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Veterans and families who lived and worked at the former Pease Air Force Base want the government to begin collecting data about their disease rates and possible ties to chemical exposures on the installation.   

At a forum in an aircraft hangar Friday, dozens of people stood at a microphone and told an Air National Guard colonel about their health problems and their experiences at the base.

Veterans recalled routine, unprotected interactions with chemicals now known or suspected to be toxic.

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New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker may not yet be ready to commit to a 2020 presidential bid – even after spending the weekend taking selfies, holding meetings, and otherwise testing the waters in the first-in-the-nation primary state.

But at a rally celebrating New Hampshire Democrats’ midterm victories Saturday, state party Chairman Ray Buckley gave Booker the kind of introduction most presidential hopefuls can only dream of.

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The New Hampshire Department of Education is partnering with the New Hampshire National Guard's Counter Drug Task Force to improve substance use prevention and intervention for students.

On Dec. 6th, the N.H. DOE and the National Guard signed a 9-year Memorandum of Understanding outlining the partnership.

This is the country's first such agreement between the two groups.

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Salem Police Chief Paul Donovan is resigning after an internal audit revealed widespread problems in the department.

The audit found the department mishandled investigations, failed to follow through with citizen complaints, and was inconsistent in timekeeping and pay.

Salem placed Donovan on leave for two days in August over disagreements with Town Manager Chris Dillon, but he had returned to his post despite ongoing disputes with the town.

 

Dartmouth-Hitchcock officials have announced a $130 million construction project that would include a third inpatient tower at the medical center campus in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

The plan includes a 132,000 square-foot, 60-bed inpatient tower, along with renovation and expansion of the center's emergency department, and the proposed construction of a parking garage

The board of trustees announced the plan at its meeting Friday.

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A former University of New Hampshire researcher has pleaded guilty to misusing a credit card for federal research grant expenses to charge more than $82,000 worth of merchandise, including clothing, video games, and a snow blower.

Prosecutors say 46-year-old Hailong Zhang submitted fictitious receipts for the expenses. The university made payments on the card and obtained reimbursement from the National Institutes of Health, which provided the grant.

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Representatives with New Hampshire's Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) today announced awards of almost $4 million in matching grants.

 

At total of 42 natural and historic resource projects will receive the L-CHIP money.

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Social media allows us to create another self. We have our in-person, corporeal lives, and then there are our digital lives: the people we are (or seem to be) on the screen. Where is this technology going? Will we someday be able to upload ourselves to a digital space and exist only there? And if so, for how long? And what happens to our minds? To free will? To our ability to love?

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The town of Milford is considering leasing 120 acres of town property to a Manchester-based solar energy company.

 

The company, Granite Apollo, has signed a letter of intent to build a solar farm on the Brox property, a former industrial site near Route 101 that used to produce gravel.

A World War II veteran in New Hampshire who is battling cancer is going to receive a long-awaited Purple Heart.

Cpl. Francis Byrne, of Manchester, fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was injured in the line of duty in Belgium. He was hit by shrapnel from a landmine.

Byrne's lieutenant had promised to fill out the paperwork for a Purple Heart, but he was killed in action the next day.

Byrne was diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer two months ago. His dying wish was to receive the award before he dies.

Today, we’re giving you an inside look at what it takes to make the podcast. A bunch of people make this show, which means that our ideas meetings almost inevitably turn into total chaos when one of us starts shouting our favorite facts about our favorite animals.

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Federal immigration officials have apprehended dozens of people suspected of living in the country illegally in a series of sweeps in New England.

The Boston Herald reports Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have detained some 58 people in raids this week in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut.  In Massachusetts, the arrests were carried out in Lawrence, Worcester and the Boston neighborhoods of Dorchester and East Boston.

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A man who pleaded guilty in the 2001 stabbing deaths of two Dartmouth College professors when he was 16 has asked a judge for a shorter sentence.

James Parker and 17-year-old Robert Tulloch, both of Chelsea, Vermont, posed as students conducting a survey. Parker pleaded guilty to second-degree murder to killing Suzanne Zantop and agreed to testify against Tulloch, who stabbed her husband, Half Zantop.

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As we hunker down for the winter weather, we’re frequently too preoccupied with what is in our front yards that we tend not to notice what isn’t there. The snow and ice have muscled out the grass, and the chilly sounds of the north wind have blown away the dawn chorus that woke us this summer. And short of finding a postcard in your mailbox from a warm exotic location, signed by your friendly neighborhood phoebe, you probably haven’t thought much about the birds that flitted through your yard just months ago.

