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New Hampshire, home of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, will be opening its Statehouse on weekends for the first time in nearly two decades.

Gov. Maggie Hassan signed into law this week a bill that paves the way for the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce pay the security costs and provide docents to lead tours.

Chamber director Tim Sink said the plan is to offer Saturday tours Memorial Day through Columbus Day, but tours this year probably won't get off the ground until the fall.

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New Hampshire is holding its annual moose hunt lottery.

The Fish and Game Department will issue 71 moose hunting permits on Friday. Winners are selected through a computerized random drawing.

Hunters who are drawn and accept a permit are not eligible to enter the lottery or apply for a bonus point for the following three years.

Last year, 105 permits were offered. New Hampshire has roughly 4,000 moose— about half the population from 10 years ago. The decline is due partly due to an increase in winter ticks.

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When politicians talk about drug abuse, ‘tough on crime’ is a phrase that seems to be going out of style as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree that the "War on Drugs" didn’t solve the problem.

They have green backs, pink bellies and are only about 2 inches in diameter. The invasive green crab has been destroying clam and scallop populations from South Carolina to Maine, since they were introduced here two centuries ago.

A former Republican state representative who was arrested in connection with alleged voter fraud during New Hampshire's presidential primary has been arraigned on witness tampering and bribery charges.

Foster's Daily Democrat reports Don Leeman of Rochester appeared in Strafford County Superior Court on Wednesday. He remains out on bail.

The attorney general's office says Leeman, who resigned in May, was representing and voted in a district in which he was no longer domiciled during the February primary.

The Department of Health and Human Services will now pay for blood tests for some residents exposed to chemicals like PFOA and PFOS.

The department paid for the blood tests after workers and parents demanded them following exposure on the Pease Air Force Base two years ago. But DHHS had resisted paying for blood tests in Southern New Hampshire where similar chemicals turned up. That changed today, DHHS spokesman Jake Leon says.

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Students at Keene State University are using a flat aquatic worm to study some rare human diseases. And the research began because of something unexpected that occurred in the course of some very basic research.

David Brooks is a reporter for the Concord Monitor and writer at Granitegeek.org. He joined NHPR’s Peter Biello to discuss the story behind this flatworm research.

An elite New Hampshire prep school reeling from the conviction of a former student for sexual assault is hosting a symposium on youth and technology with the goal of publishing a guidebook on social media to help schools.

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A New Hampshire planning board has approved a proposal allowing Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center to build a solar array southeast of its campus parking lots.

The Valley News reports the Lebanon planning board's decision Monday includes conditions that the hospital receive state wetlands and terrain approval before construction begins on the 1.25-megawatt solar array.

The hospital must also plant 20 additional trees to provide shade to cars and improve parking lot appearances.

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A candlelight vigil was held last night in Portsmouth to honor the victims of the recent terror attack in Orlando.

Hundreds of Seacoast residents met at South Church in Portsmouth where the mood was a mix of sadness and frustration.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeanie Forrester is calling for mandatory life in prison without parole for people who sell drugs that cause overdose deaths.

The family of Lizzi Marriott, the UNH student raped and murdered in 2012 want the New Hampshire Supreme Court to reconsider a ruling that could make public previously private information about her sexual history.

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Public libraries around New Hampshire are kicking off their Summer Reading Challenge. This year’s theme is called, “On your Mark, Get Set, READ,” and the starting line is piled high with literature about health and fitness.  Liz Gotauco is Head of Youth Services at the Merrimack Public Library. She says if young people don't keep up with reading over the summer, they can experience a slump in their reading skills and retention. Gotauco hopes she will see kids inspired by reading.  "I like to see a huge excitement for reading.

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A seven-year long battle between dairy farmers and the large dairy companies that buy raw milk came to an end last week. A federal judge approved the settlement of an antitrust case that alleged that Dairy Farmers of America, Dairy Marketing Services, and Dean Foods worked together to drive down milk prices in the Northeast.

