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Seven mothers took up the stage at the Democratic National Convention to speak out against gun violence in America. In addition to voicing support for Democratic nominee for President Hillary Clinton, they condemned alleged police brutality and racism in the justice system. They also advocated for what they called “Common-Sense” gun control. Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, said, “Hillary Clinton has the compassion and understanding to comfort a grieving mother. She has the courage to lead the fight for common-sense gun legislation.”

Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Sununu continues to draw fire from his rivals. During a debate on WGIR radio Wednesday morning, Republican Frank Edelblut said Sununu's Executive Council vote to fund Planned Parenthood was not conservative. Sununu defended his vote.

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Astrid Silva came to the United States as an undocumented Mexican immigrant and she spoke last night at the Democratic Convention in favor of Hillary Clinton. She said, “I know she will fight to keep our families together. Nuestras familias. I know she will.”

Joining NHPR’s Peter Biello today to discuss issues of immigration in New Hampshire is Alejandro Urrutia, a doctor originally from Mexico.

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It’s an almost magical aspect of summer nights in New Hampshire: the sight of fireflies glowing in the darkness, hoping to attract mates. Granite Geek David Brooks recently began to worry about the population of fireflies. It seemed to him like there were fewer of them. So like any good journalist, he went to an expert to gain insight on this observation, and he joins me now to talk about what he found. David’s here now. Welcome.

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A substance abuse treatment facility in Franklin, Farnum North, has added 42 more inpatient beds. And with help from donations, the center can now start treating patients who lack insurance. 

A New Hampshire woman took the stage last night at the Democratic National Convention to talk about how the heroin and opioid addiction crisis is affecting her family.

Pam Livengood of Keene spoke about having to take care of her grandson Francis after her daughter and her boyfriend got caught up in drugs, starting with pain medication.

"For my 50th birthday, I got a 2-year-old," Livengood said at the start of her speech.

New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen focused on the opioid and heroin addiction epidemic during her speech Monday night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Shaheen shared with the audience the grim statistics from her home state, where more than four hundred people died of drug overdoses last year.

And she says while Hillary Clinton will work to solve the problem, Clinton’s opponent – Republican Donald Trump – doesn’t have a plan to deal with the issue.

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A New Hampshire assistant attorney general representing the public will conduct five workshops from Concord to Colebrook in the coming weeks on the impact the Northern Pass energy project could have on places of scenic beauty or that have cultural or historic significance.

The first of the meetings will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Ashland Elementary School auditorium. Other workshops are scheduled in Concord, Littleton, Colebrook and Lancaster.

Police say a 16-year-old boy was found shot in the back on a basketball court in Manchester.

Officers responded to a report of multiple gunshots just before 9 p.m. Saturday. Police say the victim and 18-year-old Michael Cartagena of Manchester had been playing basketball at Beach and Green Streets. Cartagena and the victim told police they were heading to the store when they heard shots fired, causing them to run.

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Update Sunday 7/24 11:30pm: New Hampshire electric utilities say they've restored power to nearly all of the homes and businesses who lost electricity during Saturday's storm.

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The Bookshelf is NHPR'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.

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About a year ago, a few members of the Nashua Police force agreed to meet monthly with a handful of Nashua residents to address racial justice in policing. Thursday night, that committee invited members of the public to a meeting at Rivier University to discuss issues around race and policing in the aftermath of violence by and upon law enforcement around the country.

A new survey from UNH finds that many adults in the state aren’t aware of their legal responsibility to report child abuse.

New Hampshire is one of 19 states with a so-called universal reporting law which requires every adult in the state to report child abuse if they become aware of it. Failing to report can result in a misdemeanor charge.

Keene State College is joining a national trend of getting the public involved in crowd-sourcing the transcription of historical documents.

The college is working the with the state Division of Archives and Records Management to host citizen archivist training workshops where participants learn the ins and outs of reading and correctly transcribing letters, diaries and other historical records. The goal is to create a core group of volunteers who can help town historical societies and other organizations make documents more widely available to the public.

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For the last few years New Hampshire has used money from the Renewable Energy Fund to help with the costs of wood pellet furnaces and boilers.

The incentives are aimed at promoting sustainable energy use and getting rid of dirty old wood stoves. which can pose health risks. 

