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Dan Brown just completed "Origin," another Robert Langdon thriller, but he says the fictional Harvard professor is unlikely to appear in his next novel.

The best-selling author spoke about his latest book and his favorite main character in an interview with the 10-Minute Writer's Workshop.

Before a recent Writers on a New England Stage at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, host Virginia Prescott asked Brown, "Can you imagine writing a book without him?"

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After mass shootings, mental health professionals find themselves at pains to explain that people with mental illness are more likely to be victims of violence than aggressors.

And they’re more likely to die by suicide than to harm others.

That’s again been part of the conversation after the Texas church shooting in which 26 people died, and the shooter, by several accounts, dealt with some form of mental illness or instability, including erratic, violent behavior.

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The New Hampshire Department of Transportation says advisory speeds on Interestate 93 have been reduced to 45 mph between Exit 20 and Exit 32 due to snow showers and wintry conditions.

Crews are out treating roads in central and northern New Hampshire.

According to the National Weather Service, snow could accumulate to less than one inch, with showers expected to taper off later this evening.

Live broadcasts of the 2017-18 Metropolitan Opera Radio Network season begin on Saturday, December 2, 2017 and run through Saturday, May 5, 2018.

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December 2, 2017    Verdi Requiem (Verdi)

December 9, 2017    The Magic Flute (Mozart)

December 16, 2017    Norma (Bellini) - New Production

December 23, 2017    Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart)

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A former state Republican Party chairman says this week’s election results do not bode well for his party in 2018.

Speaking on NHPR's Morning Edition, Fergus Cullen said a Democrat wave may have contributed to Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas losing re-election to Joyce Craig.

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Chris Pappas, an Executive Councilor and restaurant owner in Manchester, announced Thursday his campaign for the Democratic nomination in the 1st Congressional District.

Pappas joins a crowded field of candidates since U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-NH, said she would not run for re-election in 2018.

For his party profile and connections, that as co-owner of the family-owned Puritan Backroom Restaurant, Pappas may be considered a top Democrat in the race.

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  Manchester Mayor-elect Joyce Craig says crafting a budget tops her priority list as the city’s 56th mayor. She also reflects on the historic nature of the election - being the first woman to hold the office.

“It feels great,” she tells NHPR’s Morning Edition.

 

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  New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice Linda Stewart Dalianis will retire April 1, 2018, after nearly four decades as a judge.

Dalianis announced the date Wednesday night in remarks to the Nashua Bar Association, which honored her with a lifetime achievement award.

She is a pioneer on the bench. In 2010, she became the first woman to service as chief justice. She was the first woman to sit on the state’s high court, after being nominated in 2010 by then Gov. Jeanne Shaheen.

   Manchester voters are being asked today which flag they’d like to see as the city’s official flag.

 

It’s a non-binding informational question. The next Board of Mayor and Aldermen can consider it, but it is not obligated to do anything based on today’s results. The flag question originated from a flag design contest.

 

NHPR asked Michael J. Skelton, president and CEO of the Greater Manchester Chamber, three questions about this flag project.

 New Hampshire Insurance Commissioner Roger Sevigny encourages people to do their research and seek help from navigators for enrollment in the Affordable Care Act for 2018.

Sevigny acknowledged the uncertainty for certain consumers when the President and the Republican-controlled Congress continue to knock “Obamacare.”

Another challenge is the shortened enrollment period; Dec. 15 is the deadline this year.

New Hampshire’s director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is calling on Granite Staters to be vigilant in the wake of Sunday’s mass shooting at a church in Texas.

 

Perry Plummer says residents should be aware of their surroundings and report anything they think does not look right.

 

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  Damage estimates from last week’s severe storm continue to rise and appear likely to qualify for a presidential major disaster declaration.

Perry Plummer, director of the New Hampshire Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said Monday on The Exchange that the state’s damage tally is currently at $13.5 million.

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Voters in cities across New Hampshire will head to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 7 for local elections.

In Manchester, incumbent Mayor Ted Gatsas and former Alderman Joyce Craig will face off in the city’s general election. It’s a rematch of 2015, when Gatsas defeated Craig by just 64 votes.

NHPR’s Morning Edition held a special broadcast live in Manchester Election Day morning. Host Rick Ganley was at the The Bridge Café on Elm Street to speak with political analysts and newsmakers to hear their perspectives.