Farmers in eleven states, including New Hampshire and the District of Columbia, will be getting payments under the agreement. New Hampshire farmer Steve Taylor helped outline the settlement conditions. He joined NHPR’s Peter Biello to discuss the lawsuit.

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Representatives from Merrimack County voted last week on a proposal that would convert the old jail in Boscawen into a community corrections center for inmates. The new facility will provide inpatient treatment and housing for work release, helping to transition inmates back into the community. Superintendent Ross Cunningham is directing the project, and he spoke with NHPR’s Peter Biello about their plan.

How will this new community corrections center help inmates?

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Think back for a moment to last December. Do you think it was warmer than average? Colder? About average?

A new study suggests that your answer to that question may depend on a few factors, such as whether or not you believe in climate change or how many kids you have. By the way, December was warmer than average—much warmer, with temperatures shooting nearly 14 degrees above the average.

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Students at Dartmouth are criticizing the Ivy League school for its lack of faculty diversity after an Asian-American assistant professor was denied tenure.

 

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan is going to sign into law a bill establishing a statewide drug court program.

The program will help those battling addiction access treatment and recovery services.

The bill establishes a statewide drug offender grant program, setting up the drug courts or alternative programs. It also transfers $40 million to the state's Rainy Day fund this year.

The bill signing is scheduled for Tuesday in Manchester.

A candlelight vigil and walk will be held in Portsmouth Tuesday night in honor of the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando.

The event begins at South Church at 8 p.m., and is being organized by the church and Seacoast Outright, an LGBT advocacy group.

There's also an event planned for Concord Tuesday night. The Wesley United Methodist Church will hold an interfaith vigil at 7 p.m. 

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New Hampshire has become the first state to launch a campaign solely aimed at breaking down the stigma around mental illness and improving treatment and prevention. But left unaddressed has been a population of mentally ill people at the state prison who are incredibly violent and have no place else to go.

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Donald Trump will deliver a "major speech" in New Hampshire Monday he says will focus on Sunday's mass shooting in Orlando, as well as immigration and national security.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee switched the focus of the address following the shooting at a gay nightclub, in which the shooter, 29-year-old Omar Mateem, killed 49 and injured 53 others.

It's the deadliest mass shooting in the country's history.

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  The state is set to release new employment figures this week. 

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  Dartmouth College is celebrating its class of 2016. 

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Republican Jack Flanagan has served in a number of elected offices – most notably as state house majority leader – but says he’s most at home digging into public policy. 

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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Donald Trump's campaign has announced two events for his trip to New Hampshire Monday.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee will deliver a speech at Saint Anselm College at 2:30, according to his campaign schedule. It's billed as a private event, and no tickets will be available to the public.

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Alcoholics Anonymous has become a well-known part of recovery, but now, Heroin Anonymous meetings are popping up all over the New Hampshire. The meetings are in large cities like Manchester and Nashua, but also in smaller communities where the addiction epidemic has taken a toll.

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Republican Jeanie Forrester promises she won't seek any higher office if elected governor.

Her pledge is partly a swipe at Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, who Forrester and other Republicans say has been an absentee governor since launching her U.S. Senate bid.

Forrester, a three-term state senator, made the promise Thursday. She is also taking a voluntary spending cap that limits her at spending $625,000 in the primary contest. Democrat Steve Marchand is the only other gubernatorial candidate to agree to the cap.

 

Congressional hopeful Shawn O'Connor says he dropping his Democratic party affiliation to run as an independent.

O'Connor, a Bedford businessman, had been seeking the Democratic nomination in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District, a seat now held by Republican Frank Guinta. He told WMUR-TV on Thursday his ideas don't align with either major party, and complained that the state Democratic Party was picking favorites.

To get on the general election ballot as an independent, O'Connor must collect 1,500 signatures by Aug. 10.

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