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UPDATE: An airport spokeswoman tells NHPR, "We will be updating the plaque to highlight the beauty of NH forests in Jefferson, NH." The original story continues below here.

A New Hampshire forester says Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is barking up the wrong tree in a big photo display near security.

Charlie Niebling of Antrim-based Innovative Natural Resource Solutions says he first noticed the mix-up this past summer.

He went through security at the airport and saw a big round column covered in a photo of trees with round, light-green leaves and papery white bark.

Loon Mountain

A winter weather advisory is in place for parts of northern New England. Some parts of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont could see a half-foot of snow.

Officials say the winter weather advisory applies to the mountains of Maine and New Hampshire, and central and northern Vermont, all of which could see accumulations. Several ski resort cams show steady snowfall to start the day.

Rain is in the forecast through Tuesday night for New Hampshire.

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The government benefits program for women and children, known as WIC, is getting an upgrade in New Hampshire.

WIC provides benefits to about 12,000 low-income New Hampshire residents to help cover the cost of healthy groceries. Until recently, mothers using WIC redeemed their benefits with a paper voucher, but by the end of 2018 all participants in the state will redeem their benefits with a WIC debit card.

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A few months ago, San Diego, California resident Jane Williams and her husband were vacationing in Weare, New Hampshire, on Mount William Pond. The place they rented was near a road that followed the edge of the pond, and on that road was small dilapidated house.

"And there was this cute little elderly man sitting in the window," she says. "And every time we went by the house, I'd always wave, and he would just always reflexively wave."

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In Kirsti Sandy's new collection of essays, She Lived, and Other Girls Died, there are stories of family and work....of Sandy's search for her own place, and of the people she met along the way. She spoke with NHPR's Peter Biello about the book, which won Bauhan Publishing's 2017 Monadnock Essay Collection Prize, in her office at Keene State College. 

Kirsti Sandy's Top Five Reading Recommendations

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The University of New Hampshire will lead a major study of how self-driving cars could help workers be more productive while on the road.

Andrew Kun teaches electrical engineering at UNH.

"I suspect, not that far into the future, we will have decent automated vehicles that will actually allow us to do non-driving tasks for extended periods of time,” he says.

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A fundraising campaign to preserve the Chocorua Lake Basin has raised over $1.85 million.

The Chocorua Lake Conservancy said Friday the funds will "ensure that the Chocorua Lake Basin and an iconic view of Mount Chocorua will continue to be preserved and protected forever."

The funds protect the area from development, employ a stewardship director, and maintain public beaches and conservation land.

Among the donors were over 350 households across 31 states. The conservancy also received grants.

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A 30-person team that honors the service of fallen U.S. Forest Service employees now has two members from New Hampshire.

The USDA Forest Service Honor Guard attends funeral and graveside services for fallen comrades, as well as parades and other events. Diron Thompkins, a law enforcement officer with the White Mountain National Forest Pemigewasset Ranger District has been a member since 2010. Recently, Matthew Yeramian, the district's supervisor for visitor services, was selected to join the group.

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A judge has ruled that New Hampshire authorities investigating the stabbing deaths of two women can examine recordings made by an Amazon Echo speaker with the Alexa voice assistant.

Timothy Verrill, of Dover, is accused of first-degree murder in the deaths of 48-year-old Christine Sullivan and 32-year-old Jenna Pellegrini at a Farmington home in January 2017.

Verrill pleaded not guilty and faces trial.

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Nov 9, 2018
Jacqui Helbert

Today on Word of Mouth, we're digging in to the fraught relationship between the gear industry and gender with Outside/In. When do women actually need something different and when are companies just looking to make more money by selling women a product that is essentially the same thing... but smaller and pink? And what do you do if the available products - pink or not -  don't fit your body at all?

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A job fair catering to "experienced workers" over the age of 50 brought nearly 700 job seekers to Manchester on Friday.

The fair, organized by the AARP, the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs, and the New Hampshire Department of Employment Security, is the first of its kind to target baby boomers in the state.

This is the fastest growing demographic of potential workers in New Hampshire.

Lonn Sattler, a Navy vet from Barrington, lost his job last year after working for 36 years in veteran benefits.

 

Northern New Hampshire may be seeing several inches of snow as a storm system approaches.

 

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for much of southern New Hampshire through Saturday night.

  

Forecasters say the snow is expected late Friday through Saturday. Mixed sleet and rain are expected farther south.

Sean Hurley

Go outside. Get wet. That’s the new way of life it seems here in New Hampshire. With the ongoing deluge apparently unwilling to end, NHPR’s Sean Hurley decided to write a little letter to the rain. 

Dear Rain!

Hello! It’s me. How are you? Well, I gather.

I wanted to apologize for my remarks the other day. Which were insensitive. And loud. And not very favorable as far as you.  But I was upset. And wet. Thoroughly to the bone, both.

