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The heat index will be pushing 100 degrees in New Hampshire on Sunday, ushering in a hot and humid Fourth of July week.

Daytime temperatures will be sticking in the 90s through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. It will only get hotter Monday and Tuesday.

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A New Hampshire man who fought his incarceration in a prison psychiatric unit is back at home.

Andrew Butler, 21, of Hollis, was committed to the state psychiatric hospital last fall after police found him running in the woods and punching trees. Though he wasn't charged with a crime, he was transferred to the state prison's secure psychiatric unit in January under a policy that allows such moves if someone can't be safely housed at the hospital.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has signed a bill to continue New Hampshire's expanded Medicaid program for another five years.

The current program uses Medicaid funds to purchase private health plans for about 50,000 low-income residents. It would have expired this year if lawmakers didn't reauthorize it.

The bill also changes its structure to a more cost-effective managed care model. The plan also imposes new work requirements on enrollees and use 5 percent of liquor revenues to cover the state's cost as federal funding decreases.

New Hampshire is getting more than $4 million in AmeriCorps funding. The money is coming from the Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the federal program and others. 

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Dover has become the first city in New Hampshire to raise the age to possess, use and purchase tobacco products to 21.

Foster's Daily Democrat reports City Council voted to approve the ordinance in a 6-1-2 vote Wednesday night. Mayor Karen Weston recused herself from the vote because her family owns a store that sells cigarettes.

Supporters of the ordinance say it will help increase the health and safety of young people in the city.

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Two inmates at the federal prison in Berlin, New Hampshire, have been sentenced for punching, kicking, and stomping another inmate that was caught on videotape. 

New Hampshire's attorney general says a person has been shot by a police officer and is being treated at a hospital.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald says no police officer was hurt in the incident Tuesday night in Nashua. The person's condition wasn't immediately known.

The State Police Major Crime Unit is assisting in the investigation. Further information was not immediately available.

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The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says one man has died while riding an all-terrain vehicle.

The department says 62-year-old Roger Johnson was found next to his ATV with fatal injuries on June 20 in Chatham. He was pronounced dead at the scene that afternoon.

The investigation revealed the South Chatham resident was following another ATV when he left the roadway and struck a tree. Johnson was not wearing a helmet at the time.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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Police have charged a man with arson and murder in connection with a fire in New Hampshire where the body of a 65-year-old woman was found.

The New Hampshire Attorney General's office says the 31-year-old Exeter man was arrested Monday about a week after Carol Felides' death.

Fire officials found Felides dead inside her mobile home in Exeter after responding to a fire June 19. The cause and manner of death is still under investigation.

Officials have not said what caused the fire. The man is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Rockingham Superior Court.

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An Army intelligence officer from New Hampshire who served behind enemy lines in Nazi Germany during World War II is being presented with the Congressional Gold Medal.

Capt. Martin Gelb of Derry was part of the Office of Strategic Services, the precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency. He served in England, France and Germany on missions that included supporting U.S. and British operations during the D-Day invasion and assisting with the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp.

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Donald Hall, a prolific, award-winning poet and man of letters widely admired for his sharp humor and painful candor about nature, mortality, baseball and the distant past, has died at age 89.

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The New Hampshire Attorney General's office says the Berlin man suspected of killing his wife has been found dead in Maine.

Police say 52-year-old Denis Bisson was found dead Friday night in Rumford, Maine. He died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The AG says the body of Bisson's wife was found Friday at home. An autopsy determined that 43-year-old Angie Bisson died of a single gunshot wound to the head. The manner of death was ruled a homicide.

An arrest warrant for second-degree murder had been issued for Denis Bisson.

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U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said Friday that Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen should resign unless she promptly implements a plan to reunite children separated from their parents at the southern border.

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The University of New Hampshire is seeking $10 million in state funding to begin building new research laboratories to better prepare students for careers in regenerative medicine, bioengineering and other competitive growth industries.

Officials made their pitch Thursday as Republican Gov. Chris Sununu opened a hearing on the capital budget for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. Sununu said he would recommend spending no more than $120 million.

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The official portrait of one of New Hampshire's longest-serving governors is being unveiled at the Statehouse.

Democrat John Lynch was elected in 2004 and was the first governor in nearly 200 years to serve four terms. After deciding not to seek a fifth term, he went on to become a professor at the Tuck Center for Global Business and Government at Dartmouth College.

Though they hang in the Statehouse, no state money is used for portraits of governors. Instead, friends and supporters raise money to commission the paintings.

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New Hampshire's Democratic Congressional delegation says President Donald Trump's executive order ending the policy of separating families fails to protect those children who were already taken from their parents at the border.

