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Jane Doe will remain Jane Doe.

In a ruling that could shift legal precedent in New Hampshire, a Superior Court judge has declared that the identity of a woman who won a $560 million Powerball jackpot cannot be disclosed by the state Lottery Commission, citing “an invasion of privacy.”

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A Jaffrey-based fireworks company is under investigation after it left a truck loaded with fireworks unattended with the engine running.

 

Atlas Fireworks was preparing a show at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods over the weekend.

 

Law enforcement arrived to find an unlocked truck with no Atlas employees on the grounds and no placards on the side of the truck indicating its explosive contents.

 

The matter is still under investigation by the State Police.

Season 4 of NPR's Invisibilia will examine how the stories we tell ourselves can lock us into one place or another... and what happens in the space in between. 

Invisibilia explores the invisible forces that shape human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. The show is co-hosted by award winning journalists Alix Spiegel and Hanna Rosin. In each episode, human stories are combined with the latest thinking on psychological and brain science. 

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Tens of thousands of people have had their power restored Thursday, after a winter storm dumped about a foot of heavy, wet snow on New Hampshire.

As of 3 p.m. Thursday, about 37,000 customers – mostly in Southeastern New Hampshire – were still waiting on power.

Unitil spokeswoman Carol Valianti says the snow that fell on that region is like cement. It adheres to trees and branches and wires, and brings them down.

On top of that, she says the preceding nor'easter left trees brittle from wind and loaded the ground with moisture, weakening root systems.

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An early morning earthquake shook the Contoocook and Concord area, the Weston Observatory at Boston College confirmed today.

The 2.4-scale earthquake shook some Granite Staters awake around 5 a.m. Wednesday.

The New Hampshire area is not unfamiliar with such seismic activity. Just last month, a magnitude 2.7 quake struck near East Kingston, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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With no debate, the GOP-controlled New Hampshire House approved a bill on Tuesday to raise the legal marriage age in the state to 16.

Currently, girls as young as 13 and boys at 14 can get married with a judge’s consent. Last year, Republicans in the House voted down a measure to set the age at 18, citing concerns over how it may impact young members of the military and their spouses.

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A major winter storm is developing that could dump more than a foot of snow on parts of New Hampshire.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the entire Granite State. Snow is expected to start falling around 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The warning extends to Thursday at 1 p.m.

Snow accumulation projections include: Concord, 8- to 14- inches, Keene, 9- to 15-, and Portsmouth, 9- to 13-.

The snow map produced Tuesday by the Weather Service shows a significant high end of the range. Manchester could get as much as 17 inches of snow.

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The state Attorney General's office will allow a proposed affiliation between two New Hampshire hospital systems to move forward.

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Update: The nor'easter March storm soaked New Hampshire's seacoast towns, causing serious flooding in Hampton Beach and forcing the closure of several roads in Hampton to Rye along Ocean Boulevard. 

Flooding was its worst with the mid-day high tide. Several roads that were blocked or closed were open Friday afternoon, while public safety officials are keeping on eye on the next high tide - close to midnight.

The coastal flood warning is in effect until 2 p.m. Saturday. A high wind warning is in effect until midnight. 

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You can listen to a selection of NHPR's coverage of race in New Hampshire in 2017 with the audio link below, or scroll down for a list of full stories.

As the nation dealt with escalating racial tensions in 2017, several incidents in New Hampshire shook communities and forced a state not accustomed to talking about race to hear uncomfortable stories from people of color about their experiences.

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A winter storm forecast to hit New Hampshire on Friday could result in coastal flooding and power outages.

The National Weather Service issued a coastal flood watch for the Seacoast. High water may have difficulty receding around Hampton, as strong easterly winds pick up over the high tide cycle.

There is also a high wind watch for coastal communities. The storm will generate winds of 20-30 mph, with gusts up to 55 mph.

The Weather Service expects the strongest winds to develop Friday morning, with possible power outages from downed trees and branches.

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You can listen to a montage of the stories in Emily's series below, or see a list (with links) to individual stories at the bottom of this post.

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You can listen to a montage of stories in NHPR's Crossroad series below, or see a list (with links) to individual stories at the bottom of this post.

The nation has been grappling with an opioid epidemic for several years now, but few places have been as hard-hit as New Hampshire. The state has one of the highest overdose rates in the country. Obituary pages in local newspapers regularly feature photos of young people who died suddenly. Teachers find themselves acting as grief counselors for students whose home lives have been shattered by drug use.

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The state’s unemployment rate remained at 2.6 percent in the month of January, unchanged from December. New data from New Hampshire Employment Security shows the state added 60 jobs last month, while the state’s labor force held steady at 746,680.

New Hampshire’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has remained below 3 percent for more than two years, as businesses scramble to find enough workers to fill open positions.

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Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter has signed on in support of legislation proposing a ban on assault weapons, including the AR-15, the gun used in the Feb. 14 shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 dead.

 

She says the bill aims to stop the sale of military-style rifles and assault weapons. Co-sponsors said Monday that it would reinstate and improve the assault weapons ban that last expired in 2004.

 

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Voters in Laconia will head to the polls on Tuesday for a special election to fill a New Hampshire House seat.

