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We may be hearing a lot about bees this week. It's national pollinator week - a chance to talk about the important role pollinators play in agriculture and the environment. And in New Hampshire, several organizations are planning events

As the populations of pollinators decline, national organizations like the Pollinator Partnership are working to raise awareness about the bats, bees, and butterflies that pollinate our crops.

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New Hampshire Fish and Game hosted the 30th annual moose hunt lottery this morning. Names were selected from a computer generated system. 51 permits were issued to 6,850 applicants. The odds of getting one of these permits were 1 in 87 for residents of New Hampshire and 1 in 391 for out-of-state applicants.

Among the winners was Richard Tichko from Canterbury. 

"I feel pretty excited. My wife is up in Pittsburgh fly fishing. She said if she won, I had to call her. Well I'm going to call her and tell her I won."

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New Hampshire has 50 new Americans calling it home as of today. They were sworn in as new citizens at a ceremony in Manchester Wednesday, representing 27 nations. This is the fifth year for this annual naturalization ceremony. 

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The Islamic Society of Concord is in the early stages of renovating a building on North Main Street to build the first permanent mosque in Concord.

The society currently rents space in the East Concord Community Center.

Hubert Mask is president of the society.  He explains that space is expensive, there are no offices - and it offers no privacy for prayer.

The group has plans to purchase and renovate a small building in downtown Concord, adjacent to the First Congregational Church.

Mask says he knows they'll face some challenges.

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Last Friday, Governor Chris Sununu signed a bill to legalize firecrackers in New Hampshire.  They are now for sale at licensed fireworks dealers in the state.

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June 3rd marks Free Fishing Day in New Hampshire. For one day, state Fish and Game will allow anyone, residents and nonresidents alike, to fish without a license.

It might sound quiet now, but by midday Saturday New Hampshire’s lakes, ponds, and streams could see lots new rookie anglers taking advantage of New Hampshire’s Free Fishing Day.

Fish and Game Program Supervisor, Scott Decker, explains that this is a good way for people who have never fished to try their hand.

New Hampshire Fish and Game sells an average of 150,000 fishing licenses each year.

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Tonight at midnight, Concord Steam Corporation will turn off its boilers and close its doors. The plant provided heat in Concord for nearly 80 years.