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97-Year-Old WWII Veteran From N.H. Presented With Congress's Highest Honor

It was a room full of applause at the Wright Museum of WWII as Sen. Jeanne Shaheen praised Roger Campbell as one of the greatest of the Greatest Generation. The Technician Fourth Grade (Ret.) was presented with a Congressional Gold Medal. "When I get up I'll salute this every morning," Campbell said after the ceremony. Campbell served with the Office of Strategic Services, the precursor to the CIA. He battled Japanese soldiers with guerilla tactics in the jungles of what was then Burma,...

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The Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua will rename its chapel in honor of two Black church leaders on Saturday.

The re-named Campbell Chapel will honor the lives of Marguerite Campbell Davis and her brother Rev. Jeffrey Campbell. Rev. Campbell became a minister in 1935 and Davis served on church staff until the 1980s.

In 2017, a church study group found out that the two siblings were buried in unmarked graves in Edgewood Cemetery. The current minister, Rev. Allison Palm, said this reflected discrimination the two faced from the church.

In N.H. Collins OK With Most of Ford's Testimony Requests

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U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, says she agrees with many, but not all of the requests, made by attorneys for the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a long-ago sexual assault.

Collins, a swing vote on the nomination, spoke to reporters in New Hampshire on Friday night after a lecture at St. Anselm College, after the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said his panel will vote Monday on the nomination if there's no agreement with attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford by 10 p.m.

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It was a room full of applause at the Wright Museum of WWII as Sen. Jeanne Shaheen praised Roger Campbell as one of the greatest of the Greatest Generation. The Technician Fourth Grade (Ret.) was presented with a Congressional Gold Medal.

 

"When I get up I'll salute this every morning," Campbell said after the ceremony.

 

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Not far from downtown Nashua, Carla Gomez is hosting a 77th birthday party for her uncle.

 

Three generations of the family mill around the house with new friends, eating and chatting in a kitchen bedecked with balloons and ribbons.

 

There’s a lot of laughter here today, but there’s also some reflection; the last time they celebrated this birthday, the family was living in Puerto Rico.

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New Hampshire is one step closer to overhauling its infrastructure for combatting the opioid epidemic.

State lawmakers on Friday approved nearly $20 million in federal money to bolster treatment and recovery programs over the next 10 months.

The funding was announced last month, and becomes official this week. The state must start spending it within 90 days.

Nearly $9 million will go toward developing a hub-and-spoke model with hospitals serving as the go-to spot for someone seeking help for addiction.

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Today, we're looking skyward to explore the life of geologist Ursula Marvin, who used her exceptional ability to identify minerals to study asteroids. Planetary geology wasn't a field that welcomed women but Marvin never let that stop her. In the 1970s, she became the first woman to travel to Antarctica to hunt for meteorites. 

Also, another story from our continuing series on vanity plates.

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A viral video of a whale carcass falling from a front-loader and dumpster to the pavement in Rye this week highlights what's being called an "exceptional die-off" of Minke Whales off the coast of Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

New England Aquarium spokesman Tony LaCasse says scientists do not yet know the source of these dead whales.

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A middle school student in Seabrook has been criminally charged for making threats to "shoot up" his school.

The students' peers first reported the threats on Friday. On Monday, SAU 21 Superintendent Bill Lupini says that students returned with more detailed and serious reports.

School officials say they do not believe the school was in danger, but the student is not attending classes.

Police say the students' name and many details - including plans for returning to school - cannot be released because of juvenile privacy rules.

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A new bail reform law designed to prevent poor people from sitting in jail for not being able to post bail is now being implemented in New Hampshire courts.

Some county attorneys and others in law enforcement were skeptical of the new law, Senate Bill 556, and now some are saying the roll-out has been rocky.

NHPR's Peter Biello spoke with Rockingham County Attorney Patricia Conway about how the bill is affecting her office. Listen to the interview here.

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Morning Edition is taking a look at how the opioid epidemic is affecting children – and the people and programs who support them – in New Hampshire.

It's part of NHPR's Crossroad series, examining the impacts of addiction in New Hampshire.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley met with Carol Eyman at the Nashua Public Library. Eyman is the outreach coordinator for the library, which has begun to partner with the city and non-profits to help children in the opioid crisis. Eyman says these days, libraries can be about much more than books and DVDs.

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