The Rundown: Opioids, Politics, and ATVs Top N.H. News of the Week

Oct 29, 2017

President Donald Trump called the opioid crisis a national public health emergency.
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A week of New Hampshire headlines included yet another big one about the opioid epidemic. 

Elected leaders continue to call attention to the opioid, heroin, and fentanyl epidemic, which President Trump officially labeled a national public health emergency. He singled out Manchester's "Safe Station" program, and Fire Chief Dan Goonan, in his speech.

New Hampshire's all-Democrat congressional delegation questioned what federal funding would be available as a result to combat the drug scourge. It's an open question, as Trump has previously spoken about declaring a national emergency, which would open channels for states to ask for disaster funding. 

Here's The Rundown of other New Hampshire stories over the past week:

Things are looking up in Coos County. The poverty rate for New Hampshire's most-northern county is lower than in Belknap and Carroll counties. That's according to the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey.

Revving up: NHPR published the first installment of a special series on ATVs in New Hampshire: In N.H.'s North Country, ATV Tourism Revs Up Culture Clash 

Plus One: Maura Corby Sullivan, a Democrat from Portsmouth, entered the 1st Congressional District race.

Searching for answers: Jack Rodolico's story, "The Heroin Diaries," continues to highlight the drug problem in the Granite State. The wife of an overdose victim discovered his videos chronicling his addiction before he died. She shared her story to shed light on the epidemic.

Where is Milli Vanilli these days? In The CEO of a non-profit in Strafford County is throwing down with some dance moves for an upcoming Lip Sync Battle. It's a fund-raiser, and the video went viral.

While in Washington: Governor Sununu, during his trip to the White House for the President's speech on opioids, also met with U.S. Homeland Security officials to discuss lifting a deportation order for about 70 Indonesians living in New Hampshire.

On Paid Leave: Dartmouth College is investigating allegations of serious misconduct involving three professors in the school's psychological and brain sciences Department.

BMOC: The former Daniel Webster College campus in Nashua is sold for roughly half of its $24 million assessed value. The campus may be home to a Chinese university.

The Bookshelf: Author Joe Hill speaks with NHPR's Peter Biello about his new novel and gives his recommended reading for Halloween week.