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The two leading organizations serving the homeless in Manchester are joining forces.

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Governor Chris Sununu announced Tuesday that the state will be investing in Manchester’s Safe Station Program. The program has transformed the city's fire stations into access points for struggling addicts. 

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The Manchester Board of Alderman is hosting a public hearing on the electronic bingo game Keno on Tuesday at six p.m.

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The two mayoral candidates in Manchester faced off for the first time Monday. Much of the debate between incumbent Mayor Ted Gatsas and Joyce Craig, broadcast on WGIR radio, focused on the city’s opioid crisis. 

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Mayoral candidates in the state’s largest city are starting to gear up with the city's election now just a month away.

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas and former alderman Joyce Craig will take part in a debate hosted by NHPR’s The Exchange.

The debate will air live Thursday, Nov. 2 at 9 a.m. It will be rebroadcast at 7 p.m. later that evening. Laura Knoy, host of The Exchange, will moderate.

The Nov. 7 election will be a rematch of 2015, when Gatsas defeated Craig by just 64 votes.

Gatsas is seeking his fifth term as mayor of New Hampshire’s largest city. A Republican, Gatsas ran for governor last year, but fell short in the GOP primary.

A New Hampshire jury Friday has awarded $274 million in damages to three prominent businessmen in Manchester.

It's said to be the largest figure in a defamation case in state history, according to longtime lawyer Steve Gordon, who represented the three plaintiffs in the case.

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The medical and biotechnology industries have grown in New Hampshire the past few years as companies continue to move and expand throughout the state.

Liisa Rajala is an associate editor for the New Hampshire Business Review.

She spoke with Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley about the future of bio and medical technology in the state, and how these industries have already made an impact on cities like Manchester.

Let's get a brief recap of what this growth of the Manchester area is looking like. It's been going on for years now.

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Incumbent Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas and former alderman Joyce Craig will face off again in the race for mayor this November.

That’s after the pair claimed the top two spots in Tuesday's city primary election.

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Voters in Manchester head to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in the mayoral primary. While there are four candidates in the race, the two heavyweights are the same ones who faced off in the last campaign for mayor.

Incumbent Mayor Ted Gatsas and former alderman Joyce Craig.

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There’s an aldermen race going on next week in Manchester. And one of the candidates on the ballot would be the city’s youngest elected if he wins.

He turned 20 Thursday, attends UNH Manchester, and is a refugee from Kuwait.

But first he’ll have to clear Tuesday’s primary before he can even make it onto November’s ballot.

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Police in New Hampshire say that an executive and mechanics with Ford Motor Co. were in Manchester this week to help with carbon monoxide issues in police SUV cruisers.

Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard said Wednesday that his department had a second incident with elevated carbon monoxide levels in a Ford vehicle this week. WMUR-TV reports  that the Manchester Police Department has about two dozen Fords in its fleets.

Last week, Officer Kyle Daly was briefly hospitalized for carbon monoxide exposure after fumes were detected in his vehicle on Sept. 4.

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Southern New Hampshire University will soon open a new center to help refugees and immigrants in Manchester further their educations.

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The New Hampshire District Court has struck down Manchester's anti-panhandling ordinance, concluding the law violated the First Amendment. Under the ordinance, people were not allowed to accept charitable contributions from motor vehicles, even if they stayed out of the roadway.

  

Elliot Berry, from New Hampshire Legal Assistance, was a representing attorney in the case.

Berry says the federal court decision calls into question the constitutionality of similar ordinances in Concord, Somersworth and Rochester.    

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Police say they are in contact with a man wanted in connection with a shooting near a New Hampshire high school.

Manchester Police Lt. Brian O'Keefe says the shooting was reported Thursday morning and led to a temporary lockdown of Central High School. WMUR-TV reports  the victim of the shooting was found several blocks away from the initially reported area.

The victim had a torso gunshot wound and is in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Officials say they are in contact with the suspected shooter by phone, but they haven't located him.

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First responders in Manchester are noticing a change since the city banned smoking in downtown parks.

