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(This post will be updated as new information and reactions from New Hampshire officials are made available.)

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A winter weather advisory is in effect until midday today as the first nor'easter of 2017 continues to have an impact across the state, with nearly 700 schools and organizations closed for the day.

Scroll down for severe weather maps and resources.

A mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain will continue to fall throughout the morning, with a transition to rain this afternoon.

Power outages are possible as ice accumulates on branches, and roads are expected to be slippery throughout the day.

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The head of a statewide firefighters union is stepping down to take a position as political director for the International Association of Firefighters.

Dave Lang has led the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire since 2000. The retired Hampton fire fighter says he's leaving the job at the end of February.

"As the political director, I'm going to be looking at and be concerned about all 50 states," Lang told WMUR.

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  President Donald Trump has nominated Keene native and former Republican Congresswoman Heather Wilson to serve as Secretary of the Air Force.

Trump made the nomination Monday.

Wilson, a Keene High School graduate, is currently president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

She represented New Mexico in Congress from 1998 through 2009.

If confirmed, Wilson would be the first Air Force Academy graduate to hold the post, according to a White House statement.

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The National Weather Service has issued multiple advisories for the winter storm expected to reach the Granite State early Tuesday evening.

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Central New Hampshire is expected to get the heaviest snowfall, with predictions ranging from six inches in Concord to eight inches in the Lakes Region. First flakes will likely fall after 5 p.m., with snow continuing overnight and into Wednesday morning. 

A second round of snow could be heading New Hampshire's way late Wednesday night. 

Law enforcement officials are searching the former home of a New Hampshire woman who went missing more than 35 years ago.

Denise Beaudin was last seen in November of 1981. Law enforcement officials recently announced a renewed criminal investigation after receiving new information about the fate of the then 23-year-old woman.

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Republican Governor Chris Sununu was sworn in at the New Hampshire State House Thursday.

He then gave an address that focused on the state's opioid crisis, business climate, and bi-partisanship.

Listen to the full audio of his address below, as well as the post-speech responses by Democratic State Senate Minority Leader Jeff Woodburn and Republican House Majority Leader Dick Hinch.

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Listen to Senator Jeff Woodburn's respond to the speech with NHPR's Laura Knoy. Woodburn is a Democrat, and the State Senate Minority Leader.

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A three-alarm blaze has destroyed a historic church in Lebanon.

The fire broke out late last night at the First Baptist Church on School Street.

The Valley News reports firefighters from several surrounding towns responded to the scene, as flames engulfed the church.

Officials say the structure is a total loss.

The church was founded in 1860 and is protected as a historical landmark in the city.

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Increasing snowfall rates are expected across parts of New England into this evening, with snowfall rates upwards of 1-1.5 inches per hour possible across the region.

Later this evening, a more intense snowfall band may produce rates upwards of two inches per hour across portions of southern/central New Hampshire, and western and southern Maine.

A winter storm warning is in effect until 5 a.m. Friday.

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New Hampshire Public Radio has spent two years exploring the opioid crisis, examining everything from how it began to how state officials and the treatment community have responded. In that time, nearly 1,000 Granite Staters have died from drug overdoses — and many, many more have struggled with addiction.

We want to continue our reporting on this important issue in the year ahead, and we need your help. We want to hear how heroin and opioid use has affected your life, whether you've personally experienced addiction or whether you've dealt with the issue secondhand — as a friend, family member, treatment provider or otherwise.

Our hope is that by listening to people who've been touched by the epidemic, we'll better understand the disease of addiction and its impact on our community. 

New Hampshire’s population continues to grow, albeit at a moderate pace.

The state population increased by 4,684 people between July, 2015 and July, 2016, according to new figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley is expected to announce his bid for chair of the Democratic National Committee Tuesday.

WMUR first reported the news Monday night.

The station obtained an email Buckley sent to state party leaders announcing his plans to pursue the post.

Dyn, a Manchester-based internet service provider, has been acquired by Oracle

The two companies announced the deal Monday morning. The terms was not disclosed.

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Outgoing Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who narrowly lost in her re-election bid Tuesday, is being considered by the Donald Trump administration for defense secretary, according to the Washington Post

Ayotte has been a vocal critic of Trump, and, after the release of the Access Hollywood tape, joined other prominent Republicans in saying she would not vote for the Republican nominee. She vowed to instead write in Trump's running mate, Mike Pence.

