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Tragedies like the mass killings Friday in Paris can serve to, among many other things, reveal New Hampshire's connections to the rest of the world.

New Hampshire officials are among those condemning Friday's terror attacks in Paris and offering their support to the victims. 

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Dozens of presidential hopefuls – household names and obscure names alike – have been visiting to the New Hampshire statehouse to file for the state’s first in the nation primary.

Candidates have made these trips for decades, but this year, Secretary of State Bill Gardner has added something new to the tradition – or. perhaps we should say, something old.

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  Two Democratic Executive Councilors are outlining a proposal they say could fund passenger rail service between Manchester and Boston.


The parents of murdered journalist and New Hampshire native James Foley say news of a U.S. airstrike targeting the man suspected of killing their son gives them no solace.

NPR reports the Department of Defense says U.S. forces conducted an airstrike targeting an Islamic State leader known as "Jihadi John," who has appeared in videotaped murders of Americans and other hostages. Officials have not said whether the attack Thursday on a location in Raqqa, Syria, killed "John," whose real name is Mohammed Emwazi.

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By all accounts, New Hampshire in the throes of a drug addiction crisis; more than 300 people died from drug overdoses last year, the most in state history.

But while there’s the human toll, there’s also an impact on businesses and the state’s overall economy.

To talk more about that, Jeff Feingold, editor of the New Hampshire Business Review, joined NHPR's Morning Edition to talk about NHBR's reporting on the issue.



A former Seabrook police officer caught on video slamming a suspect into a wall in 2009 has been sentenced to 21 days in jail.

The Portsmouth Herald reports a judge on Thursday ordered Mark Richardson to serve 12 months with all but 21 days suspended for two years.

Richardson pleaded guilty in October to a charge of simple assault. He was charged last year after video surfaced showing him pushing Michael Bergeron Jr. into a wall at the Seabrook Police Station.


Three information centers that welcome tourists to New Hampshire will once again be open during the winter.

The state welcome and information centers in Colebrook, Lebanon and Littleton have been closed during the winter since 2011. But the Department of Resources and Economic Development says based on the recently signed state budget and efforts to improve agency efficiency, officials found money to re-open the centers.

The three sites will open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Monday from Dec. 17 to March 21.


Police say the death of a 17-year-old girl found in a Rochester motel room was drug-related, and her mother and two others were arrested.

Evangelique "Eve" Tarmey of Rochester was found at the Riviera Motel on Oct. 17.

Police said Thursday a toxicology report said the Spaulding High School student's death was accidental and due to "acute fentanyl intoxication."

Her mother, 41-year-old Jazzmyn Rood, was arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit possession of a controlled drug, endangering the welfare of a child, and reckless conduct.

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All this week we’ve been hearing about programs that help veterans who are struggling with PTSD or TBI.  But before these programs can work—veterans who need help actually need to ask for it.  But we know that’s a barrier to getting healthcare.

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To put their name on New Hampshire’s primary ballot, candidates for president visit the Secretary of State’s office at the statehouse. Where they go after filing - is often to a restaurant across the street. 

 The Department of Energy on Thursday released a supplemental environmental impact statement on Northern Pass’ plan to bury an additional 52 miles of its 192-mile route. The federal agency also said it would hold three public hearings on the 36-page document next month.

The Bookshelf is NHPR's series on authors and books with ties to the Granite State. All Things Considered 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.

Casey McDermott, NHPR

A judge heard arguments Thursday in a case challenging the state's decision to hold off on issuing medical marijuana identification cards to patients.

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Veterans’ justice programs are popping up all over the country, and just last year, New Hampshire got its first one, in Nashua. These alternative justice programs are courts that allow veterans to get a handle on problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and alcohol or drug abuse that put them at odds with the law.

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U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte says the newly-passed defense spending bill includes provisions to help New Hampshire fight heroin and opioid abuse.



The owner of a New Hampshire waterpark facing foreclosure has chained himself to the top of a slide tower and is hoping for a financial miracle.

