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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.

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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.

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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.

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As Harry Reid, the Senate’s Democratic leader, prepares to retire from Congress, he’s turning his attention to the handful of races next year that could sway control of the Senate. And, according to a recent story in Politico, Reid has taken a particular interest in New Hampshire – specifically the question of whether Gov. Maggie Hassan will jump into the Senate race herself.  

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Donald Trump's recent comments about undocumented Mexican immigrants have cost him business deals ranging from the Miss USA Pageant to a clothing line at Macy's. Trump's stance is also drawing increasing criticism from his rivals for the GOP presidential nomination.

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A joint building committee will meet Tuesday night to go over the $87 million cost for the Dover High School building project.

The price tag has caught some residents and city officials by surprise. 

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The head of the Litchfield School District has stepped down.

The school board announced over the weekend that Superintendent Brian Cochrane had resigned, following a vote of no confidence from the Litchfield Education Association.

The Union Leader reports Cochrane’s resignation is effective Tuesday.

Governor Maggie Hassan is calling the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states a “momentous victory” and says she’s extremely proud that New Hampshire helped to "pave the way. "   New Hampshire recognized civil unions in 2008 and legalized gay marriage two years later.

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As promised, Governor Maggie Hassan has vetoed the 2016-17 budget approved by the Republican-led House and Senate. 

Related Infographic - 2015 Budget: Where the Governor and Legislature Disagree

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Laconia has wrapped up the 92nd annual Motorcycle Week, in which thousands took part in local events and motorcycle tours into the Mount Washington Valley despite periods of heavy rain. 

While Motorcycle Week has sometimes been characterized by arrests and unruly behavior - or at least concerns about such behavior - Captain William Cleary of the Laconia Police Department says that wasn’t the case this year. “We’ve had extremely large crowds all week – nice crowds, well behaved,” he said. “Arrests and numbers like that are down. Our tickets and accidents are down as well.”

After outcry from students and faculty, the Pembroke School Board has overturned a decision to change the title of the top job at Pembroke Academy from "headmaster" to "principal."

The Concord Monitor reports the school board voted 3-2 late Tuesday night to reverse its earlier decision.

The board voted last fall to change the title to principal, the rationale being that it's a more fitting title for a public school.

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A lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on so-called "ballot selfies" heads to federal court today.

The Nashua Telegraph reports that oral arguments will be heard today in U.S. District Court in Concord over a law passed last year that bans voters from taking pictures of their marked ballots and posting the images on social media sites.

State officials have defended the law as necessary to prevent voter bribery and coercion.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has served in the Senate since 2002, where he has focused mainly on foreign policy and military issues.

Before being elected to the Senate, he served eight years in the U.S. House.

Graham has also served as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force, the South Carolina Air National Guard, and the U.S. Air Force Reserve, attaining the rank of colonel.

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With the arrival of warmer weather comes a yearning to plant - and eat - fresh vegetables. But if you're looking for some locally-grown veggies before your garden gets going, a farmers market can be just the ticket.

Increasingly, farmers markets are offering much more than the green goods, with vendors offering fresh baked bread, soaps, crafts, and other locally-made food and home products. Some markets are even showcases for live music, crafts, and art.

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George Pataki served as governor of New York from 1995 to 2006. A Republican, he also spent a decade in the New York State Legislature and served as mayor of the town of Peekskill, N.Y. Prior to entering politics, Pataki worked as a lawyer.

Pataki flirted with previous runs for the presidency in 2008 and 2012, and has pitched himself as a moderate Republican with a track record of winning elections in left-leaning New York.

Pataki declared his candidacy for the 2016 Republican nomination for president on May 28th, 2015. 

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Rick Santorum, a Pennsylvania Republican, served in the U.S. Senate from 1995 to 2007. Prior to that, he was elected to two terms in the U.S. House.

Known as a strong social conservative, Santorum finished the 2012 GOP Presidential Primary as runner-up to Mitt Romney.

Santorum announced his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on May 27th, 2015. 

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The president of the New Hampshire Senate says he expects the process of writing a new two-year state budget to continue for more than a month.

Republican Chuck Morse of Salem spoke on WMUR-TV’s “Close Up” this weekend. While the Senate is looking to pass its version of the budget by June 4, lawmakers must send the governor a final budget by the end of June. 

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Much of the state is officially in a drought.

WMUR reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture places central and southern New Hampshire in a moderate drought.

Northern areas of the state are in abnormally dry conditions.

Concord is running 5 inches below the average precipitation, going back to March 1.

River levels are also running lower than average.

Dry conditions have led to high fire risk across the state.

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Jury deliberations are expected to begin Friday in the case of an ex-Seabrook police officer accused of slamming a drunken driving suspect head-first into a concrete wall.

The Union Leader reports Mark Richardson took the stand in his own defense Thursday, saying he was trying to subdue the 19-year-old Michael Bergeron.

Richardson says Bergeron was being belligerent and resistant.

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Research shows students who attend preschool are more likely to have stability and success as they go through school and through life, yet New Hampshire is behind the national curve when it comes to investing in these programs.

The National Institute for Early Education Research has released its annual report, The State of Preschool, which profiles state-funded programs and tracks national trends around preschool quality and access.

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