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Frank Bidart, who was in New Hampshire in November to accept the 2017 Hall-Kenyon Prize in American Poetry, has won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry for his "Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016."

The Pulitzer committee judges wrote of Bidart's book of poems: "A volume of unyielding ambition and remarkable scope that mixes long dramatic poems with short elliptical lyrics, building on classical mythology and reinventing forms of desires that defy societal norms."

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High wind gusts and icing on wires across the state contributed to more than 12,000 electric customers losing power by late Monday afternoon.

 

New Hampshire Electric Cooperative reported 6,040 outages as of 5:30 p.m.

 

Eversource reported 5,351 customers without power.

 

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A winter weather advisory is in effect for New Hampshire until Sunday night. The state Department of Transportation has a travel advisory warning of slick roads across the Granite State.

The National Weather Service also issued a hazardous weather outlook, with a forecast that calls for freezing rain that will turn to sleet.

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The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is warning Granite Staters about a recall of food products containing powdered kratom made or processed by Triangle Pharmanaturals.

The public health alert comes after the Food and Drug Administration issued a recall on those products after finding several to be contaminated with salmonella.

The products include Raw Form Organics Maeng Da Kratom Emerald Green, Raw Form Organics Maeng Da Kratom Ivory White, and Raw Form Organics Maeng Da Kratom Ruby Red.

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The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office says it is investigating how the state Liquor Commission handles large volume, all-cash sales at its retail outlets across the state. 

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Update, 11 a.m. -- Eversource has restored power to more than 45,000 customers who lost electricity during the high winds Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

New Hampshire's largest utility reported 8,743 without power at 11 a.m.

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Strong winds overnight caused thousands of power outages across New Hampshire.

Eversource, the state's largest utility, reported 15,794 customers with electricity, as of daybreak.

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The University of New Hampshire has named James W. Dean Jr. as the 20th President of the state's flagship university.

Dean was recently executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he is a professor of organizational behavior. He will take office June 30, and succeed Mark Huddleston.

The University System of New Hampshire board of trustees voted unanimously to select Dean. 

The Exchange wants to help listeners get to know the candidates running in the crowded race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District.

"Race for the 1st" is a series of 20-minute interviews with the 11 declared candidates, kicking off Monday, April 2 and running through the spring. The interviews will take place live on Mondays at 9:40 a.m. They will be broadcast on air, as well as on Facebook Live.

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Two University of New Hampshire researchers have been arrested for allegedly misusing federal grant funds.

 

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Concord says Hailong Zhang, 44, of Nottingham, and Jichun Zhang, 45, of Durham, were arrested on Friday. The men each face 31 counts of theft of government money for spending nearly $90,000 in research funding on personal items, including Amazon gift cards.

 

 

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The first full day of spring will make way for a winter snow storm that is expected to hit southeastern New Hampshire late Wednesday night.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory, from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. on Thursday. It covers part of Cheshire County, and most of Hillsborough and Rockingham counties.

Manchester and Nashua stand to get 1- to 3- inches of snow. Concord will get just a dusting, with the snow coming mostly after 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. The forecast for greater Portsmouth calls for 3- to 6- inches of snow.

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Those pushing for more money to fight the opioid epidemic in the state are cheering a $333,000 federal grant announced this week that's targeted at some of the first points of contact for those struggling with the drugs. 

Newbury voters have passed Keno, after all.

 

The keno question at the Newbury town election failed on a tie vote last week.

 

A recount conducted Monday revealed one ballot that officials said was clearly meant to support the Lottery game operation at restaurants that have a liquor license.

 

Thirty-six other towns passed Keno last week during annual Town Meetings.

Is your town among the mix?

 

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5:30 p.m.: The New Hampshire Department of Transportation reports that the number of crashes are down today, thanks in part to drivers staying off the roads where possible. Roger Lamontagne, of DOT District 3, took this photo of a car off the road at the end of the Laconia bypass in Gilford:

There are only scattered outages, as of 5:30 p.m. Eversource had halved its customer outage to just 50. 

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3 p.m.:  The latest nor'easter is going a lot easier on area utilities than last week's storm. So far.

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Today, voters in towns around the state will cast ballots in local elections. Like last year, a severe snowstorm is complicating matters, especially in the wake of the state's claim that towns don't have the power to reschedule local votes.

NHPR's reporters are in the field covering polls around the state throughout Town Meeting Day. Bookmark this blog and check back to see photos, hear from voters, and more.

Click here for NHPR's coverage of local issues leading up to Town Meeting Day. 

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A New Hampshire circuit court judge has been suspended without pay because of allegations that he submitted fake evaluations of his job performance.

 

Judge Paul Moore sits on the Nashua District Court. He has been on leave since last year.

 

According to documents released yesterday, Moore interfered with the evaluation system the state courts use to assess the performance of judges, in order to boost his own score.

 

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Another nor'easter is developing, and this winter storm watch coincides Tuesday with New Hampshire's annual Town Meeting day.

