers replacing her windshield said they found .45-caliber bullet lodged in the dashboard. No one was hurt.

The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission has given permission for a 192-mile high-voltage transmission line to cross 61 parcels, finding it would be safe and wouldn't infringe on the public's use.

The Northern Pass project cleared the hurdle this month when the PUC granted permission to developer Eversource for 57 overhead land and four underground water crossings that are mostly on property controlled by the developer and licensed for power lines.

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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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