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A group of neighbors concerned about noise are asking the state Supreme Court to step in and block a proposed country music festival at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

In May, a Superior Court judge ruled that the racetrack can go ahead with a multi-day concert despite an agreement signed in 1989 that prohibits stand-alone concerts at the track.

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The driver who allegedly struck the Cornish-Windsor Bridge in a hit-and-run accident earlier this month turned himself in Sunday.

Here are 5 things to do this weekend in New Hampshire, plus a few extras to help plan for summer fun.

Kate McNally, host of The Folks Show on NHPR, also maintains a folk music and dance calendar for live music shows and events.

Visit NHPR's community calendar for additional events and activities near you.

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Gubernatorial candidate Steve Marchand will appear on NHPR's The Exchange Tuesday, Aug. 14, as part of the show's coverage of the 2018 primary elections.

Marchand, the former mayor of Portsmouth, is running for the Democratic nomination for governor. Also running is former state Senator Molly Kelly. Kelly was given the opportunity to appear with Marchand, but declined the show's invitation.

The winner of the Democratic primary on Tuesday, Sept. 11 will take on Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who is running unopposed.

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory today for most of New Hampshire, warning the heat index values hitting 100.

The forecast calls for temperatures in the mid to high 90s, with dewpoints in the upper 60s and lower 70s.

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services declared an "air quality action day" today for Rockingham County, a warning for unhealthy levels of air pollution. 

The bad-air alert was issued for Tuesday and Wednesday for both Rockingham and Hillsborough counties.

Welcome to the first August weekend: Plan your good times accordingly, as summer's flying by.

Here are 5 things to do, plus a little extra, this weekend in New Hampshire.

UPDATE: The National Weather Service tornado warning for eastern New Hampshire expired at 6 p.m.


The tornado warning for parts of Rockingham and Strafford counties in New Hampshire expired at 6 p.m. 

At Concord Airport, the forecast tonight calls for scattered t-storms before midnight. Some storms could be severe, with damaging winds and heavy rain, according to the National Weather Service.

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State Senator Jeff Woodburn has been arrested on charges of domestic violence and simple assault.

The Attorney General alleges that Woodburn, a Democrat from Whitefield, struck and bit his partner on multiple occasions, between 2017 and June of this year.

(Read a statement from the New Hampshire Attorney General below.)

New Hampshire Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut is condemning a statement by his departmental spokesman that has been called racist.

Anthony Schinella is the Department of Education's communications director.

In a recent discussion on his Facebook page, Schinella criticized a gathering of state business leaders focused on diversity.



New Hampshire will be getting millions of dollars more to combat the opioid epidemic, but two Libertarians running for New Hampshire governor say ... no thanks.


Candidates Aaron Day and Jilletta Jarvis oppose the federal money coming to the state from the federal government.


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A woman in a wheelchair crossing Route 3 in Lancaster has died after being struck by a motorist Tuesday.


New Hampshire State Police said Pauline Clark, 76, of Lancaster, was taken to Weeks Medical Center, where she later died from her injuries.


Police said a Jeep Wrangler driven by Andoni A. Koxarakis, 37, of Lancaster, struck the motorized wheelchair in a designated crosswalk at the intersection of Route 3 and Country Village Road.


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A woman from Jackson, New Hampshire, is being accused of a hate crime for allegedly assaulting two people in an effort to remove them from her family's business because of their religion and perceived national origin.

Priscilla Protasowicki, 32, was indicted on two counts of simple assault following an incident at the Covered Bridge Riverview Lodge in April.

The lunar eclipse, or blood moon, lived up to the hype Friday.

That even goes for us in the Northeast, where it was not visible, thanks to NASA producing a steady live stream of the event.

Below is the 2018-19 schedule for the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts. All start times are 1:00 pm unless otherwise noted.

Schedule is subject to change, per Met Opera.


December 1


Joseph Colaneri; Angela Meade (Margherita), Jennifer Check (Elena), Michael Fabiano (Faust), Christian Van Horn (Mefistofele)

December 8


New Hampshire has until mid-August to submit a plan for how to spend $23 million in response to the opioid epidemic.

There is so much interest that a public input session scheduled for tonight in Concord was booked to capacity before it began.



"Shameful," "troubling," and "regrettable" were a few of the words that members of New Hampshire's congressional delegation used in responding to President Donald Trump's summit today with Russia President Vladimir Putin.

