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A lot of voters are feeling anxious about the outcome of this presidential election, no matter which candidate they support. Leading up to Election Day, NHPR's Morning Edition is talking with people who haven't voted much in the past, or maybe have never voted before.

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Parts of New Hampshire continue to experience extreme drought conditions. The state has put a ban on campfires near public woodlands in response, and well drilling companies are overwhelmed with calls.

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court heard oral arguments Thursday in a case that's the latest in a decades-long debate over whether the state pays enough for public education.

Multiple New Hampshire School Districts are suing the state for not meeting its constitutional obligation to fund an adequate education for all students.

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There's been a steady rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in New Hampshire over the last two weeks, but the number of deaths and hospitalizations due to the virus have remained flat.

How should we make sense of the current coronavirus numbers? NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Dr. Michael Calderwood, an infectious disease expert at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, about what trends we should be paying attention to.

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Most students in the Manchester School District are still learning remotely. But kindergarteners and first-graders returned to school buildings last week.

These younger students are the first to test out the district's hybrid learning model.

An arbitrator has ruled for a second time that the Manchester Police Department is required to provide a fired police officer with substantial back pay.

The department fired Aaron Brown in 2018 after an internal investigation found racist text messages from his department-issued cell phone. There were also messages in which he claimed to have intentionally damaged property while executing search warrants.

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Granite Staters are heading to the polls next Tuesday for New Hampshire's state primary election. There's still time to drop off an absentee ballot with a local town or city clerk if you need to if you can't get to the polls on Tuesday.

Today, we're talking with the Republican candidates running to represent New Hampshire and the U.S. Senate. Corky Messner from Wolfeboro is a military veteran and attorney who has pitched himself as a political outsider. 

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Granite Staters are heading to the polls Sept. 8 for New Hampshire's state primary election. There's also still time to drop off an absentee ballot with your local town or city clerk if you need.

Today, we're talking with the Republican candidates running to represent New Hampshire in the U.S. Senate. Here's retired Army Brig. Gen. Don Bolduc, from Stratham.


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Granite Staters are heading to the polls Sept. 8 for New Hampshire's state primary election, and there's also still time to drop off an absentee ballot with your local town or city clerk. 

NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley is talking with the gubernatorial candidates this week about their plans for the state's economy, given the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's incumbent Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican from Newfields who is seeking his third term:

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Granite Staters are heading to the polls Tuesday for New Hampshire's state primary election, and there's also still time to drop off an absentee ballot with your local town or city clerk.

NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley is talking with the gubernatorial candidates this week about their plans for the state's economy, given the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's Franklin City Councilor Karen Testerman, a Republican challenging incumbent Gov. Chris Sununu in the GOP primary Sept. 8:

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Granite Staters are heading to the polls next week for New Hampshire's state primary election, and there's also still time to drop off an absentee ballot with your local town or city clerk.

NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley is talking will all the gubernatorial candidates this week about their plans for the state's economy, given the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's state Sen. Dan Feltes, a Democrat who is facing off with Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky for their party's nomination on Sept. 8.

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Granite Staters are heading to the polls next week for New Hampshire's state primary election, and there's also still time to drop off an absentee ballot with your local town or city clerk.

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A statewide commission on police accountability and transparency says the state should create an independent agency to handle complaints alleging misconduct against all New Hampshire law enforcement officers.

The recommendation is part of the commission's final report that was released Monday. Members have spent the last 60 days exploring how New Hampshire could improve its police practices.

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A national non-profit released a report this month assessing how New Hampshire handles juvenile delinquency cases.

The National Juvenile Defender Center says legal representation for juveniles in the state is "gravely undervalued," which leads to inadequate access to attorneys and unneccesary reates of probation and court involvement.

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A statewide commission on police accountability and transparency says that all New Hampshire police agencies should start collecting data on demographics, including race, for arrests, citations and motor vehicle stops. They say that data should be shared with the public.

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In New Hampshire, people who have bene convicted of a felony are eligible to vote as soon as they are no longer incarcerated.

In some states, felons lose their voting rights indefinitely. Here, felons have no extra forms or process to go through. All they have to do is show up at the polls on Election Day and vote.

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The Nashua School District, like many across the state, plans to reopen its schools this fall under a hybrid learning model, with students in school a few days a week and then learning remotely for the rest of the week.

