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Thirty-five projects for land conservation and historic preservation have been awarded grants by the state’s Land and Community Heritage Investment Program . LCHIP was created by the legislature in 2000 to provide matching grants for conservation and preservation projects across New Hampshire. This year, a total of 3.5 million dollars went to fund projects that range from the conservation of Nashua’s last working farm to the restoration of Laconia’s Colonial Theatre. Governor Maggie Hassan...

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Enna Grazier's kitchen is a lot like a normal home kitchen, except she's got a few things most people don't have at home: a commercial food production license, and countertop-sized tools that turn cocoa beans into carefully crafted chocolate bars.

There you'll find, among other gadgets, machines that look like they belong in a chemist's lab. "This is my winnower ," she says. " It’s a MacGyvered kind of contraption of shop vac , juicer, PVC , and a bucket." The winnower sorts out...

New Hampshire's all-Democratic incoming Congressional delegation is throwing its support behind Ray Buckley's bid for chair of the Democratic National Committee. In a joint statement Thursday, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, U.S. Senator-elect Maggie Hassan, Congresswoman Annie Kuster and Congresswoman-elect Carol Shea-Porter praised the current chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, writing that Buckley has "the vision, energy and commitment to reform the DNC and utilize it to...

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A potential strike by school bus drivers in New Hampshire has officially been called off. That’s after union drivers signed a five-year contract Wednesday night with their employer First Students after a weeks’ long labor dispute.

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Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, in her farewell address on the Senate floor, has thanked the people of the state for the "extraordinary opportunity" to serve them. Ayotte, elected in 2010, was defeated in November by Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan in a very close race. Ayotte spoke Wednesday about issues of great importance to her, including improving services for veterans, strengthening the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, dealing with the "devastating epidemic" of heroin and...

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As a reporter, Bob Woodward has written the first draft of history on some of this country’s most important events. In 1973, his coverage of the Watergate Scandal with Carl Bernstein for The Washington Post was instrumental in uncovering corruption that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Woodward was also The Washington Post’s lead reporter for the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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The Appalachian Mountain Club is withdrawing its proposal for a new overnight hut in Crawford Notch State Park. The AMC notified the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development of its decision after more than a year of what the non-profit called ‘careful consideration.’ “While the outcome of this proposal is not as hoped for, we remain fully committed to continuing to provide high-quality outdoor recreational experiences for the citizens of New Hampshire and the visitors to...

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New Hampshire Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan has directed that flags fly at half-staff in honor of the 75th anniversary of the attack on the United States at Pearl Harbor. Hassan says the solemn occasion is an important opportunity to join together in honoring the sacrifices of the brave lives lost on Dec. 7, 1941, as well as those who survived and those who courageously went on to defend the nation in World War II. Hassan said she joins all Granite Staters, Americans and people across the...

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Pregnant women battling substance abuse addiction in New Hampshire have a new place for treatment. Hope on Haven Hill opens its doors in Rochester on Thursday. The residential program will provide treatment for up to eight pregnant women in recovery as they prepare for birth. And new mothers will be able to continue living at the home for up to a year with their babies as their treatment continues postpartum. NHPR featured Hope on Haven Hill as part of a Morning Edition series earlier this...

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The Veterans Administration has scheduled two town hall meetings next week in New Hampshire’s North Country to discuss the closing of facilities in Colebrook and Berlin that offer primary care and lab services to veterans.

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Portsmouth officials say six rounds of sampling done for chemicals in wells at what's now the Pease International Tradeport have resulted in non-detect levels since the city began using a carbon filter system. Public Works Department deputy director Brian Goetz tells The Portsmouth Herald the last test was done on Nov. 15. He says all six tests resulted in non-detect levels for two types of PFCs, or perfluorochemicals. Goetz says they used the same sample method as the Air Force at the two...

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Parents of fourth and fifth graders can save money when their kids ski in New Hampshire. Ski NH is offering a $30 Snowsports Passport to fourth and fifth graders that includes a one-day lift ticket or trail pass voucher to each of the association's 34 ski members. Vouchers also have additional offers on lessons, equipment rentals and lift tickets for family members. A portion of the proceeds from each Passport also go to Make-A-Wish New Hampshire. Coupons from the passport are valid every day...

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The CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock says he will step down when his contract expires next June. A spine surgeon by training, James Weinstein has led the state’s largest health care system since 2011. During that time, he’s had to navigate both local and national challenges, including the arrival of the Affordable Care Act. “The past five years have been ones of exciting and sometimes challenging change in health care,” says Weinstein in a statement posted to the hospital’s website. “D-H is on a...

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New Hampshire’s struggling dairy farmers may soon get some help from a relief program in the works at the Statehouse. Backed by the majority leaders in both the New Hampshire House and Senate, the Joint Dairy Farmers Task Force moved Monday to aid farmers affected by this year’s drought. The program is aimed at dairy farmers who have suffered financial losses from “unreasonably low” milk prices, and meager feed crops. Nineteen of New Hampshire’s 120 dairy farms stopped producing milk this...

