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Sunny skies across New England are being dimmed by haze caused by smoke from fires burning out of control in western Canada.

The fires are on the other side of the continent but the National Weather Service says strong winds in the upper atmosphere are bringing the smoke to Maine.

Meteorologist James Brown, in Gray, Maine, said Wednesday the smoke is far aloft so there are no air quality problems in the region.

The wildfires have burned thousands of acres of land in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

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New Hampshire's Democratic congressional delegation is welcoming Senate passage of a bill creating a commemorative coin to honor Christa McAuliffe, the Concord High School teacher who died in the NASA space shuttle Challenger disaster 33 years ago.

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan introduced legislation in January to create a $1 coin to raise money for the FIRST Robotics program, while Reps. Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas introduced a House version of the bill. They said the coin would both honor McAuliffe and reaffirm Congress commitment to science education.

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Matt Hagan and Steve Torrence were repeat winners at New England Dragway, both racing to victories Sunday at the NHRA New England Nationals.

Hagan won for the third straight year at the track in Funny Car, going 4.014-seconds at 322.81 mph in the final round in his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to beat Shawn Langdon's 4.046 at 317.49.

Hagan, a two-time world champion, picked up his second win this year and 31st of his career.

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Manchester-Boston Regional Airport has named a new assistant director of properties and contract management.

Luis Elguezabal replaces David Bush, who retired from the position after 24 years at the airport.

Elguezabal was director of the San Angelo Regional Airport in Texas, which he led for 11 years.

He is a former senior operations supervisor at Pease International Airport in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

 

 

A program based in New Hampshire will offer training for military veterans who are small business owners.

The Veteran Owned Small Business Growth Training program will equip veterans with resources and networks to grow their businesses.

Applicants must be a current business owner with at least one year of operation and one employee, and annual revenues of $75,000 or more.

The 26-week program based in Portsmouth starts in September and will feature classroom and mentoring sessions.

 

The New Hampshire Fish & Game Department says an injured hiker had to be rescued in the White Mountain National Forest.

Authorities say the 56-year-old man suffered a non-life threatening injury while hiking down Dickey Mountain on the Welch and Dickey Loop Trail on Saturday.

Rescuers from around the area carried the man down the trail in a litter.

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More than 800 Massachusetts drivers have had their licenses suspended as officials continue to discover notifications of serious out-of-state driving violations that had not been acted on.

 

A new medical marijuana dispensary is getting ready to open in New Hampshire.

The state Department of Health and Human Services has given a registration certificate to the Sanctuary Alternative Treatment Center in Conway. It's expected to open to qualifying patients and caregivers on Saturday.

The therapeutic cannabis program began serving patients in 2016. At the end of 2018, over 7,000 qualifying patients and nearly 450 designated caregivers were participating in the program.

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A survivor of a collision that killed seven motorcyclists has sued the pickup driver charged in the crash and the trucking company that employed him.

Attorney John Haymond tells The Boston Globe he filed the negligence suit Tuesday in Hampden Superior Court in Springfield, Massachusetts, on behalf of Joshua Morin.

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Attorneys who filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in connection with a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, asked a judge Tuesday to order one of the men who participated in the violence to stop making "unlawful threats" against the plaintiffs and their lead attorney.

In a motion filed in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville, lawyers for 10 people who were hurt during two days of violence in August 2017 said Christopher Cantwell recently focused "his hateful rhetoric" on attorney Roberta Kaplan.

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An investigation into how a man charged in the deaths of seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire kept his license despite facing drunken driving charges found that Massachusetts motor vehicle department workers weren't properly processing out-of-state notifications about driving offenses.

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A state lawmaker who shot a squirrel in his yard and shared a graphic photo of it on Twitter has lost his seat on a State House committee.

Deerfield Republican Jim Spillane shared a photo of the animal's bloody carcass last month. That prompted a complaint to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, which told him he did not have the legal right to kill the squirrel outside the hunting season.

Dartmouth College has paid the New Hampshire Fish and Game department $19,000 to the cover the cost of a two-day search and rescue effort after a student got lost during a school-sponsored hike.

Authorities said it was a miracle that 21-year-old Arun Anand was found alive on Mount Moosilauke in May. Citing a number of "troubling factors," the college has promised to both scrutinize the qualifications of staffers leading such trips and take steps to better prepare students.

Fish and Game Col. Kevin Jordan told the Valley News he is impressed with the response.

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Visitors are expected to flock to New Hampshire this summer.

The New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs says it is expecting to see a 2.7% increase in summer visitations and spending over 2018. As a result, the state is expecting to see about 3.6 billion overnight visitors and spending to reach $1.9 billion for the summer travel season.

