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Democratic U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen called on Congress today to provide money for research on the Zika virus. She spoke to state and town officials in Salem, where mosquitos with both West Nile and EEE have been successfully controlled in years past.

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In the 1968 Olympic games, American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos stood on the medal stand - with the eyes of the world upon them - and raised their fists to the sky. Today, John Carlos talks about athletic activism today and the force of that protest nearly fifty years ago.

Plus, the multi-million dollar industry of suffering. A filmmaker explores why people pay money to grind through obstacle courses races through mud, icy ponds and electric shocks? Are we primitive beings taking flight from desk jobs? Or does running through fire just make for a better Facebook post?

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You can verify that New Hampshire is a presidential battleground by the campaign schedules of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. You can also see in in the attention Granite Staters are getting from vice presidential candidates.

When vice presidential candidates work the campaign trail, the goals tend to be straightforward: rally loyalists, raise money, attack the opposing party's nominee -- and avoid gaffes. By that standard, consider Senator Tim Kaine’s two days in New Hampshire a success.

A Primer on Presidential Power: Past and Present

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The Presidency has grown more influential over time, and some view this as an inevitable response to war and economic emergency.  Yet others see it as a sign of government dysfunction. We'll take a step back from the current electoral fray, and explore how and why the office has changed over time, right up through the Obama Administration.  

GUESTS: 

Dan Bush - digital politics producer for PBS NewsHour. 

Chris Galdieri - assistant professor of politics at Saint Anselm College, specializing in presidential politics. 

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St. Paul's School in Concord has asked a federal judge to release the identity of Owen Labrie's sexual assault victim, should the teenager's lawsuit against the prep school go to trial. 

According to multiple news reports, the school filed a motion in U.S. District Court Thursday, asking a judge lift the anonymity of the victim and her parents in a lawsuit filed against the school in June. 

Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence will campaign in New Hampshire this week.

The Indiana Governor is scheduled to hold a town hall-style meeting at the Executive Court banquet center in Manchester Thursday.

It's Pence's first trip to the Granite State since being added to the ticket of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Chesterfield's Tessa Gobbo and the U.S. women's eight rowing team won gold over the weekend at the Summer Olympics on Rio.

The 25-year-old rower and her team rallied from third at the halfway mark to win the gold medal in the race Saturday, beating second place Great Britain and third place Romania.

It's the first gold medal for Gobbo, who began rowing when she was a student at Northfield Mount Hermon in Massachusetts. She began training for Rio after graduating from Brown University three years ago.

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Beginning next spring, Manchester residents in the northwestern and eastern parts of the city will switch to automated trash pickup.  That’s after city officials decided this month to launch a pilot program with trucks that use a mechanical arm to pick up garbage.

But this idea is nothing new - in fact Nashua has been using it for 13 years.

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A group of local and national advocates are calling on the federal government to investigate whether it’s unjust for people with a mental illness, who haven't been convicted of a crime, to be treated in a prison.

New Hampshire is one of only a few states that transfers individuals with a violent mental illness to the Department of Corrections, and it’s been doing so for more than three decades.

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Emily post said "never talk about politics or religion"... But with candidates so divisive, and voters so impassioned, it's a  tough rule to follow. Today, a polite guide to political conversation. First tip? Know what you're trying to accomplish.

Then, there are a lot of adjectives used to describe great white sharks: giant, fearsome, deadly. But author and animal lover Sy Montgomery has seen sharks up close and might choose another word - like sublime. 

N.H. Summer on the Wing: Loons and Bats

Aug 12, 2016
John Rockwood

Warm evenings on the lakes of New Hampshire might mean the call of a loon and, perhaps, bats swooping overhead. While loon populations are on the increase, they still face rising threats in the region, while bats have been decimated by a debilitating disease. We find out what's being done to maintain the local populations as we celebrate summer in New Hampshire.

  This program was originally broadcast on 7/14/2016.

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Poverty, suicide, and alcohol and drug abuse are disproportionately high among the two million Native Americans in the US - and at crisis levels on reservations. Today on the show, we'll look into one economic impediment: property rights.

And, women of the whites. A museum exhibit highlights how, from urban society, women took the lead in  developing access, accommodations and preservation of the paths and peaks of New Hampshire's White Mountains.

Midge Eliassen

How do you determine the age of a tree?  Just count the rings, of course!  One ring equals one year of growth.  If you’ve ever stumbled upon a tree stump you may have even done it yourself.  But if you’re counting rings on a stump, the life of that tree is over.  So how do you count those rings while the tree is alive?  Experts use a special tool called an “increment borer”.

   

Former CIA Director David Petraeus is visiting Portsmouth, New Hampshire this month.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that the Seacoast Chapter of Veterans Count will welcome the retired U.S. Army general to The Music Hall on Aug. 19.

