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Police and a New Hampshire prep school that was the focus of sexual-assault allegations have reached an agreement that says suspected acts of sexual abuse involving children will be reported to police and to a state agency.

The agreement with Phillips Exeter Academy says suspected abuse shall be reported to the state Division of Children, Youth and Families and then to the school's director of student well-being, followed by oral and written reports to the agency and police from the school's general counsel.

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The Exeter UFO Festival is again drawing in experts in extraterrestrial sightings, abductions, as well those just curious about what may be out there.

This weekend marks the 8th edition of the Festival, which features two days of speakers, along with vendors and UFO tours.

In 1965, two Exeter policemen, along with others, had a famous encounter with a red orb just across the town’s border in Kensington. After that sighting drew national attention, Exeter became known as the ‘Roswell of the East,’ at least in certain circles.

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Emergency personnel from around the Seacoast responded to Exeter Hospital Friday, where employee complaints of nausea and dizziness resulted in a partial evacuation. At this time, the cause is unknown.

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Since 1847, the Exeter Brass Band has been filling the air with horns and cymbal crashes.

The New Hampshire ensemble is one of the oldest continuously performing bands in the country. This summer, they’re back at it, doing the usual Monday night run of free concerts from the Exeter bandstand, also known as the Swasey Pavilion.

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New Hampshire has no shortage of trees, no lack of leaves or roots. Still, it’s nice when all that bark gets some formal recognition.

 A New Hampshire town that said it wouldn't be decorated with holiday lights this season because of code issues with a utility now has a glimmer of hope.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that Exeter town officials have been talking to Unitil and are looking to get an electrician to install a needed meter and utility pole panel so they can set up their lighted garlands.

  Performers from the NH Fiddle Ensemble stopped in with a preview of their upcoming benefit performances.

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The twenty-fifth annual American Independence Festival brought hundreds of visitors to Exeter this weekend. The festival aims to show visitors what life was like in the colonial period. 

For the professionals in colonial garb, like milliner Tara Raiselis, it is a place to show their unique skills and teach curious visitors.

"A milliner in the eighteenth century was sort of your fashion emporium," Raiselis explained. "Think of it as your miniature department store."

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The remains of a New Hampshire soldier taken prisoner during the Korean War are back in his hometown of Exeter for burial with full military honors.

The remains of Army Cpl. Elmer Richard — identified through his brother's DNA — arrived at a funeral home Monday afternoon. A church service and burial will be Wednesday on what would have been his 85th birthday.

Richard was captured in Korea in 1950 at the age of 20 and died in captivity.

His sister, Jeannette McDonnell, said their mother died in 1993 after decades of trying in vain to learn her son's fate.

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The nonprofit Seacoast Family Promise had  hoped to provide training, medical and social services at a new day center in an Exeter neighborhood. But after two months of back and forth, the town’s Zoning Board of Adjustment voted the proposal down Tuesday night.

Although the nonprofit says all guests would have passed criminal background and illegal drug tests,  neighbors continued to worry the center would reduce property values and impact neighborhood safety. 

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Exeter superintendent of schools Michael Morgan is not giving many details about what he's calling "an incident involving the inappropriate use of personal technology." His primary responsibility, he says, is to protect students' privacy. 

On Wednesday, Exeter Police Chief Richard Kane told Seacoast Media Group  “the police department is actively investigating.” 

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This is a time of year when educators and students are turning their minds toward graduation or summer plans.

In Exeter, though, many people are focusing on something more troubling: three teachers at Exeter High School have been accused of misconduct. All three have resigned, including one of them today.

Last week on All Things Considered we talked with Jason Claffey of Exeter Patch about a community effort – a successful one - to save the Exeter UFO Festival from cancellation.

During the interview we talked about a reported UFO encounter by New Hampshire residents Betty and Barney Hill as the reason why the state plays host to a UFO festival.

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An unusual festival in Exeter, New Hampshire has avoided cancellation with help from a seemingly unusual benefactor.

It's the Exeter UFO Festival, and to explain more we turn to Jason Claffey, editor at Exeter Patch. He's been reporting on the UFO Festival and joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson with an update.