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A New Hampshire bill aimed at strengthening penalties for repeat drunk drivers is headed to the governor's desk.

Piping plover nesting sign at Hampton Beach State Park.
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The sighting of endangered Piping plovers nesting at Hampton Beach has prompted officials to cancel the first two fireworks shows of the summer season.

House Agrees With Senate On Spending Portion of N.H. Budget

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The State House dome in Concord, New Hampshire
Ali Oshinskie / NHPR

House budget negotiators have quickly acceded to the Senate on the spending portion of New Hampshire's next two-year budget.

Compared to the House-passed bill, the Senate's $13.5 billion proposal included 20 more liquor inspection officers, an additional $5 million for mobile crisis units for mental health treatment and a March 2023 closing date for the Sununu Youth Services Center.

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In New England, burning wood in the woodstove can conjure the quintessential image of a cozy winter day - snow falling outside, a pot of tea, tossing another log onto the fire. But the woodstove is not as straightforwardly wholesome as it seems. The process of burning wood releases molecules like carbon monoxide, soot, and fine particulate matter.

The Bull Moose record store chain is apologizing, re-hiring workers and promising pay raises after controversy over the sudden closure of its Salem location last month.

Son Little performs at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, N.H., on June 11, 2021
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Ready to have some fun? We're excited to relaunch this weekend to-do list after a season off due to the pandemic. Consider this an idea starter kit, a quick rundown to inspire you to have the summer of your lives. 

Police car
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Law enforcement officers in the state facing possible suspension or loss of certification will no longer automatically have their disciplinary hearings behind closed doors if requested, a result of an order released Thursday by a superior court judge.

State House hallway
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NHPR is continuing to cover the developing story around coronavirus in New Hampshire. Bookmark this page for the latest updates, including case numbers and other important news of the day.

Anne Carle, Telehealth Nurse at Cornerstone VNA in Rochester checks in with a patient and his daughter.
Alli Fam / NHPR

Anne Carle’s workday begins with a screen of red, green and yellow boxes. The red ones mean higher risk patients. Carle is a telehealth nurse and RN at Cornerstone VNA in Rochester. She starts to make calls.

After a chaotic transition to telehealth and more than a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, health care workers and lawmakers are learning more about how effective remote appointments can be. Now, some providers are noting that patients and caregivers will often initiate calls to ask questions and check in if something seems off. Increasing capacity for telehealth may also help with the workforce shortage in the health care industry.

Dartmouth Drops Cheating Charges Against Medical Students

Jun 11, 2021
Valley News - Jennifer Hauck

The Geisel School of Medicine has dismissed all honor code charges against students accused of academic misconduct this winter, the dean said in an email message to the school community.

“I have apologized to the students for what they have been through and believe dismissal of the charges is the best path forward,” Geisel Dean Duane Compton wrote in his Wednesday email.

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New Hampshire continúa detectando casos de COVID-19 mientras vacunación disminuye 

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The town of Conway is taking its ongoing battle against short-term rentals to court. The move comes amid a heated debate about the role of Airbnbs and other vacation properties in the Mount Washington Valley.

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

Panther from New Hampshire asks: "I was wondering if milkweed was related to cotton, and if it’s ever been used for material like clothing?"

Editor's Note: This episode of Ask Sam first aired in 2019. 

First of all, I’m not sure if Panther is a nom de plume, nom de guerre or just a regular old nom, but what a name, sir!

After years of court battles, a secret list containing the names of more than 270 law enforcement officers with credibility issues is one step closer to public release.

Gov. Chris Sununu stands behind a podium in a blue suit with an American flag to his right.
Josh Rogers / NHPR

Gov. Chris Sununu plans to let the state of emergency put in place at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year end on Friday at midnight.

Gabriela Lozada / NHPR

As NHPR continues to track the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in New Hampshire, we welcome your questions, and your input guides our reporting.

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

How widespread is the coronavirus in New Hampshire? 

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From the early days of COVID-19 to now, as vaccines start to signal a close to the pandemic, your voices have guided our coverage. We’ve answered your questions about coronavirus, vaccines and the state’s reopening, updating our information as we learn more.