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St. Paul’s School in Concord has notified parents and the wider community that there have been new accounts of sexual misconduct at the school.

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Bode Miller, the world-class ski racer who grew up carving turns at Cannon Mountain in Franconia, N.H., will be at the Winter Olympics as an analyst for NBC.

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The New Hampshire Attorney General's office announced Tuesday it is one of several agencies looking into allegations of sexual misconduct at Dartmouth College.

A video of a house floating down the Baker River in Warren put an exclamation point on the severity of the storm Monday.

Thomas K. Babbit took the video. Wendy Babbit, his wife, said the Baker River is still overflowing in places. She described communities in that area of the state cut off due to swelling rivers and closed or washed-out roads.

"It's just sad," she says. "There's a heck of a lot of damage up here."

When severe weather knocks out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses, utility crews work around the clock to restore service. But somebody is always going to be the last one to get plugged back in...and it could be you.

This story was originally published in November, 2014.

If you’re already waiting around for the power to come back on, it’s too late to do prep like charging batteries or buying a generator. But there are some things you can do right now to protect your home and family…and maybe even reclaim some creature comforts.

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FRIDAY update: There are fewer than 10,000 outages in New Hampshire, as of 11 a.m., as utility line- and tree- crews redoubled efforts on troublesome areas. The remaining outages showcase parts of the state that were particularly hit hard when high winds swept into the region overnight Sunday. Eversource, the state's largest utility, is down to 5,899, or 1 percent of its customers, without power. N.H. Electric Co-op is down to 3,978.

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Both New Hampshire representatives Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter voted against the Republican budget, which passed today in the House.

Kuster says the budget would make devastating cuts to Medicaid and Medicare while giving tax cuts to billionaires. Shea-Porter echoed those sentiments and cautioned that Congressional Republicans will now try to use the reconciliation process to make these goals a reality.

Meanwhile, the White House is praising the passage of a budget in the House as a necessary step for a tax overhaul.

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 WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Scott Brown has told a New Zealand website he accepted advice that he should be more culturally aware after a U.S. inquiry into his conduct at a Peace Corps event in Samoa.

The Stuff website says Brown acknowledged complaints were made about his comments to a female food server at the event and to guests upon his arrival in the Pacific country in July. Stuff reported that Brown told the server she could make hundreds of dollars as a waitress in America and that some guests were beautiful.

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Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist who has declared war on establishment Republicans, will speak to a conservative GOP group in New Hampshire early next month.

Bannon left the Trump administration after a controversial stint that included allegations he was behind leaks.

The 603 Alliance announced that Bannon will share his Washington insights and perspectives on 2018.

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The 2017 New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival in Laconia saw big crowds over the weekend, but didn't see a world record.

The president of the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce said it was a record-breaking crowd, with estimates of more than 40,000 coming to the downtown event on Friday and Saturday.

State Rep. Steve Negron is now a Republican candidate for New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District.

Negron, of Nashua, signed candidate papers with the Federal Election Commission on Friday. 

  The Boy Scouts' move to admit girls throughout its ranks is fracturing a mostly cordial coexistence with the Girl Scouts and will escalate competition between the iconic youth groups.

The Girl Scouts say they've known for months that the Boy Scouts were considering opening their ranks to girls. A representative from the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains said the two organizations could have better cooperated before such a step. 

Eversource announced it will sell its electricity generating stations in New Hampshire for nearly $260 million.

 

This comes after a 20-year process and 2015 agreement to deregulate the state's energy industry.

 

As NHPR's Sam Evans-Browns reports, Eversource's dams, hydro-facilities and fossil fuel plants will be owned by private companies - which will then sell the energy on the open market.

 

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In the days since Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter’s unexpected announcement that she won’t run again in 2018, there’s been plenty of speculation about how the Democratic field for New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District might shape up.

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Fire officials say rain this weekend is keeping a 70-acre forest fire from growing in the White Mountains.

Spokesperson Dee Hines said firefighters have been pulled from the location due to rain on Saturday and Sunday. He said as a result of the rain and higher humidity, there was a decrease in fire behavior, allowing firefighters to make good progress.  

The fire that started last week on a cliff in Kinsman Ridge over the Lost River Gorge continues to be closely monitored. 

New Hampshire House Minority Leader Steve Shurtleff, D-Concord, says he is going to introduce a bill to ban so-called "bump stocks" similar to what the Las Vegas shooter is reported to have used.

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