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  New Hampshire communities are being asked for damage assessments from the March 14 nor'easter to see if the state meets the threshold for federal assistance.

State Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Perry Plummer says the state "may be in the ballpark" of meeting the threshold, which could result in a request from Gov. Chris Sununu for a major disaster declaration.

The nor'easter dropped more than a foot of snow in many areas, caused blizzard conditions and winds that damaged trees and utilities, leaving more than 55,000 customers powerless.

  Republican Gov. Chris Sununu will attend a special meeting of the Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery.

The first-term governor is joining the group Friday afternoon. He's outlined fighting New Hampshire's heroin and opioid crisis as a key priority of his administration.

Commission members will discuss their spending priorities and give an update on the budget. Sununu boosted the commission's funding by several million dollars in his proposed budget, although the House's plan reduced some.

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A major snowstorm is brewing just in time for April Fools' Day in parts of New England.

The National Weather Service says the coastal storm is going to bring heavy, wet snow to Maine and New Hampshire starting Friday and continuing through Saturday afternoon.

Meteorologist Tom Hawley says the "jackpot" is going to be 12 to 18 inches of snow in higher terrain between Nashua and Keene in New Hampshire. He says interior sections of southernmost Maine can expect 6 to 10 inches while lesser amounts are forecast farther north.

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  Several New Hampshire officers are being credited with saving a man's life by performing CPR on him in the police department's front lobby.

The Manchester officers noticed the 51-year-old man sitting in the front lobby seemed pale Tuesday and looked as though he may be sleeping. They weren't able to get a pulse, so they started CPR.

An officer retrieved a defibrillator as others assisted with chest compressions. An ambulance arrived a short time later and took the man to a hospital, where he was treated for a possible heart issue.

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  Ohio Gov. John Kasich is returning to New Hampshire in April to promote his new book on the road ahead for America.

A Kasich spokesman says the governor will speak at Saint Anselm College on April 27, two days after "Two Paths: America Divided or United" is published.

Kasich took second place in the Republicans' 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary and became a strong critic of Republican President Donald Trump. His return to New Hampshire makes him the first major Republican to visit the key primary state following the November election.

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  New Hampshire's two Democratic U.S. Senators say they will not support Judge Neil Gorsuch, Republican President Donald Trump's pick to serve on the Supreme Court.

Sen. Maggie Hassan says Gorsuch has sided with corporations over families and undervalues the federal act requiring equal education for students with disabilities. Hassan's adult son, Ben, has cerebral palsy. She says Gorsuch has "repeatedly ruled against the rights of people with disabilities."

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Advocates for Pamela Smart, who's serving a life sentence for plotting with her teenage lover to kill her husband, say they are planning to file a petition seeking a reduced sentence.

Dr. Eleanor Pam, a legal advocate for Smart, tells WMUR-TV the new petition could reach the desk of New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu in a few months. Smart's mother is involved in preparing the petition.

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  A newspaper reports that New Hampshire Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut forwarded a department job opening to a Croydon School Board member, then passed along an application from her husband to a human resources administrator.

The Valley News reports reported on the email exchange from this month, obtained through a Right-to-Know request.

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  The newly appointed deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee says the Democratic party can't spend all of its energy focusing on Republican President Donald Trump.

Minnesota U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison spoke Saturday to a gathering of New Hampshire Democrats about the future of the party and its efforts to fight back against Republicans. Ellison was named deputy DNC chair after he lost the chairman's race to former Labor Secretary Tom Perez.

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  A first-of-its-kind program aimed at connecting veterans with mental health treatment and other resources in New Hampshire is raising lots of questions, and that's just what it set out to do.

Under the state's Military Liaison Initiative, all 10 community mental health centers have a staff member each to direct veterans, military service members and their families to available services.

  New Hampshire is planning a new, universally accessible trail near the plaza dedicated to its famous fallen icon, the Old Man of the Mountain.

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  Police say a New Hampshire corrections officer is being held at the county jail where he works, accused of attempting to bring in heroin.

The Strafford County Sheriff's office says 25-year-old Bryant Shipman, of Rochester, was detained before entering the jail.

Foster's Daily Democrat reports Sheriff David Dubois said Wednesday the investigation has been ongoing for about a month.

Shipman is being held on $35,000 cash bail at the Strafford County Jail.

He's scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon. It wasn't immediately known if he had an attorney.

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  A former day care worker in Manchester has been charged with assaulting three infants.

Police say they've arrested 32-year-old Chelsea Blais, who worked for the Alpha Bits Learning Center.

On March 7, Manchester police started investigating allegations that a worker at the day care was inappropriately caring for and possibly abusing infants.

An arrest warrant was issued charging Blais with four counts of simple assault. Her bail was set at $5,000 and her arraignment was scheduled for Wednesday.

 

  Five communities in New Hampshire's Seacoast have formed a campaign to provide energy efficiency and clean energy options at bulk discounts for homeowners and businesses.

Participants in "Energize 360" will get a free site visit, a Home Heating Index score, and an analysis of their energy usage specific to their home. The initiative will offer energy audits, weatherization, solar electric systems, and heat pump installations to help qualify for rebates and incentives.

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  New Hampshire would face a higher burden of proof in terminating a parent's rights under a bill before a House committee.

The House Judiciary Committee is holding a public hearing Tuesday that would require a court to find proof beyond a reasonable doubt that parental rights should be terminated. Under current law, the standard is clear and convincing evidence, which is a lower burden of proof.

