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  New Hampshire authorities announced an arrest Wednesday night in the homicide death of a 2-year-old Manchester boy.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald and Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard said that Mark Heath of Manchester was arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the death of Jacob Pelletier.

Heath, 32, with a given address of 51 Howe St., second floor, allegedly caused the boy's death "by inflicting blunt force trauma to his abdomen," according to the charges cited by the AG.

Update, 2:30 p.m. - A small number of power outages have resulted from the storm. Eversource reports about 266 customers without electricity, as of 2 p.m. 

1  p.m. -- Snow continues to fall in much of the state, though the storm has turned to sleet and rain in the south-eastern part of New Hampshire. The weather  has resulted in numerous school closings and delays - as well as accidents.

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  The Safe Station program launched by the Manchester Fire Department to help combat opioid addiction has inspired a similar program in Providence, R.I.

The Associated Press reports that Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza announced a plan Monday to open 12 stations at fire houses around his city.

  The University of New Hampshire Wildcats Football playoff run ended Saturday in South Dakota.

South Dakota State University defeated UNH 56-14 in the NCAA Division 1 FCS Playoffs. 

UNH found itself in a hole from the beginning. South Dakota State scored 21 points in the first quarter, and 28 unanswered points in the first half.

The Wildcats finish 9-5 on the season. South Dakota State moves on to face James Madison on Dec. 16.

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Lawyers for a New Hampshire city sued by a performance artist and perennial candidate in the state's presidential primary believe a settlement is imminent on a request by the artist for a permit to bring two ponies to his planned protest of Hillary Clinton's book signing.

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(AP) The Maine Department of Transportation is frustrated over delays in a bridge between Kittery, Maine, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


The new Sarah Long Bridge, which is being built at a cost of $170 million, was supposed to open Sept. 1, but there's still no opening date.


Ron Taylor from Maine DOT says it's been a very long and challenging process.


Maine-based contractor Cianbro is being fined $1,000 for every day it's late. Officials now hope to open for traffic by January.


  The University of New Hampshire Wildcats upset the Central Arkansas Bears in the second round of the FCS football playoffs Saturday.

They move on to face South Dakota State University in the quarter finals on Dec. 9 at 3 p.m.

A close game throughout, UNH dominated on defense and emerged with a 21-15 victory. The Wildcats recovered two fumbles and pulled down two interceptions.

South Dakota State University is the No. 5 seed.

Saturday's win was the 150th career victory for UNH head coach Sean McDonnell. UNH is now 9-4 on the season.


  Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador.

Here are the latest headlines on this breaking news:

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 Quarterback Trevor Knight, a junior from Amherst, N.H., threw for 299 yards and a touchdown as the University of New Hampshire Wildcats defeated Central Connecticut State University 14-0 on Saturday. 

The Wildcats move to 8-4 on the season and advance to the second-round playoffs Dec. 2 against Central Arkansas. 

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As reported earlier this week, New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper says he's disappointed that roughly one-quarter of his chamber has not signed a form acknowledging they’ve read the official State House sexual harassment policy.

A 27-year-old Hopkinton woman was shot by a hunter in Elm Brook park, according to N.H. Fish and Game officials.

The shooting happened at approximately 4:20 pm Tuesday while the woman was mountain biking on an Army Corps of Engineers access road in a wooded area of the park.

The victim received non-life threatening injuries and was treated and released from Concord Hospital.

Scroll down to read the full statement from N.H. Fish and Game.

  The New Hampshire Attorney General's office says a Manchester man has died from wounds connected to a Goffstown shooting incident Sunday.

The AG continues to investigate what it's calling a homicide, following an autopsy Monday.

Authorities reporting to the scene Sunday found Ian Jewell, 18, of Manchester, wounded. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

There is no known threat to the public.



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.

All broadcasts begin at 1 pm unless otherwise noted.

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.


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.