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Former New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice John T. Broderick has spoken openly about his son’s mental illness, and his family’s difficulty getting him the help he needed.

Now, Broderick is one of many state leaders speaking up to promote open conversations around mental health. 

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Last week was a big news week for residents dealing with water contamination issues in New Hampshire and across the country. 

New Hampshire's Catholic diocese says it's reopening a church in Nashua for fans of the Latin Mass. 

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  A new solar array for the town of Durham is nearing completion. 

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  The New Hampshire Department of Corrections is reopening a retail space for its industry programs. 

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House and Senate lawmakers are kicking off a busy week of negotiations on issues ranging from regulating police body cameras to banning the practice of gay conversion therapy on minors.

As the session winds to close, the two chambers must find common ground on bills they've both passed, but with different details. The negotiating teams are known as committees of conference. If agreement isn't reached, the bills will die in committee.

 

Most of New Hampshire's trails for off-highway recreational vehicles are open for the season.

The Granite State has more than 1,200 miles of trails throughout the state, with the largest network in the Great North Woods region.

While trails in and around Pittsburg will remain closed until Friday, most of the other trails around the state will be open on Monday.

Dubbed "Ride the Wilds" by its many promoters, the trail network is touted as being one of the largest off-highway recreational vehicle (OHRV) networks in the country.

 

A New Hampshire state trooper who was injured in a hit-and-run accident remains hospitalized.

Authorities say the trooper was hit by an SUV while making a traffic stop early Sunday morning.

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  Democrat Mark Connolly is best known for taking on Tyco, bringing in big settlements from large companies as a state securities regulator, and resigning in protest of the state’s handling of the FRM Ponzi scheme. 

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  College commencement season marches on in New Hampshire. 

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It’s not such a surprise anymore to see towns set up pianos on downtown sidewalks with the hope of getting people to stop and play and chat with each other. More than 50 cities around the world do it and in Littleton, New Hampshire, pianos have been on the streets for the past five years.

This spring, Nashua is setting up its own project with two painted pianos on Main Street. But is anyone playing?

Janet Chaney from Hollis is. There’s not much of a crowd here on the corner of Main Street and Pearl, so she tries to draw people closer to the bench.

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  A University of New Hampshire professor who pioneered research into family violence has died. 

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State regulators have pushed back a decision on whether to approve the controversial Northern Pass project by nine months.  The deadline for the decision has been set for September 30, 2017. 

State statutes say applications to build major energy facilities should be completed within one year of the application's submission, which would mean the decision would be due in December of 2016.  But that same law also says the committee can suspend  that deadline if doing so is "in the public interest."

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The EPA has announced a lifetime health advisory level for two chemicals that have contaminated water in Southern New Hampshire and at the former Pease Air Force Base.

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A bill to spend nearly $2 million on body scanners for state prisons and county jails is heading to Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan's desk. Senators approved the legislation Thursday on a party line vote.

Republicans, like Andy Sanborn of Bedford, told colleagues that making anyone who sets foot in a jail or prison prison pass though scanners is a way to deal with an obvious problem.

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The United States Supreme Court has rejected ExxonMobil’s appeal of a $236 million verdict in a case brought against the oil company by the state of New Hampshire.

The legal battle began more than a decade ago when the state Attorney General sued 22 oil companies for using a chemical called MtBE, which can contaminate soil and drinking water.

Richard Head was an Associate Attorney General at the time and now works for SL Environmental Law Group, which worked with the state on the suit. He spoke with NHPR’s All Things Considered host Peter Biello.

A new White Mountain unit of the New Hampshire Civil Air Patrol is being formed in the North Country.

The Caledonian Record reports an open house is scheduled at the Mt. Washington Regional Airport in Whitefield on Saturday.

CAP is the official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force.

The new unit comes amid a renewed interest among adults and youth in the region. Squadrons have dissolved in recent years in areas including Littleton and Whitefield.

The committee to create the unit is recruiting adult leaders, and currently has 10.

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New Hampshire will spend $100,000 to hire a law firm to investigate whether drug makers have marketed opioids in a deceptive fashion. New Hampshire's Executive Council voted unanimously to allow the Attorney General's office to hire the Washington law firm of Cohen, Milstein, Sellers & Toll.

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The state plans to streamline its mental health and substance abuse programs for children. 

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If you’re on the road, looking for a place to stop and get a cup of coffee in New Hampshire, you’ve got plenty of options: Dunkin Donuts, McDonald’s, every single gas station.

For this week’s Foodstuffs, we visit a tiny, drive-thru coffee shop in Newmarket that's managed to carve out a niche despite this crowded field.

This year’s relatively warm and dry winter probably didn’t do New Hampshire any favors when it comes to curbing its tick population — so people should continue to be vigilant in screening for the invasive insects.

“Evidence suggests that they kind of survived the winter pretty well,” UNH Cooperative Extension Entomologist and Integrated Pest Management Specialist Alan Eaton said on Wednesday’s edition of The Exchange

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New Hampshire health officials say the state's oral health is improving but geographic and socioeconomic disparities still exist.

The Department of Health and Human Services this week released a report on oral health in the state and the existing capacity to meet the state's needs. It found that between the 2001 and 2014 school years, the rate of untreated cavities among third graders dropped by 62 percent, and the proportion of students with sealants to prevent bacteria-causing cavities increased by a third.

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New Hampshire will remain a single-area code state for a bit longer.

The state Public Utilities Commission says the North American Numbering Plan Administrator indicates New Hampshire's 603 area code has enough available numbers until 2032.

In November 1998, the commission was notified that the 603 area code would run out of numbers by the fourth quarter of 2000. But it adopted several number conservation measures to delay the implementation of a second area code.

 

New Hampshire officials say they've found a potentially cancer-causing chemical in Merrimack's former landfill but cannot say whether it has contaminated nearby private wells.

The announcement Tuesday is the latest evidence the chemical PFOA is more widespread in New Hampshire than initially thought. The chemical was first found in more than 50 wells in towns surrounding the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility in Merrimack and has since been found in 11 private wells near a former manufacturing site in Amherst.

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A judge has denied Nathaniel Kibby's request to postpone his June trial date. Kibby faces more than 180 charges for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 14-year-old Conway girl in 2014.  

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Lawmakers in Congress appear to be finding some common ground when it comes to dealing with the heroin and opioid addiction crisis.

But how much money will actually be put toward funding treatment and prevention programs remains a sticking point.

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After nearly two months behind bars, the St. Paul’s School graduate convicted of having sex with a minor will be released from jail within the week.

On Monday Judge Larry Smukler restored bail for Owen Labrie, 21, after he revoked it in March because of broken curfews.  

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The 32-year-old Manchester man charged with shooting two police officers Friday on the city's west side pleaded not guilty Monday to two counts of attempted capital murder. 

Defendant Ian MacPherson is being held without bail at the Valley Street Jail in Manchester.

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 In the battle between ticks and moose, the blood-sucking insects seem to have the upper hand.

Preliminary numbers from a project earlier this year in New Hampshire that put tracking collars on at least 36 calves are not encouraging. They show nearly 75 percent of the calves have died from ticks.

Moose biologist Kristine Rines says a few adult moose have died, too, although not all of those deaths were tick-related.

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