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Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence made a stop in Exeter last night, looking to drum up support for Republican Donald Trump’s struggling New Hampshire campaign.


The Indiana Governor told the crowd the choice to be made on November 8th is about the nation’s security, and future prosperity. He cautioned that the balance of the Supreme Court hangs on their vote, and he defended Donald Trump for remarks made during last week’s debate about the validity of American elections.

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The New Hampshire internet company, Dyn, has restored services after a cyber-attack Friday morning.

The Manchester-based company provides internet infrastructure services to major internet companies including Twitter, Etsy, and CNBC.

Dyn says it began investigating the attack early Friday morning as it began to affect websites on the East coast.  Reportedly, Dyn customers including Twitter, Spotify, and Reddit were shut down or performing poorly.

By 10:30 this morning, Dyn said its services had been restored. 

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There have been reports of internet disruption across the East Coast of the United States after a key firm was hit by a cyberattack.

New Hampshire-based Dyn said its server infrastructure was hit by a distributed denial-of-service attack, which works by overwhelming targeted machines with malicious electronic traffic.

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Joe Biden is offering a searing takedown of Donald Trump's views on American democracy and foreign policy.

The vice president says Trump's claim the election may be "rigged" is an attack on "the very essence" of democracy. Biden was speaking Thursday in New Hampshire while campaigning on behalf of Hillary Clinton.

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The adoptive parents of two children who were sexually abused are suing the Division of Children, Youth, and Families, arguing the state agency didn’t do enough to protect the victims even after social workers became involved.

The lawsuit also names Easter Seals New Hampshire, a non-profit contracted to provide supervision during parental visits.

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A report this week found New Hampshire is first in the nation, but not in a good way.

The annual report by the Project on Student Debt found on average, college graduates here in New Hampshire are racking up more student debt than anywhere else in the nation.

The analysis looked at seniors in the class of 2015, and found those who graduated from Granite State colleges and universities left on average with $36,101 in debt. (Read the report here)

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The New Hampshire attorney general's office has ruled that the police shooting death of a Claremont man last month was justified.

The report released Wednesday says 25-year-old Cody LaFont had called police several times on Sept. 25 and appeared to be "heavily intoxicated."


Claremont Cpl. Ian Kibbe responded to the home. The report says LaFont was holding a revolver at chest level and didn't comply with orders to drop the gun. It says LaFont "strangely smiled" at Kibbe and stepped toward him while moving the gun that he held in Kibbe's direction.

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The issue of “debtors' prisons” in New Hampshire will now likely come before the Legislature. That’s after the state’s highest court rejected change in court rules that would guarantee an attorney for people facing jail time for unpaid court fines. 

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In 1973, twenty-somethings Grant Dowse and his wife Pegge Kirschner were coming back home to Franconia from Europe and they were in love – with flannel sheets. 

There were flannel sheets in America, but the ones they’d slept on in Europe seemed so much nicer. Higher quality.

And they came up with the idea to import them. They named the company after a hill not far from their home, which was a former sugar house that lacked running water.

Pegge’s brother, Buddy Kirschner, still marvels at it.

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Wednesday night is the third and final presidential debate, and marks the last chance for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to make their case to voters on a national stage.

Kathy Sullivan of Manchester is a member of Democratic National Committee.

She joined NHPR’s Morning Edition to talk about the debate.


  Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton take the stage Wednesday night in Las Vegas for the third and final presidential debate.

Republican National Committeewoman Juliana Bergeron of Keene joined NHPR’s Morning Edition to talk about the debate and what she’s hoping to hear from Trump.

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  A new report finds college graduates in New Hampshire are leaving with the highest student debt in the nation.

Students who graduated from New Hampshire colleges and universities in 2015 left with an average of $36,101 in debt.

New Hampshire consistently ranks near the top in the annual Project on Student Debt report, which released its latest findings Tuesday.

The report shows average student debt in New Hampshire jumped 8 percent from 2014 to 2015.

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  New Hampshire's moose hunters achieved a 26 percent success rate during the first two days of the annual hunting season.

Wildlife officials say opening weekend, Oct. 15-16, saw a total of 19 moose taken by hunters statewide.

A total of 72 moose hunters are taking part this year.

Last year 31 percent of moose hunters were successful during the opening weekend.

Biologists are collecting blood samples of the moose to test for West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

The nine-day moose hunt continues through Sunday.


University of New Hampshire researchers want to understand why bobcats are making a comeback in the state despite a dramatic decrease in their traditional prey, such as rabbits.

UNH biologists said the population of bobcats in the state may have rebounded to as many 1,400. That led the state Fish and Game Commission to consider a limited bobcat hunting and trapping season. But the proposal received much public opposition and the idea was withdrawn earlier this year.

