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Climate Strike: Granite Staters Call for Action on Climate Change

Hundreds of people across New Hampshire turned out at Climate Strike events Friday to lend their voice to calls for action on climate change. Carrying handmade signs, pushing strollers and handing out leaflets, they joined striking protesters around the world in a coordinated effort to kick off a week of climate activism.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ended his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on Friday after struggling to gain traction in a sprawling field of candidates.

Announcing his decision in an MSNBC interview, de Blasio did not throw his support behind any candidate but said he would support the eventual Democratic nominee "with energy."

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New Hampshire is heading into a busy election season, with municipal contests in November, and the first-in-the-nation presidential primary not far behind. This is the first election season since a new law went into effect that redefined the state’s residency standards.

Supporters have said that the law would bring clarity to New Hampshire’s voting rules, but it’s facing a court challenge from the ACLU and the New Hampshire Democratic Party, who say it will discourage otherwise qualified people from voting.

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The New Hampshire House and Senate are wrapping up their mostly-failed efforts to override dozens of vetoes handed down by Governor Chris Sununu. The record number of vetoes is one byproduct of having divided government in the state.

But there’s also an almost election-year atmosphere at the State House right now. That's not making it easier for lawmakers and the governor to reach agreement on a big job that’s still incomplete – passing a state budget.

New Hampshire-based defense contractors, military personnel and research universities should be on guard against foreign adversaries trying to steal information, according to senior FBI officials.

The state is home to more than 80 defense contractors with security clearance, as well as multiple military installations and university research and development campuses that are at risk, says Joe Bonavolonta, Special Agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston Division, who spoke with NHPR on Thursday.

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People in nearly a dozen New Hampshire cities and towns are rallying for action on climate change Friday, as part of a global week of strikes and protests, urging policy-makers to do more to lower carbon emissions.

Climate strikes are planned all over the state, led by activists, businesses, students and parents.

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Federal regulators said Thursday that a state law passed last year to subsidize biomass power plants is invalid, marking the second big defeat in two days for New Hampshire's forest products industry. 

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is siding with New Hampshire's ratepayer advocate and a conservative lobbying group, which filed the petition against the 2018 subsidy law.

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Updated 5:50 PM — State lawmakers have overturned the governor's veto of a bill that would get rid of the three-month waiting period before a patient can get prescribed medical marijuana from a provider.

It was the lone bill overturned this week by both the House and Senate. 

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New Hampshire's Department of Health and Human Services says about 300 families were sent an erroneous letter saying a blood test for their children showed elevated levels of lead.

The department's Division for Public Health Services apologized for the error in a news release Wednesday.

It said the false notification was the result of a processing error.

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Operators of medical cannabis dispensaries are urging legislators to overturn a veto of a bill that would allow them to operate as for-profit companies.

Ted Rebholz is CEO and founder of Temescal Wellness, which currently has dispensaries in Dover and Lebanon.

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