Dan Tuohy

Digital Engagement Producer

Dan is a long-time New Hampshire journalist who has written for outlets including Foster's Daily Democrat, The Citizen of Laconia, The Boston Globe, and The Eagle-Tribune. He comes to NHPR from the New Hampshire Union Leader, where he reported on state, local, and national politics.

He is a native Granite Stater and a graduate of Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vt.

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The commission studying marijuana legalization in New Hampshire will be making up to 50 recommendations in its report due November 1st

Just don’t expect an up-or-down vote to recommend recreational pot.

Or oppose it.

State Representative Patrick Abrami, chairman of the commission, says the report will outline the potential pitfalls and the best way for legislators to go about it—should New Hampshire follow neighboring states and legalize it for adults.

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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 swift water rescue team from New Hampshire is leaving tonight for the Carolinas to assist with emergency response efforts for Hurricane Florence.

A team of 14 first responders from seven fire safety departments in the Granite State will join emergency personnel from other regions for this mass mutual aid call, according to the N.H. Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

The team is FEMA-certified. The responders come from: Amherst, Bedford, Conway, Goffstown, Keene, Manchester, and North Conway.

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court in Concord was recently among 10 properties added to the N.H. State Register of Historic Places. The Supreme Court is a symmetrical Georgian Colonial Revival building with a steel-and-concrete block frame and brick exterior. The interior features green and white marble floors.  

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Nationally, some Republicans are expressing worry about how the two major news stories this week - a guilty plea from the President's former lawyer and a guilty verdict in a case involving his former campaign manager - could affect the party's chances in the mid-term election.

State Rep. Steve Negron insists he doesn't share that worry.  

The Republican candidate vying for a primary win in New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District race contends the legal troubles surrrounding Trump associates have no effect on his campaign.

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More mosquitoes in Manchester have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Manchester Public Health Director Tim Soucy says the additional batches collected Aug. 13-14 were found with the virus, which raises the community's risk level to moderate.

The Queen City discovered the first positive batch of West Nile Virus mosquitoes in late July.

If additional batches of mosquitoes test positive, the city may conduct spraying, Soucy says.

Dr. Stewart Levenson, a self-described gun enthusiast and Republican running for Congress, says there is no need for new gun laws in America when the federal government is struggling to fix existing laws. And he sees gun-free zones at schools as something of a joke.

"We put up signs in front of schools that say 'gun-free zones' when it really means homicidal maniac hunting preserve," he said during an interview on NHPR's The Exchange on Tuesday.

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Congressional candidate Lynne Blankenbeker defended the Trump administration's family separation policy Friday by saying the parents entering the country illegally bear the blame.

Blankenbeker, a Republican running in New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District, said on NHPR's The Exchange she feels for the children, but that the parents must be held accountable.

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Summer means certain historic venues open up for the season. In North Hampton, at Little Boar's Head, Union Chapel is one such place.

The late 19th Century house of worship held its first interdenominational service of 2018 on July 1.

Its 141st season features a different minister each Sunday at 11 a.m. 

Click and drag your mouse for a 360 view from the altar. Click the + or - signs to zoom in or out.

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It’s the summer of weed for neighboring states that have legalized recreational marijuana. The road to New Hampshire, though, remains one big “pot” hole.

Pot is still illegal here.

It’s a point underscored in an interview with Tuftonborough Police Chief Andrew Shagoury, president of the N.H. Association of Chiefs of Police.

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Congressional candidate Naomi Andrews says she shares the same values as Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter—her former boss—right down to supporting an effort to impeach President Trump.

Shea-Porter co-sponsored impeachment articles back in December. The Republican-dominated House quickly rejected the effort.

The interlude is polished and playful.

“I have something very special coming up here. I just kind of have to set the stage .... we have a giraffe that’s going to be performing with us out here.”

The audience laughs away.

This is the opening of a song track on one of The Shaw Brothers’ records. They’re playing live at Prescott Park in Portsmouth. And if you’ve ever enjoyed a concert at the Prescott Park Arts Festival, you can just imagine the giraffe was either a prop or a set painting for a youth theater act that used the stage earlier.

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New Hampshire's medical marijuana law turns 5 next month, and the Therapeutic Cannabis Advisory Council will be issuing a five-year status report on how the program has operated.

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New Hampshire's Senate Minority Leader plans to file legislation to legalize and tax marijuana in the upcoming legislative session.

Democrat Jeff Woodburn announced the renewed push following President Trump signaling he is willing to support a bipartisan marijuana legalization effort that respects states' rights.

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The commission studying marijuana legalization in New Hampshire is watching Massachusetts as pot shops become legal there on July 1.

