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With Rising Budget Woes, Manchester Struggles To Meet Special Ed Needs

For schools across New Hampshire, special education is a growing need and a growing cost. Nowhere is that more apparent than in Manchester, the state’s largest district, where special ed expenditures have nearly tripled in the last twenty years.

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COURTESY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE COALITION TO END HOMELESSNESS

When the temperatures dropped below zero for multiple nights last winter, local organizations and community leaders in Rochester came together to open the city's first emergency cold weather shelter. This was after other homeless shelters in the area had already filled up.

Census population estimates released Thursday show that New Hampshire gained the second highest number of new residents among New England states last year.

 

The Granite State added an estimated 6,700 people with only Massachusetts seeing more newcomers.

 

"Domestic migration is the thing that's changing and fueling more and more of this growth, which is more typical of New Hampshire's historical patterns," says UNH Senior Demographer Ken Johnson.

 

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For schools across New Hampshire, special education is a growing need and a growing cost. Nowhere is that more apparent than in Manchester, the state’s largest district, where special ed expenditures have nearly tripled in the last twenty years.  

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A New Hampshire auto shop owner facing deportation to Lebanon for crimes committed 14 years ago has been denied a pardon that would have allowed him to remain in the country.

Updated at 6:25 p.m. ET

The Justice Department has released a redacted copy of special counsel Robert Mueller's report into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

» A copy of the document is available here.

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Middle schoolers in Portsmouth on Wednesday showcased their ideas to make their city more sustainable – and more prepared for climate change – within the next decade.

The eighth graders based their projects on the United Nations' sustainable development goals – to tackle climate change, inequality, public health issues and more.

Attorney General William Barr has released a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election to Congress and the public.

The special counsel spent nearly two years investigating attacks on the 2016 presidential election and whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russians behind it.

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The House considered a measure Wednesday to provide a financial incentive for recent college grads to stay in New Hampshire.

 

This bill would create a voluntary program: Employees would get a minimum of $1,000 a year for the first four years they stay in the state. That would be paid for by their employer, not the taxpayer. But companies that participate would be able to work with a network of colleges in the state to attract recent grads.

 

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SIG Sauer is asking a federal court judge in Texas to dismiss a proposed class action lawsuit that centers on the safety of its popular P320 pistol, arguing that the weapon is safe.

The lawsuit, which was filed by Dante Gordon of Katy, Texas, claims SIG Sauer knowingly sold hundreds of thousands of pistols that could fire when dropped. In court papers filed Tuesday, the Newington-based gunmaker denies that “there is a drop fire defect,” and argues that the suit should be denied class action status because it is “improperly overbroad.”

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Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld says the country needs a foreign policy that doesn't change with the president's mood swings.

 

Weld announced this week he’s officially challenging President Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican primary.

 

In a speech Tuesday at Southern New Hampshire University, Weld railed against President Trump, saying the president's America First slogan reminded him of dictators like Adolf Hitler.

 

Weld also called for free and fair trade, and he called China and Russia authoritarian regimes.

 

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