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Up and down the ballot, New Hampshire candidates are still awaiting the final vote counts that will determine the outcome of many state and local races.

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In their fourth consecutive match-up, Democrat Carol Shea-Porter settled the score with political rival Frank Guinta, beating the Republican Tuesday.

Shea-Porter now heads back to Congress for her fourth term. She served two consecutive terms from 2006 to 2010, and when Guinta knocked her out, she ran again and won in 2012. 

The race was called early Wednesday morning, winning the race by a 44-43 margin.

Independent Shawn O'Connor finished with about 9 percent of the vote. 

 

Minimum wage workers in Maine are going to get a raise.

According to Maine Public Broadcasting, voters, by a solid margin, supported the ballot measure that will boost the current $7.50 an hour minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020.

It will also increase tipped workers’ base wages, which some in the restaurant industry say will increase costs and change the culture of hospitality.

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Bookmark this story and check back throughout the day for news and photos from the polls, New Hampshire voter voices, and more.

After 7 p.m., click here for our live Election Night Live Blog.

Tune in to NHPR on air or online for our live election coverage, beginning at 8 P.M.

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Remember! New Hampshire is one of 13 states in the country where you can register to vote at the polls on election day. You'll need proof of age, where you're domiciled, and that you're a citizen. To learn more, go here.

New Hampshire voters will finally decide this year's political races this week, casting votes for President, U.S. Senate, Congress and governor -- all the way down to individual seats for the Legislature and local town races.

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News & Brews is heading to Manchester for our fifth event in this new series. Join us at The Shaskeen with Peter Biello, host of All Things Considered and Dan Barrick, NHPR's News Director.

 On Tuesday, New Hampshire voters will head to the polls to cast votes in national and statewide races.

Thanks to NHPR's New Hampshire Elections Database, we're able to take a look at town-level election results up and down the ballot dating all the way back to 1972.

So, how has your New Hampshire town voted in recent gubernatorial and presidential elections? How about U.S. Senate Races? Explore our interactive maps to find out.

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Donald Trump is returning to New Hampshire, his third trip to the Granite State this month.

The Republican presidential nominee will hold a rally in Manchester on Friday, the campaign has announced.

With less than two weeks to go, both Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton are targeting New Hampshire, one of the key swing states that could decide the race.

Clinton held a rally earlier this week at Saint Anselm College.

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate tonight at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors. 

New Hampshire Public Radio and the UNH School of Law come together to bring you another event in their series, Justice & Journalism. This series presents a range of speakers to discuss the intersection of justice and journalism. 

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Two new polls show Democrat Hillary Clinton maintaining her lead over Republican Donald Trump in New Hampshire.

A UMass Lowell/7News poll released Thursday found 45 percent of likely voters backing Clinton, and 39 percent backing Trump. Libertarian Gary Johnson had 9 percent support in the poll.

In the survey of 517 likely voters conducted Oct. 7-11, 4 percent of voters said they were still undecided.

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the second presidential debate Sunday night at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors. 

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Never one to shy away from weighing in on politics, Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard made his feelings clear in the race for governor this week, backing Democrat Colin Van Ostern.

"As I've gotten to know Colin, I've been impressed by his concern for every community in this state," Willard wrote in post on his personal Facebook page. "He met with me well over a year ago to wrap his head around what we have been experiencing as a community with the drug crisis and he did so long before it became politically expedient."

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Donald Trump returns to New Hampshire Thursday night, his second visit to the Granite State in just eight days.

The Republican presidential nominee will hold what’s being billed as a “town hall style event” in Sandown.

The event is invitation only, and is seen as preparation for Trump to get accustomed to the format for the second presidential debate Sunday in St. Louis.

That debate this weekend features a town hall style setting, with the candidates responding to questions from undecided voters.

Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence square off in the vice-presidential debate tonight. The NPR Politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is following along and will be annotating and fact-checking in real time.

Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted below, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors. Follow highlights of the debate in NPR's updating news story at npr.org.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will campaign for his former rival Hillary Clinton Friday at two New Hampshire colleges.

Sanders is hoping to sway young voters to the Democratic presidential nominee, an area where polls show Clinton continues to struggle in her race with Republican Donald Trump.

Sanders will campaign for Clinton at Keene State College and Nashua Community College on Friday. 

This comes a week after Sanders joined Clinton for an event at the University of New Hampshire.

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