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If you have a loved one behind bars, there are more ways than ever to stay connected: letters, phone calls, and just in the past couple of years, a new way: a video service that lets inmates and families communicate through a screen; along the lines of Skype. But there’s a catch: when jails add video visitation, they’re usually getting rid of in person visits. There's one place in New Hampshire, Cheshire County Jail, where that’s happening.

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Nineteen former faculty members of the psychiatry department at Dartmouth College's Geisel School of Medicine have sued, saying Dartmouth violated their employment contracts and policy that entitled them to severance payments when it laid them off. The Valley News reports a college spokeswoman said officials had no comment. The dispute is the latest to arise following Dartmouth's moves to erase an estimated annual deficit approaching $30 million at Geisel. As part of what officials described...

Several hiker-generated petitions have started in opposition to plans to build a hotel near the summit of Mount Washington, the Northeast's highest peak. An online petition started by New Hampshire hiker Rachel Lewis has more than 2,700 signatures. Another asks hikers to contact the Coos County Planning Board to share their concerns. The owners of the cog railway that runs up the mountain want to build the hotel. The Coos County Planning Board is meeting Thursday for a "preliminary...

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House Speaker Shawn Jasper says Republican control in Concord could pave the way for changes to the state's election laws. After narrowly winning his party's nomination for a second term as Speaker last week, Jasper spoke to NHPR's All Things Considered about priorities for the upcoming legislative session.

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The Laconia Fire Department has named a new drug recovery coordinator as part of the city's response to the addiction crisis.

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U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says new cellular voice and data service in New Hampshire's North Country will significantly boost economic development, tourism and public safety in the region. Shaheen is announcing the expansion of 4G LTE service at a news conference Friday in Northumberland. The new service was built and operated by Wireless Partners LLC and will carry Verizon services. Shaheen, who played a key role in developing the partnership, will be joined at the news conference by several...

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A group of residents in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, have sued the city, state, and federal government, saying an upgraded wastewater treatment plant under construction lacks the capacity to handle sewer needs. The Portsmouth Herald reports the group filed the suit in federal court in Concord on Wednesday under provisions of the Clean Water Act. It also believes the Peirce Island plant is using the wrong technology because the city wanted to build it there, rather than at Pease International...

A survey from the National Alliance on Mental Illness shows that for people with insurance, mental healthcare is still tougher to access than other kinds of care. There are a variety of reasons for that. Here to discuss this report is Ken Norton. He’s the executive director of NAMI New Hampshire. He spoke with NHPR’s Peter Biello. Let’s talk about one of the major findings in this report, which is that there are too few mental health therapists. That’s one of...

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A Nashua mother convicted of beating her 3-year-old daughter to death will be sentenced Friday morning. Twenty-six-year-old Katlyn Marin was found guilty of second-degree murder in August for the 2014 death of Brielle Gage. Prosecutors say Marin physically assaulted her daughter over the course of several years, which resulted in the child's death. Prosecutors will be asking the judge for a sentence of 45 to life.

You’d be forgiven for not being able to draw Laconia’s official city flag from memory. It doesn’t actually fly anywhere, so even most residents have never seen it. But an effort to redesign and reinvigorate the city flag is underway, and not everyone is happy about it.

Lawmakers in the U.S. House have overwhelmingly passed a wide-ranging health care reform bill that sets aside $1 billion to be split among states like New Hampshire battling the heroin and opioid addiction crisis.

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In the Marines, Dan Crim learned how to strap an air-tight respirator over his mouth and nose to protect himself from a biological threat. He was glad to never have to use one in a combat zone during his five deployments overseas. Now a retired Marine, Crim wears a respirator whenever he sets foot in the house he bought but no longer lives in.

Under new federal legislation, the Environmental Protection Agency will work to deepen its understanding of 10 chemicals in commercial use. Topping that list is 1,4-dioxane, which has also been found in drinking water in a Hanover, New Hampshire, neighborhood.

The organization that handles refugee resettlement in Manchester says it’s seen an uptick in volunteers there over the course of the presidential campaign season. Usually, a case manager drives new refugee families to apply for things like fuel assistance. But on Monday, a volunteer made the trip, said Amadou Hamady, the Manchester site director of the International Institute of New England. Whenever a public figure says something "outraging" about refugees and others, Hamady said, "we always...

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A Florida-based circus operator has agreed to pay $24,000 in fines issued by federal safety officials for a tent collapse that killed two people and injured dozens in New Hampshire last year. Forty-one-year-old Robert Young and his 6-year-old daughter, Annabelle, of Vermont, died Aug. 3, 2015, when a storm with 75 mph winds blew through the Lancaster Fairgrounds, toppling the tent just minutes after about 100 people had settled in for a show. Fifty others were injured. Sarasota-based Walker...

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