Paige Sutherland

Southern New Hampshire Reporter

Paige Sutherland reports from a political town hall in Londonderry in 2014=5
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Before joining NHPR, Paige was a freelance writer for Boston's NPR affiliate WBUR, a freelance political reporter for WATD, and a general assignment reporter at the Boston bureau of The Associated Press.

A graduate of the graduate journalism program at Northwestern University, Paige received her undergraduate degree in Philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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The Hopkinton State Fair kicked off Friday - its 102nd year.

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Communities across New Hampshire are holding vigils Thursday evening to honor the hundreds of lives lost in the state's drug epidemic. 

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Officials at the Department of Transportation are fast-tracking inspections on 16 of the state’s “red listed” bridges. That's after a piece of concrete fell off one of the bridges over I-93 in Derry on Monday.

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Manchester and Laconia have seen a recent spike in drug overdoses but officials say it's not because there’s a new, stronger drug on the streets.

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The campus of the former Daniel Webster College in Nashua will be auctioned off this fall. The former flight school shut down in May for financial reasons and has been vacant since.

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The number of prison inmates testing positive for drugs in New Hampshire is going down.

Around this time last year, 27 percent of drug tests came back positive. New data from the Department of Corrections says now, that's down to 11 percent.

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti urged Manchester residents Monday  to vote for Democratic mayoral candidate Joyce Craig.

The primary will be held on September 19th, with the general election in November.

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will be in New Hampshire Monday afternoon. 

Garcetti will be spending the day stumping for Manchester Mayoral candidate Joyce Craig. 

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A group in the North Country will host a vigil Friday in response to the violence in Charlottesville. There will be similar events in Keene and Portsmouth on Sunday.

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A GPS problem has been stymying the plans of some late summer visitors in the Salem area.

 

Officials in Salem have been swarmed with phone calls from residents. They say out-of-state visitors are getting lost and having to turn around in their driveways.

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New Hampshire policymakers are frustrated by the continued delay in the opening of the women’s prison in Concord. The 224-bed facility was planned to open last fall then was moved to this fall for funding reasons and now has been pushed back to this upcoming spring.

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The head of the state’s Department of Corrections is stepping down.

Substance abuse services across New Hampshire will be getting more than $1 million in new funding from the state. The Executive Council unanimously approved the move Wednesday in Keene.

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By next fall, the North Country will have a new residential drug treatment facility offering 32 beds. Construction is expected to start next month.

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The electronic gambling game Keno is now legal in New Hampshire, but that doesn’t mean cities and towns have to allow it. Towns will debate that in March. Right now, cities are considering whether to put Keno on the ballot for their November elections.

This is where Charlie McIntyre comes in.

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Officials in Merrimack County are currently screening candidates for its new drug court program, which is set to start up next month.  

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Monday's solar eclipse will be in New Hampshire skies starting just before 1:30 this afternoon. Peak viewing will be at 2:43 and last until about 4. N.H. will only be seeing about two-thirds of the eclipse - with the total eclipse only appearing in parts of Oregon to South Carolina. 

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Public Safety officers in New Hampshire are warning residents to use caution while on the roads during Monday’s solar eclipse.

The warnings include: use your headlights during the eclipse, don’t take photos of it while driving, don’t wear the specialty eclipse glasses while driving, and especially don’t pull over on the breakdown lane to catch a peak.

But Captain John Marasco of the Office of Highway Safety says his best advice is this:

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A New Hampshire State Rep from Concord is charged with assaulting a well-known gun activist in the state.

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The headquarters of the New Hampshire Republican Party in Concord was vandalized overnight.

When GOP staffers arrived at their office in Concord Thursday morning, they were greeted by a ten-foot tall heart spray painted on the back of the building. In the heart's center was the word "NAZIS" in capital letters.

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The Telegraph in Nashua has been in the news lately for a high profile firing and resignation.  Now the paper is under investigation by the state’s labor department.  

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Manchester voters will consider whether Keno should be played within its city’s borders this Fall. The city’s aldermen voted late Tuesday night with little debate to put the question to residents on the city’s upcoming ballot. 

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Smoking will now be banned from Manchester’s downtown public parks.

Late Tuesday night the city’s aldermen OK’d the proposal, which will be a pilot program lasting six months. The parks include Victory, Veteran’s, Pulaski and Bronstein as well as Stanton Plaza.

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Manchester aldermen will consider whether to ban smoking from city parks on Tuesday. They’ll also debate whether to put a question to allow Keno in the city on November’s ballot.

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Gov. Chris Sununu has made it easier for veterans to get medical care outside the Manchester VA hospital, something made necessary because of ongoing damages from a recent pipe burst at the facility.

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Starting in November 16 AmeriCorps volunteers will be coming to New Hampshire to work with people fighting drug addiction in the state.

A judge this week ordered a Manchester business owner to remove controversial signs from his electronic billboard, saying the messages can only pertain to his mortgage business.

The businessman, Michael Gill, is appealing - saying the order violates his constitutional rights.

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Just weeks after New Hampshire legalized Keno, the state’s lottery commission has started pitching the electronic bingo game to cities across the state.

Under the new law, money raised by Keno will go towards full-day kindergarten programs statewide. But the game will only be allowed in cities and towns that approve it. 

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The Telegraph of Nashua found itself in an awkward situation for a newspaper recently. Turmoil in the paper’s management was making the headlines.

The paper’s top editor was fired last week. Another senior editor quit. This comes less than a year after the Telegraph’s managing editor left in protest. Former employees say much of the unrest is due to the paper’s owners, an out-of-state chain that bought The Telegraph four years ago.

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The Nashua Board of Aldermen will hold a special meeting Tuesday to discuss the electronic bingo game Keno.

Last month Gov. Chris Sununu signed legislation legalizing Keno, but where the game can be played is still up to cities and towns.

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