The position was left vacant following the death of Donald Flanders, a Republican who was serving his ninth term when he passed away last September.

The race pits Les Cartier, a Republican and retired hazardous waste coordinator in the state Fire Marshall’s Office, against Democrat Phil Spagnuolo, a substance misuse recovery coach.

Republicans currently hold a 43-seat advantage in the 400-member New Hampshire House.

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Most of New Hampshire will see snow accumulation of between 3- and 6- inches Sunday. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the state until 4 p.m.

The snow is expected to turn to sleet, and freezing rain for southern areas during the afternoon. 

The front coming through will mean mostly rain and sleet for the Seacoast, according to the weather service.

Forecasters warn of a light glaze on surfaces near the end of the storm, and slippery conditions and reduced visibility on roadways.

On Monday, February 12, 2018, the Trump Administration sent a full budget proposal to Congress for Fiscal Year 2019. Just as in FY 2018, the proposal calls for the elimination of federal funding for public media. This is just the first step in a budget process that typically takes months to wind its way through Capitol Hill. Ultimately, Congress will make the final decisions on continued annual investment in the public broadcasting system.

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A flood watch is in effect through Wednesday night for parts of central and Northern New Hampshire as a result of snowmelt and possible ice jams on rivers due to unseasonably high temperatures.

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Southern New Hampshire is expected to get between 3- to 5- inches of snow Saturday night. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the southern tier, including Manchester and the Seacoast region.

The snowfall is expected to develop after 8 p.m. in greater Manchester.

The forecast calls for 2- to 4- inches accumulation in Concord, Keene, and Nashua.

Points north of Concord will see 1-3 inches of snow, with the edge of the front sweeping through late Saturday evening.

Governor Chris Sununu will deliver his first State of the State address Thursday. Ahead of his speech, NHPR reporters have been asking Granite Staters to reflect on how things are going in their lives.

Tom Allen of Dover says the state of his state is…

“Great. Business is doing well, I think the financial marketplace is doing well for people, I think the tax cut is going to help a lot of people more than many people think. I think things are good. I think things are looking forward.”

Reporter: “And you’ve been feeling some of that personally?”

Inauguration Day 2017 ushered in a new presidential administration, unprecedented media coverage, and a fresh batch of questions about how our democracy functions.

In those basic questions, NHPR saw an opportunity to inform and engage audiences in a new way.

NHPR’s Civics 101 is a podcast and broadcast series that tackles the basics of how the U.S. government functions, from the role of the White House Chief of Staff to the inner workings of the National Security Council, to the Emoluments Clause. 

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Shortly after taking office, President Trump made multiple claims of massive voter fraud in New Hampshire, a state he lost in the 2016 election. While party leaders on both sides of the aisle initially defended New Hampshire's electoral system, the state's newly elected Republican governor and GOP lawmakers began eyeing legislation designed to "tighten" the state's voting laws.

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Governor Chris Sununu delivered his 2018 State of the State address Thursday in front a joint session of Granite State lawmakers at the New Hampshire State House.

Scroll down for photos, a transcription of the speech, news reports, and more, to be updated throughout the day.

Our coverage began on The Exchange, which featured mayors from around the state giving their perspectives on the state of New Hampshire's cities. (Listen to that program here.)

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Stories about the criminal justice system often include the voices of lawyers, advocates, law enforcement and state corrections officials. But they rarely include the perspectives of the group of people most affected by the system: prisoners and those accused of a crime.  In 2017, NHPR’s criminal justice reporter Emily Corwin produced a series of stories that sought to put those people at the center of her reporting. She wanted to explore the forces that shape who gets sent to jail, and who ends up staying there.

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As the nation dealt with escalating racial tensions in 2017, several incidents in New Hampshire shook communities and forced a state not accustomed to talking about race to hear uncomfortable stories from people of color about their experiences.

You can listen to the audio entry below or refer to the file included with the submission.

In the last year, NHPR tried hard to fulfill our mission to be a truly statewide news organization. We took listeners to distant corners of the state, and to often-overlooked corners of their own communities. Above all, we challenged ourselves to capture the voices of people whose stories aren’t usually heard on the radio.

The nation has been grappling with an opioid epidemic for several years now, but few places have been as hard-hit as New Hampshire. The state has one of the highest overdose rates in the country. Obituary pages in local newspapers regularly feature photos of young people who died suddenly. Teachers find themselves acting as grief counselors for students whose home lives have been shattered by drug use.

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A fast-moving low pressure system will bring today's snow storm to New Hampshire by late morning, with most of the state expected to receive between 8 and 12 inches of snow.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for snow to begin falling at about 11 a.m., and the front will clear out of the Granite State by 11 p.m.

There is a winter storm warning for most of New Hampshire. The Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the Seacoast towns, which will see less snowfall, according to projections.

The National Weather Service says there is no tsunami threat to Maine or the East Coast - or anywhere else in the U.S. or Canada - following some false reports to apps. 

The Weather Service made the announcement on social media Tuesday morning after seeing what it called erroneous reports of such a danger.

The Boston Globe reported that the false alarm was triggered because of a glitch during a routine test, resulting in some users of mobile apps receiving the false alert.

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