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Wednesday marked "ice-out" on Lake Winnipesaukee – the day when the cruise boat Mount Washington can safely reach all of its ports.

It's pretty standard timing for this traditional sign of spring. But overall, state records say New Hampshire lakes and ponds may be thawing earlier as temperatures warm.

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Lawmakers at the State House heard testimony on a bill Wednesday that would pave the way for an expansion of telemedicine in New Hampshire.

Senate bill 258 would add primary care physicians and pediatricians to the list of doctors in New Hampshire who can bill Medicaid and private insurers for telemedicine.

A list containing the names of approximately 250 New Hampshire law enforcement officers who may have credibility issues must be made public, according to an order issued by a Superior Court judge.

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Seth Moulton is the 19th Democrat to get into the race for president. He's in his third term representing Massachusetts in Congress. Before that, he served four tours of duty in Iraq.

"I am going to talk about how we lead with moral authority around the world. I am going to talk about what a new generation of national authority looks like, for our country and for the world. I am going to confront President Trump on these issues of safety and security."

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A measure that would expand the availability of absentee voting hit the state Senate Wednesday.

 

Currently voters who want to cast an absentee ballot have to meet certain criteria, like having a disability or an employment obligation.

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Presidential candidates are making their campaign stops at the obligatory house parties, the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and a bunch of restaurants and bars. But one New Hampshire high school class is vying for its place on that list of stops.

 

It’s mid-afternoon on a Monday at Kennett High School in North Conway. Inside this classroom the scene is typically academic, with textbooks stacked along the walls and a white board with a list of grammar tips.

 

Five towns in southern New Hampshire will start getting drinking water from Manchester by the end of 2020.

That's according to an agreement finalized this month among members of the new Southern New Hampshire Regional Water Project.

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In an effort to halt an ongoing hepatitis A outbreak, health clinics in Manchester, Nashua, Somersworth, and Concord are offering free vaccines to people without health insurance.

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Maryland Republican Governor Larry Hogan swung through the first-in-the-nation primary state Tuesday, telling a group of business leaders and politicos at Saint Anselm College that he's seriously considering running for president in 2020. 

 

Hogan called for more Republicans to challenge President Donald Trump in the primary ("the more, the merrier," he said), as he believes a bigger field would help Trump be a better candidate and grow the Republican Party.

 

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Critics of marijuana are trying to derail a legalization bill in New Hampshire by questioning the costs of legalization in other states.

 

They spoke out today as a Senate committee held its first hearing on the bill. Sen. Bob Giuda, a Warren Republican, rallied opponents before promising he would lead the opposition in the Senate.

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Dr . Robert Feder says he spends about a quarter of his time on the phone with insurance companies trying to get care approved for his patients.

These requests are often denied, he says, and criteria for "medically necessary"  care are often overly restrictive or not transparent. 

 

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During a stop in Keene on Tuesday, Democratic Presidential candidate Kamala Harris laid out a plan she says will reduce gun violence in America.

The California senator told a crowd at Keene State College that if elected, she would give Congress 100 days to enact “reasonable gun safety laws.” Without action, she would seek to use executive powers.

 

A New Hampshire probate judge is going to reconsider whether he has jurisdiction over the estate of the millionaire grandfather of a Vermont man accused by relatives of shooting him to death in Connecticut in 2013.

Earlier this month Nathan Carman, of Vernon, Vermont, argued in court documents that the estate of his grandfather John Chakalos was limited to one-half interest of a New Hampshire condominium. Carman argues his grandfather was a Connecticut resident. A similar request was denied last year.

The New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College played host Monday night to a televised forum with a few 2020 presidential candidates: Five Democrats, over five hours, in front of 500 or so college students. NHPR’s Todd Bookman reports on how this made-for-TV take on a New Hampshire tradition came together.

Portsmouth will take public input this summer on a new city-wide land preservation plan, announced Monday.

Portsmouth's master plan for 2025 says the Seacoast city should work to expand public access to open space, and conserve new public lands.

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State legislators will vote in committee Tuesday on a handful of bills expanding recreational access and funding for public waters.

One bill up for a vote in the House Fish & Game committee would set up a pilot program to allow swimming at five water bodies with public boat ramps.

