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Veterans Affairs Secretary Wilkie Visits, Praises Manchester VA

Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie finished a tour of New England Friday with a stop at the Manchester VA.

The Manchester VA was selected recently as one of 18 VA hospitals nationwide to participate in a pilot program meant to boost patient safety.

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The New Hampshire Attorney General's office is investigating a homicide following a man's death in Laconia Friday.

The AG said Wilfred Guzman Sr., 57, was found dead at his residence.

  

The Chief Medical Examiner's office concluded Guzman's death was caused by a blunt and sharp-force injury to his head.

 

The homicide remains under investigation.

   

The National Weather Service says a combination of warm temperatures, rain and melting snow are fueling flood danger this weekend in northern New England.

Meteorologist James Brown says minor flooding is expected on Saturday and Sunday in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

 

A New Hampshire man has been accused of voting in the state and in Florida during the November 2018 general election.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald says Robert A. Bell was charged with knowingly checking in in Atkinson, New Hampshire, and casting a ballot there, after having already cast a ballot in Palm Coast, Florida.

Bell was released on bail Friday. He's scheduled to be arraigned in Rockingham County Superior Court on May 3.

It wasn't immediately known if he had a lawyer and a listed number was disconnected.

  

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar joined a round table discussion in Manchester Friday on bringing passenger rail to New Hampshire.

 

Flanked by Mayor Joyce Craig and small business owners, Klobuchar expressed support for a proposal which would bring commuter service from the Boston area to New Hampshire’s Capitol Corridor region.

 

Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, described rail as a potential economic and demographic boost.

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Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie finished a tour of New England Friday with a stop at the Manchester VA.

The Manchester VA was selected recently as one of 18 VA hospitals nationwide to participate in a pilot program meant to boost patient safety.

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Monday, April 22, is Earth Day in New Hampshire and across the world. The Granite State is celebrating with everything from tree-plantings and night hikes, to trail clean-ups and a forum on environmental policy.

The Children's Museum of New Hampshire in Dover will mark Earth Day Monday by planting flowers and giving out tree saplings. They'll also feature crafts and workshops with local landscaping companies and a solar power installer.

Sean Hurley

NHPR’s Sean Hurley wasn’t always 52 years old.  Once upon a time he was a little kid, with the time to spend long half-magic days in the woods. In this reflection on then and now, Sean tells us that who he used to be, long ago, is in large part who he still is today.   

New Hampshire like every other state has its own Supreme Court. It’s not the all-powerful arbiter of justice that the name would imply. A primer on the New Hampshire Surpreme Court from Civics 101: NH. Then, the controversial start to our Constitution.

It’s now legal for all states to allow sports betting, after a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, and it looks as though New Hampshire is likely to go this route.     

The N.H. House voted 269 – 82 last month to allow sports gambling on mobile devices and at up to 10 retail locations.  HB 480 has its next hearing in the state Senate on April 24.  

Opponents worry about encouraging gambling addiction.  For supporters, legalizing sports betting means bringing a practice that’s already happening out of the shadows  -- where criminal elements operate -- into the regulatory realm.  

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Like every 2020 Presidential Candidate, Marianne Williamson has her policy positions on the issues. But Williamson argues her ideas present what she calls a “fierce and authentic” conversation, unheard elsewhere in the crowded Democratic field.  

In an interview on The Exchange, Williamson described her approach, while painting an image of an America traumatized by economic distress and spiritual malfunction. She suggested that her status as a political outsider, along with her work helping people seeking transformation, make her the best-suited candidate for the country at this time. 

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