Nashua residents recently packed City Hall to urge their aldermen to back a resolution that would affirm the city’s welcoming stance toward refugees and immigrants. Activists and others spoke in support of the newcomers, but they also had a somewhat unlikely ally: the city’s business leaders, who say foreign-born residents would boost Nashua’s economic vitality.

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  A handful of voters in northern New Hampshire are getting ready to stay up late and cast the earliest in-person votes of the 2016 general election during the first minutes of Nov. 8.

The midnight voting tradition in Dixville Notch goes back to 1960. For many years it took place in a special ballot room at the Balsams hotel, but since the resort is undergoing major renovations, the voting will take place at the Hale House next door.

Oral arguments in the case involving the 2012 rape and murder of UNH student Lizzi Marriott have been set for November 16.

But lawyers in the case will be restricted in how they discuss details in the case during the appeal process.

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) will soon begin to connect 360 Litchfield homes to the Pennichuck public water system. The new water pipes are meant to help homeowners with contaminated wells.

The multinational corporation Saint-Gobain is paying for all of the planning and construction.

Saint-Gobain is the likely source of the water contaminant, PFOA, identified in several southern New Hampshire drinking water sources this year.

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A WBUR poll of likely voters in New Hampshire finds Democrat Hillary Clinton still leads Republican Donald Trump, but unlike in many other states, where her lead has gotten a bit more comfortable, her lead in New Hampshire has narrowed. For more on the poll, we turn to Steve Koczela, president of MassINC Polling Group, which conducted the survey for WBUR. He spoke with NHPR's All Things Considered host Peter Biello.

By how much does Hillary Clinton lead Donald Trump—and what do you think this shift says about the state of the campaigns?

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Federal regulators says they are ready to assess whether the Seabrook Station Nuclear Power Plant has a sufficient plan to address a chemical reaction affecting the plant’s concrete structures.

In 2009, staff at the Seabrook Station Nuclear power plant discovered something called an alkali-silica reaction happening in many of the plant’s concrete structures. The reaction, sometimes referred to as ‘concrete cancer,’ causes cracks and could threaten the structural integrity of the plant.

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A retired New Hampshire state trooper and Army veteran who sued the Department of Safety for employment discrimination has reached a settlement with the state.

Carrie Nolet of Chocorua represented herself in federal court.  She says she was passed over for promotions because she is female, and faced harassment for her gender and orientation as a lesbian. She retired in 2013 after 20 years in the department.

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For the 5 percent of Vermonters who do not identify as white, finding a barber who has experience with a diversity of hair textures is challenging. But a barber contracted by Dartmouth College to cut hair for students of color is making a difference.


The lawyer for a Massachusetts State Police trooper accused of beating a suspect in New Hampshire says his client's use of force was justified and the state must prove the officer acted "knowingly" if he is to be convicted.

Thirty-two-year-old Joseph Flynn has pleaded not guilty to simple assault charges for his role in the May 11 arrest of Richard Simone Jr. Prosecutors allege Flynn punched Simone as he was kneeling to surrender following a chase.

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U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster doesn't doubt that Donald Trump used his fame to force himself on women with neither consent nor consequences. She says she experienced just that with a celebrity surgeon who assaulted her decades ago when she was a young staffer on Capitol Hill.


Hundreds of people are expected to run in the James Foley Freedom 5k this Saturday in Rochester. The race is in honor of journalist James Foley who was killed by ISIS in 2014.

The Bookshelf from NHPR is New Hampshire Public Radio's series on authors and books with ties to the Granite State.  All Things Considered host Peter Biello 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.

Michael Brindley

In the weeks leading up to the election, NHPR reporters will travel throughout the state to talk with people on the ground about what’s shaping their votes.

NHPR’s Michael Brindley caught up last week with libertarian Steve O’Brien.

He’s 29 years old and was attending a campaign rally in Keene to hear from libertarian Bill Weld, presidential candidate Gary Johnson’s running mate.

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Twenty years ago, Martin Delgadillo found himself in his hometown, Mexico City, looking to learn English. He moved to Los Angeles – where he found himself "surrounded by Mexicans."

Delgadillo wanted to go someplace where almost no one spoke Spanish. So, New Hampshire it was. Once he was here, he met his wife, and together with his brother they opened a traditional Mexican taqueria. They called it Consuelo’s.

The 16th annual New Hampshire Film Festival kicks off in Portsmouth Thursday.

Nearly 100 films will be screened over the four-day event. Those films were chosen from more than 1,000 submissions.

“It’s our thirteenth year in Portsmouth, and every year, it’s just grown exponentially,” says Executive Director Nicole Gregg. “It gained word of mouth and just kept bringing filmmakers back year after year as they created and produced new films. We just have such a huge alumni base now.”