Chris Hickey, with the Manchester Fire Department, says there's been a reduction in overdoses from the synthetic marijuana known as Spice.

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Will Stewart arrived in New Hampshire, sight unseen, as a twenty-something in 2004. Now 38, he’s married, bought a home and is raising a child here.

In short, it’s exactly the scenario his new employer Stay Work Play wants to duplicate around the state.

Stewart will take over as executive director of the non-profit early next month.

Stay Work Play is dedicated to retaining and attracting young professionals to the state, doing so through events, partnerships and advocacy.

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Last week, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office took its first steps to sue an opioid company — Purdue Pharma — over its alleged role in the state’s addiction crisis. Now, some local communities may soon follow with lawsuits of their own.

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Manchester voters will consider whether Keno should be played within its city’s borders this Fall. The city’s aldermen voted late Tuesday night with little debate to put the question to residents on the city’s upcoming ballot. 

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Smoking will now be banned from Manchester’s downtown public parks.

Late Tuesday night the city’s aldermen OK’d the proposal, which will be a pilot program lasting six months. The parks include Victory, Veteran’s, Pulaski and Bronstein as well as Stanton Plaza.

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Manchester aldermen will consider whether to ban smoking from city parks on Tuesday. They’ll also debate whether to put a question to allow Keno in the city on November’s ballot.

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Officials in the New Hampshire city of Manchester are considering a smoking ban for public parks.

WMUR-TV reports the proposal, which was announced last month, is gaining supporters among city leaders. Supporters say the proposed ban targets improving both public safety and public health.

A judge this week ordered a Manchester business owner to remove controversial signs from his electronic billboard, saying the messages can only pertain to his mortgage business.

The businessman, Michael Gill, is appealing - saying the order violates his constitutional rights.

A Manchester man has been fined $40,000 for filing false visa applications.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says Rohit Saksena, 42, runs a staffing company that specializes in connecting American companies with skilled foreign IT workers through the H-1B visa program.

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The vinyl resurgence is thriving in New Hampshire.

Do a quick Google search, and you’ll find there are nearly two dozen music stores across the Granite State carrying new or used records.

Across the globe, vinyl LP sales spiked by 53 percent last year, reaching the format’s highest point in 25 years.

To find out what’s behind this renewed interest in records, Morning Edition host Rick Ganley paid a visit recently to Thrifty’s Second Hand Stuff in Manchester.

Children in New Hampshire are finding themselves caught in the front lines of the state’s heroin and opioid crisis.

Last month, first responders had to use Narcan to revive a 6-year-old Manchester boy. And last week, a 9-year-old was left unattended at a Manchester Dunkin' Donuts when his father overdosed in the bathroom.

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July tends to be a quiet month in New Hampshire’s political calendar. That’s why candidates in the special election for the District 16 New Hampshire Senate seat are doing their best to remind voters to get to the polls later this month.

Police in New Hampshire's largest city say crime has decreased.

According to the Manchester Police Department, violent crimes are down from 360 to 329 over the past year. Police Chief Nick Willard tells WMUR-TV the department made an effort to reduce crime after seeing a 2 percent rise last year.

Willard says Manchester police will continue to focus on preventing robberies and aggravated assaults. The department uses predictive analytics to figure out what areas are vulnerable to robberies.

The police chief says his officers are responsible for the crime reduction.

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Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas is overseeing the city prosecutor’s office until an interim city solicitor can take over.

On Thursday, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office shared with Manchester officials findings from an investigation into the city’s domestic violence prosecutions. They outlined a multitude of failures both by a domestic violence prosecutor, and her boss, city solicitor Tom Clark.

On Friday, Clark resigned, effective immediately.

Recently, VA Secretary David Shulkin told a Senate Committee that an important program designed to help veterans get care at private hospitals was running out of money sooner than expected. He was talking about the Veterans Choice program.

Meanwhile, here in New Hampshire, the program has slowly required more and more administrative help from employees at the Manchester VA. Assistant Director of the medical center, Kevin Forest, recently said as much to the State Veterans Advisory Committee.

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