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Jails in New Hampshire will expand their use of medicine to assist inmates who are attempting to overcome opioid and alcohol use disorders.

The New Hampshire Department of Corrections announced Monday that its health care team has started the expansion at Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility in Berlin. The department says residents of the facility were screened on June 6 for whether they were eligible for the program.

The department says 23 residents met criteria and are now enrolled. It says more clinics will be rolled out at other sites.

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New Hampshire Fish and Game officials say they're likely to recommend charging an 80-year-old hiker who was rescued while trying to reach the summit of Mount Washington.

James Clark, of Dublin, OH, was found Friday immobile in the fetal position with signs of hypothermia. 

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Law enforcement officials say a man killed in an officer-involved shooting in Belmont, New Hampshire, was shot multiple times in the torso.

Forty-five-year-old Michael Sheehan II was shot by police at 11:40 p.m. Saturday. The attorney general's office described the incident that unfolded late Saturday on the South Road as a homicide. It said the exact circumstances surrounding this incident remain under investigation.

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The owners of a historic church in Grafton that was seriously damaged in a 2016 fire have agreed to sell it to the Mascoma Valley Preservation, a nonprofit group that wants to restore it.

The Grafton Center Meetinghouse was built in 1798 and served as both the town government office and a Congregational Church until 1963.

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New Hampshire law enforcement officials have charged a woman with murder in connection with the shooting of her mother .

Jennifer Clow is charged with knowing and reckless second-degree murder for causing the death of her mother, Sally A. Miller. Authorities discovered the body of the 72-year-old Miller while conducting a welfare check on her Friday. An autopsy later found Miller died of a single gunshot wound.

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New Hampshire lawmakers have agreed on a bill to create an independent commission to redraw the state's legislative districts.

Supporters argue the current system that puts lawmakers in charge of redistricting allows for gerrymandering, in which boundaries are drawn to benefit the party in power.

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The annual race up the highest peak in the northeastern United States ended Saturday in the first photo finish atop the summit of cold and windy Mount Washington.

Brittni Hutton, 29, of Lubbock, Texas, led the entire race but Heidi Caldwell, 27, of Craftsbury Common, Vermont, caught her at the finish line Saturday.

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New Hampshire Fish and Game officials say two people have died in two days while hiking trails in New Hampshire's White Mountains, while a third hiker rescued survived.

 

Enthusiastic clapping — and some furious flapping — marked the end to the saga of designating an official New Hampshire state raptor.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu on Friday signed a bill honoring the red-tailed hawk. As applause broke out, a bird being held just over his shoulder began flapping its wings.

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A Christian Science church in Australia cannot sue trusts created following the 1910 death of Christian Science movement founder Mary Baker Eddy, New Hampshire's highest court ruled Friday.

The state Supreme Court ruled that the Second Church of Christ, Scientist in Melbourne lacked authority to object to the accounting of the trusts.

The trusts are overseen by the board of directors of the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, also known as the Mother Church.

 

More than 100 dogs that were seized from a kennel in Bradford, New Hampshire, are being cared for at two animal shelters as police consider criminal charges against their owner.

Police searched the property Tuesday after someone who bought two dogs at the kennel reported suspected animal cruelty or neglect. The owner surrendered the 52 adult dogs and 53 puppies, which were later taken to the Pope Memorial SPCA of Concord-Merrimack County and the Humane Society for Greater Nashua.

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New Hampshire authorities say a woman attempting to hike up Mount Washington in below-freezing conditions suffered an unknown medical condition and died.

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Two gun control bills are on their way to New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, who is likely to veto them.

The House voted Thursday to go along with the Senate's changes to a pair of gun-related bills. One would impose a three-day waiting period between the purchase and delivery of a gun. Opponents have called it an attack on gun shows and auctions, but supporters say creating a buffer between impulse and action could prevent violence and suicide.

The other bill would require background checks for all firearms sales or transfers.

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Sports betting is a step closer to being legal in New Hampshire.

The House voted Thursday to accept the Senate's minor changes to a bill that would legalize betting on professional sports and most Division I college sports, excluding games involving New Hampshire schools. The bill now goes to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who supports it.

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Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire are providing specialty care for children with heart or urinary conditions via telemedicine.

The centers use live, two-way, secure audio and video to connect providers at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth with SVMC pediatrics patients in Bennington who have the need for cardiac or urology care.

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A lawsuit claims Amazon is violating laws in at least eight states by recording children without consent through Alexa devices.

The Seattle Times reports the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Seattle claims the voice-controlled virtual assistant devices permanently records millions of children without their consent or parents' consent.

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