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A church built in 1875 in Farmington, New Hampshire, will be holding a concert to celebrate being named to both the national and state registers of historic places.

The First Congregational Church has been recognized as a building of historical significance by the official lists. The Gothic Revival church's 120-foot corner belfry houses the town clock and the 1915 Henry Wilson memorial bell.

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The chairman of the board of the Maine outdoor retailer L.L. Bean is encouraging University of New Hampshire graduates to live adventure filled lives.

Shawn Gorman, the great-grandson of L.L. Bean founder Leon Leonood Bean and a 1989 UNH grad, told graduates in Durham Saturday that the outdoors should be part of their lives.

Gorman said the outdoors "is a critical antidote to this hyper-competitive, hyper-stressed, tech-driven world we live in."

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The U.S. government says the number of American fish stocks that can be described as "overfished" has hit an all-time low.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration made the statement Thursday as part of its annual Status of Stocks report. The agency says six species are being removed from its list of overfished stocks, including popular commercially fished stocks of red snapper and New England flounder.

A New Hampshire nonprofit is going to announce a new economic program for first-generation immigrants to encourage business development and job creation.

The Regional Economic Development Center is talking about the program Friday in Manchester. The center serves communities in Rockingham and Hillsborough counties. It offers technical assistance, funding, and business and development training.

State Division of Economic Development Director Will Arvelo, Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig and a program participant will be among the speakers at the event.

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Organizers of an anti-death penalty coalition say they have delivered over 56,000 petition signatures to New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, urging him to sign a bill to repeal the state's capital punishment law.

Sununu has vowed to veto the bill, saying he stands with crime victims and members of the law enforcement community.

Before presenting the signatures, the New Hampshire Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty held a news conference Thursday where family members of murder victims spoke in favor of repealing the death penalty.

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A $250,000 grant is enabling more scholarships for a New Hampshire Charitable Foundation program for students in professional training, certificate programs and two-year degree programs.

The grant is being provided by the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation.

Scholarships will be awarded to people working to earn credentials in traditional trades, advanced manufacturing, financial services, health care and information technology.

 

New Hampshire is about to debut a new online system that will display current wait times for the busiest N.H. Division of Motor Vehicles locations.

Starting Thursday, information available at the DMV website will show the number of customers currently waiting at a specific DMV location and the longest wait time currently being experienced by any customer.

Wait time information will be available for offices in:

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Investigators are preparing for another search of the woods behind a New Hampshire apartment complex in connection with the 1980 disappearance of a woman.

Officials previously searched the same area in Manchester last November in the case of 25-year-old Denise Daneault.

On the night of June 8, 1980, Daneault went out to a private social club and never returned.

Investigators plan to search the area Tuesday.

Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were expected to take part in the search.

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The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law that bars gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states, giving states the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports.

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The 1992 law barred state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions. It made Nevada the only state where a person could wager on the results of a single game.

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Lawmakers from New Hampshire are asking the federal Inspector General to launch an investigation into the financial operations of the group charged with cleaning up a federal Superfund site.               

The Portsmouth Herald reports that the lawmakers' recent letter references $5.25 million in federal funding for the cleanup of the Coakley landfill site in Greenland and North Hampton. Lawmakers say it appears some of such funding went to settle a lawsuit against a group remediating the landfill.

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The New Hampshire Republican Party has adjourned its state convention without changing its party platform.

Saturday's meeting at Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith was held to consider platform changes. The changes included stating the party supports a comprehensive fight against the opioid crisis in New Hampshire, including education, rehabilitation and interdiction.

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Republican Gov. Chris Sununu says the New Hampshire Supreme Court should review two bills that would end New Hampshire's distinction between full-fledged residents and those who claim the state as their domicile for voting.

Current law allows college students and others who consider the state their domicile to vote without being subject to residency requirements, such as getting a New Hampshire driver's license or registering a vehicle.

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A bill to continue New Hampshire's expanded Medicaid program for another five years is on its way to the desk of Republican Gov. Chris Sununu.

The current program uses Medicaid funds to purchase private health plans for about 50,000 low-income residents, but it will expire this year if lawmakers don't reauthorize it.

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Former members of New Hampshire law enforcement are going to be talking about their opposition to the death penalty, following support in the Legislature to abolish capital punishment in the state.

A bill passed by both the House and Senate would change the penalty for capital murder to life in prison without parole.

The bill now heads to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu's desk, who has vowed to veto it. A two-thirds majority in both chambers is needed to override vetoes.

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Police say someone shot and killed a federally-protected peregrine falcon that was found outside a home in Salem, New Hampshire.

The homeowner found the dead falcon in his front yard Saturday afternoon. Police say they think the bird was perched in a tree when it was shot, likely by a .22 caliber round. They were not able to recover the bullet.  They posted photos of the dead bird on the Salem Police Facebook page Wednesday.

