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Messner for Senate campaign

Gov. Chris Sununu may be seeking a third term in the corner office, but he’s spending a good deal of his political energy these days boosting other candidates.  To see some of that in action, you don’t even need to leave your couch.

An absentee ballot is placed into a white box.
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In the past six years, Kristen Gauthier, a resident relations manager at the Edgewood Centre in Portsmouth, would maybe get a handful of calls or emails from residents about voting.

But this year’s been different.

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Schools in the Androscoggin Valley have avoided COVID-related quarantines and shutdowns so far, but COVID-19 cases at the federal prison in Berlin have school leaders on alert.

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Kids in school have had to take precautions to protect them from COVID-19, and that includes during gym class.

New Hampshire's physical education teachers have made efforts to keep kids physically distant, and some have gotten creative with videos and games to keep kids active as they learn remotely.

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A new shooting range slated to formally open this weekend is raising fears about noise in the town of Woodstock, New Hampshire.

Opponents, though, appear to have little recourse as the mountain town of fewer than 1,500 residents has no noise ordinance on the books, and state statute protects shooting ranges from nuisance claims.

Photo of Dr. Benjamin Chan and Dr. Elizabeth Talbot on March 5, 2020.
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State epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan and Dr. Elizabeth Talbot, infectious disease specialist at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, joined The Exchange on Oct. 28 to answer listener questions about COVID-19 in New Hampshire ahead of the holiday season. 

Here are some highlights from that conversation. You can also listen to the full show on demand, and read a transcript of the discussion. 

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Tuesday is Election Day. If you're wondering where to cast a ballot in your community, scroll down for a map of New Hampshire polling places, or visit the Secretary of State's website to search by address.

NOTE: We recommend contacting your local clerk's office if you have questions about polling locations and voting in your community.

Election Night in the U.S. is typically like watching a high-stakes sporting event -- two teams going head to head, and by the end of the night we know the winner. Of course, in this case, it’s the networks that call it. This year, with the enormous volume of mail-in ballots, the decision to call that winner is going to be more fraught than usual.

 

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The federal prison in Berlin says inmates who tested positive with the coronavirus earlier this month have all recovered, but the prison has continued widespread testing to monitor for more cases.

Prison spokesman Aaron Posthumus says that after eight inmates tested positive earlier this month, they and inmates who had close contact with them were placed in quarantine. 

Jeanne Shaheen
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Just days before this election season comes to a close, we’re taking a few moments to hear closing arguments from candidates running for statewide office. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is running for a third term in the U.S. Senate. She spoke with NHPR's Peter Biello.

Corky Messner, candidate for U.S. Senate
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In the final days of this election season, NHPR is hearing closing arguments from candidates running for statewide office. All Things Considered Host Peter Biello spoke with Bryant “Corky” Messner, the Republican nominee for Senate who has pitched himself as a political outsider, about why he thinks voters should support him.

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New Hampshire is suing the giant agrochemical company Monsanto for allegedly knowingly causing water contamination with cancer-causing chemicals called PCBs, which have tainted fish and harmed loon populations across the state.

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In June, young Black people organized some of the biggest gatherings for racial justice in New Hampshire’s history. Newly formed chapters of Black Lives Matter won praise from the state’s most powerful elected officials. 

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“We are with you,” Gov. Chris Sununu said at the time. “Let us be a tool and resource to be that agent of change.”

But in the weeks leading up to Tuesday’s election, politicians of all stripes appear to be paying less attention to the concerns of Black Lives Matter and their supporters.

Secretary of State Bill Gardner addresses local election officials in a Zoom meeting.
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Secretary of State Bill Gardner has overseen New Hampshire elections for more than four decades and worked on voting policy in the Legislature several years before that — but even he’s never seen anything like 2020.

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Manchester health officials say the city's COVID-19 testing sites are "maxed out" by hockey players seeking tests, as new cases and hospitalizations continue a steady rise in New Hampshire.

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Ahead of this year’s election, many New Hampshire churches say they're carefully treading the line between faith and politics.

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The restaurant industry is preparing for a tough winter season as dining begins to move back inside.

In Portsmouth, at least six restaurants have reported positive cases of COVID-19 in recent weeks as cases and hospitalizations across the state continue to rise, many connected to small gatherings. City officials recently extended their support for outdoor dining through the end of November, in an attempt to reduce community spread within restaurants.

Voters line up at the Manchester City Clerk's office on Oct. 24, 2020.
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Election Day is still a full week away, but the pandemic has already reshaped the 2020 race in New Hampshire.

When state election officials announced this spring that any voter can cast an absentee ballot if they’re concerned about the coronavirus, it set off a record number of requests. Now, a week before Election Day, tens of thousands of New Hampshire voters have already cast their ballots absentee.

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Firearms manufacturer SIG Sauer is expanding its operations in New Hampshire with the help of a $21.1 million state treasury bond and nearly $2 million in other financial incentives. 

The deal comes as SIG Sauer, already one of the largest firearms-makers in the country, races to fill a $580 million U.S. Army contract for hundreds of thousands of pistols, as well as other military orders and surging private sales. 

Every two years, voters in New Hampshire get to weigh in on their next county attorney. It’s an elected position that doesn’t get a lot of attention, but county attorneys quietly hold tremendous power over key aspects of the state’s criminal justice system.

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New Hampshire identified its first case of COVID-19 on March 2. NHPR has been tracking new developments since then, as the number of confirmed cases and testing capacity — at public and private labs — has expanded.

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Researchers from the University of New Hampshire say political candidates who see voters as merely rural or urban are missing a big part of the story.

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With a national election nearly upon us, you may have questions or concerns about the voting process, transitions of power and leadership, how cabinet members are picked, or any number of other civics questions. Civics 101 is here to help!

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For the past two presidential elections, farmer Chris Owens has conducted an informal vote at his vegetable stand in Holderness, New Hampshire. Visitors are invited to drop a ballot into an outhouse toilet of their choosing - one assigned to each of the major candidates.  

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COVID-19 Pandemic Brings An Election Year Like No Other

In the lead-up to Election Day on November 3 and in the days that follow, Granite State voters can turn to New Hampshire Public Radio for in-depth and insightful reporting,  spanning NHPR’s on-air, digital and podcast properties.  

Supporters cheer for President Trump in Manchester Sunday.
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Recalling what he described as his “beautiful win” in the 2016 New Hampshire Republican Primary, President Trump told a raucous crowd at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport Sunday that “we are going to keep it going” by winning on Election Day next week.

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Restrictions on setting fires in the White Mountain National Forest have been lifted now that the region has gotten more rain.

Forest officials enacted rules Sept. 25 that allowed fires only in metal fire rings, pits or pole mounted grills provided by the U.S. Fire Service in designated campgrounds or picnic areas.

The restrictions were put in place after an extended period of dry, warm weather and several fire incidents in the forest. The restrictions were rescinded late this week.

The entrance to Hillside Middle School, a polling location in Manchester, during the September 2020 primary.
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The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office says state and local authorities can’t prevent people from bringing guns into polling places, even those located in school buildings — but they will be on alert to respond to anyone, armed or otherwise, who is interfering with someone else's ability to vote.

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