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Tragedies like the mass killings Friday in Paris can serve to, among many other things, reveal New Hampshire's connections to the rest of the world.

New Hampshire officials are among those condemning Friday's terror attacks in Paris and offering their support to the victims. 

Casey McDermott, NHPR

Dozens of presidential hopefuls – household names and obscure names alike – have been visiting to the New Hampshire statehouse to file for the state’s first in the nation primary.

Candidates have made these trips for decades, but this year, Secretary of State Bill Gardner has added something new to the tradition – or. perhaps we should say, something old.

The three Democrats who remain in the running for the party's presidential nomination will gather to debate Saturday night in Des Moines.

It'll be the second debate in the party's nominating schedule so far. Six debates are scheduled altogether, including one in Manchester in late December.

Here's a quick guide to some of the best commentary on the event we've found so far.

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Rand Paul has spent plenty of time in New Hampshire over the past few years, and tried to build up some local political capital.

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  Two Democratic Executive Councilors are outlining a proposal they say could fund passenger rail service between Manchester and Boston.

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Snitches, rats, finks, and narcs – criminal informants may not be popular among their peers, but are crucial to the work of law enforcement. Today, the risks investigators face when it uses criminals to catch other criminals. Then, we use fonts so often, it’s easy to forget that typefaces are licensed products – and just like other forms of media, they can be pirated and plagiarized - we're confronting the rampant problem of typeface piracy. Plus, the founder of NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, urges our inner-writer out of its shell. 

Friday N.H. News Roundup - November 13, 2015

Nov 13, 2015
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We're covering the top news stories of the week.


  • Sam Evans-Brown - NHPR's environment and education reporter
  • Dean Spiliotes - civic scholar in the School of Arts and Sciences at Southern New Hampshire University and author of the website, N.H. Political Capital.
  • Paul Steinhauser - NH1's political director and anchor
  • Rik Stevens - Northern New England correspondent for the Associated Press
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You know how New Hampshire likes to be first in the nation when it comes to politics? Well, it turns out we’re stragglers in another category: sandhill cranes. They’ve been nesting in our neighboring states of Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts, but they never went granite until 2014.


The parents of murdered journalist and New Hampshire native James Foley say news of a U.S. airstrike targeting the man suspected of killing their son gives them no solace.

NPR reports the Department of Defense says U.S. forces conducted an airstrike targeting an Islamic State leader known as "Jihadi John," who has appeared in videotaped murders of Americans and other hostages. Officials have not said whether the attack Thursday on a location in Raqqa, Syria, killed "John," whose real name is Mohammed Emwazi.

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By all accounts, New Hampshire in the throes of a drug addiction crisis; more than 300 people died from drug overdoses last year, the most in state history.

But while there’s the human toll, there’s also an impact on businesses and the state’s overall economy.

To talk more about that, Jeff Feingold, editor of the New Hampshire Business Review, joined NHPR's Morning Edition to talk about NHBR's reporting on the issue.



A former Seabrook police officer caught on video slamming a suspect into a wall in 2009 has been sentenced to 21 days in jail.

The Portsmouth Herald reports a judge on Thursday ordered Mark Richardson to serve 12 months with all but 21 days suspended for two years.

Richardson pleaded guilty in October to a charge of simple assault. He was charged last year after video surfaced showing him pushing Michael Bergeron Jr. into a wall at the Seabrook Police Station.


Three information centers that welcome tourists to New Hampshire will once again be open during the winter.

The state welcome and information centers in Colebrook, Lebanon and Littleton have been closed during the winter since 2011. But the Department of Resources and Economic Development says based on the recently signed state budget and efforts to improve agency efficiency, officials found money to re-open the centers.

The three sites will open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Monday from Dec. 17 to March 21.


Police say the death of a 17-year-old girl found in a Rochester motel room was drug-related, and her mother and two others were arrested.

Evangelique "Eve" Tarmey of Rochester was found at the Riviera Motel on Oct. 17.

Police said Thursday a toxicology report said the Spaulding High School student's death was accidental and due to "acute fentanyl intoxication."

Her mother, 41-year-old Jazzmyn Rood, was arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit possession of a controlled drug, endangering the welfare of a child, and reckless conduct.