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A gas station-turned-coffee shop in Lebanon, a stone-arched bridge in New Ipswich, and a church turned into condominiums in Concord are among projects winning recognition from the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance

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U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., has introduced a bill that would authorize 4,000 additional visas for Afghans who have supported the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.

The bill would further extend the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Program for the next fiscal year, helping Afghan interpreters and support staffers who face threats as a result of their service to apply for refuge in the United States. It also would strengthen the program's vetting process.

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Two teenagers from Massachusetts have been rescued from an icy New Hampshire trail considered too dangerous for descending any time of year.

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A boat crash in New Hampshire has left two people dead and two others injured.

State Police Marine Patrol says the accident happened Saturday night on the Piscataqua River when a 59-year-old man operating a 24-foot Boston Whaler struck a buoy in the vicinity of the Eliot boat landing, throwing a female passenger into the water. She was found unconscious in the river and later died, as did another female passenger. The operator and another male passenger were hospitalized.

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The state of New Hampshire has agreed to pay $6.75 million to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of two young sisters who were sexually abused by their biological parents while in foster care.

The girls' grandparents sued the Division for Children, Youth and Families in 2016, alleging the parents were allowed to have unsupervised visits with the girls in 2013, even though police were investigating reports they had molested other children at a homeless shelter.

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The New Hampshire House has delayed action on a bill that would ban anyone who is not a legal resident from the state's adult education programs.

Supporters say the roughly $4 million the state spends on adult workforce training programs should be reserved for people who can legally work in the United States. Opponents say the bill would hurt immigrants and refugees working toward citizenship. The bill passed the Senate in March but the House voted 233-97 on Wednesday to further study it.

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New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Maine Sen. Susan Collins have introduced a bill that would help timber markets in New England.

The bill would reauthorize the Community Wood Energy program, which expires at the end of this year. It encourages the use of biomass-fueled energy for heating and power.

Shaheen, a Democrat, said the bill would help jumpstart markets for low-value wood, invest in rural energy needs and create in jobs in the state's forest-dependent communities.

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New Hampshire's attorney general says the names of police officers investigated on suspicion of misconduct won't be added to a confidential state list if the allegations aren't supported.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said Monday two recent state supreme court decisions made clear that officers are entitled to due process regarding their placement on and removal from what was formerly known as the "Laurie List."

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Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie of New Hampshire is traveling this week to the U.S.-Mexico border to evaluate efforts underway to combat the trafficking of illicit drugs.

Hassan is a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which has oversight on a number of border functions.

She will receive briefings from Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and discuss how Congress can better support their efforts to detect, intercept, and halt the trafficking of fentanyl and other illicit drugs.

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The remains of a Marine Corps sergeant who was killed in a bloody World War II battle on a Pacific island have been identified and will be returned to his hometown in New Hampshire.

Funeral services with full military honors will be held for 24-year-old David Quinn on May 5 at the Congregational Church of Temple.

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Hundreds of people in a New Hampshire town have signed a petition asking a plastics company believed to be the source of tainted groundwater to pay for water filters at the town's schools.

The group of Merrimack residents says Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics has provided filtration in other towns with contaminated water, but taxpayers are currently paying to filter water at Merrimack schools.

The body of a 4-year-old boy from Manchester, N.H., swept out to sea while walking with his mother on a North Carolina beach last week, has been recovered.

Authorities tell local media outlets early Monday that the body of Wesley Belisle was located on Carova Beach by the Currituck County Sheriff's Office.

The U.S. Coast Guard says the boy's family had been vacationing in the area from New Hampshire.

Officials say he and his mother were walking along a Kitty Hawk beach on Wednesday when a wave hit Wesley, carrying him out into the ocean.

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A former New Hampshire judge who wrote fake evaluations of himself is now facing a felony complaint of attempting to defraud the New Hampshire judicial retirement plan.

The attorney general's office said former Nashua District Judge Paul Moore is scheduled to plead guilty and be sentenced on Wednesday.

Moore, who resigned two weeks ago, acknowledged submitting anonymous online judicial evaluations of himself. He didn't immediately return a telephone message Sunday.

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Dartmouth College says it's halfway to its $3 billion goal for a fundraising campaign.

Officials say 78,000 donors over the past four years have contributed gifts of $1.5 billion in the "Call to Lead" program.

Trustees Chairman Laurel Richie described it Friday as "doubling down on our distinctive vision for what the liberal arts can deliver in a modern education."

Dartmouth is now targeting women as it seeks to expand the influence of women's philanthropy. The college set a goal of 100 women making gifts of $1 million or more.

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A man accused of killing a sheriff's deputy in Maine was arrested Saturday outside a remote cabin in Norridgewock, Maine, ending an intense manhunt in its fourth day in the woods of central Maine.

A law enforcement team used the slain deputy's handcuffs to arrest 29-year-old John Williams in a symbolic gesture, Sheriff Dale Lancaster said.

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