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New Hampshire Public Radio is proud to be a winner of two awards in this year’s Best of NH survey, chosen by the readers of New Hampshire Magazine.

Readers named NHPR as the Best New Hampshire Radio Station (FM).

Also coming out on top - The Exchange. New Hampshire’s only locally-produced statewide, call-in talk show was cited as New Hampshire’s Best Radio Talk Show. Hosted by Laura Knoy, The Exchange is the home for timely topics and interesting guests.


State Senator Andy Sanborn has announced a bid for Congress.

The Republican from Bedford says he'll run for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional seat, which is currently held by Democrat Carol Shea-Porter.

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New Hampshire legislators begin the final stage of the state budget-writing process this week. On Friday, a handful of senators and House members will gather to hammer out a compromise plan for state spending over the next two years.

Billions of dollars are at stake, and NHPR’s newsroom has been keeping an eye on several key policy areas. Here's an overview on where several big-ticket items stand.

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Wages in New Hampshire fell in the fourth quarter of 2016, mirroring a trend seen across the country.

The average weekly paycheck in New Hampshire was $1,092, according to a report released Tuesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That is down 4.1% from the previous year, the fourth largest decline in the country, and the largest dip in New England.

Former FBI Director James Comey is testifying before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence this week, speaking publicly for the first time since he was fired by President Trump nearly a month ago. The Senate Committee is looking into the circumstances around Comey's dismissal and how they relate to the FBI investigation of Russian interference in the U.S. Election.

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Gov. Chris Sununu will nominate attorney Anna Barbara Hantz of Stratham to the state Supreme Court Wednesday.


Three juvenile bears in Hanover that were initially targeted to be destroyed have been trapped and relocated.

New Hampshire Fish & Game had said last week the three bears and their mother had to be killed, after two of the cubs entered a home. But Governor Chris Sununu then intervened, saying the bears should be released in a remote location.

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A familiar name in New Hampshire politics may be on the short list of potential replacements for FBI Director James Comey.

Politico is reporting that the White House is seriously considering former New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte for the position.

Performances by the Boston Symphony Orchestra live from Tanglewood will air Sundays at 2:30 pm on WCNH 91.5 and WEVO 89.1 HD2 starting July 9th and running through August 27th.

Note: Due to license restrictions, we are unable to stream these performances online.

July 9, 2017

Andris Nelsons, conductor
Daniel Lozakovich, violin
Kristine Opolais, soprano

MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5 in A, K.219
MAHLER Symphony No. 4

July 16, 2017


A wetter than average April, combined with a snowier than average winter, has produced no shortage of New England’s least marketable terrain - mud.

We at NHPR were curious if well-learned meteorologists, the men and women who watch the weather more closely than any of us, would still technically consider this Mud Season, even though we are already firmly into May.

Turns out, nope.

Join us for our next Writers on a New England Stage event with Diane Rehm!

Beloved NPR radio host Diane Rehm visits with her eloquent, deeply personal and moving book, On My Own, about the death of her husband, the struggle to reconstruct her life, and her new mission advocating for increased conversation about end-of-life care and the right to die on one’s own terms. Diane will be in conversation with NHPR's Virginia Prescott on stage at the Music Hall in Portsmouth on Tuesday, May 2nd at 7pm.

A group of college-age hikers may face rescue costs after getting lost late Saturday night on Mount Washington.

When: Wednesday, May 3rd at 5:30pm
Where: The Warren B. Rudman Center, UNH School of Law, 2 White St, Concord, NH

New Hampshire Public Radio and the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Service come together to bring you another event in our series, Justice & Journalism. This series presents a range of speakers to discuss the intersection of justice and journalism.

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  Former Democratic Presidential candidate Martin O'Malley is returning to the Granite State later this month.

The former Maryland governor will hold a town hall-style meeting at the Baker Library in Bow on April 23, according to WMUR.

He's also scheduled to appear at a pair of house parties with Democratic activists.

O'Malley campaigned aggressively in New Hampshire leading up to the state's first in the nation primary last year.

But he suspended his presidential campaign after a poor showing in the Iowa caucus.

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This story has been updated.

The air was still thick with smoke this morning as crowds gathered near Market Square to watch fire crews put out the last hot spots in what used to be the State Street Saloon. The building also housed 14 apartment units.

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Update: In order to allow our producers ample time to prepare for tomorrow's show, we've stopped collecting additional audience questions for the governor at this time. Thanks to all who submitted your suggestions! Be sure to tune in Monday at 9 a.m. for the full interview.