Portsmouth Police

 

A New Hampshire lawmaker who assaulted a 16-year-old girl was sentenced Friday to at least 30 days in jail.

Republican Eric Schleien, 30, pleaded guilty last month to a misdemeanor simple assault charge. Prosecutors had agreed to a one-year sentence, with half of it suspended based on good behavior.

After a month in jail, the Hudson man will be able to serve the remainder of his term on home detention, WMUR-TV reported Friday. Another simple assault charge and a sex assault charge were not prosecuted as part of the plea deal.

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Participants at rallies throughout New Hampshire have called for the protection of the special counsel's Russia probe following the departure of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.

The rallies were organized quickly Thursday in such places as Concord, Manchester, Conway, and Portsmouth.

Protesters reacted after Sessions was forced out on Wednesday and President Donald Trump announced Matthew Whitaker would be acting attorney general.

Epsom is one of just a handful of towns in New Hampshire that doesn't have full-day kindergarten. 

But, on Tuesday, the Epsom School Board voted 3-1  to put full-day kindergarten on a warrant article for Town Meeting day in March. 

Carol Zink-Mailloux is part of the Full Day Kindergarten Committee, a group of parents who want to see that become a reality.

She says the group has been pushing for this to get to a town vote for the past year.

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New Hampshire has new Codes of Ethics and Conduct for educators.

The Department of Education says the codes revolve around "four core principles" established by legislation in 2017: "Responsibility to students, responsibility to education profession and educational professionals, responsibility to the school community, and ethical use of technology."

A lobbying group that has supported Gov. Chris Sununu’s energy policies wants federal regulators to invalidate a new state subsidy for the biomass industry.

The legislature passed the subsidy by one vote, over Sununu’s veto earlier this year.

It will require utilities to buy energy from biomass and trash-burning power plants at a discounted rate, passing the extra cost onto customers, for the next three years.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: November 9, 2018

Nov 9, 2018

The so-called "blue wave" flipped the New Hampshire legislature and Executive Council to Democrat - we look at what's ahead after Tuesday's midterm elections, and the impact of increasing diversity at the N.H. statehouse. We also look at midterm results in neighboring states plus some non-election New Hampshire news.

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On a Tuesday morning in summer, 2017, Chris Martin boarded the John B. Heiser, a 33-foot research vessel,  headed for Duck Island. Mission: to count seals.

Aviation Museum

On a stormy night in October, 1968, a Northeast Airplanes passenger plane crashed into Moose Mountain in Hanover. Tomorrow, the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire will host a program commemorating the 50th anniversary of what remains New Hampshire’s deadliest plane crash. NHPR’s Sean Hurley reports.

The Director of the Aviation Museum, Jeff Rapsis, has a personal connection to Northeast Airlines Flight 946. "One of the people in the crash was the pilot," he says, "who was my father John Rapsis."

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State attorneys fielded 185 calls to their Election Day hotline this week — ranging from traffic complaints to registration questions to problems with voting equipment — but most complaints were resolved without the need for any formal investigation.

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Democrats flipped the New Hampshire Legislature and Executive Council in this week's elections. But they also took control of two lower-profile offices for County Attorney.

County attorneys oversee law enforcement and set criminal justice priorities in each county.

Only two county attorney races were close - and in both, Democrats beat out Republican incumbents with a promise of criminal justice reform.

In Merrimack County, public defender Robin Davis won after she was nominated as a write-in Democratic candidate during the primaries.

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Earlier this year, Lakes Region General Hospital closed its labor and delivery unit, citing a declining number of deliveries. Now some women in labor may have to travel greater distances to deliver their babies in a hospital.

But what if the baby just can't wait?

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The Claremont schools have accepted an anonymous donation of nearly $30,000 to cover the district’s student lunch debt.

School administrators had proposed hiring a collection agency to recover fees from parents earlier this year.

While the donation is greatly appreciated, it's not a long-term solution to the problem, said Mike O’Neill, director of business and finance with SAU6.

Many local families qualify for the free or reducee-price lunch program, he said, but they don’t apply.

Brady Carlson

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for an illegal moose killing in the North Country.

According to New Hampshire Fish and Game, the incident happened on October 20th at Sugarloaf Pond in Stratford. The moose was shot once in the chest and then again at close range in the head. None of the animal was harvested.

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Increases in voter turnout were particularly high Tuesday in areas around New Hampshire's college campuses.

More than 50 percent more ballots were cast this year in Durham, as well as in Keene's first ward, as compared to the last midterm election in 2014.

Those precincts are home to the University of New Hampshire and Keene State College, respectively. 

Overall, turnout was up about 17 percent statewide.

[Midterms: Complete New Hampshire election results]

U.S. ICE

A federal judge ruled in Concord Tuesday that a man held in immigration custody in New Hampshire for more than eight months will get a hearing.

 

Abdigani Faisal Hussein is a Somali national who came to the U.S. as a refugee in 1996. His lawyers say he has three daughters who are American citizens.

 

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