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State Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut was confirmed for a full, four-year term by the Executive Council Wednesday. Edelblut had earlier been appointed to fill out the remainder of the term of his predecessor, former commissioner Virginia Barry.

Edelblut was approved 3 to 2, in a party-line vote of the five-member council.

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NPR Politics team is blogging the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. The live blog below includes streaming video, with posts featuring highlights, context and analysis from NPR reporters and correspondents.

President Trump's pick for the Supreme Court is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. If confirmed, Gorsuch would fill the high court seat left vacant in February 2016, after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

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The NPR Two-Way blog brings you live coverage of the House Intelligence Committee’s public hearing on the investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

The live blog includes streaming video of the proceedings, with posts featuring highlights, context and analysis from NPR reporters and correspondents.

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After consulting with the Secretary of State, the Attorney General's office and holding a conference call with local election officials Governor Sununu says differences remain over who has the power to decide when an election can be postponed.

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A classic nor'easter could bring blizzard conditions and more than a foot of snow to some parts of the Northeast Tuesday, along with big disruptions for travel.

Meteorologists say the storm could dump 12 to 20 inches in parts of New England.  Wind will be a factor, as well. The heaviest snowfall in New Hampshire is expected Tuesday afternoon and evening. 

Tuesday also happens to be Town Meeting day in many communities across the state. Voters are scheduled to head to the polls to weigh in on town budgets and local elections.

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Join Laura Knoy for a conversation with a panel of experts discussing the future of libraries in the 21st Century, hosted by the Keene Public Library.

When: Tuesday, March 21 at 6:00 p.m.
The program will begin promptly at 6:10 p.m. Light reception immediately to follow.

Where: Keene Public Library-Heberton Hall, 60 Winter Street, Keene, NH 03431

The event is free to attend, but registration is required. Register here.

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The classic gerrymandered map you learned about in high school civics class is full of oddly-shaped legislative districts, drawn with obvious intent to boost one party.

But in New Hampshire, that’s rarely the case: It’s very hard to see, just by looking at the election maps, which districts might help or hurt a certain party’s chances. So, has gerrymandering been a factor in the state’s politics? And if so, to what extent?

Entry note: An audio montage of this submission is featured below, in addition to links to individual stories.

It’s no secret that politics is the unofficial state sport in New Hampshire. And coming off a raucous presidential primary campaign in early 2016, NHPR’s newsroom was already moving at top speed heading into the year’s state-level elections.

Entry note: An audio montage of this submission is featured below, in addition to individual stories.

In March of 2016, officials in Merrimack, New Hampshire learned a multi-national plastics plant may have contaminated the region’s drinking water. Since then, NHPR’s Emily Corwin has covered incremental updates such as state-funded blood testing and new federal health advisories; she’s investigated the use of likely toxic perfluorichemical replacements at the plant; and told the stories of residents, some of whom fear their drinking water has already made them sick.

New Hampshire Public Radio's Morning Edition newscast for Sept. 14, 2016.

Hope on the Front Lines was a documentary focusing on the people and organizations working to make a difference on the front lines of New Hampshire's opioid crisis. Produced by NHPR's Morning Edition team, host Rick Ganley and producer Michael Brindley traveled the state to meet people on the ground level of a growing epidemic, doing what they can to help in their communities.  

 

  

 Story Map: Click the map pins to see story summaries, photos, and video from the series.

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NHPR's multi-media content reflects the sensibility that guides our radio journalism: It embodies best editorial practices, is singular in our state, and is a reflection of our newsroom's evolving culture of  innovation and experimentation.

The content linked below is a portfolio submission for the 2017 PRNDI Multi-Media category. The entry includes multi-media work covering our unofficial state sport: the 2016 First-in-the-Nation Presidential Primary and subsequent state-level election.

The portfolio includes:

Classical NH and Symphony NH are teaming up for a special lunchtime performance! Bring your lunch and join us for an intimate preview of the symphony’s upcoming concerts featuring the music of Smetana and Dvorak. (Full performances to be held April 7 in Concord, April 8 in Nashua, and April 9 in Lebanon, NH.)

When: Monday, March 27 at Noon
Where: NHPR's Studio D, 2 Pillsbury St, Concord, NH

Limited seating available. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Register Here

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Members of the public will have a chance to weigh in on the state's spending priorities at a pair of hearings Monday.

