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The Senate on Thursday passed a bill co-sponsored by Sen. Kelly Ayotte that’s meant to address one particularly troubling side effect of the nation’s opioid crisis: growing drug dependence among infants.

Following a recent wave of mergers in the insurance industry, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is raising “serious concerns” about the potentially harmful impact of these deals on consumers. She nodded specifically to the projected effects of the proposed Anthem-Cigna merger on New Hampshire’s insurance market.

There’s been a particularly competitive, expensive campaign season brewing in recent months that could have implications for the future of North American policies on trade, energy, the environment, immigration and more.

We are, of course, referring to the race playing out among our neighbors to the north. Canadian federal elections were held Monday — and, as reported by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, voters provided the country's Liberal Party with enough seats to upend the Conservatives. 

It's one of the more, shall we say, parochial questions presidential candidates have faced on the campaign trail this year: What do you think of the proposed gas pipeline that may be routed through New Hampshire?

This weekend in Hopkinton, several hundred conservatives took part in something new for this state: a caucus. The group behind the event wants grassroots activists to play a larger role in choosing the Republican nominee in 2016.

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What is a charter school?

Here is the definition and breakdown as outlined on the New Hampshire Department of Education website:

“Charter schools are public and tuition-free schools. The focus of each public charter school is unique and based on the educational needs and interests of a particular community.

  It’s unclear when Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor and second-place finisher in the 2004 New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary, is planning to return to the Granite State. But it's probably safe to assume he won’t be swinging by Bill Gardner’s office anytime soon.

The Democratic party’s five major presidential candidates gathered in Las Vegas for their first debate Tuesday night. But for all intents and purposes — as summed up by POLITICO and a good chunk of the mainstream media — it may as well have been billed as “the Hillary and Bernie Show.”

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid just made a whole lot of New Hampshire enemies. It didn't take much. He simply insulted the First in the Nation Primary.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid just made a whole lot of New Hampshire enemies. It didn't take much. He just insulted the First in the Nation Primary.

Graham's Gun Tour

Oct 9, 2015

During the first leg of a 10-day campaign trip through New Hampshire Thursday, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham stopped at gun accessories company Samson Manufacturing in Keene.

  Here are the #FITN stories we're reporting this week:

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Gov. Maggie Hassan Monday announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate, setting up a contest against Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte next year in what is expected to be a closely-watched race between two well-known, well-funded opponents.

The state attorney general’s office is expected to seek an injunction in Superior Court this week, after school officials in Croydon ignored an order to stop using public money for private school tuition.

The Valley News reports the Croydon School Board defied the state’s deadline of Monday to stop paying tuition for five students to attend the private Newport Montessori School.

House Democratic Leader Stephen Shurtleff will be among the dignitaries at a ceremony Wednesday welcoming Pope Francis to the White House.

Shurtleff is among the invited guests to join President Barack Obama at today’s ceremony.

Francis plans to deliver his opening remarks to the United States in an arrival ceremony today on the White House lawn. Then he's expected to speak to America's bishops.

Shurtleff says as a Roman Catholic, he has tremendous respect for the positions Pope Francis has taken on social and environmental issues.

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Autumn in New Hampshire means foliage, fairs, and yes, picking your own apples at one of the state's many orchards. 

At a lot of farms, "pick-your-own" or "PYO" is much more than an opportunity to buy the freshest fruit. It's also a chance to take a hay ride, watch a cider press in action, and perhaps most important, to eat some homemade cider donuts. 

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House and Senate members return to Concord this afternoon to consider 10 pieces of legislation passed earlier this year by the Legislature but vetoed by Gov. Maggie Hassan.

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The costs are in for repairing the sinkhole that opened up last month on northbound Interstate 93 in Concord.

The Concord Monitor reports the state’s cost for highway repairs comes to about $95 thousand dollars. The city of Concord is spending about $125 thousand dollars to fix its drainage system. The sinkhole opened after the collapse of a drainpipe underneath the road.

Portsmouth Police Department

Friday morning, the city of Portsmouth will unveil a steel beam recovered from the wreckage of the World Trade Center.

The ceremony will take place at 8:46 a.m., the same time 14 years ago when the first plane flew into the north tower.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  

Kathe Levesque is executive assistant to the Portsmouth chief of police.

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The jury has rendered a verdict in the trial of Owen Labrie, accused of sexually assaulting a fellow student at St. Paul's School in 2014.

Labrie was acquitted Friday of three felony rape charges but convicted of three misdemeanor sexual assault charges.

Labrie was also convicted of a felony charge of using a computer to lure a minor for sexual contact. If given the maximum sentence, he could face up to 11 years in prison.

Jurors reached the verdict after seven hours of deliberation.

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Every four years brings a new round of comparisons between New Hampshire and Iowa, the first two states in the presidential nominating calendar. Discussions about voters in the two states tend to focus on demographic differences like religion and political leanings. 

  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, however, has a different benchmark to assess the states' electorates: sheer attitude.

Hikers on Franconia Ridge
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A 17-year-old Massachusetts hiker died Tuesday after falling into Franconia Falls in Lincoln.

Emergency crews searched for Julia Hassan of Lowell for four hours before recovering her body.

Crews from Lincoln and Woodstock along were joined by Fish and Game officers in the search.

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While Republican candidates for president have so far logged two debates (and one forum) this election cycle, Democrats are arguing over the timing and number of their own primary debates.

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The city of Portsmouth has legalized the ride-sharing service Uber.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that the ordinance was passed along with an amendment to delay its implementation by 45 days.

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Former Speaker of the House Bill O’Brien says he won’t seek re-election next year.

The Mont Vernon Republican served as Speaker of the House from 2010 to 2012.

O’Brien failed in his bid to reclaim the post earlier this year after he was upset by Hudson Republican Shawn Jasper.

O’Brien tells the Union Leader he has no plans to run for another office once his sixth term expires next year.

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Constituents were banned from asking 1st District Congressman Frank Guinta about his campaign finance issues during a town hall meeting in Plaistow last night.

WMUR reports a woman’s attempt to ask Guinta about the issue was cut off by the post commander at the American Legion hall where the event was being held.

Commander David Meaney told the woman she couldn’t ask any political questions because the American Legion is a non-political organization.

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The Union Leader will host its own Republican presidential debate in less than 3 weeks, part of an effort to preserve New Hampshire’s influence in the nominating process.

If you’ve been wondering how the state budget battle might play out through the dog days of summer, the past week provided some insight. None of it, however, seems very promising for a smooth resolution.

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NHPR's Chris Jensen recently profiled the North Country's Frances Glessner Lee, whom many refer to as "The Mother of CSI."

Lee recreated tiny crime scenes that resembled meticulous, macabre dollhouses. She called them "nutshells," as in finding truth "in a nutshell."

Of Lee's twenty original nutshells, eighteen are in still in use as teaching tools and aren't available to the public. One was destroyed. But the final one is on display in Bethlehem, N.H.

The Hechinger Report

Here at State of Democracy, we love a good graphic. Maps, charts, tables -- any illustration that displays lots of data in a clear, informative manner earns a gold star from us. Here's one recent example that caught our eye: a map showing the graduation rate for nearly every school district in the United States in 2013.