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Strong thunderstorms left more than 65,000 New Hampshire homes and businesses without power Saturday night.  Most of the outages are concentrated in the southern half of the state.  As of 9 p.m., more than 9,000 Eversource customers in Manchester are without power.  Other communities with widespread outages include Canterbury, Boscawen, Weare, Hopkinton, Dunbarton and Loudon. 

Most of the state was under a severe thunderstorm warning early Saturday evening as strong winds, heavy rain and hail moved through the region.

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A for-profit college that has been a significant donor to Sen. Kelly Ayotte is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Bridgepoint Education, the parent company of Ashford University, an online university based in California, is the subject of investigations by several federal and state agencies. The company has been accused of improper use of federal student aid and duplicitous marketing practices – in particular, luring veterans to enroll in order to gain access to federal student aid through the GI Bill.

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Hillary Clinton will return to New Hampshire next Tuesday, her campaign confirmed this afternoon. It will be her first visit back to the Granite State since the presidential primary.

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Starting this month, the state’s more than 140,000 Medicaid recipients are eligible for substance abuse disorder benefits.

The expansion went into effect Friday.

The benefit was already available to the 49,000 people who enrolled as part of the state’s Medicaid expansion program launched two years ago.

Lawmakers reauthorized the program earlier this year.

 Fourth of July events can draw huge crowds - and in an election year, those crowds can draw candidates. If you're looking to learn a little bit more about New Hampshire political hopefuls before you see them in parades or catch their ads on TV, NHPR's newsroom has something that might help.

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services says that it has temporarily expanded its bottled water delivery to people in Amherst who may have the potentially cancer-causing chemicals PFOA and PFOS in their private water wells.

DES says it made the decision because tests confirmed the existence of the chemicals in some wells at greater than 70 parts per trillion. Repeat testing confirmed the results.

The properties in Amherst that will receive bottled water delivery fall within a half-mile radius of the former location of Textiles Coated International.

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Laura Knoy took NHPR's flagship show on the road for a special live edition of The Exchange, featuring a conversation on business and sustainability. The forum took place on Tuesday, June 28th at Labelle Winery in Amherst, and tackled the tough questions facing many in New Hampshire around what's real and what's "greenwashing," and what policies and economic factors stand in the way of more businesses embracing sustainable practices.

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A candlelight vigil and walk will be held in Portsmouth Tuesday night in honor of the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando.

The event begins at South Church at 8 p.m., and is being organized by the church and Seacoast Outright, an LGBT advocacy group.

There's also an event planned for Concord Tuesday night. The Wesley United Methodist Church will hold an interfaith vigil at 7 p.m. 

As part of our series Hope on the Front Lines, Morning Edition host Rick Ganley and producer Michael Brindley attended a training in Keene for people interested in learning life-saving skills, including how to administer Narcan, the drug used by first responders to counteract opioid overdose.

But what is Narcan, and how does it work?

Narcan is the brand name for the drug naloxone, which blocks the effects of opioids and reverses overdose. 

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  Rockingham Park will close at the end of the summer. 

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Manchester police have arrested 32 year-old Ian MacPherson on two counts of attempted capital murder following Friday morning's shooting of two police officers.

At a press conference, law enforcement officials identified the two injured officers as 27 year-old Ryan Hardy and 28 year-old Matthew O'Connor.

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Inspired by host Sam Evans-Brown’s environmental reporting and his passion for the outdoors, New Hampshire Public Radio’s new program Outside/In launches its first season of five hour-long shows on Friday, April 22nd at 3 p.m. The show will air for five weeks and can also be heard on Saturdays at 2 p.m. at Sundays at 10 p.m. 

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Former Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand is running for governor, the third Democrat to enter the race. 

He announced his campaign via Facebook.

He tells Seacoast Online that combating the state's heroin and opioid crisis will be his top priority.

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Longtime defense executive Rich Ashooh is running again for New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District.

The Republican is expected to make a formal announcement on his bid for the seat next week, according to the Union Leader.

Ashooh, who lives in Bedford, finished a narrow third in the 2010 Republican Congressional primary.