The House Finance Committee is hosting a public hearing on the state budget Monday at Derry Town Hall at 4:30. Another hearing gets underway at 5:30 at the Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State University.

This comes as House budget writers are in the process of revising Governor Chris Sununu's proposed $12.1 billion spending plan.

With a new congress in session and reports that that the Trump Administration is considering privatizing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting - the CPB is already a private corporation, but this essentially would mean ending its federal funding – we’ve been fielding many questions about what losing this funding would mean, especially for public broadcasters here in New Hampshire.

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New Hampshire’s unemployment rate held steady at 2.7 percent for January, with modest job gains across a number of sectors.

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  Governor Chris Sununu is expected to sign a bill Wednesday that will repeal the state's permit requirement for carrying a concealed firearm.

Similar bills have cleared the Republican-led House and Senate in each of the past two years, but were vetoed both times by Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan.

Current law allows people to carry a gun openly, but requires them to obtain a permit from local police to carry a concealed weapon.

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The classic gerrymandered map you learned about in high school civics class is full of oddly-shaped legislative districts, drawn with obvious intent to boost one party.

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The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning and an advisory as another storm approaches the Granite State.

The overnight storm will have a more severe impact in the eastern part of the state, with accumulations ranging from less than an inch to as many as ten inches along the seacoast.

For severe weather updates, tune in to NHPR on air or listen to our livestream right here.

You can listen to the audio entry below or refer to the file included with the submission.

New Hampshire Public Radio’s mission is to report on the people and events shaping life in New Hampshire in ways that inform, challenge and surprise our audience. We do this by telling the kinds of stories that illuminate what it’s like to live in this small, sometimes weird, always fascinating state.

NHPR.org reflects the collective goals shared by our content teams: To ensure our digital content is singular, that it embodies best editorial practices, and that it is continuously evolving as a result of our newsroom's culture of  innovation and experimentation.

The content linked to New Hampshire Public Radio's entry represents the breadth and diversity of our digital work, including:

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The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning in effect from noon Sunday through early Monday morning. The blizzard watch predicts heavy and blowing snow will lead to accumulations between 14-20 inches over much of the state.

The snow is expected to develop Sunday afternoon and will be heavy at times, falling at a rate of two to three inches per hour.

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Gov. Chris Sununu delivered his budget address Thursday, outlining his priorities as the state Legislature kicks off its biannual budget writing cycle.

NHPR's newsroom has been reporting on what to expect this budget season — you can find a rundown on that right here — and now, we're offering more context on the things Sununu mentioned in the budget address itself.

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Update: Thanks to all who sent in your questions! We received dozens in response, and to allow our team to prepare for Monday's interview, we're no longer soliciting additional questions at this time. 

Make sure to tune in Monday morning (on-air or online) to hear the full conversation with Gov. Chris Sununu — and, potentially, to hear an answer to questions from your fellow New Hampshire residents.

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New Hampshire is bracing for a fast-moving storm that's expected to bring more than a foot of snow in some places.  It will complicate both the morning and evening commutes.  

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Governor Chris Sununu delivers his budget proposal to lawmakers this week. It’s the first step in a months-long journey to build a two-year spending plan that will affect nearly every aspect of life in New Hampshire.

To help you prepare for the months of headlines to come, NHPR reporters are highlighting areas of the budget that are likely to generate the most discussion.

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The National Weather Service says a Nor'Easter is set to hit New England tomorrow, including much of New Hampshire. It comes off a storm that brought snow, sleet, and ice to most of the state.

Meteorologist Justin Arnott says a good way to prepare for this storm is to clean up from yesterday's.

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Entry note: An audio montage of this submission is featured below, but you can also listen by referring to the file uploaded to the entry form.

It’s no secret that politics is the unofficial state sport in New Hampshire. And coming off a raucous presidential primary campaign in early 2016, NHPR’s reporters, editors and producers were already moving at top speed heading into the year’s state-level elections.

Entry note: An audio montage of this submission is featured below, but you can also listen by referring to the file uploaded to the entry form.

Entry note: This submission includes a digital-only story and several multimedia stories and autio features. You can listen to the audio entry below or refer to the file included with the submission.

Links to individual stories follow this summary:

The classic gerrymandered map you learned about in high school civics class is full of oddly-shaped legislative districts, drawn with obvious intent to boost one party.

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