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State Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut was confirmed for a full, four-year term by the Executive Council Wednesday. Edelblut had earlier been appointed to fill out the remainder of the term of his predecessor, former commissioner Virginia Barry.

Edelblut was approved 3 to 2, in a party-line vote of the five-member council.

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NPR Politics team is blogging the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. The live blog below includes streaming video, with posts featuring highlights, context and analysis from NPR reporters and correspondents.

President Trump's pick for the Supreme Court is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. If confirmed, Gorsuch would fill the high court seat left vacant in February 2016, after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.


The NPR Two-Way blog brings you live coverage of the House Intelligence Committee’s public hearing on the investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

The live blog includes streaming video of the proceedings, with posts featuring highlights, context and analysis from NPR reporters and correspondents.

Scroll down to see the coverage.


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Updated at 4:30 PM:

After consulting with the Secretary of State, the Attorney General's office and holding a conference call with local election officials Governor Sununu says differences remain over who has the power to decide when an election can be postponed.

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A classic nor'easter could bring blizzard conditions and more than a foot of snow to some parts of the Northeast Tuesday, along with big disruptions for travel.

Meteorologists say the storm could dump 12 to 20 inches in parts of New England.  Wind will be a factor, as well. The heaviest snowfall in New Hampshire is expected Tuesday afternoon and evening. 

Tuesday also happens to be Town Meeting day in many communities across the state. Voters are scheduled to head to the polls to weigh in on town budgets and local elections.

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Join Laura Knoy for a conversation with a panel of experts discussing the future of libraries in the 21st Century, hosted by the Keene Public Library.

When: Tuesday, March 21 at 6:00 p.m.
The program will begin promptly at 6:10 p.m. Light reception immediately to follow.

Where: Keene Public Library-Heberton Hall, 60 Winter Street, Keene, NH 03431

The event is free to attend, but registration is required. Register here.

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Links to individual stories follow this summary:

The classic gerrymandered map you learned about in high school civics class is full of oddly-shaped legislative districts, drawn with obvious intent to boost one party.

But in New Hampshire, that’s rarely the case: It’s very hard to see, just by looking at the election maps, which districts might help or hurt a certain party’s chances. So, has gerrymandering been a factor in the state’s politics? And if so, to what extent?

Entry note: An audio montage of this submission is featured below, in addition to links to individual stories.

It’s no secret that politics is the unofficial state sport in New Hampshire. And coming off a raucous presidential primary campaign in early 2016, NHPR’s newsroom was already moving at top speed heading into the year’s state-level elections.

Entry note: An audio montage of this submission is featured below, in addition to individual stories.

In March of 2016, officials in Merrimack, New Hampshire learned a multi-national plastics plant may have contaminated the region’s drinking water. Since then, NHPR’s Emily Corwin has covered incremental updates such as state-funded blood testing and new federal health advisories; she’s investigated the use of likely toxic perfluorichemical replacements at the plant; and told the stories of residents, some of whom fear their drinking water has already made them sick.

New Hampshire Public Radio's Morning Edition newscast for Sept. 14, 2016.

Hope on the Front Lines was a documentary focusing on the people and organizations working to make a difference on the front lines of New Hampshire's opioid crisis. Produced by NHPR's Morning Edition team, host Rick Ganley and producer Michael Brindley traveled the state to meet people on the ground level of a growing epidemic, doing what they can to help in their communities.  



 Story Map: Click the map pins to see story summaries, photos, and video from the series.


NHPR's multi-media content reflects the sensibility that guides our radio journalism: It embodies best editorial practices, is singular in our state, and is a reflection of our newsroom's evolving culture of  innovation and experimentation.

The content linked below is a portfolio submission for the 2017 PRNDI Multi-Media category. The entry includes multi-media work covering our unofficial state sport: the 2016 First-in-the-Nation Presidential Primary and subsequent state-level election.

The portfolio includes:

Classical NH and Symphony NH are teaming up for a special lunchtime performance! Bring your lunch and join us for an intimate preview of the symphony’s upcoming concerts featuring the music of Smetana and Dvorak. (Full performances to be held April 7 in Concord, April 8 in Nashua, and April 9 in Lebanon, NH.)

When: Monday, March 27 at Noon
Where: NHPR's Studio D, 2 Pillsbury St, Concord, NH

Limited seating available. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Register Here

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Members of the public will have a chance to weigh in on the state's spending priorities at a pair of hearings Monday.

The House Finance Committee is hosting a public hearing on the state budget Monday at Derry Town Hall at 4:30. Another hearing gets underway at 5:30 at the Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State University.

This comes as House budget writers are in the process of revising Governor Chris Sununu's proposed $12.1 billion spending plan.