The National Weather Service issued the storm alert for all of Tuesday and until Wednesday at 8 a.m.

The updated forecast Sunday indicates snowfall of at least a couple of inches across the Granite State. 

Snow accumulation projections include:

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Jane Doe will remain Jane Doe.

In a ruling that could shift legal precedent in New Hampshire, a Superior Court judge has declared that the identity of a woman who won a $560 million Powerball jackpot cannot be disclosed by the state Lottery Commission, citing “an invasion of privacy.”

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A Jaffrey-based fireworks company is under investigation after it left a truck loaded with fireworks unattended with the engine running.

 

Atlas Fireworks was preparing a show at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods over the weekend.

 

Law enforcement arrived to find an unlocked truck with no Atlas employees on the grounds and no placards on the side of the truck indicating its explosive contents.

 

The matter is still under investigation by the State Police.

Season 4 of NPR's Invisibilia will examine how the stories we tell ourselves can lock us into one place or another... and what happens in the space in between. 

Invisibilia explores the invisible forces that shape human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. The show is co-hosted by award winning journalists Alix Spiegel and Hanna Rosin. In each episode, human stories are combined with the latest thinking on psychological and brain science. 

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Tens of thousands of people have had their power restored Thursday, after a winter storm dumped about a foot of heavy, wet snow on New Hampshire.

As of 3 p.m. Thursday, about 37,000 customers – mostly in Southeastern New Hampshire – were still waiting on power.

Unitil spokeswoman Carol Valianti says the snow that fell on that region is like cement. It adheres to trees and branches and wires, and brings them down.

On top of that, she says the preceding nor'easter left trees brittle from wind and loaded the ground with moisture, weakening root systems.

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An early morning earthquake shook the Contoocook and Concord area, the Weston Observatory at Boston College confirmed today.

The 2.4-scale earthquake shook some Granite Staters awake around 5 a.m. Wednesday.

The New Hampshire area is not unfamiliar with such seismic activity. Just last month, a magnitude 2.7 quake struck near East Kingston, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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With no debate, the GOP-controlled New Hampshire House approved a bill on Tuesday to raise the legal marriage age in the state to 16.

Currently, girls as young as 13 and boys at 14 can get married with a judge’s consent. Last year, Republicans in the House voted down a measure to set the age at 18, citing concerns over how it may impact young members of the military and their spouses.

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A major winter storm is developing that could dump more than a foot of snow on parts of New Hampshire.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the entire Granite State. Snow is expected to start falling around 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The warning extends to Thursday at 1 p.m.

Snow accumulation projections include: Concord, 8- to 14- inches, Keene, 9- to 15-, and Portsmouth, 9- to 13-.

The snow map produced Tuesday by the Weather Service shows a significant high end of the range. Manchester could get as much as 17 inches of snow.

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The state Attorney General's office will allow a proposed affiliation between two New Hampshire hospital systems to move forward.

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Update: The nor'easter March storm soaked New Hampshire's seacoast towns, causing serious flooding in Hampton Beach and forcing the closure of several roads in Hampton to Rye along Ocean Boulevard. 

Flooding was its worst with the mid-day high tide. Several roads that were blocked or closed were open Friday afternoon, while public safety officials are keeping on eye on the next high tide - close to midnight.

The coastal flood warning is in effect until 2 p.m. Saturday. A high wind warning is in effect until midnight. 

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You can listen to a selection of NHPR's coverage of race in New Hampshire in 2017 with the audio link below, or scroll down for a list of full stories.

As the nation dealt with escalating racial tensions in 2017, several incidents in New Hampshire shook communities and forced a state not accustomed to talking about race to hear uncomfortable stories from people of color about their experiences.

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A winter storm forecast to hit New Hampshire on Friday could result in coastal flooding and power outages.

The National Weather Service issued a coastal flood watch for the Seacoast. High water may have difficulty receding around Hampton, as strong easterly winds pick up over the high tide cycle.

There is also a high wind watch for coastal communities. The storm will generate winds of 20-30 mph, with gusts up to 55 mph.

The Weather Service expects the strongest winds to develop Friday morning, with possible power outages from downed trees and branches.

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You can listen to a montage of the stories in Emily's series below, or see a list (with links) to individual stories at the bottom of this post.

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You can listen to a montage of stories in NHPR's Crossroad series below, or see a list (with links) to individual stories at the bottom of this post.

The nation has been grappling with an opioid epidemic for several years now, but few places have been as hard-hit as New Hampshire. The state has one of the highest overdose rates in the country. Obituary pages in local newspapers regularly feature photos of young people who died suddenly. Teachers find themselves acting as grief counselors for students whose home lives have been shattered by drug use.

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The state’s unemployment rate remained at 2.6 percent in the month of January, unchanged from December. New data from New Hampshire Employment Security shows the state added 60 jobs last month, while the state’s labor force held steady at 746,680.

New Hampshire’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has remained below 3 percent for more than two years, as businesses scramble to find enough workers to fill open positions.

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