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Bernie Sanders’ party affiliation on the New Hampshire primary ballot is  being officially challenged. Sanders, who serves in the U.S. Senate as an independent, filed for the presidential primary as a Democrat last week. But now a New York lawyer, who also filed for president, is putting Sanders' status into question. 

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For the past two weeks, presidential candidates have been handing in the paperwork needed to qualify for the New Hampshire primary ballot. In doing so, they also come face to face with Secretary of State Bill Gardner, whose office oversees the election. He's also the man most responsible for ensuring that New Hampshire has retained its first-in-the-nation status when it comes to the presidential primary calendar.

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New Hampshire’s scores on the latest federally mandated standardized test – the Smarter Balanced – were released Thursday.

The headline: Fewer than half of the state’s students were judged to be meeting grade level benchmarks in math, though they are doing somewhat better in English.

Peter Biello / NHPR

All this week we’ve been hearing about programs that help veterans who are struggling with PTSD or TBI.  But before these programs can work—veterans who need help actually need to ask for it.  But we know that’s a barrier to getting healthcare.

Brady Carlson / NHPR

To put their name on New Hampshire’s primary ballot, candidates for president visit the Secretary of State’s office at the statehouse. Where they go after filing - is often to a restaurant across the street. 

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GOP presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich sits down for an in-depth discussion about the issues on New Hampshire voters’ minds this election season. The forum was recorded live-to-tape on Thursday, November 12th in front of a live audience.

Listen to the full conversation right here:

This event is a partnership between New Hampshire Public Radio and Concord Young Professionals. Broadcast times: Thursday, November 12, at 8pm and Monday November 16th at 9am and 8pm.

Live tweets from the forum:

 The Department of Energy on Thursday released a supplemental environmental impact statement on Northern Pass’ plan to bury an additional 52 miles of its 192-mile route. The federal agency also said it would hold three public hearings on the 36-page document next month.

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Three more Republicans have joined the New Hampshire primary ballot. Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz and Rick Santorum made it official Thursday morning after passing in the required paperwork and paying the $1,000 filing fee.

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Last month China ended its controversial one-child policy – but is the change as radical as it’s been made out to be by officials and news outlets? Today, a reporter on China's new "two-child policy"... and why the country really needs to focus on sex-ed. Plus, Millennials are sometimes derided as a generation slacktivists, and don't have the spending power of their elders – but non-profits are betting on them for the future. From socially conscious spending, to gimmicky donation challenges, we explore how Millennials are changing the face of charitable giving.

The Bookshelf is NHPR's series on authors and books with ties to the Granite State. All Things Considered features authors, covers literary events and publishing trends, and gets recommendations from each guest on what books listeners might want to add to their own bookshelves. 

If you have an author or book you think we should profile on The Bookshelf, send us an email. The address is books@nhpr.org.

North Country Events

Nov 12, 2015

CALENDAR OF EVENTS: The newsletter typically announces events in the next week. The calendar shows you events in the coming months.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday November 12, 13 14 at 7:00 PM and also Saturday at 2:00PM. Littleton High School. LHS drama students are putting on two shows. The Suessification of Romeo and Juliet stars Eric Shafer as Romeo. The second show is a take on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, called Kids in Louvre.

Casey McDermott, NHPR

The 8 a.m. “Politics and Eggs” forum was somewhat more subdued than the booming campaign rallies Donald Trump has held in other parts of the state.

But the crowd gathered in at the Manchester Radisson Wednesday morning was — to borrow a favorite descriptor from the candidate himself — still pretty “huge.”

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The results of a new standardized test are out and the headlines are fairly bleak.  The results of the Smarter Balanced Assessment, released Thursday, show that across the board, 58 percent of New Hampshire students scored “proficient” or better in reading, and in math the picture is even worse: only 46 percent made the cut.

Casey McDermott, NHPR

A judge heard arguments Thursday in a case challenging the state's decision to hold off on issuing medical marijuana identification cards to patients.

Peter Biello / NHPR

Veterans’ justice programs are popping up all over the country, and just last year, New Hampshire got its first one, in Nashua. These alternative justice programs are courts that allow veterans to get a handle on problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and alcohol or drug abuse that put them at odds with the law.

The issue of whether the Coos County Planning Board is moving quickly enough as it considers the renovation of the shuttered Balsams resort came up Wednesday night in Colebrook and in contrast to the board's normal, civil demeanor there were sharp and angry words.