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  Twenty-four towns may be receiving additional state education money under a bill before the House.

Lawmakers are voting Thursday on legislation that would provide $9 million in back payments to the districts, who allege they were underpaid by the state in recent budgets. The city of Dover sued the state in 2015 over a law that capped how much fast-growing school districts could receive in state aid.

A state court ruled the cap unconstitutional last year. The bill offers back payments to any towns affected by it.

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  Toll booth workers could be a thing of the past under a bill before the New Hampshire House.

The legislation would allow the state to implement all-electronic tolling at locations in Hooksett, Dover and Rochester. All of the locations currently have E-ZPass lanes along with traditional toll collectors.

The House Transportation Committee is taking testimony Wednesday on the bill. It's already passed the Senate.

If New Hampshire does move to all-electronic tolling, the bill gives users an option to purchase an "anonymous" transponder.

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  New Hampshire's dairy farmers will soon be one step closer to getting financial relief.

The House is taking up legislation Thursday to provide $2 million in relief payments to dairy farmers strained by last year's drought.

The bill has already passed the Senate.

The $2 million is less than farmers had initially hoped for and will come months after they first asked for relief. The drought forced many farmers to spend more on feed or reduce the size of their herds. Dairy farmers say they're already facing a financial strain due to low federal milk prices.

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  U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter is holding a roundtable discussion in Somersworth to highlight her opposition to proposed cuts to the Meals on Wheels program.

The popular service that provides food to the elderly faces a sharp funding cut under President Donald Trump's budget proposal. The exact size of the cut is unknown, but White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said the government "can't spend money on programs just because they sound good."

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  Democrats are introducing legislation aimed at protecting towns from lawsuits that postponed Tuesday's elections due to a winter storm.

The bill says any municipal elections set for Tuesday that were postponed are "legalized, ratified and confirmed." Senate Minority Leader Jeff Woodburn is the bill's sponsor.

Dozens of towns moved their elections due to the snowstorm, despite Republican Gov. Chris Sununu's calls to hold them. He suggested towns could be open to lawsuits if they chose to postpone.

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Authorities in New Hampshire say a juvenile has been charged with murder after a man was found apparently shot to death and a woman was found with a gunshot wound in a Farmington home.

Assistant Attorney General Jason Casey says police responded to a call at the residence just after 12 p.m. Wednesday. They found two adults with gunshot wounds. The man was pronounced dead and the woman was hospitalized with injuries not considered life-threatening.

Casey says the juvenile was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder.

New Hampshire Fish and Game officials say two snowmobile operators were treated for serious injuries in separate crashes that happened within minutes of each other in Pittsburg.

Crews responded to a report of a snowmobile crash on Trail 138 in the Carr Ridge area around 12:40 p.m. Sunday and found Thomas Anderson, of Bedford.

Officials say Anderson had been knocked unconscious after failing to turn a corner. His snowmobile left the trail and hit a tree and boulder. He was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.

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  New Hampshire's Democratic U.S. senators are holdings a news conference to talk about what they call the "devastating" effects of Republicans' proposed health care overhaul.

Sens. Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen are dubbing the plan "Trumpcare." They'll discuss it at Concord Hospital on Monday morning.

The two are focusing specifically on how the change might affect people with drug addictions. The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to cover addiction treatment programs. And thousands of people on Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire also have access to treatment.

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  Efforts to install scanners into New Hampshire prisons appear to have hit a road block.

The plan to put six machines at a cost of more than $1 million was approved last year by the legislature. But the New Hampshire Department of Corrections says the language in the law is too broad, essentially requiring anyone to be scanned.

 

State police say Keene Police Chief Brian Costa has been found dead at his home and that his "untimely death" is being investigated.

Costa was found on Thursday. State police say an autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning. No further details have been released.

Costa was involved with the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative, a network of over 140 police departments and 300 treatment centers with a mission to promote treatment rather than to simply arrest and jail people.

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  State wildlife officials are seeking a new home for a monkey that was seized from a Laconia home.

Conservation officers working off a tip searched the home around 4:30 p.m. on Monday and seized the primate, which they say was being unlawfully kept as a pet.

Dozens of states have outlawed owning monkeys as pets, including New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Maine and Rhode Island.

The animal has been taken to a veterinarian who specializes in primate care.

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New Hampshire's Republican House leadership is looking to stall legislation that adds protections for transgender people over fears that it would let men use women's bathrooms.

Speaker Shawn Jasper says he's pushing to table the bill at Wednesday's session, meaning it wouldn't be debated. The bill would ban discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on someone's gender identity. The same protections already exist based on sex, religion, sexual orientation and other factors.

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  Members of the public can weigh in this week on a bill encompassing several election law changes.

Republican Sen. Regina Birdsell is the prime sponsor of legislation that's up for a hearing Tuesday in Concord.

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  More than 1,500 people who live and work around a redeveloped air base in New Hampshire have learned their blood contains elevated levels of a chemical that has been linked to potential health problems.

PFCs are found in everyday products like no-stick cookware and resistant carpet. Their presence in the water at Pease International Tradeport has been linked to firefighting foam used at the site when it was a military base.

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Northern New England is preparing for another round of wind. And it's going to be much colder this time.

The National Weather Service says 30 mph gusts projected for Saturday in Maine and New Hampshire won't be as strong as the 50 mph-plus gusts recorded Thursday.

But the wind will be accompanied by plummeting temperatures.

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