U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., said Trump should step down. And, she said in a statement, "If he won't leave, Speaker Ryan must call for his impeachment."

[READ A TRANSCRIPT of the Trump-Putin news conference in Helsinki]


 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an alert for a recall on drugs containing valsartan, which is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.


The recall is due to an impurity—N-nitrosodimethylamine—which was found in the recalled products. NDMA is listed as a probable human carcinogen, which could cause cancer.

The voluntary recall does not involve all drug products with valsartan. 


Here is a FAQ for patients from the FDA on existing drugs with valsartan:



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WATCH live as FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok testifies before a House committee today about alleged misconduct and text messages sent during and after the 2016 presidential election cycle.

The agent defiantly rejected claims by Republican congressmen that he had a clear bias against President Donald Trump. The divisive hearing continues on Capitol Hill.


John Lennon will soon be on a Forever Stamp from the U.S. Postal Service.

This is the latest in a series of music icons to appear. 

The stamp artwork is based on a 1974 photo of Lennon taken by rock music photographer Bob Gruen for Lennon's "Walls and Bridges" album. 

The stamp resembles a vintage 45-rmp record sleeve. The reverse side has Lennon at his white piano, from a photo taken by Peter Fordham that was used to promote Lennon's landmark 1971 solo album, "Imagine."

The Independence Day holiday week stretches into this weekend, with a number of local fireworks displays on the schedule. The heat wave should finally break, or lessen, according to the National Weather Service. But anyway, let's get this weekend started: Here are 5 things to do in New Hampshire (plus some bonus time):

Visit the NHPR community calendar for more events.

Live music events, art, and Independence Day celebrations are just a few of the New Hampshire happenings this weekend. Here are 5 things to do, plus a little extra.

(Check out the NHPR community calendar for more events ... and visit the NHPR Folk Music Festival Calendar here)

New Hampshire Congresswoman Annie Kuster joined Democratic delegation that toured immigration control facilities in Texas over the weekend.

The group met with over 40 mothers who were separated from their children, and who are now being detained as a result of the president's recent immigration policies.

Kuster says she observed a lot of confusion among enforcement officers at the detention center who are unsure of how the families would be reunited.

It's the first weekend of summer in New Hampshire and the calendar is full of fun and interesting things to do. Get to it. Here are 5 things (plus a little extra) going on this weekend in the Granite State.

(Check out the NHPR community calendar for more events ... and visit the NHPR Folk Music Festival Calendar here)

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In honor of the summer solstice arriving Thursday, sum up this season by writing a haiku—the traditional Japanese poem—and join the celebration on New Hampshire Public Radio's Twitter account @NHPR

Use the hashtag #SummerHaiku.

As part of our "Only in New Hampshire" series, we've compiled some of the best stories about our state. The competition is on to find the thing that most captures the spirit of New Hampshire. Voting for each round will begin at 12 p.m. and run for 23 hours.

To vote in this bracket, follow @NHPR on Twitter.

Hover the mouse over each contender to read the story associated

New Hampshire Public Radio will air a one-hour special from 1A titled "Families At The Border" Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Thousands of children have been separated from their parents at the southern border of the United States under the federal government's "zero tolerance" policy.

A Quinnipiac University poll found that while a third of voters oppose the policy - more than half of Republicans polled support the policy.

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The severe storm that swept across New Hampshire Monday caused more than 63,000 Granite Staters to lose power at peak outage.

Utility crews worked overnight to restore electricity to more than 50,000 customers by Tuesday morning.

The estimates: Eversource, 11,529; NH Electric Coop, 362; Liberty Utilities 317; Unitil 57.

Monday night's report continues below here:


UPDATE:  The National Weather Service has listed a tornado warning it issued for Grafton County and Carroll County from about 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday.

There is a severe thunderstorm watch for parts of those counties, as well as for southern New Hampshire.

At 5 p.m., a flood advisory was then issued for parts of Grafton and Carroll counties, due to the rainfall projections.

(An earlier report below here was posted during the tornado warning.)

A Severe Storm Front

Here are 5 things to do in New Hampshire on this summer-like weekend. 

And check out NHPR's community calendar for more events and weekend ideas.


It is going to be a sunny and hot weekend in New Hampshire.

Temperatures will reach highs in the 80s on Saturday, while the heat will climb into the mid-90s on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

The forecast indicates the temperature reaching 97 in Nashua and hitting 96 in Manchester.

The hot weather will stick around Monday, when there's a chance of showers and thunder storms.