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Veterans and their families are gathering at the New Hampshire Veterans Home in remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day.

The Tilton home is having a remembrance day commemoration ceremony on Friday.

Among those speaking are Congresswoman Annie Kuster.

The day marks the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

 

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The state had already approved new owner Vail Resorts' takeover of the lease of Mount Sunapee State Park land where the current ski area lies. The winter recreation season has already kicked off there.

 

But one controversial amendment put before the council involves whether or not Vail will have the option to proceed with the so-called West Bowl expansion at Mount Sunapee. Some people worry that will lead to more development and environmental impact.

 

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More than 500 Dartmouth College students and alumni have signed an open letter to President Phil Hanlon and the school’s board of trustees demanding accountability for what they deem a long-running “institutional culture that minimizes and disregards sexual violence.”

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The state's Business and Industry Association talked energy rates, infrastructure and policy Thursday at an annual symposium in Manchester, and the pros and cons of renewable development were a big topic.

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A campaign targeting robocalls — one formed after New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald raised a stink a year ago about unwanted or illegal, computerized calls — is receiving greater support from law enforcement leaders nationwide.

A group of 40 state attorneys general have joined the coalition, MacDonald announced Thursday.

They are working with major telecommunication companies to identify technology to detect and thwart illegal calls. Misleading so-called "neighbor spoofing" calls are a big concern.

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As Nashua School District continues to struggle with finding and retaining enough substitute teachers for its classrooms, school officials are exploring a potential solution that would eliminate the need for subs at all.

A group of teachers have proposed the idea of creating digital learning centers in Nashua's two high schools where students could gather to complete their schoolwork online.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Ray Guarino, a member of the district's Board of Education, which is studying that proposal.


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Dec. 7, 2018

Dec 6, 2018

After a dramatic day of voting and re-voting, N.H. lawmakers re-elect Secretary of State Bill Gardner for a 22nd term, by the slimmest of margins.  Police arrest a man for threatening Governor Sununu in connection with online statements targeting the state's Jewish community.  And more than 200 people turn out for a final public hearing on a proposed 10-year mental health plan and call on lawmakers to fully fund the plan.  

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A commission tasked with providing recommendations to the state on possible development of a 200-acre piece of land in Laconia provided progress updates Tuesday.

 

Planning and design firm NBBJ provided a tweaked proposal for the site, which now includes a mix of starter homes, retail, open spaces and other development.

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The Executive Council voted Wednesday to confirm Dan St. Hilaire as a Superior Court Judge.

 

Previously a Merrimack County Attorney, St. Hilaire currently works for the New Hampshire Liquor Commission.

 

The two Democrats on the council voiced their opposition to the confirmation, including Councilor Chris Pappas, the congressman-elect for New Hampshire's 1st District. 

 

New census data show that New Hampshire saw a substantial inflow of people from other states between 2013 and 2017.

 

The Granite State added an average of almost 6,000 people a year coming from other states over the last five years. That's according to analysis of the latest release of the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey.

 

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Bill Gardner, the longest serving secretary of state in the nation, was elected to his 22nd term today, besting challenger Colin Van Ostern by just four votes.

Teacher Placed on Leave Over KKK-themed Holiday Jingle

Dec 5, 2018

 

The teacher for a class in New Hampshire in which students were videotaped singing about the Ku Klux Klan to the tune of "Jingle Bells" has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Dover Superintendent William Harbron told Foster's Daily Democrat Tuesday that putting John Carver on leave will allow school officials to fully investigate what happened.

Cellphone footage surfaced over the weekend of the students singing, "KKK, KKK, Let's kill all the blacks," in class at Dover High School.

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Court documents say a man accused of sending a threatening message to the CIA's website saying he was going to shoot New Hampshire's governor told police he's a schizophrenic, hears voices, and believes the government has a GPS tracker on him.

Thirty-eight-year-old Brian Roberts has been charged with a misdemeanor count of criminal threatening and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday. It wasn't immediately known if he had a lawyer.

Authorities say on or about Nov. 30, Roberts sent the electronic message to www.cia.gov.

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Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have found a new way to make sustainable fuel out of sunlight.

The process is an artificial form of photosynthesis – where plants use sunlight to convert carbon dioxide into energy.

Here, researchers combined cobalt and urea – both cheap and abundant – to make a yellow material that absorbs sunlight.

That lets the material reduce carbon dioxide from the air into component parts that can be stored as a combustible liquid fuel.

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State officials say they are still working out how much it will cost to enforce a newly approved work requirement for some beneficiaries of New Hampshire's expanded Medicaid program.

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