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U.S. Deports Woman Who Lied About Role In Rwandan Genocide

5 hours ago
U.S. District Court in Concord, N.H.
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A lawyer says a woman has been deported from the United States to Rwanda after serving 10 years in prison for lying about her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide to obtain U.S. citizenship.

While sand beaches comprise just over 30% of the world’s ice-free shorelines, the collective idea of the sand beach can sometimes cast a much bigger shadow.

That image can even have an influence on other fields of science - like plastic pollution.

Outside/In: How a Sand Beach Moves

15 hours ago
Justine Paradis

Even in the quietest of times, sand beaches are defined by movement and change.

“I think it's fair to say the beach is one of the most flexible or dynamic, if you will, habitats in the world. It’s super geologically unstable,” said coastal ecologist Dr. Bianca Charbonneau, also known as “the Dune Goon.”

On this edition of 10x10, we examine the systems and feedback loops on and around the sand beach, the science taking place there, and how the way beaches are changing is itself changing in a changing world.

Casey McDermott / NHPR

Gov. Chris Sununu’s surprise decision to lift New Hampshire’s statewide mask mandate this week leaves residents, businesses, local officials and health care workers with big decisions to make about their own safety and that of those around them, as COVID-19 continues to pose a risk to public health.


The state has granted approval for a medical marijuana dispensary to open in Keene.

Temescal Wellness plans to open the site Saturday at 69 Island Street, Suite 1. It will be open to patients currently registered with its Lebanon location.

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

As NHPR tracks the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in New Hampshire, we’ve been asking you to tell us how your life is changing because of coronavirus - and we’ve welcomed your questions.

Here, we answer some of your questions, and share other important information about the coronavirus and how to stay safe.

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New Hampshire’s statewide mask mandate expired on April 16, 2021. Although wearing face masks in public will no longer be required on the state level, private businesses, cities, towns, and organizations may continue to keep mask mandates in place as they see fit.  In some cities and towns, penalties for noncompliance may apply.

Mask wearing sign in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Dan Tuohy / NHPR

Since New Hampshire identified its first case of COVID-19 in March 2020, NHPR has been tracking the pandemic's impact on the state.

Officials in the town of Thornton have rejected a proposed cell tower on land owned by Gov. Chris Sununu’s family at the edge of the White Mountain National Forest.

Vaccine shot
Todd Bookman / NHPR

Several New Hampshire jails are postponing COVID-19 vaccination of inmates because of the pause this week on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

David Leins

Every other Friday on Morning Edition, Outside/In host Sam Evans-Brown tackles a question from a listener. 

David Lyons from Dearborn, Michigan, asks: “It’s spring time, and we can see the grass now and it’s even growing a little bit. And I’m wondering why I’m seeing these circles of growth — of greener grass than the rest of the field or the lawn? It looks really fertile, but it’s a circle. Why does this happen?”

Dan Tuohy/NHPR

Virtually all statewide limits on businesses and public activities due to the pandemic will be lifted in New Hampshire within a matter of weeks, Gov. Chris Sununu announced Thursday.

The statewide mask mandate will expire on Friday, April 16. And on May 7, all required business restrictions – such as capacity limits and cleaning requirements – will be lifted, replaced with voluntary guidance.

A rare compromise between transparency advocates, police unions, and the state Attorney General may soon mean New Hampshire's secret list of police officers with credibility issues is no longer secret.

Photo of Governor Chris Sununu
Dan Tuohy / NHPR

Gov. Chris Sununu will speak about the state's response to COVID-19, including possible removal of certain restrictions, during a news conference today in Concord. The governor said Wednesday that the state's mask mandate would be ending "wicked soon."

NHPR will broadcast the press conference live, starting at 3 p.m. Sign up for NHPR's coronavirus newsletter.

Lawmakers Fighting Like Cats And Dogs? Not Over This Bill

Apr 15, 2021
Cat on a rug.
Dan Tuohy / NHPR

Nine lives notwithstanding, killing a cat in a hit-and-run soon could become illegal in New Hampshire.

State law already requires drivers who injure or kill dogs to notify police or the animals' owners, or else face a $1,000 fine.

New Hampshire State House photo
Allegra Boverman for NHPR

New Hampshire House Speaker Sherman Packard wants to revisit a decision by an appeals court to vacate a judge's ruling that upheld his refusal to provide remote access to legislative sessions to lawmakers at a higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19.

photo of sign saying vaccines
Todd Bookman/NHPR

Doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are all being administered in New Hampshire  — marking a turning point, but not the end, of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the state and the country continue the monumental effort of immunizing people, here are answers to some questions you might have about the vaccine.


Eversource is joining a group of utilities aiming to build a national network of high-speed electric vehicle chargers.

The company, which is New Hampshire’s largest electric provider, is the first in the Northeast to join the Electric Highway Coalition, launched last month by utilities in the Southeast, Gulf Coast and Midwest.

Snow fall in April in Hopkinton
Rebecca Lavoie / NHPR

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for most of New Hampshire, and the forecast anticipates rain turning into snow Friday, possibly bringing 1-3 inches for greater Concord.

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New Hampshire’s U.S. senators are asking federal regulators to allow state and local governments to spend pandemic stimulus funds on addressing PFAS chemical contamination.

Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan joined a bipartisan group making the request to theTreasury Department this week.


Some state weatherization contractors are warning that inaction by state regulators on New Hampshire’s energy efficiency plan could harm their business.  

Dan Tuohy for NHPR

The New Hampshire Department of Education says it has granted seven waivers to schools that say they can't meet Governor Sununu's deadline of reopening fully next Monday.

Sarah Gibson for NHPR

COVID-19 cases among school-age children in New Hampshire are on the rise, with kids under the age of nineteen now making up a quarter of new daily cases.

Sign pointing to Vaccine Entrance at a Concord Vaccination Site.
Dan Barrick / NHPR

Granite Staters woke up to the news Tuesday that federal health agencies had recommended a pause on the distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after rare blood clots developed in six women who received it. Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock said ta review of the vaccine would likely take "a matter of days” and that the agencies are acting out of an abundance of caution. 

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The University of New Hampshire is ending a partnership with the Confucius Institute, a controversial educational group funded by the Chinese government.

Confucius Institutes operate at colleges and universities in the U.S., providing Chinese language classes as well as cultural and exchange programs, often at little or no cost to the universities. 

Rochester city councilor Doug LaChance
City of Rochester /

A Rochester city councilor is facing calls for his resignation after being accused of sexually abusing boys two decades ago.

UNH Graduation Will Check For Proof Of COVID Vaccine For Guests, Students

Apr 13, 2021
UNH Wildcat statue with a maks
Dan Tuohy / NHPR

A large college graduation is the stuff of nightmares for epidemiologists during a global pandemic.

Sara Plourde, NHPR

Listen to all podcast episodes of Supervision below, or to subscribe on your favorite podcast app, scroll below the players for links. Click here for more on the project.

Read: A Note from the Supervision Editorial Team

Emily Corwin

NHPR is rereleasing its podcast, Supervision, with new reporting and a new episode. Because this kind of re-release is uncommon, we want to lay out what we’ve changed and why.