NHPR Staff

NHPR Staff

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is warning those who visit a park in Hopkinton of a bloom of cyanobacteria that might produce health concerns.

The department released the advisory about a bloom at the Elm Brook Park Beach on Tuesday. It says people and pets should avoid contact with the water in places where the lake has surface scum or green streaks.

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The Laconia Police Department reports that a single motorcycle rider died after crashing his motorcycle on Watson Road late Tuesday night.

Police said the operator was traveling northeast, just east of Route 3, when the motorcycle left the paved roadway.

Neighbors nearby rushed to the scene and called emergency services. The rider was pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not release his name, pending notification of family.

BSO Live Summer Series

Jun 11, 2018

This summer, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will be broadcasting performances recorded live in previous years at Tanglewood and Boston Symphony Hall. Full schedule below.

All performances are by the Boston Symphony Orchestra except where noted.

June 2

Thomas Adès, conductor 
Christianne Stotijn, mezzo-soprano 
Mark Stone, baritone

BRITTEN Sinfonia da Requiem 
Thomas ADÈS Totentanz, for mezzo-soprano, baritone, and orchestra

Recorded on November 5, 2016, at Symphony Hall in Boston

This year, the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series features great performances by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, OperaDelaware, Opera Southwest, and an especially exciting partnership with the BBC and the European Broadcasting Union to bring operas from The Royal Opera, Roundhouse, Scottish Opera, Opera North, and Glyndebourne.

Highlights of the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series for 2018 include:



President Donald Trump has made federal funds available in New Hampshire by declaring a major disaster for parts of the state that were hit by a powerful March nor'easter.

The storm hit the state on March 13 and 14. Trump's declaration means federal dollars are available to state and local governments and non-profit groups for emergency work and damage repairs. The eligible counties are Carroll, Rockingham and Strafford.

Nice weather this weekend opens up a world of possibilities in New Hampshire, from the coast to the White Mountains and beyond. Here are five things to do—plus a little extra. For additional ideas, check out NHPR’s community calendar (and contribute your events).

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A sunny weekend is in the forecast and the summery weather is expected to stretch into the start of next week.

Sunshine and high temperatures near 80 on Saturday will remain steady for Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

Over-night lows this weekend will be in the mid-40s.

The extended forecast calls for a chance of a thunderstorm on Wednesday, and possible showers toward the end of next week.

The first official day of summer is June 21.

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New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has signed a bill protecting transgender people from discrimination.


The law bans discrimination based on gender identity in housing, employment and public accommodations, in addition to the protections that already exist based on race, sex, religion and sexual orientation.


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A woman died from a gunshot wound Tuesday night in Rochester, after an incident involving two groups of people in the area of South Main Street.

New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and Rochester Police Chief Paul Toussaint announced the investigation into the homicide case. On Thursday, police identified the shooting victim as Billy Jo Ahearn, 24, of Rochester.

Chief Medical Examiner Jennie V. Duval determined the yhomicide death was caused by a single gunshot. 

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Members and allies of the Concord area LGBTQ community with gather on Saturday for the second annual Pride Concord event.

Organizer Alison Murphy says it’s a way to celebrate the region’s LGBTQ community.

From WBEZ Chicago, Making Obama tells the story of Barack Obama’s climb from the South Side of Chicago. It is a non-partisan journey through Obama’s life before he became President.

Host Jennifer White talks with Obama’s key advisors, mentors, rivals, and the former President himself.

NHPR will air the first of this two-part special Saturday, June 2 at 10 p.m.

The second part will air Saturday, June 9 at 10 p.m.

Part One covers Obama’s years as a community organizer to his first elected office in Springfield, Illinois.


Memorial Day weekend starts off Friday with plenty of sunshine and temps in the 80s. Enjoy it while it lasts.

A mixed forecast is dead ahead.

There is a chance of thunderstorms Saturday afternoon and evening, though the forecast for southern and central New Hampshire calls for mostly sunshine with highs near 80. 

There is a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms on Sunday.

Monday should bring a "patchy drizzle" of rain and fog in parts of New Hampshire, according to the National Weather Service.

The 2018 Carnegie Hall Live series will air on ClassicalNH Fridays from 8-10pm for 13 weeks.

Friday June 1, 2018

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director and Conductor
Lang Lang, Piano
Chick Corea, Piano
Maxim Lando, Piano

BERNSTEIN On the Waterfront Symphonic Suite
GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue
BERNSTEIN Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Friday June 8, 2018


State lawmakers continue to grapple with how best to prevent animal cruelty. 


The House passed a bill last week that differs substantially from a Senate-passed version.


Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley says the House-amended bill would actually weaken state law. He is a sponsor of the original bill, which was drafted after an animal cruelty case in his hometown of Wolfeboro. 



SUNDAY update: Utility crews have restored power to most of those customers who lost electricity Friday night. Linemen continue to work on some trouble spots Sunday.

Eversource, as of midday, reports 885 customers without power.  N.H. Electric Coop has about 170, while Liberty Utilities reports 45. Until had a handful of outages it was restoring Sunday morning.

