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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.

Manchester school leaders and city officials are working on a policy that will spell out how information about crime and safety incidents is disseminated to parents and citizens.

This follows concerns over how information about a rape in one of the city’s high schools nearly two years ago was kept quiet until last week, when the perpetrator was sentenced to jail.

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The weather’s heating up, which means New Hampshire schools are letting out for the summer.

But for many students, especially those from low-income families, those two months away from the classroom can often lead to regression when they return in the fall.

A program in Manchester aimed at curbing that summer slide is expanding this year, with more than 100 middle school students taking part at no cost to families.

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BAO Inc., a twenty-year old sales and marketing company that works with firms in the tech industry, announced plans this week to open a new office in the Manchester Millyard.

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It’s been 60 years since workers inside a New Hampshire textile mill began getting sick with a mysterious illness. Over a ten week period, four of these mill workers would die, sparking a massive public health investigation.

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 It's not old, but it's certainly grand: Manchester has a new "Great Flag" that pays tribute to both veterans and the city's textile manufacturing history.

In 1914, workers at the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company gathered for a photo in front of a 95-by-50-foot American flag they had created. On Wednesday - Flag Day - several hundred members of the public recreated the photo with a new flag unfurled against the former mill building. Some were relatives of the mill workers depicted in the 103-year-old photo.

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New Hampshire has 50 new Americans calling it home as of today. They were sworn in as new citizens at a ceremony in Manchester Wednesday, representing 27 nations. This is the fifth year for this annual naturalization ceremony. 

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The chief of police of New Hampshire’s largest city is urging people not to give money to panhandlers.

Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard wrote an open letter to the community last week titled "Panhandling - A Community Issue," and it’s stirred a lot of debate.

In the letter, Willard acknowledges panhandlers are within their rights to ask for money, but added that there’s no way to know if they will use it to buy drugs or alcohol.

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Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas says he'll seek a fifth term as head of New Hampshire's largest city.

Gatsas made the announcement Wednesday.

"I am proud of all that our city has achieved together, and in the next two years we will build on this foundation for the good of all," Gatsas said in a prepared statement.

Gatsas was first elected mayor in 2009. He ran an unsuccessful bid for governor last year, finishing third in the Republican primary.

Gatsas narrowly beat former alderman and Democrat Joyce Craig by just 64 votes in the 2015 election. 

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A new bike-share program launches Monday in Manchester. Bikes are available at six stations across the city and cost two-dollars an hour to ride.

Monthly and yearly memberships are also available at discounted rates.

Mayor Ted Gatsas will participate in the program's inaugural ride as part of an official kick-off event downtown with live music and a demo on how to use the bikes.

Authorities say a New Hampshire state legislator has been accused of stealing over $423,000 in meal and rental tax payments from a restaurant and bar he owned in Manchester.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald says 44-year-old Thomas Katsiantonis, of Manchester, has been charged with tax evasion, theft, and other charges, going back to 2011, in connection with his ownership of Grand Slam Pizza and Tommy K's Restaurant and Bar.

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With 14,000 students from a huge variety of backgrounds, the Manchester School District is both the largest and most diverse in the state.

But those distinctions come with challenges that sometimes result in stark disparities between schools just a few miles apart.

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A couple years ago, Manchester police lieutenant Nicole LeDoux and two colleagues decided to crunch some numbers. They found that in a single year, 400 Manchester kids had been at either domestic violence incidents or overdoses when police were called.  LeDoux is a fast talker who oversees the juvenile and domestic violence units. “I remember sitting,” she said, “and being like ‘man, that’s a lot of kids. How do we deal with that?’” 

  Police are back investigating in a Manchester, New Hampshire, neighborhood where a woman was fatally shot by a single gunshot while out on a routine stroll in 2015.

WMUR-TV reports police with metal detectors were focusing on a backyard Monday, placing evidence markers in the grass.

Sixty-two-year-old Denise Robert was killed by a single gunshot wound to the head on Aug. 30, 2015, while walking her regular route in her North End neighborhood. The bullet was never recovered and no arrests have been made.

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A bike share program in Manchester could be underway as early as June 1. 

Carol Gayman is the engine behind the project. She lives in Manchester, where she rides her bike and works at the YMCA. Manchester is not known for its spending on public goods.

"We needed all private sponsorship dollars for this project to work in Manchester," Gayman said. After 18 months hustling for those sponsorships, Gayman says she’s "99.9 percent certain that as of May 2, it will get the nod from the full board of mayor and alderman."

The Manchester School Board has approved a new plan for how students will progress from one school to the next. It’s the first step in a broader school redistricting effort in the state’s largest city.

For nearly a decade, city officials in Manchester have been trying to overhaul the system that determines which kids go to which schools.

Last night, the School Board took its first step. It approved a change to the feeder pattern - which determines the path students follow as they move from elementary to middle to high school.

Wednesday night, the Manchester school board will vote on proposals that would change how students move from one school to another.

This overhaul of what's known as the feeder pattern is just one part of a larger redistricting process that the city has been struggling to accomplish for nearly a decade.

NHPR reporter Jason Moon spoke with All Things Considered host Peter Biello about the process, and why it's been so fraught for so long.

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  Several New Hampshire officers are being credited with saving a man's life by performing CPR on him in the police department's front lobby.

The Manchester officers noticed the 51-year-old man sitting in the front lobby seemed pale Tuesday and looked as though he may be sleeping. They weren't able to get a pulse, so they started CPR.

An officer retrieved a defibrillator as others assisted with chest compressions. An ambulance arrived a short time later and took the man to a hospital, where he was treated for a possible heart issue.

A delegation of law enforcement and public health workers from Wales visited the Manchester Police Department Tuesday. They were there to learn about a city program that connects children who have experienced trauma with mental health services.

The program trains police officers in the effects of trauma on child development, and coordinates with social workers to help recruit affected families into trauma-therapy and other programs.

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