The proposal stems from a debate over one such pond in Ossipee, where residents want to swim alongside non-motorized boats.

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Manchester will soon be home to the country’s first professional baseball field that’s gone organic. 

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats field at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester is working with the nearby dairy company Stonyfield Organic to make its field permanently pesticide-free over the next two years.

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New Hampshire's congressional delegation on Monday criticized a new Trump Administration rule around facilities that offer abortions.

 

In February, the administration announced it will deny federal money -- known as Title X funds -- to clinics that provide abortion services. Opponents say this would hurt providers that offer other health services on site, including cancer screenings and birth control.

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New Hampshire authorities investigating a suspicious death in Hampton have released the victim's name but not how he died.

The Attorney General's office says Hampton police officers responding to a 911 call on Saturday found 34-year-old Juan Astacio unconscious in his apartment with obvious injuries. He was taken to a hospital where he later died.

An autopsy was conducted Monday. The manner of death was ruled a homicide but the cause is being withheld pending further investigation.

 

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There are no policy positions on his website. He has virtually no paid presence in the states that matter most. And his campaign manager is a high school friend with no experience in presidential politics.

 

The Department of Defense says a member of the U.S. Air Force from New Hampshire has died in a non-combat-related incident.

The death of 24-year-old Staff Sgt. Albert J. Miller of Richmond, New Hampshire, at the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar was announced Saturday.

The incident that led to Miller's death Friday is under investigation.

Miller was assigned to the 736th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. He was supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel.

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The Exchange is working on a series of shows about workforce shortages in New Hampshire. New Hampshire boasts one of the nation’s lowest unemployment rates, but the state is also facing a serious workforce shortage.

The Exchange will spend several shows exploring how we got here, the sectors and regions most affected, and discussing possible solutions.

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Robert Frese’s police file is as thick as the Bible, but it contains a very different collection of stories.

Take the time he hit a traffic flagger and drove off.

It was August 2017, and Frese, unhappy with a road closure in Portsmouth, bumped his car into Fred Chase before fleeing the scene.

 

The New Hampshire Attorney General's office is investigating a homicide following a man's death in Laconia Friday.

The AG said Wilfred Guzman Sr., 57, was found dead at his residence.

  

The Chief Medical Examiner's office concluded Guzman's death was caused by a blunt and sharp-force injury to his head.

 

The homicide remains under investigation.

   

The National Weather Service says a combination of warm temperatures, rain and melting snow are fueling flood danger this weekend in northern New England.

Meteorologist James Brown says minor flooding is expected on Saturday and Sunday in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

 

A New Hampshire man has been accused of voting in the state and in Florida during the November 2018 general election.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald says Robert A. Bell was charged with knowingly checking in in Atkinson, New Hampshire, and casting a ballot there, after having already cast a ballot in Palm Coast, Florida.

Bell was released on bail Friday. He's scheduled to be arraigned in Rockingham County Superior Court on May 3.

It wasn't immediately known if he had a lawyer and a listed number was disconnected.

  

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar joined a round table discussion in Manchester Friday on bringing passenger rail to New Hampshire.

 

Flanked by Mayor Joyce Craig and small business owners, Klobuchar expressed support for a proposal which would bring commuter service from the Boston area to New Hampshire’s Capitol Corridor region.

 

Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, described rail as a potential economic and demographic boost.

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Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie finished a tour of New England Friday with a stop at the Manchester VA.

The Manchester VA was selected recently as one of 18 VA hospitals nationwide to participate in a pilot program meant to boost patient safety.

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Monday, April 22, is Earth Day in New Hampshire and across the world. The Granite State is celebrating with everything from tree-plantings and night hikes, to trail clean-ups and a forum on environmental policy.

The Children's Museum of New Hampshire in Dover will mark Earth Day Monday by planting flowers and giving out tree saplings. They'll also feature crafts and workshops with local landscaping companies and a solar power installer.

Sean Hurley

NHPR’s Sean Hurley wasn’t always 52 years old.  Once upon a time he was a little kid, with the time to spend long half-magic days in the woods. In this reflection on then and now, Sean tells us that who he used to be, long ago, is in large part who he still is today.   

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