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A former physician assistant has been sentenced to four years in prison for receiving more than $49,000 from a drug manufacturer in exchange for writing more than 700 fentanyl spray prescriptions.

Christopher Clough, of Dover, New Hampshire, was convicted in December on charges of conspiracy and the receipt of kickbacks.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is holding a town hall meeting in New Hampshire to answer any questions about a new community care program that it will roll out next week.

The event takes place from Monday, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Manchester VA Medical Center.

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A week-long celebration of New Hampshire's Statehouse is starting with an opening ceremony, reenactments of the first legislative session and special tours of the building.

While a wooden building in Portsmouth served as the seat of New Hampshire's colonial government starting in 1758, the granite Statehouse in Concord opened in 1819 and is the oldest state capitol in which both houses of the Legislature meet in their original chambers.

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A New Hampshire judge has denied a request to reconsider a lawsuit against a man who relatives say killed his millionaire grandfather for inheritance money.

Judge David King upheld his dismissal Wednesday. He had ruled John Chakalos lived in Connecticut, even though he had a New Hampshire driver's license and house, and was registered to vote there.

A longtime, disgruntled city employee opened fire at a municipal building in Virginia Beach on Friday, killing 11 people before police fatally shot him, authorities said.

Six other people were wounding in the shooting, including a police officer whose bulletproof vest saved his life, said Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera.

Five patients were being treated at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital and a sixth was being transferred to the Trauma Center at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Sentara Healthcare tweeted.

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Former U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte says she is disappointed and angry that New Hampshire has abolished its death penalty.

As the state's attorney general, Ayotte was the lead prosecutor in the case of Michael Addison, who killed Manchester Officer Michael Briggs in 2006 and is the state's only inmate on death row.

While the bill ending capital punishment is not retroactive, its opponents argue Addison eventually will see his sentence converted to life on prison.

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New Hampshire authorities say autopsies on a couple found dead inside a hotel following a standoff with police in March show they died of a mixture of drugs, among other factors.

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Summer is approaching, but New Hampshire lawmakers are still thinking about snow.

The House gave final approval last week to a bill that would settle the thorny issue of who has the power to postpone town elections in the event of bad weather.

The legislation was introduced after snowstorms caused problems for town meetings and elections in both March 2017 and last year.

Some town moderators decided to postpone their elections, but the secretary of state said they did not have that power.

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Authorities say a 78-year-old man suffered a medical emergency and died while hiking along New Hampshire's Mount Monadnock on Memorial Day.

Lt. William Boudreau of the state Fish and Game Department said the man, who was from Massachusetts, and two companions were on a trail in Jaffrey. They were just below the summit of Mount Monadnock when the man became unresponsive about 9:15 a.m. Monday.

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White Mountain National Forest officials are reminding visitors to be prepared for slippery rocks, spring melt-off and high stream crossing levels this Memorial Day weekend.

Officials say be sure to check weather conditions for the area that you're planning to visit. Some places still have snow.

Not all forest system roads are open for the season yet. Road openings are posted regularly online.

Most campgrounds are open, but food and trash should be properly stored so as not to attract bears.

 

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New Hampshire authorities say 12 arrests have been made as part of "Operation Cyber Guardian" to target people intent to sexually exploit children through the use of technology and the internet.

The New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children's Task Force conducted the operation this week with the Nashua and Lebanon police departments.

Authorities said Friday that 12 men are charged with one count of certain uses of computer services prohibited, a felony.

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New Hampshire authorities say a man found dead along a trail in Berlin had been missing for nearly two weeks.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said in a news release Wednesday that 27-year-old Tyler Supry was last seen on May 9. His body was found on May 21.

MacDonald said an autopsy was done, but the cause of Supry's death is pending toxicology testing. He said based on the circumstances of Supry's death, there's no evidence to suggest that there is any threat to the general public.

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A prominent New Hampshire prep school has failed to deliver promised reforms after a slew of complaints accusing staff members of sexual misconduct that dated back decades, an alumni group alleged.

The Phillips Exeter Alumni for Truth and Healing told The Associated Press this week that the school has not released details, as promised, on how mediations of claims of abuse would work or laid out a system for reporting new cases of sexual misconduct at the school.

 

Six former scouts have sued the Boy Scouts of America and its New Hampshire division, alleging that the groups failed to protect them from sexual abuse by an ex-scoutmaster who was sentenced to prison last year for assaulting scouts decades ago.

The Rockingham Superior Court lawsuit alleges that the organizations were aware of reports of prior allegations against Eugene Perreault, yet they didn't properly supervise or investigate him.

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New Hampshire lawmakers could hold off on making it easier for some people to have their criminal convictions erased from their records.

The Senate passed a bill in March that would eliminate annulment fees, expand eligibility and reduce the waiting period to apply in certain cases. Supporters say the current system unfairly benefits those with financial means and continues to punish people long after they've completed their sentences because past convictions hamper their employment and housing prospects.

