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Drug overdose deaths dropped last year in Manchester. Emergency personnel say more access to the opiate overdose reversal drug Narcan is a contributing factor.

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A Democratic state lawmaker who's facing multiple charges of theft and tax evasion has stepped down from office.

Thomas Katsiantonis of Manchester sent in his resignation letter on Wednesday. The former state rep and alderman faces counts of theft and tax evasion related to two restaurants he owns in Manchester – Grand Slam II and Tommy K’s.

Katsiantonis is charged with stealing $423,000 in rooms-and-meals tax revenues and failing to pay state business taxes. His trial is expected to start this Spring.

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It's official, New Hampshire's largest city has its first female Mayor.

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Joyce Craig will officially be sworn in as the first female mayor of Manchester on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

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A man accused of shooting two Manchester police officers will file an insanity plea in court in a few weeks.

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The city of Manchester has paid $89,000 to settle a lawsuit over the city’s panhandling policies.

The city of Manchester is paying $275,000 to settle a civil lawsuit after a man was arrested for taking a video recording of police.

The ACLU of New Hampshire brought the civil rights case on behalf of Alfredo Valentin, who was arrested in March of 2015 after using his phone to record the actions of Manchester police in a public space. Though Valentin did not interfere with the police activities, officers arrested and charged him with criminal wiretapping.

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A group of Manchester residents exposed to elevated levels of lead dust has reached a settlement with property developer Brady Sullivan.

Several dozen residents of the Mill West apartment complex in Manchester sued Brady Sullivan, contending that the company’s construction project in 2015 in lower levels of the mill building kicked up dangerous levels of lead-dust into luxury apartments on higher floors.

They also say Brady Sullivan, after making complaints about the lead exposure, would not let them out of their leases.

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With New Hampshire still in opioid crisis mode, Chris Hickey says part of the challenge continues to be fighting the stigma around drug addiction.

Hickey is the firefighter behind the Manchester Fire Department's "Safe Station," a program that welcomes addicts and directs them to available drug and substance abuse treatment and recovery services.

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Southern New Hampshire University continues to reinvent itself. At the beginning of the decade it had 2,000 students and shaky finances. Today, it serves more than 80,000 students online and 3,000 on campus, making it one of the country's fastest-growing universities.

This week it continues that expansion with the announcement of a major infrastructure project in Manchester.

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Officials in Nashua Friday are marking the one year anniversary of a drug treatment program – that they say has saved hundreds of lives.

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  Manchester Mayor-elect Joyce Craig says crafting a budget tops her priority list as the city’s 56th mayor. She also reflects on the historic nature of the election - being the first woman to hold the office.

“It feels great,” she tells NHPR’s Morning Edition.

 

Manchester voters opted for a new mayor on Tuesday, but decided to keep their old flag.

While the race between Ted Gatsas, the incumbent, and challenger Joyce Craig rightfully earned the most attention, residents of the Queen City were also asked to weigh in on whether to adopt a new city flag.

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Joyce Craig is the first woman ever elected mayor of Manchester.

That’s after she beat four-term incumbent Mayor Ted Gatsas on Tuesday by more than 1,500 votes.

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New Hampshire lawmakers are pushing for a 31-year-old single mom in Manchester to get her state job back. 

Voters in Manchester will see two ballot questions on Tuesday. One is something on the ballot in ten other cities this Election Day, a variation of: Shall the city allow the operation of Keno games within the city?

But the other one is a little different. It's a non-binding informational question about the city flag. It reads:

"Which flag would you like to see as the official flag of the city of Manchester?"

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Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas and candidate Joyce Craig spent a good portion of  Thursday debate on NHPR’s The Exchange talking about the opioid crisis.

The two candidates more or less saw eye to eye on the issue - that is, except when it came to re-upping Medicaid expansion.

Incumbent Mayor Ted Gatsas and challenger Joyce Craig, a former Alderman, square off days before voters go to the polls. On the agenda: the opioid crisis, education, property taxes, and immigration. It's the second time the two have vied for the corner office of the state's largest city.


Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas and his Democratic challenger, former Alderman Joyce Craig, will join NHPR's Laura Knoy for a live debate on The Exchange.

The program will air live on Thursday, November 2nd at 9 a.m., and will also be broadcast via live video stream on Facebook. (You can watch that right here.)

The debate will focus on issues including the opioid crisis, education, property taxes, and Manchester's business climate.

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The hospitals will keep their respective names on the building. Employees and patients won’t see any immediate changes. But six months after announcing their intentions to collaborate, Elliot Health System and Southern New Hampshire Health are combining forces under a new umbrella group called SolutionHealth, creating a nearly 500-bed regional health care system, one of the largest in the state.

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The two candidates in Manchester's mayoral race talked education, opioid abuse, and taxes during Wednesday’s mayoral debate.

But the conversation mainly focused on the positives and negatives of the city.

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Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas and mayoral candidate Joyce Craig will face off Wednesday morning for the first time in front of a live audience.

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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 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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