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  The utility that provides steam heat for the New Hampshire Statehouse and a number of other state government facilities is shutting down. 

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New Hampshire has joined a nationwide effort to block the proposed merger of Anthem and Cigna, the state’s two largest health insurers.

New Hampshire is one of a dozen states that have signed on to a lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Justice, challenging Anthem’s plans to purchase Cigna for $54 billion. The suit alleges the merger would reduce competition for millions of Americans who receive health insurance from their employers or through the Affordable Care Act.

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Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have found more than half of families eligible for a federal nutrition program are not enrolled. 

The state Attorney General's office says a police officer was justified in the fatal shooting of a 19 year old man in Peterborough last month. Details on the incident have been scarce up to this point, but NHPR's Brady Carlson has been reading through the AG's report and he joined NHPR’s Peter Biello with more.

The Secret Service is investigating a New Hampshire state representative and Donald Trump adviser who said Hillary Clinton “should be put in the firing line and shot for treason.”

Baldasaro, a Republican from Londonderry, made the comments Tuesday during an appearance on the Jeff Kuhner Show.

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New Hampshire officials say the state's unemployment rate went up slightly in June, to 2.8 percent.

The state employment security office says the preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is up a tenth of a percentage point from the May rate of 2.7 percent.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June 2015 was 3.5 percent.

The state estimates that 731,010 people were employed last month, an increase of 1,910 from the previous month and an increase of 14,510 from June 2015.

 

A New Hampshire prep school criticized for how it handled sexual misconduct and assault cases has sent an email to faculty members, students and parents saying it's hiring a director of student well-being.

Tuesday's email was signed by the Phillips Exeter Academy's principal and the president of its board of trustees. It says the student well-being director will have oversight of all matters regarding student safety, especially those involving sexual misconduct, harassment and assault.

  Residents in Southern NH exposed to high levels of PFOA can begin getting their blood tested, but those blood tests will likely take months to be processed.

State Epidemiologist Ben Chan told residents gathered at Campbell High auditorium in Litchfield that if they qualify for bottled water, then they also qualify for blood tests.

The tests will be drawn locally, but, he says, they have to be sent out of state for processing and will likely take months to get back.

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As the world’s population increases, so does the demand for food. One way to keep up with demand would be, logically, to just produce more food. Some argue that a better strategy would be to simply stop wasting so much food. Granite Geek David Brooks writes about food waste for his column this week in The Concord Monitor and he joined NHPR’s Peter Biello to discuss his findings.

Two state police troopers have been arrested and charged with simple assault after an incident in May in which the troopers allegedly beat a man who led them on a chase northern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. 

Attorney General Joseph Foster announced the charges Tuesday afternoon against Trooper Andrew Monaco of the New Hampshire State Police and Trooper Joseph Flynn of the Massachusetts State Police. 

Van McLeod, Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources, died Monday morning.

He was commissioner for 24 years. McLeod oversaw the Council of the Arts, the Television and Film Office, the State Library, and the Division of Historical Resources. He was instrumental in developing New Hampshire’s cultural community.

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New Hampshire’s medical marijuana program finally got off the ground in April, with the opening of the state’s first cannabis treatment center. Three of the four state-licensed dispensaries are now operating, and more than 1,100 people with serious illnesses are approved to use the drug.

But many, if not most, of the New Hampshire residents who could potentially benefit from medical marijuana won’t be able to legally obtain it.

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Students at the University of New Hampshire are using a device called “Moocall” to monitor pregnant cows at night. The technology was developed in Ireland in 2015; UNH is one of two universities in the States to use the sensor for agricultural research. 

The sensor attaches to the cow’s tail and records movements that coincide with birthing contractions. When things start getting serious, the sensor sends a text message to the researcher, who can run into the field to help the cow give birth.

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Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard's uninhibited style has landed him in the spotlight recently. He’s been outspoken about the state's opioid crisis and has weighed in on political campaign disputes.

Most recently, he’s taken heat for comments about policing and race. But those who work with Willard say his actions often speak better than his words. 

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Alcohol is big business in New Hampshire. Last year, profits from state-owned liquor stores added about 150 million dollars to the general fund. But it’s rare that this important industry meets together as a whole.

You might think with an industry so important to public and private interests; the different players would get together every once in a while to chat.

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