Petraeus and the host will discuss Petraeus' decorated military and public service career. The retired four-star general served more than 37 years in the military before leading the CIA during the global counter-terrorism effort.

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Despite being only 13 miles long, New Hampshire’s coastline has a variety of beaches on offer during the summer, each with its own distinct atmosphere.

As a part of our Life on the Seacoast series, NHPR’s Jason Moon is bringing us audio postcards from those beaches.

This week, we hear the sounds of Jenness State Beach in Rye.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - August 12, 2016

Aug 12, 2016

After visiting the state, Donald Trump continues to stir up controversy for himself and for Republicans in downticket races, including Senator Kelly Ayotte.  In the race for U.S. Senate, Governor Maggie Hassan lays out her goals for keeping New Hampshire and the country safe in a foreign policy address.  And the state's fourth medical marijuana dispensary opens for business in Merrimack.  


Natasha Haverty

Let’s just get this out of the way: it’s okay if you’ve been so distracted by the presidential race that you forgot about the state primary coming up in September. But now that we’re good, let’s look at one big question hanging over those smaller, state races:  what impact will the top of the ballot—the campaign everybody is thinking about—have on local elections? 

More than one hundred twenty teens and young adults currently or formerly in state care gathered at Southern New Hampshire University Thursday DCYF’s annual Independent Living Conference.

The event is a chance for youth to learn skills like how to find a job and go to college, as well as to hear from those who’ve been through the system.

Trevor Perkins is 19 years old, and studying business administration at SNHU. He’s also a former youth in foster care.

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Most people don’t think of the dead of winter as being the best time to harvest leafy greens. Most of them are probably buried under feet of snow. But researchers at the University of New Hampshire have discovered that spinach is sweetest when picked in the winter months.

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This August, NHPR’s Natasha Haverty and Jack Rodolico have been working on a series of stories covering issues that homeless New Hampshire residents are currently facing. Their work sheds light on aspects of life as a homeless New Hampshire citizen that many non-homeless residents don’t often witness.

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A former St. Paul’s School student has come forward with an allegation of sexual abuse by a former chaplain after the New Hampshire prep school began an investigation of the man upon learning of a similar allegation at a Rhode Island prep school where he also once worked, a St. Paul’s spokeswoman said Wednesday.

St. Paul’s contacted Concord police, alumni and students about the allegation involving the Rev. Howard “Howdy” White when he was a chaplain and teacher from 1967-1971, spokeswoman Tenley Rooney said in confirming reports that the school was investigating White.

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A former St. Paul’s School student has come forward with an allegation of sexual abuse by a former chaplain after the New Hampshire prep school began an investigation of the man upon learning of a similar allegation at a Rhode Island prep school where he also once worked, a St. Paul’s spokeswoman said Wednesday.

St. Paul’s contacted Concord police, alumni and students about the allegation involving the Rev. Howard “Howdy” White when he was a chaplain and teacher from 1967-1971, spokeswoman Tenley Rooney said in confirming reports that the school was investigating White.

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With politicians promising to create so-called "good jobs", we look at what government can and can't do in this area.  Also, rents in the Granite State keep rising, up fifteen percent in the last five years.  And New Hampshire joins a national lawsuit challenging the merger of two health insurance companies, Anthem and Cigna. 


Catholic Medical Center in Manchester is partnering with Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, a move designed to increase access to specialized services for residents of southern New Hampshire.

The hospitals announced the clinical affiliation Wednesday.

Officials with CMC say the move means its patients will have greater access to services for substance abuse, cardiac care, neuroscience, and stroke care.   

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One-third of New Hampshire’s 24 senators are retiring this year, leaving 8 vacant seats. That’s a lot by recent standards, and it puts a big question mark over New Hampshire politics after Election Day. But those state Senate races haven’t exactly been in the spotlight in this busy election season.

Even the candidates acknowledge it.

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St. Paul's School, the private boarding school in Concord, says it can’t be blamed for a sexual assault that occurred on its campus two years ago. The school is responding to a civil lawsuit the victim’s family filed against St. Paul's earlier this summer.

The state’s Health department says New Hampshire’s fourth and final medical marijuana dispensary will open Thursday in Merrimack.

The Democratic candidates for governor took part in a WGIR radio debate Wednesday. Among other things, the candidates discussed marijuana legalization.

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Gov. Maggie Hassan on Wednesday presented her proposals for how she would keep New Hampshire and the country safe if elected to the U.S. Senate this fall.

National security has been a hotly contested issue in the race between Hassan and her opponent, incumbent Sen.  Kelly Ayotte, who has questioned Hassan’s grasp of the topic.

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