We know much more about COVID-19 than we did in March 2020, but the state of the pandemic continues to change, leading to previously unanswered questions. 

Cameron Johnson

As activists, residents and police met at a homeless encampment known as The Bucket in Manchester this week, most residents left by Tuesday as the city brought in a cleaning crew to clear out the camp. On Monday, city officials dropped off a dumpster and totes for people to throw out or stow their things. Residents vacated after they said they didn't want to be forced into a shelter.

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Utility and municipal officials are asking Seacoast residents to take more water conservation measures as the state’s dry spell continues.

A lake with a bright green slick across it, demonstrating the presence of cyanobacteria in the water.
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New Hampshire's lakes are seeing more toxic algae blooms than normal this early in the season, according to state officials. 

Over a dozen cyanobacteria blooms were reported in the week after Memorial Day, the N.H. Department of Environmental Services says. There are normally just a few reports during this time of year.

People in front of a red truck wearing white jumpsuits line up to clear out an encampment called The Bucket, which is used by unhoused people.
Cameron Johnson

People experiencing homelessness, police, activists and city officials met at an encampment in Manchester on Tuesday.  A cleaning crew brought in by the city was attempting to clear the camp, known as “The Bucket,” on Douglas Street.

Julio Gonzalez has been living at The Bucket for about four months. He says it’s frustrating to be uprooted.

”They want to throw us out, for whatever reason, they do,” Gonzalez says. “And now we have to find another place, so we can stay safe [...] which is hard for us.”

Annie Ropeik / NHPR

After decades of declining water quality, there’s new optimism surrounding the health of Great Bay. A new partnership between towns, scientists and advocacy groups has people thinking for the first time that they might find long-term solutions to restore the estuary. 

It will be a boon to ongoing research projects, like one at UNH that's piloting ways to transplant a crucial underwater plant within the bay.

N.H. State House
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State lawmakers have approved plans for about $160 million in new federal aid flowing to the state under the American Rescue Plan. The money is earmarked for a range of projects, ranging from drinking water and mental health, to defraying the costs of prosecuting abuse cases at what is now the Sununu Youth Services Center.

Senate Committee Unanimously Rejects ‘Medical Protective Custody’ Proposal

Jun 8, 2021
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A state proposal to give hospitals their own power to detain people in emergency rooms while deciding their mental health needs was rejected, 4-0, by a Senate committee Tuesday following a two-hour public hearing where no one voiced support.

Gabriela Lozada / NHPR

In the back of La Fama 2 Barbershop in Nashua, a group of men gather around black pleather couches, examining the vials and needles used to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine laid out on the coffee table. 

They tease each other about who’s brave enough to get the shot first.

“Do you want me to hold your hand?”  one of Nashua’s public health nurses asks.

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The debate over so-called "divisive concepts" has been a large focus of the state budget process this year. The New Hampshire Senate passed their version of the budget last week, which includes language allowing for public employees to opt out of any training that suggests race or sex could make someone inherently oppressive or oppressed, even unconsciously.

It also lays the ground for lawsuits against school districts that don't comply.

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On May 13, the CDC updated their guidance to say that fully vaccinated adults can safely resume activities indoors or outdoors without masks or distancing.  The CDC still says “Masks are a critical step to help prevent people from getting and spreading COVID-19” and recommends that unvaccinated people wear a mask in any public setting where they will be around other people.

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New Hampshire Public Radio says it will cease production of its long-running call-in show The Exchange this month, a decision made in part to reduce station expenses as it faces looming financial challenges. 

The move is also a reflection of the public broadcaster’s continued shift into podcasts and other digital outlets, as its traditional radio audience erodes.

Gabriela Lozada / NHPR

As temperatures stretched into the 90s Monday, a heat advisory remained in place from the National Weather Service for most of New Hampshire.

Over the last few months, Gov. Chris Sununu and other state leaders eagerly touted New Hampshire’s apparently booming COVID-19 vaccination rate. They pointed to a range of numbers — the percent of New Hampshire’s population with at least one shot, the speed at which the state was using up its vaccine supply — to portray the state as a leader in the race out of the pandemic.

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