The district announced a reopening plan Monday to begin the semester fully remote, but transition to that hybrid plan starting in October.

But how do teachers feel about that plan? NHPR's Peter Biello spoke with Adam Marcoux, the president of the Nashua Teachers' Union, to find out.

Update, Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Superintendent Jahmal Mosley and Marcoux, in a joint statement Aug. 5, said there continue to be many details that need to be worked out. They said once the reopening plan is approved, they can work together to address safety concerns, contractual issues, and other issues raised.

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Gov. Chris Sununu has granted a state commission on police accountability and transparency an extra 30 days to look into community relations and police misconduct. The commission, created in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, must deliver a full report with recommendations on police reform to the governor by the end of the month.

A statewide commission on police accountability and transparency has sent Gov. Chris Sununu recommendations for reforms to police training in New Hampshire.

Sununu created the commission in mid-June in response to the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.

Migration continues to be the number one cause of population growth in New Hampshire.

Kristine Bundschuh is a Ph.D. student of sociology and researcher at the UNH Carsey School of Public Policy who’s recently co-authored a paper on migration patterns.

NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Bundschuh about why people choose to move to the Granite State and why they decide to stay.

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A report released this week by the Concord School Board confirmed that top school district officials failed to thoroughly investigate and report sexual misconduct complaints against former teacher Howie Leung.

Leung is awaiting trial on charges of sexually assaulting a former Concord student while she was in middle school.

The 155-page, independent report shows a full decade of student and staff complaints about Leung’s behavior, but it says few steps were ever taken to address it by school administrators. 

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To kick off NHPR's new reporting project By Degrees, we're unpacking the basics of how climate change is already affecting life in New Hampshire, and how the state is contributing to and responding to the problem. 

Rachel Cleetus is the policy director for the Union of Concerned Scientists' Climate and Energy Program, based in Massachusetts.

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The Manchester School Board unanimously approved a resolution in June promising the district's staff and policies will change to reflect the city's diverse student population.

NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley followed up with Manchester superintendent John Goldhardt to talk about what those changes in the school district could look like.

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A state commission looking at police accountability and transparency in New Hampshire met virtually this week to discuss current standards for training on diversity, de-escalation and use of force.

On Thursday and Friday, Gov. Chris Sununu’s Commission on Law Enforcement, Accountability, Community and Transparency heard presentations on how officers are trained in New Hampshire.

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About 100 people gathered in front of Manchester City Hall on Tuesday night to demand the removal of two city aldermen. 

Black Lives Matter Manchester organized the protest after Aldermen Joseph Kelly Levasseur and Michael Porter reportedly made racist statements on Facebook.

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Several hundred people gathered in Nashua Saturday evening to honor black men and women whose lives have been lost to police violence. 

Jordan Thompson with Black Lives Matter Nashua organized the vigil held at Greeley Park. Several state and local officials spoke, including state Sen. Melanie Levesque, state Rep. Linda Harriott-Gathright and Nashua alderwoman Shoshanna Kelly.

Kelly encouraged those in attendance to seize  the opportunity of this moment in history and take action to dismantle systemic racism.

“We need to turn our pain into power,” Kelly said.

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A pair of recent New Hampshire Supreme Court decisions could lead the way toward more transparency surrounding misconduct by public employees, including police officers.

The court ruled that internal personnel practices aren’t automatically exempt from disclosure under the state’s right-to-know law. 

The ACLU of New Hampshire was co-counsel for both cases. NHPR’s Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with the organization’s legal director, Gilles Bissonnette, about how this could provide better access to public information.

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Antibody testing could help determine whether someone has been infected with COVID-19 in the past. But there are still a lot of unknowns about what else we might learn from the tests.

Antonia Altomare is an epidemiologist and infectious disease physician at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with her about what antibody testing does tell us about the spread of the virus.

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Governor Chris Sununu has established a new task force that will recommend a plan to address the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on communities of color in New Hampshire.

According to the most recent data from the state, black and Latino residents are testing positive at higher rates than their share of the population. That follows national trends on who’s been most affected by the virus.

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Essential workers are balancing the stress of possible infection on the job, with family life and isolation caused by social distancing, and this includes law enforcement.

Police officers are not traditionally perceived as the type to talk about feelings.

But the Nashua Police Department has been looking at different ways to help officers cope with the stress and trauma of the job.

This story is part of our series Lifelines: Addressing Trauma in the Age of COVID-19

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