 

Lawyers representing an asylum-seeker from Somalia who's been detained for over 2 ½ years without a bond hearing say he's been released.

Acting on behalf of Mahamed Ahmed-Cali, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire sued the heads of the departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, and Enforcement and Removal Operations, as well as a county corrections department.

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New law aims to improve safety of public sector workers

Gov. Chris Sununu was surrounded by the family of a deceased highway department worker as he signed a bill aimed at improving workplace safety for New Hampshire's public sector employees.

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 Update: The N.H. Department of Health and Human Services announced May 23, 2019 that the child identifed last week as a case of measles was actually a rare case of reaction to the measles vaccine. Latest story on this case here.

(The story below as originally published on May 19.)

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Public health officials say a child has been diagnosed with measles in New Hampshire and may have exposed others to infection at three locations in Keene last week.

The Department of Health and Human Services said the child was in the nursery at the United Church of Christ on Sunday, May 12, and at a coffee hour gathering at the church. 

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President Donald Trump's only major Republican primary challenger said Saturday that the recent spate of abortion laws being passed in states like Alabama has him feeling "terrible," and declared that abortion is a decision the government should not come anywhere near.

At a campaign stop in Exeter, New Hampshire, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld told a crowd of voters he's "the most pro-choice person you're ever going to meet."

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After the movement to legalize marijuana scored several victories in New England, pot proponents have come up against unexpected stumbling blocks in New Hampshire and Vermont.

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A former lawyer has been sentenced in New Hampshire to six months in federal prison for misrepresenting himself.

Seventy-seven-year-old William Summers, of Haines City, Florida, pleaded guilty to a criminal contempt charge in October.

Court documents say he was suspended from practicing law in Ohio in 2012, but kept soliciting clients, including a defendant in a New Hampshire criminal case. Summers was hired for $25,000, plus travel and local counsel expenses. He didn't tell the client about his suspension.

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The recreational fishery for a species of fish that has experienced population collapse in recent history could reopen.

Recreational fishing for Atlantic cod has not been allowed in the Gulf of Maine recently due to concerns about the decline in the fish's population. But the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the fish could withstand a very limited fishery at the moment.

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Pamela Smart is again asking for a chance at freedom nearly three decades after she was sentenced to life in prison without parole for recruiting her teenage lover to kill her husband in New Hampshire, a scandal that inspired a movie starring Nicole Kidman.

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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced Tuesday that he is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, distinguishing himself among nearly two dozen candidates as the field's only statewide elected official to win a state that President Donald Trump carried in 2016.

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Gov. Chris Sununu says he'll sign two bills aimed at helping New Hampshire children, putting aside his initial concerns about one of them.

Lawmakers recently passed a bill to add 77 caseworkers to the Division of Children, Youth and Families, which has faced increased scrutiny after several child deaths and struggled with high turnover and heavy workloads. Sununu's proposed budget funded only a fraction of that number, because he worried the state wouldn't be able to fill them quickly and money would lay dormant.

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The schedule is set for a week-long celebration of the New Hampshire Statehouse's Bicentennial.

While various events have been held in recent years, the formal celebration starts Sunday, June 2, with an opening ceremony, reenactments of the first Statehouse session in 1819 and tours of the building.

On Monday, there will be special roundtable discussions featuring former governors and executive councilors.

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A performing arts group has found the child who was literally wowed by a recent classical music concert.

The Handel & Haydn Society had just finished a rendition of Mozart's "Masonic Funeral" at Boston's Symphony Hall on Sunday when a youngster blurted out: "WOW!"

 

A judge in New Hampshire dismissed a lawsuit Friday against a man relatives say killed his millionaire grandfather for inheritance money, saying the grandmother was not a resident of the state.

Judge David King said John Chakalos lived in Connecticut, even though he had a New Hampshire driver's license and was registered to vote there. King had earlier rejected a similar argument by 24-year-old Nathan Carman but Carman argued that new evidence provided by Chakalos' former estate planner shows otherwise.

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A New Hampshire man who avoided jail time on bigamy charges could end up behind bars after all after authorities say he lied about his whereabouts and then disappeared.

Forty-three-year-old Michael Middleton pleaded guilty last month and was given a 12-month suspended sentence. A warrant was issued for his arrest Wednesday after a probation officer said Middleton was missing.

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New Hampshire's Supreme Court has reversed a judge's decision requiring prosecutors to provide a photo lineup for a defendant in a trespassing case.

The defendant in the Lebanon case said requiring the alleged victim to attend a pretrial deposition and identify a suspect from photos would ensure a fair trial. Prosecutors would supply booking photos, from which the defense would create a lineup for the alleged victim to choose from. Prosecutors objected to having to provide the photos.

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