Ed Shemelya says it could present some unique challenges—even in the Granite State.

Shemeleya is coordinator of the National Marijuana Initiative, a federal anti-drug effort focused on marijuana data. He addressed the study commission on behalf of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program, established by the White House office of National Drug Control Policy.

The chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party has announced his support for including marijuana legalization in the party's platform.

Ray Buckley says he joins Molly Kelly and Steve Marchand, the two candidates for the Democratic nomination for governor, in support of legalization, regulation and taxation. He says he's willing to co-sponsor an amendment and vote for the platform change at the party convention June 23.

Can Democrats hold onto the New Hampshire congressional seat known as the "swingiest" district? Can a Republican claim it during a mid-term election year?

All eyes are trained on the 1st Congressional District as the candidates on both sides of the aisle jockey for position and any available media attention. To help identify those in this crowded field, NHPR continues its series, "Race for the 1st," with the candidates invited on The Exchange with Laura Knoy for a 20-minute segment.

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  A bill heading to Governor Sununu’s desk aims to address issues of access within the state’s medical marijuana program.

Earlier this month the House and Senate agreed to a plan to allow for an additional two dispensaries.

There are now centers in Dover, Lebanon, Merrimack, and Plymouth.  

Senator John Reagan, a prime sponsor of the bill, says this isn't enough.

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John Broderick has spoken at more than 80 schools and driven some 46,000 miles as co-chair of the Campaign to Change Direction NH.

He urges teens to know the five signs of mental illness. He shares his family's personal story—and offers assurance that help is available. Bottomline, he says, a different conversation is necessary to reach this younger generation.  WATCH Broderick discuss the issue after speaking at Timberlane High School.

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It doesn't pack the same wallop or stoke the local pride as much as, say, John Stark Dayhonoring the general who coined the Live Free or Die motto. Still, "Lafayette Day" is a long-time official observance in the state of New Hampshire.

Will the French Tricolours be flying in the Granite State today in celebration of the Marquis de Lafayette?

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Governor Chris Sununu wants the New Hampshire Supreme Court to review whether proposed voting residency bills are constitutional.

But Representative David Bates, a Republican from Windham who sponsored one of the bills, contends the court is unlikely to intervene. He says the court declined last session to review a different voting bill, citing pending litigation.

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With state lawmakers busy chipping away at unfinished legislative priorities today at the New Hampshire State House, here is a roundup of the top stories today and over the past 24 hours on NHPR. 

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State lawmakers recently passed a bill designed to expand access to medical marijuana through additional dispensaries, but a bill to allow patients to grow pot for personal use appears headed for defeat.

A Senate committee voted this week to recommend the bill be referred to interim study.

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The commission studying marijuana legalization in New Hampshire got a crash course Monday in "Juuling"—the  e-cigarette vaping that's become a craze among high school students.

Jill Burke, interim prevention administrator for the New Hampshire Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services, says some young people are using various vaping devices with oils derived from cannabis.

“It is the size of a USB stick and they’re using these products in schools and colleges, and they’re using these products with THC oils and derivatives,” she said.

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Six months ago, the State Police Forensic Laboratory had a backlog of about 3,600 cases. It’s now down to 1,600, and analysts are steadily chipping away at the number of controlled drug cases.

There are a few reasons for the progress, Director Timothy Pifer says. They’ve hired two extra chemists, for one.

Another factor: Marijuana decriminalization.

New Hampshire’s state law eliminating jail time for possession of a small amount of marijuana took effect in September of 2017.

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In the debate over legalizing marijuana in New Hampshire, advocates have said it should be regulated like alcohol.

So, it makes some sense that the New Hampshire State Liquor Commission would be a potential go-to agency to regulate it, should the Granite State one day permit retail sale of recreational pot. 

Seven cities approved Keno gambling last November and 77 towns will put the question to voters at town meeting on Tuesday--and later this week, according to the N.H. Lottery, which oversees Keno 603. Thirty-six towns OK'd Keno on Tuesday, while nine rejected it. 

Click the dots on the map to see where KENO stands in New Hampshire towns:

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Marchand has a plan to curb gun violence ... just don’t call it gun control, he says.

"Note - I don't call it gun control because that implies I'm trying to take your guns. It's reducing gun violence," he said on The Exchange on Wednesday.

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Gov. Chris Sununu inspected historic flooding Saturday on the New Hampshire seacoast, as Atlantic waves whipped up from a nor'easter's high winds breached and eroded sea walls for a second day.

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There's always a certain retrospective zeal to the Oscars. It's part of what will make the 90th Academy Awards this Sunday so interesting: Past meets Present, Present winks and tips its hat

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