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Congressional Hopefuls Edwards and Pappas Disagree On (Almost) Everything

First Congressional District candidates Eddie Edwards (R) and Chris Pappas (D) met today in the first of five general election debates. In the forum at NHPR's studios, the two came down on opposite sides of nearly every issue, except for the question of personal identity.

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A New Hampshire man is accused of fraudulently soliciting money from investors for the construction and selling of so-called tiny homes. 

The state Bureau of Securities Regulation has filed a fraud action against Jeffrey Lucero, of Manchester. Officials say he sold or offered to sell unregistered securities and defrauded investors by squandering their money, failing to disclose his poor financial condition and telling at least one investor he would match funds.

A new podcast miniseries from NHPR begins today. It's called Bear Brook and it follows a cold case from right here in New Hampshire that's changing how murderers everywhere are being investigated. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley featured an excerpt of the first episode and spoke with reporter Jason Moon.

To learn more about the Bear Brook Podcast and listen to episodes, click here.

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For this week’s Radio Field Trip, we’re meeting some animals and taking a ride.

Do you have a suggestion for an upcoming Radio Field Trip? Click here to submit your idea, or email us at fieldtrips@nhpr.org.

(Editor's note: we highly reccomend listening to this story.)

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The New Hampshire Department of Corrections is investigating the death of a prisoner who was serving a life sentence for murder.

The Corrections Department says 65-year-old Joel Smith was found unresponsive at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility in Berlin.

Corrections officers and medical personnel attempted life-saving measures on Smith. The state's medical examiner is investigating the death and Smith's next of kin have been notified.

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New Hampshire's new student assessment tool - known as PACE - is continuing to expand.

The New Hampshire Department of Education announced Tuesday that it has received a five-year waiver from federal officials so schools piloting the assessment tool can continue to use it.

The Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE) focuses on periodic assessments of student learning, rather than end-of-year, statewide tests.

The Quebec government has announced $7,500 in funding for a New Hampshire organization that promotes French culture.

 

The money will go toward programming organized by the Franco-American Centre in Manchester. That includes a celebration of the Quebec National Holiday in June.

 

The announcement came soon after Canadian and U.S. officials reached a tentative trade deal after more than a year of high-stakes NAFTA negotiations.  

 

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The national storm over Judge Brett Kavanaugh's potential Supreme Court confirmation blew into New Hampshire Monday, as Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, a key player in the confirmation hearings, arrived at Saint Anselm College to give a speech warning about “tribalism” in politics.

Flake’s speech was scheduled before he landed at the center of Kavanaugh’s fate on the Supreme Court. Last Friday, Flake pushed for a week-long pause in the hearings so the FBI could investigate the sexual assault allegations from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

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Newly released court documents use Whitefield State Senator Jeff Woodburn's personal diaries to corroborate the domestic violence charges faced by the former Senate Democratic Leader.

According to an affidavit filed by a state investigator, last Christmas Day Woodburn wrote in his diary that he was "focused on my failure to control my anger,"  "It is becoming regular and it scares me."

In an earlier entry, from that August, Woodburn describes kicking the door off the dryer after an argument that included his partner throwing his clothes out on the lawn.

In some parts of the country people are learning their drinking water contains pollution from a group of chemicals called Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). These chemicals have been linked to illnesses, including cancer. But a lot of questions remain including how exactly they affect people's health and in what doses.

These chemicals have been around for decades but the issue gained urgency in recent years as water suppliers tested for and found PFAS pollution as part of an Environmental Protection Agency program.

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The state has ordered the Saint Gobain plastics manufacturer to install air pollution controls on its Merrimack factory. 

 

The facility’s smokestacks are thought to be the source of high levels of PFAS chemicals that contaminated nearby drinking water wells two years ago. 

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