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The city of Keene has been in the spotlight over the name of a new Vietnamese restaurant coming to town. Some find it offensive, some find it funny, and others are wondering if there’s more to the story than meets the eye.

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New Hampshire lawmakers are considering a bill to give towns more oversight over sober living facilities.

The facilities rent rooms to people recovering from addiction, with the goal of staying clean and finding community support.

Manchester fire chief Dan Goonan, who helped craft the bill, says in Manchester, there are dozens of unregulated sober living facilities, some without proper exits or fire or carbon monoxide alarms.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, had its funding expire last month due to the partial government shutdown. But New Hampshire and other states will use a federal extension to keep the food stamp program running.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that February's SNAP benefits would go out early -- on January 20th -- to take advantage of the extension.

But while the extension is good news, having two SNAP disbursements in one month has retailers around the country concerned about logistics.

Tougher border security is at the heart of the debate that's led to a government shutdown, now more than three weeks old. But some immigration-related federal contracts in New Hampshire are going unpaid.

 

Raymond Bower is administrator for Strafford County. The Department of Corrections there has an ongoing contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to board immigration detainees in Dover.

 

Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant is expected to get approval to continue operating through 2050 by the end of this month, after regulators finished determining the facility is safe to remain open.

Activists concerned about the facility’s safety say the decision is premature – but officials say those activists could still prompt changes in Seabrook’s license through a hearing this summer.

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The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office has detailed the series of failings that led to the downfall of a critical addiction treatment provider in Manchester last year.

In a final report issued Monday, the AG’s Charitable Trust Unit laid out how Serenity Place dramatically, and somewhat recklessly, expanded its services in an attempt to meet demand as the opioid crisis grew (Read the full report below).

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The city of Keene has been in the spotlight over the name of a new Vietnamese restaurant coming to town.

Some find it offensive, some find it funny, and others are wondering if there’s more to the story than meets the eye. 

William Barr, President Trump's nominee for Attorney General, is appearing before the U.S. Senate for confirmation hearings this week. Lawmakers are questioning his views on the Special Counsel's Russia investigation, whether a sitting president can be indicted, and other matters. Watch the proceedings live:

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Attorneys for a man who was recently granted permanent resident status in the country say he's being held by ICE unlawfully.

 

Victor Manuel Gonzalez-Triana -- a resident of Barrington, New Hampshire -- had his deportation case dropped by an immigration judge five days ago. His lawyers say his Green Card arrived in the mail Monday.

 

But they say he's still being held by ICE in Massachusetts.

 

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In its first annual report, the state's Office of the Child Advocate calls for a variety of legislative fixes to the problems facing children in the state. OCA director Moira O'Neill praised lawmakers for the work done so far, but she says more even more work is needed.

O'Neill joined NHPR's Peter Biello on All Things Considered to explain.

Listen to the interview:

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Lawmakers will hear testimony Tuesday on a bill to add opioid addiction as a qualifying condition for access to the state's medical marijuana program.

It's the first time for the bill in New Hampshire, though it's been discussed in the past.

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