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Outside/In - Fridays at 2 pm and Saturdays at 3 pm (rebroadcast);  limited run

From NHPR comes an environment show like no other, a show about the natural world and how we use it. Outside/In is inspired by the outdoors, but isn’t just for the outdoorsy. You'll hear about a man possessed by a dock, and one tasked with stirring romance...in moose. A town tangling with trees that stink, and one that could well be the model for the electric grid of the future. Tune in for our five-episode debut season, running April 22 through May 21.

After stepping down as New Hampshire's so-called drug czar earlier this year, Jack Wozmak is taking on an entirely different role as manager of the Dillant-Hopkins Airport in Keene.

Wozmak will start the job this week after signing a one-year contract, according to a release issued Monday.

The single-runway airport is in North Swanzey and is owned and operated by the city of Keene.

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The United States Geological Survey is reporting a 2.9 magnitude earthquake struck central New Hampshire Monday morning.

The minor tremor struck near Contoocook around 9:18 a.m.

Several people on social media reported feeling the earthquake, including staff at the Concord Monitor.

 

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Police are seeking the public's help in locating a 14-year-old girl believed to be an endangered runaway.

Emma "Alex" Lee Caraballo was last seen Tuesday afternoon at the Oliverian School in Pike.

She was wearing a gray and lavender North Face parka, a beanie hat, and black combat boots. She was carrying a small black and white backpack.

She has short black hair highlighted with royal blue and deep purple. She has a pierced lip, is half Asian and half Hispanic, light skinned, roughly 5'2'' and 105 pounds.

Voters in Exeter have approved bonding for a new $49.9 million wastewater treatment facility to bring the town into compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency. 

 Seacoast Online reports the proposal got 72 percent of voters backed the biggest capital project in the town's history. 

Town administrator Russell Dean told NHPR earlier this week the project would mean about $650 a year in additional costs for the average sewer ratepayer, but says it's necessary if the town wants to be in compliance with the federal Clean Water Act.

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It’s Town Meeting day for many communities across New Hampshire.

Voters will head to the polls to weigh in on local elections, town budgets, and infrastructure projects.

Many of those projects are reworked versions of proposals that have failed in the past, such as a $4.3 million proposal to renovate the 67-year-old Lincoln Akerman School in Hampton Falls.

Mark Lane is a school board member in town and says this is the fourth year in a row voters will consider the project.

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A Nottingham state representative facing felony drug and sexual exploitation charges has been released on bail.

The Concord Monitor reports Kyle Tasker, 30, was released on $50,000 cash bail Monday with an electronic ankle bracelet.

An official at the Rockingham County Department of Corrections Tuesday could not confirm that Tasker had been released.

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NHPR’s Health and Science Reporter Jack Rodolico spent much of 2015 investigating Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation Center, a remote facility for people with brain injuries and intellectual disabilities. By the time the year closed, this obscure institution was something of a household name across the state.

When it comes to kids’ well-being, New Hampshire ranks high overall in survey after survey.  But the real picture of how kids are faring goes deeper than that.  Children in poor families continue to lose ground in everything from access to health care to quality education to opportunities to play sports.  All this week, NHPR takes a look at how disparities in early childhood shape a child’s chances for success later in life. 

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Donald Trump will head into the Republican National Convention with at least 11 of the delegates from New Hampshire’s Republican State Committee, the state party announced Monday.

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New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte is pledging to fight a proposal by the White House to shut down the detention center at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

Pentagon officials are expected to deliver to a plan to Congress Tuesday that would transfer many of the remaining detainees to a facility in the United States.

Ayotte, a Republican, says the Obama administration refuses to level with the American people regarding the terrorist activities and affiliations of the detainees who remain at Guantanamo.

She says closing Guantanamo will make Americans less safe.

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NHPR political reporter Josh Rogers interviews Sen. Bernie Sanders during candidate forum

In N.H., Pro-Fiorina Super PAC Tests Boundaries in Campaign Ground Game

When it comes to kids’ well-being, New Hampshire ranks high overall in survey after survey.  But the real picture of how kids are faring goes deeper than that.  Children in poor families continue to lose ground in everything from access to health care to quality education to opportunities to play sports.  During the court of a week, NHPR took a look at how disparities in early childhood shape a child’s chances for success later in life. 

As the nation's first presidential primary unfolded, NHPR worked to produce the stories only we could find and tell as reporters based in New Hampshire.  We looked into local campaign organizations, we followed the money being spent here, and we talked with residents about how they feel as the candidates overtake the state every four years.

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