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan say the order does not provide a solution for the children and parents who remain separated. Shaheen says it is a violation of the law, leaving children indefinitely in detention centers.

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New Hampshire's state agencies are starting to make their case for major long-term capital investments for the next budget cycle.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu will open capital budget hearings Thursday. Seventeen departments will be making presentations for fiscal years 2020 and 2021, starting with the University System of New Hampshire.

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The case over a traveling medical technician who infected dozens of patients with hepatitis C in multiple states is close to ending.

New Hampshire's Exeter Hospital has settled with a staffing agency but is still suing a registry organization over technician David Kwiatkowski who was arrested in 2012.

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Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three "tender age" shelters in South Texas, The Associated Press has learned.

Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the Rio Grande Valley shelters described play rooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis. The government also plans to open a fourth shelter to house hundreds of young migrant children in Houston, where city leaders denounced the move Tuesday.

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A chicken breed known for its ability to withstand cold winters is now the official state poultry of New Hampshire. But it still could run afoul of another new law despite its special status.

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After several years of instability, the same three companies plan to continue offering health insurance in New Hampshire next year through the marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act.

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A woman intertwined with a 12-foot bottle of alcohol won first place in the 18th Annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic

Abe Waterman of Prince Edward Island, Canada, says his sculpture, which also included a devil on the back side and is titled "Temptation," represents the vices in life.

Second place went to Mélineige Beauregard from Montreal, Canada, with the sculpture "Rising." Third Place went to Dan Belcher from Missouri. His piece was called "Water Dance."

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An American airman is being buried more than 70 years after he crashed on a Pacific island during World War II.

Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Roy Davis, of Peterborough, New Hampshire, was a gunner. He and a pilot were aboard an A-20G Havoc bomber on March 12, 1944, that failed to return after attacking enemy targets in New Guinea.

Attempts to find the aircraft and crew were unsuccessful. Davis and 2nd Lt. Vernal Bird were declared dead in 1949.

 

A New Hampshire legislative committee said Friday that wildlife officials must gather more public comment on a proposal to expand the trapping rules for snowshoe hares.

The wild rabbits are later released by sporting clubs to be chased by hunting dogs for training purposes and competitive field trials. The proposal would increase the number of permits allowing people to trap the rabbits from six to 10, and extend the season for capturing. The current rule has been in place since 2007.

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New Hampshire's largest city is getting a new police chief.

Carlo Capano will take over as chief of police in Manchester on July 1. He currently is assistant chief of the department.

Chief Nick Willard is retiring. He has been appointed by President Donald Trump as the next U.S. marshal for New Hampshire.

Capano has been assistant chief since 2015. He started with the department in 1996.

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New Hampshire's Democratic U.S. senators are encouraged that President Donald Trump is pursuing diplomacy with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, but are uneasy about Trump's pledge to end joint military exercises with South Korea.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said Tuesday the announcement "seems to have come as a complete surprise" to both South Korea and the Pentagon. Both she and Sen. Maggie Hassan said the concession also appears to have been made without anything more than vague assurances from North Korea.

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Beaver-flavored whiskey, anyone?

A New Hampshire distillery has a new bourbon, Eau De Musc, flavored partly by the secretion from a beaver's castor sacs.

Tamworth Distilling says the secretion, called castoreum, has a history of being used as a flavoring and is on a small list of FDA ingredients called "generally recognized as safe."

The distillery says on its website castoreum "exhibits bright and fruit qualities (raspberry) and rich leathery notes along with creamy vanilla aroma," common among barrel-aged spirits.

The 19-month-old daughter of U.S. Olympic skier Bode Miller drowned in a Southern California swimming pool, authorities said Monday.

Emeline Miller died at an Orange County hospital Sunday, the day after paramedics tried unsuccessfully to revive her after the drowning incident.

"We are beyond devastated," Miller said in an Instagram post that showed several photos of the blonde, blue-eyed, chubby-cheeked toddler.

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Lawyers for a young New Hampshire man say his incarceration in a prison psychiatric unit violates a law governing emergency medical treatment, but state officials are rebutting that claim.

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A fifth-grade student in New Hampshire who wants to stop bullying has told her school board that she's been threatened to get shot in the head with an AK-47 assault rifle and buried in her backyard.

Delanie Marcotte, of Pollard Elementary School in Plaistow, said she's a victim of bullying. She read a letter before the board last week saying her parents contacted the school about it, but it continues. She asked the board what it would do to protect her and her classmates. Her father shared her comments on Facebook.

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