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A Night At Route 4's Rainbow Cottages On Harvey Lake

If you drive Route 4 through Northwood, you pass a cluster of colorful cabins by a small lake: the Cottages at Harvey Lake. Generations of travelers have gone there to relax, despite it being just a stone’s throw from one of the busiest roads in the state.

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If you drive Route 4 through Northwood, you pass a cluster of colorful cabins by a small lake: the Cottages at Harvey Lake. Generations of travelers have gone there to relax, despite it being just a stone’s throw from one of the busiest roads in the state.

Heather Marie Brown

New Hampshire decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana - three-quarters or less of an ounce - in 2017. But many people in the state are still carrying criminal records from before the decriminalization of the drug.

A new law creates a pathway for some of those people to clear their records.  Heather Marie Brown of Barnstead is one of the people who might benefit from the new law and she sat down with All Things Considered Host Peter Biello.

Jordyn Haime

Governor Sununu cut the ribbon Wednesday for the opening of a new transitional home for mothers recovering from substance abuse.

The new facility in Rochester is named Abi's Place after Abi Lizotte, a young mother who died of substance abuse in December 2017.  She played a critical role in the opening of Hope on Haven Hill, a substance abuse treatment center for homeless women with children, also in Rochester. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded grants to support bringing more local food into school cafeterias in New Hampshire.

The 2019 Farm to School grants will go to the North Country Farmers’ Cooperative and the Nashua School District.

New Hampshire received two out of 126 grants across 42 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Over $9 million in federal funding was awarded. 

The heat index is expected to flirt with 100 in New Hampshire on Friday and Saturday, prompting health warnings and safety tips from local first responders.

The National Weather Service has heat safety tips.

In Manchester, the Health and Fire departments have issued recommendations, including:

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Middle and high-school aged students in New Hampshire will now be able to access free menstrual products.

Governor Chris Sununu today signed into law a bill sponsored by Democrats that requires public schools to provide tampons or pads in all gender neutral and female restrooms. 

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Some local officials are worried the state is moving too fast on new regulations to limit PFAS chemicals in drinking water.

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Local leaders in Newington are coming under fire after town employees removed Pride month signs from some residents' lawns last month.

Town administrator Martha Roy says the small Seacoast town has long enforced a local ordinance restricting certain signs advertising special events.

Annie Kuster

Congresswoman Annie Kuster describes conditions at border facilities in Texas as "inhumane."

Kuster visited the facilities in McAllen and Brownsville this past weekend with a congressional delegation.

She says she saw overcrowding, and the abnormally high volume of migrants that have been passing through the facility.

"The night before we were there, they had picked up 2,000 migrants. So the volume coming through the facilities at this point is extremely high. They told us it was the highest it had been since 1986,” Kuster said.

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New Hampshire is ending its practice of charging inmates and former inmates for the cost of their incarceration, often called "pay to stay" policy.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill last week repealing a 1996 law that allowed the state to seek such payments, which have amounted to an average of $102,000 per year for all inmates in recent years.

The change takes effect in September and is not retroactive.

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