Kevin Dumont says on his Facebook page he's not looking for a handout, just someone to help him prevent a Dec. 2 auction of Liquid Planet in Candia. He promises to stay atop the tower 24/7 and says it's a "last ditch" effort to save the small business he created.

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A new state law limiting when schools can record in classrooms is having unintended consequences for some New Hampshire school districts.

The law was aimed at protecting the privacy of teachers and students, but school officials say the added regulations have made it more difficult to film classrooms for legitimate reasons.

Priscilla Morrill is a reporter for the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript.

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A ceremony will be held at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery Wednesday morning to honor those who have served the country.

Gov. Maggie Hassan and other elected officials are expected to speak at Veterans Day event, which gets underway at 11.

Rain has forced the cancellation of some events.

Manchester will not hold its annual Veterans Day parade Wednesday.

Nashua also cancelled its parade. The city will instead host a short ceremony at Elm Street Middle School.

Several presidential candidates will be in New Hampshire on this Veterans Day.

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For the first time in recent memory, New Hampshire’s Executive Council voted not to confirm an attorney nominated to a seat on the state's Superior Court bench. The rejection, which occurred last week, went largely unnoticed at first. But as word spreads, some among the state’s legal community are voicing concern.

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Thirty-five year old Navy veteran Zech Anderson shifts gears on a mountain bike and glides down a leaf-littered path. He’s riding through the woods near UNH with a fellow veteran, Lou Fladger. Anderson’s been down this trail before.

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Monday  afternoon a 24-year-old hiker who thought he could take the Cog Railway down after climbing Mount Washington was rescued after making trying to descend the steep Huntington Ravine Trail. The hiker, Andy Nguyen of Billerica, Massachusetts, was at the summit when he found out the trains were no longer operating, said Sgt. Mark Ober of New Hampshire Fish and Game.


A nonprofit group from Grafton County is expanding to support drug courts throughout New Hampshire as the state grapples with a rising heroin and opioid abuse problem.

The Friends of New Hampshire Drug Courts, which started in Grafton County, will raise private money to help support the specialized courts that aim to get drug offenders into treatment and keep them out of jail.

Currently there are drug courts in Belknap, Cheshire, Grafton, Hillsborough, Rockingham and Strafford counties.

Brady Carlson / NHPR

Huge rallies with thousands of supporters. Ad buys that try to reach millions of voters. Those are the hallmarks of modern presidential campaigns.

But there’s a good chance the next president will have also spent some time getting to know voters one on one in much smaller settings – like Rich Ashooh's living room.

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas had his victory in last week’s election confirmed Monday, after a recount showed he defeated challenger Joyce Craig by 64 votes.

The new tally was even closer than the initial 85-vote margin that prompted Craig to request the recount last week.

It took roughly 10 hours for city election workers to hand count the 20,000 ballots Monday.

Each candidate picked up additional votes, but Gatsas remained victorious, earning his fourth term as mayor.

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More businesses are tapping into the tiny house trend, letting customers try out the downsized lifestyle before diving in.

A company started by Harvard students is renting out houses of only 160 square feet in New Hampshire to give customers a test run of tiny living. 

Planned Parenthood officials say a Claremont clinic that police say was badly damaged by a hatchet-wielding juvenile will be closed for three more weeks while contractors work to repair extensive damage.

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A Boston hydropower developer is exploring the possibility of using two dams along a western New Hampshire river to generate electricity.

The Valley News reports Grafton Hydro has filed for a preliminary permit from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to find out if it's feasible to generate power from the

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The lawyers who overturned a fired Portsmouth police officer's $2 million inheritance from a woman's disputed will are asking for more than $300,000 in legal fees from the city. 

The Portsmouth Herald reports attorney David Eby filed a motion in Strafford County probate court on behalf of two hospitals that financed the case. The money they're seeking represents a portion of what the city is expected to receive from the estate of Geraldine Webber.

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New Hampshire continues to see slow but steady growth in its housing market.