Manchester

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.

Gatsas, Craig Clash in Mayoral Debate in Manchester

Oct 25, 2017
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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.

Mayoral Candidates in Manchester to Debate Business Issues

Oct 24, 2017
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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.

Top Homeless Organizations in Manchester Are Merging

Oct 18, 2017
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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.

Manchester's Race for Mayor Sounds All Too Familiar

Sep 18, 2017
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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.

Manchester Local, Refugee Running for Alderman at Age 20

Sep 14, 2017
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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.

SNHU Invests in New Center for Refugees, Immigrants

Sep 11, 2017
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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.

N.H.'s Largest City Will Put Keno Before Voters This Fall

Aug 16, 2017
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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. 

Manchester's Downtown Parks Will Now Be Smoke Free

Aug 16, 2017
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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.

Manchester Aldermen to Debate Keno, Smoking Ban in Parks

Aug 14, 2017
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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.

Judge: Controversial Signs In Manchester Must Go

Aug 10, 2017

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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