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The state is offering free admission into any of its 29 day-use parks Thursday.

The state Division of Parks and Recreation is waiving admission to the parks tomorrow in celebration of the National Park Service's 100-year anniversary.

Visitors to the parks only need to say "Happy Birthday" to the park staff and the entire vehicle will get in free.

You can find the full list of participating state parks here

Libertarian presidential Candidate Gary Johnson will campaign in New Hampshire this week.

The former New Mexico governor is scheduled to hold a rally in front of the State House in Concord Thursday.

He'll be joined by his running mate: former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld.

Following their trip to the Granite State, Johnson and Weld will head to Maine for another rally on Friday in Lewiston.

The Sarah Long Bridge is closed to motor vehicle traffic after getting stuck in the up position Monday morning.

The state Department of Transportation says detours are in effect.

The bridge that connects Portsmouth to Kittery, Maine via the U.S. Route 1 Bypass malfunctioned over the weekend, after getting stuck in the down position.

The bridge is open to boat traffic.

The town of Lincoln is mourning a local firefighter killed in a motor vehicle accident in Canterbury.

Captain Steve Bomba died in a crash on Interstate 93 Friday night that left two others injured.

The 25-year-old Bomba also worked as a dispatcher with the Grafton County Sheriff's Department.

NHPR's station in Littleton, WEVQ, will be off the air for much of Thursday as our antenna is being moved to another tower.

We apologize for any inconvenience and invite you to listen to NHPR using our livestream, which you can access right here, or on the NHPR app.

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St. Paul's School in Concord has asked a federal judge to release the identity of Owen Labrie's sexual assault victim, should the teenager's lawsuit against the prep school go to trial. 

According to multiple news reports, the school filed a motion in U.S. District Court Thursday, asking a judge lift the anonymity of the victim and her parents in a lawsuit filed against the school in June. 

Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence will campaign in New Hampshire this week.

The Indiana Governor is scheduled to hold a town hall-style meeting at the Executive Court banquet center in Manchester Thursday.

It's Pence's first trip to the Granite State since being added to the ticket of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Chesterfield's Tessa Gobbo and the U.S. women's eight rowing team won gold over the weekend at the Summer Olympics on Rio.

The 25-year-old rower and her team rallied from third at the halfway mark to win the gold medal in the race Saturday, beating second place Great Britain and third place Romania.

It's the first gold medal for Gobbo, who began rowing when she was a student at Northfield Mount Hermon in Massachusetts. She began training for Rio after graduating from Brown University three years ago.

Catholic Medical Center in Manchester is partnering with Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, a move designed to increase access to specialized services for residents of southern New Hampshire.

The hospitals announced the clinical affiliation Wednesday.

Officials with CMC say the move means its patients will have greater access to services for substance abuse, cardiac care, neuroscience, and stroke care.   

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If you’re looking for a local angle on this year’s 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, we’ve got you covered.

Here’s a roundup of reports on who’s repping the Granite State at this summer’s games, when to watch those athletes on the field and how everyone else, back in New Hampshire, is looking forward to following along.

NHPR's Casey McDermott is reporting this week from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.  

Check this page frequently for updates, stories, photos, and to listen to live streaming coverage from the convention presented by NPR.

Click here for the live stream, which will broadcast coverage each day from 8 PM to 11 PM EST.

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Update Sunday 7/24 11:30pm: New Hampshire electric utilities say they've restored power to nearly all of the homes and businesses who lost electricity during Saturday's storm.

NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers is reporting this week from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

NPR also has a team of reporters on the ground.

Check this page frequently for updates, stories, photos, and to listen to live streaming coverage from the convention presented by NPR.

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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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