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A woman who attempted to work with the city of Nashua, New Hampshire, as a volunteer grant writer has pleaded guilty to identity fraud.

Police said 43-year-old Dana Michelle Lawrence is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 28.

According to court documents, in 2006, Lawrence was sentenced in Rhode Island to a year in jail for theft. She didn't follow terms of probation; a warrant was issued for her arrest.

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 The U.S. Department of Energy is recommending approval of a key permit in the Northern Pass power project.

The department on Thursday released its final environmental impact study of the project, which seeks to run a 192-mile transmission line from Pittsburg to Deerfield, carrying enough hydropower to southern New England markets to power about a million homes.

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Officials in the New Hampshire city of Manchester are considering a smoking ban for public parks.

WMUR-TV reports the proposal, which was announced last month, is gaining supporters among city leaders. Supporters say the proposed ban targets improving both public safety and public health.

 A company that provides health insurance under "Obamacare" and through New Hampshire's expanded Medicaid program is confirming its decision to continue its participation in the tumultuous individual market.

Ambetter by NH Healthy Families covers 77,100 Medicaid and health insurance marketplace members. The company said Thursday it will remain in the market for 2018 and is committed to working with state officials to stabilize the market and offer affordable options.

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New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is asking President Donald Trump to take several steps to promote stability in the national health care marketplace until reform is achieved.

In a letter to Trump dated Wednesday, the Republican governor says for the sake of those who aren't able to have employer-based health insurance, and for those who pay the full premium without subsidies, the president should urge Congress to reform "Obamacare" with a clear roadmap and path forward.

President Donald Trump has issued a major disaster declaration for New Hampshire and will provide federal emergency assistance following severe storms that hit the state last month.

The storms dropped more than an inch of rain per hour. About 60 roads were damaged, about a dozen homes were surrounded by water and about 600 people evacuated from campgrounds. Most of the damage was in Grafton County.

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

The New Hampshire attorney general says officers from the Keene Police Department were justified in the use of deadly force in a shooting that injured a man last month.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said Wednesday the shooting happened after police responded to an apartment to assist the girlfriend of Patrick Letendre and the woman's 3-year-old daughter.

The girlfriend was removing their belongings. MacDonald said she was involved in an argument with Letendre, who prevented her from leaving. She called 911 and three officers arrived.

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New Hampshire's Department of Health and Human Services says two batches of mosquitoes from Manchester have tested positive for the West Nile Virus, the first of the 2017 season.

State Epidemiologist Benjamin Chan says no humans or animals have tested positive for the West Nile or for Eastern Equine Encephalitis this year.

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Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire say federal funding is in place to build a new bridge between New Hampshire and Vermont.

They say the New Hampshire Department of Transportation will receive $5 million in federal funding to replace the Rogers' Rangers Bridge on U.S. Route 2, which was built in 1950.

The funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation will accelerate construction and allow New Hampshire and Vermont to move ahead with the project.

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The Northern Border Regional Commission has awarded more than $2.2 million in federal funds to 13 development projects across New Hampshire.

The projects range from a septic wastewater treatment station in Whitefield to parking in Lancaster to improve access to an island nature area.

The New Hampshire congressional delegation on Friday announced the funding, made available after Congress secured a $5 million increase in funding.

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Republican Gov. Chris Sununu's first appointee to the New Hampshire Supreme Court is going to be sworn in this week.

The ceremony for Associate Justice Barbara "Bobbie" Hantz Marconi is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

She is replacing retiring Associate Justice Carol Ann Conboy.

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The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services says it is seeing an increase of dangerous levels of cyanobacteria in some lakes and ponds.

The most recent advisories include French and Keyser ponds in Henniker, Sebbins Pond in Bedford and Lee's Pond in Moultonborough. Warnings have been posted at sites affected by the bacteria and also at public beaches with advisories for fecal contamination, such as Opechee Park Cove Beach in Laconia. Conditions include surface scums, or streaks, or blue-green flecks in the water.

