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Many New Hampshire residents voluntarily check "yes" when asked about organ donations at the Division of Motor Vehicles — and at a rate higher than any other state in the Northeast.

The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators says the state has the highest donor designation rate at 53.8 percent. The voluntary question is presented at all DMVs throughout the country.

On Thursday afternoon at the State House, Governor Maggie Hassan is joining the New England Organ Bank in presenting an award to the New Hampshire division.

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On Friday, lawmakers will vote on a final rule governing what words New Hampshire drivers can have on their vanity license plates. While the Department of Safety’s interim rules did not allow drivers to receive vanity plates that refer to beer or other legal inebriants, the Department’s final recommendations reversed that decision, outlawing only illegal inebriants. 

New Hampshire's Department of Safety has made changes to the state's concealed carry gun license application for the second time in two months, following complaints from gun rights groups over some of the questions.

The Concord Monitor reports the department first made changes to the application form in August, in response to a superior court decision and general suggestions.

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New Hampshire's Department of Safety has updated one tool and created another that uses mobile and landline phones to alert people to statewide emergencies.

A website,, provides step-by-step guidance for people to prepare for natural and man-made disasters.

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After last December's school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management conducted a survey and determined that N.H.’s school buildings are at widely varied levels of security. In response, they developed the following recommendations based on three core standards: Surveillance, Access Control, & Emergency Alerting. Each school will have to take into account their budgetary constraints & environmental factors when considering how to implement the guidelines.

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State Representatives and Senators heard testimony today on a bill that proposes moving the Division of Weights and Measures from the Department of Agriculture to the Department of Safety.

The division certifies scales and meters for measuring food and commodities like gasoline and fuel oil when sold to consumers.

The Senator Sharon Carson of Nashua, the bill’s sponsor, says she’s heard complaints from constituents who claim the division has been heavy-handed in its enforcement.