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Ticks Kill Moose At High Rates As New England Winters Warm

Researchers have finished their largest study to date on how ticks and warming winters are hurting moose in Northern New England. The data shows unprecedented death rates among moose calves -- more than 50 percent in four of the past five years, plus lower reproductive rates in adult moose across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. UNH ecologist Peter Pekins says the animals are spending months covered in tens of thousands of blood-sucking winter ticks – a different species than what bites...

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Several climate science skeptics from around the world will join a controversial conference in Portsmouth over the next two days.

The event, known as the Portsmouth Conference, lost support from the city and the University of New Hampshire because of its roster of speakers.

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All this week All Things Considered is speaking with candidates for New Hampshire governor about economic policy. Today NHPR’s Peter Biello spoke with incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Sununu.

(This transcript has been edited lightly for clarity.)

On the campaign trail in 2016 you promised to visit 100 businesses and invite them to move to New Hampshire. You've announced that you've spoken to more than 100 businesses. What benefit has that been to the state?

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A state commission is studying ways to address what it calls the "woefully underfunded" New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

 

Glenn Normandeau, executive director of Fish and Game,  says his office is constantly monitoring its funding stream -- only 3 percent of which comes from the state's general fund.

 

A third of his budget is funded by fishing and hunting licenses. A little more than a third comes from federal funds. 

 

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Researchers have finished their largest study to date on how ticks and warming winters are hurting moose in Northern New England.

The data shows unprecedented death rates among moose calves -- more than 50 percent in four of the past five years, plus lower reproductive rates in adult moose across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Allegra Boverman

Gov. Chris Sununu says he has a model for paid family and medical leave that's a voluntary, citing his opposition for the mandatory proposal that passed the House during the last legislative session.

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Dartmouth College will review all its academic departments for issues around sexual harassment, power dynamics, diversity and inclusion. The school will also unify its policies on sexual misconduct so that students, faculty and staff are subject to the same rules and guidance.

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Governor Chris Sununu is entering the final stretch of his reelection effort with a $200,000 financial edge over Democratic challenger Molly Kelly. But Kelly has outraised Sununu 3 to 1 since the state primary.

Sununu’s campaign has collected close to $1.5 million in overall donations but only $110,000 since last month’s primary. Kelly, meanwhile has hauled in nearly $350,000 over the same period. The bulk of Kelly’s money is derived from donations less than $100.

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A new handicap-accessible trail opens Thursday in a rare forest in Ossipee – the first such trail the Nature Conservancy has built in the state.

The walking trail runs through the nonprofit’s Ossipee Pine Barrens and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Libertarian gubernatorial nominee Jilletta Jarvis supports job training as part of any initiative to combat the opioid epidemic in New Hampshire, but she's opposed to Medicaid expansion, which several state leaders say has been a critical tool in response to the health crisis. Morning Edition host Rick Ganley interviewed Jarvis to further discuss health care issues.

Morning Edition is interviewing gubernatorial candidates all week to discuss health policy.

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Lawyers for President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and his neighbors on Wednesday said they have resolved most of the issues related to a testy property dispute.

Glenn and Irene Schwartz countersued Lewandowski after he filed a $5 million lawsuit over access to a pond-front property in Windham, New Hampshire. Lewandowski accused the couple of blocking an easement granted to him so he could reach the tract while the couple said he threatened them. Court documents indicate Lewandowski is building a garage at the property alongside a cottage.

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