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Manchester VA Medical Center staffers who have alleged substandard care and conditions at New Hampshire's only veterans hospital are holding a town hall meeting to discuss the situation.

The event for veterans and others is being held at the American Legion Sweeney Post in Manchester on Monday afternoon, five days after VA officials held a similar meeting.

Gov. Chris Sununu has removed from the Executive Council agenda a permit extension for a long-debated boat ramp proposed for Lake Sunapee in Newbury, saying "enough is enough."

The Republican governor said the Wild Goose Site project has been debated for the last 20 years, and "it is time to put an end to this flawed plan."

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The Air Force says it will spend $30 million this year on cleaning up contaminated groundwater at a former New Hampshire base.

The groundwater at the former Pease Air Force Base has been found to be contaminated with perfluorinated compounds from the use of firefighting foam.

The chemicals are found in scores of everyday products like nonstick cookware and stain-resistant carpet. The Environmental Protection Agency says exposure has been linked in animal studies to low birth weight, accelerated puberty, cancer and thyroid problems, among other maladies.

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Under U.S. Supreme Court decisions, five inmates serving life sentences for crimes committed as juveniles in New Hampshire are getting a chance at eventual release.

The rulings affect five men sentenced to life in New Hampshire. They are Eduardo Lopez, Robert Dingman, Robert Tulloch, Michael Soto and Steven Spader. Altogether, they were convicted in the deaths of four men and three women who were fatally shot or stabbed between 1991 and 2009.

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New Hampshire towns and cities are getting $30 million for road and bridge improvements under an infrastructure bill signed by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu.

The governor's office on Monday announced the amount of money each community will receive in infrastructure grants. The grants range from just under $1,800 for Hart's Location to more than $1.7 million for Manchester. The average grant is $128,205.

Sununu says the money is a key first step in rebuilding the state's infrastructure and will allow communities to provide tax relief.

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The opening of New Hampshire's new women's prison will be delayed for about a year because the state is struggling to find enough people to staff it.

The 101,000-square-foot facility in Concord was set to open this year and is triple the size of prison in Goffstown that currently houses nearly 140 prisoners. 

Democrat Kevin Cavanaugh has won the special election for New Hampshire's District 16 state Senate seat.

Cavanaugh defeated Republican David Boutin and Libertarian Jason Dubrow on Tuesday.

District 16 covers Bow, Dunbarton, Candia, Hooksett and parts of Manchester. The seat was left vacant by the death of Democrat Scott McGilvray in March.

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Police have arrested a man in connection with an attack on a woman outside a Planet Fitness gym in New Hampshire last month that was captured on surveillance video.

Police arrested 22-year-old Jordan Lamonde, of Portsmouth, on Monday, in connection with the June 12 attack.  He's been charged with second-degree assault and was held on $150,000 bail. He's scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. A man who answered the phone at Lamonde's home said he had an attorney, but was told not to give out the name.

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The New Hampshire attorney general's office is clarifying voter identification laws in the state in advance of a Tuesday special election.

Associate Attorney General Anne Edwards says there has been confusion in the state about what forms of identification can be used by voters. She says identification cards that don't have a photograph on them will not be accepted "under any circumstances."

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A Florida man is recovering from flesh-eating bacteria he encountered while hiking in New Hampshire.

Thirty-two-year-old Wayne Atkins of Miami has been hospitalized since Father's Day weekend. WHDH-TV  reports Atkins was left in a two-week coma because his organs were shutting down.

Doctors say the bacteria entered Atkins' body through blisters on his foot from when he went on a hiking trip. He started feeling sick when he got back to Miami.

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Smokers will no longer be able to light up in parks and ballfields in nine New Hampshire towns.

The towns of Harrisville, Keene, Marlborough, Swanzey, Nelson, Rindge, Troy, Walpole and Winchester are working with the Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco Free Communities to create smoke-free policies for the towns' recreation areas and signage to reflect the new policies.

The towns of Marlborough, Nelson, and Swanzey have taken it a step further and have banned smoking on all town property.

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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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