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Top Stories: South Sudanese / Granite Stater's Story Spreads, Olympic Kayak Paddles Made in NH

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A list of the top-ten most-read stories on nhpr.org and StateImpact- NH website.

1. NH News: South Sudanese/Granite State Phenom's Story Spreads Far and Wide Guor Marial is a South Sudanese refugee who spent his high school years in Concord. He has now qualified to run the Olympic marathon. In the past few weeks he’s had a lot of press: Time Magazine, the Guardian, The Chicago Tribune, the Associated Press, and too many other publications to name have run profiles on him. Marial’s story has spread so far because it’s basically the perfect Olympic story.

2. NH News: Olympic Kayak Paddles Made in New Hampshire: A Family Legacy Earlier this week, at the London Olympics, the American team competed in the double canoe slalom. That’s when two men kneel inside a kayak and work together to navigate an obstacle course on whitewater rapids. If you watched this on NBC, you might have caught a glimpse of a pair of paddles made in New Hampshire.

3. All Things Considered: An Unlikely Partnership: A Pride Fest Gets Support From a Chick-Fil-A Owner The national restaurant chain Chick-fil-A has been in the news lately, after the company’s president and CEO reaffirmed that the company supports what he calls “the biblical definition of the family unit.”

4. NH News: Getting By, Getting Ahead: Lakes Region Home Builder Adapts To Anemic High-End Market Summer is boom time on the banks of Lake Winnipesaukee. These are the months when the region’s tourism towns double or even triple in size as wealthy vacation home owners settle in for the season. But at the moment, one of these homes—a 7,000 square foot mini-mansion on Governor’s Island—remains empty.

5. Health: Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Mayo Clinic Announce Collaboration Dartmouth-Hitchcock will become a member of Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic Care Network in a deal announced Friday.

6. North Country: Northern Pass Says It Is Getting Closer To Final Route Officials for the Northern Pass hydro-electric project say they plan to have their new route through Northern New Hampshire finished this fall.

7. All Things Considered: Vacation Homes SLowdown Can Hurt More Than Real Estate Market Anyone who’s been in this state in late July has seen the traffic pattern – the long line of cars and trucks with boats or kayaks or bikes on the back, heading north on the highway to New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. Some folks are heading toward campgrounds or b&b’s; some others are heading toward their own vacation homes, which in the Lakes Region can be pretty substantial.

8. Word of Mouth: Writers on a New England Stage: Chris Cleave Chris Cleave is a columnist for the UK's Guardian newspaper and author of Incendiary and Little Bee. Cleave's latest novel, Gold, is a vast departure.

9. Chick-fil-A Manager In N.H. To Help Gay Pride Fest The manager of a Chick-fil-A in Nashua, N.H., is donating sandwiches to an upcoming festival celebrating gay rights. The support from franchise operator Anthony Piccola for the New Hampshire Pride Fest comes as the restaurant chain continues to be criticized for an executive's comments about gay marriage.

10. NH News: State Aid for Water Infrastructure Falls; Extreme Rain Events Rise New Hampshire towns looking to improve their environmental infrastructure – think drinking, storm-water, and wastewater projects – can go to the State to get some help paying for those projects. But since 2008 the State hasn’t been able to fund its part of the deal, and as the weather gets wilder, that could mean trouble down the road.