For Eversource customers, here's a link to report an outage, or call 800-662-7764.

Stay Work Play is accepting nominations for its ninth annual Rising Stars Awards. Each year, the nominations reveal the emerging young leaders and organizations making a positive impact in their communities, and helping to shape the future of New Hampshire.

An initiative of Stay Work Play in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR), the Rising Stars Awards celebrate and recognize New Hampshire’s remarkable young people and the businesses that go the extra mile to recruit and retain them.

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New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald says a felony complaint was filed Friday charging former Judge Paul S. Moore with one count of fraud in an attempt to allegedly "defraud the New Hampshire judicial retirement plan."

Moore, who resigned two weeks ago, is scheduled to enter a guilty plea and be sentenced on the charge on May 2 in Merrimack County Superior Court.

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President Trump has nominated Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard for U.S. Marshal for New Hampshire.

Willard, who has served as chief of police since 2015, had appeared with Trump a couple of times on the presidential primary campaign trail and spoke of the Granite State's fight against the opioid abuse epidemic.

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for Northern New Hampshire and parts of Central New Hampshire.

The alert is in effect from Wednesday at 8 p.m. through Thursday afternoon.

The targeted area includes Grafton and Carroll counties. There is a "hazardous weather outlook" for points south of those counties, with forecasters warning of possible minor flooding. 

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The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is conducting a routine training event Tuesday.


During the training exercise, gates to the Shipyard will be closed for a short duration, which could impact traffic. The gate closures will be around mid-morning - not during peak commuting times.


The regularly scheduled training is meant to better prepare Shipyard staff in case of emergency. 

Coordination has taken place with local law enforcement and first responders, the Navy says.

The shipyard conducted a similar security drill in January.

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Frank Bidart, who was in New Hampshire in November to accept the 2017 Hall-Kenyon Prize in American Poetry, has won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry for his "Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016."

The Pulitzer committee judges wrote of Bidart's book of poems: "A volume of unyielding ambition and remarkable scope that mixes long dramatic poems with short elliptical lyrics, building on classical mythology and reinventing forms of desires that defy societal norms."



High wind gusts and icing on wires across the state contributed to more than 12,000 electric customers losing power by late Monday afternoon.


New Hampshire Electric Cooperative reported 6,040 outages as of 5:30 p.m.


Eversource reported 5,351 customers without power.



A winter weather advisory is in effect for New Hampshire until Sunday night. The state Department of Transportation has a travel advisory warning of slick roads across the Granite State.

The National Weather Service also issued a hazardous weather outlook, with a forecast that calls for freezing rain that will turn to sleet.


The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is warning Granite Staters about a recall of food products containing powdered kratom made or processed by Triangle Pharmanaturals.

The public health alert comes after the Food and Drug Administration issued a recall on those products after finding several to be contaminated with salmonella.

The products include Raw Form Organics Maeng Da Kratom Emerald Green, Raw Form Organics Maeng Da Kratom Ivory White, and Raw Form Organics Maeng Da Kratom Ruby Red.

N.Y. Department of Taxation

The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office says it is investigating how the state Liquor Commission handles large volume, all-cash sales at its retail outlets across the state. 


Update, 11 a.m. -- Eversource has restored power to more than 45,000 customers who lost electricity during the high winds Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

New Hampshire's largest utility reported 8,743 without power at 11 a.m.


(An earlier story follows here.)

Strong winds overnight caused thousands of power outages across New Hampshire.

Eversource, the state's largest utility, reported 15,794 customers with electricity, as of daybreak.


The University of New Hampshire has named James W. Dean Jr. as the 20th President of the state's flagship university.

Dean was recently executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he is a professor of organizational behavior. He will take office June 30, and succeed Mark Huddleston.

The University System of New Hampshire board of trustees voted unanimously to select Dean. 

The Exchange wants to help listeners get to know the candidates running in the crowded race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District.

"Race for the 1st" is a series of 20-minute interviews with the 11 declared candidates, kicking off Monday, April 2 and running through the spring. The interviews will take place live on Mondays at 9:40 a.m. They will be broadcast on air, as well as on Facebook Live.

Mike Ross, UNH

Two University of New Hampshire researchers have been arrested for allegedly misusing federal grant funds.


The U.S. Attorney’s office in Concord says Hailong Zhang, 44, of Nottingham, and Jichun Zhang, 45, of Durham, were arrested on Friday. The men each face 31 counts of theft of government money for spending nearly $90,000 in research funding on personal items, including Amazon gift cards.



National Weather Service

The first full day of spring will make way for a winter snow storm that is expected to hit southeastern New Hampshire late Wednesday night.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory, from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. on Thursday. It covers part of Cheshire County, and most of Hillsborough and Rockingham counties.

Manchester and Nashua stand to get 1- to 3- inches of snow. Concord will get just a dusting, with the snow coming mostly after 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. The forecast for greater Portsmouth calls for 3- to 6- inches of snow.