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The New Hampshire Supreme Court has accepted Eversource’s appeal of the state’s rejection of its Northern Pass project.

The court has not yet scheduled the oral argument.

New Hampshire authorities have arrested a man for the alleged murder of a Concord man who died in a fire at his home in 2005.

Richard Ellison, 45, was charged with one count of first-degree murder in the death of Robert McMillan, 84.

McMillian died in the fire at his house on North State Street on Dec. 9, 2005.

Ellison is accused of starting the fire that led to his death, according to an announcement from Attorney General Gordon MacDonald and Concord Police Chief Bradley Osgood.

Ellison is scheduled to be arraigned Friday afternoon in Concord.

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Nashua police say a Hudson woman was arrested Friday for allegedly placing a molotov cocktail under a car.

Karen Dowling, 31, was charged with a Class B felony after officers responded to a residence Sept. 12 and located the bottle bomb device under the vehicle, police said.

Dowling is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 25 in Hillsborough County Superior Court South in Nashua.

The New Hampshire Attorney General's office and Rochester Police Department are investigating a suspicious death of a woman in Rochester around midnight Saturday. 

Police responding to an open storage unit at Rochester Self Storage on South Main Street found the woman, identified as 45-year-old Jessica Purslow, inside.

An autopsy exam performed Sunday concluded Purslow died of a single gunshot wound. 

The death remains under investigation.

In an unusual weekend session, the U.S. Senate advances to a final vote on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Watch the proceedings live.

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The U.S. Senate is taking a procedural vote Friday morning on whether or not to move Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination forward.

Watch the proceedings on the Senate floor live.

A classic autumn weekend is on tap in New Hampshire. Here are 5 things to do to make the most of it ... plus some additional ideas for fun and entertainment.

Visit NHPR's community calendar for more events and activities. (And add your own.)

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The Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines Friday to advance Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court to the full Senate. 

The 11-10 vote puts a possible Senate vote on schedule for Tuesday, at the earliest, though Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona voiced concern over the nominee and called for a delay until the FBI could investigate allegations raised by Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her nearly 40 years ago.

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While millions of Americans watched and listened to Judge Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, and the judge's response, it was a busy news day in New Hampshire on Thursday.

Here is a roundup of some top headlines on NHPR:


Among the 59 recommendations released earlier this summer by a special task force on school safety, one can be especially helpful in thwarting attacks, according to safety officials: An anonymous tip line - so that anyone seeing danger signs can report concerns without fear of retaliation.

Often potential attackers exhibit danger signs - and the sooner these are picked up on and reported to the right people, the more likely violence can be stopped, according to Perry Plummer, Director of N.H. Homeland Security and Emergency Management.  

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Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school, are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. Watch the testimony via the livestream below.

You can also listen online at NHPR.org - or on the NHPR app.


Heavy rain is in the forcast for New Hampshire on Tuesday night, and a cold front moving through the region Wednesday could produce thunderstorms and possible severe winds.

The National Weather Service reports the heavy rain storm should subside before midnight, giving way to a chance of fog.

President Trump is addressing the United Nations General Assembly today.

Watch it live via this NPR livestream:

A lawsuit brought by the state against pharmaceutical giant Purdue will head to trial, after a state judge denied the drug makers request to dismiss the case.

The New Hampshire Attorney General sued Purdue last year, claiming the company used unfair marketing tactics to push doctors to prescribe highly addictive opioids. In a motion filed in Merrimack County Superior Court, Purdue had asked a judge to toss out the state's suit.

But the judge on Tuesday denied that request.


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A deluge from the remnants of Hurricane Florence has flooded parts of New Hampshire, forcing firefighters to rescue several people.

In Derry, Fire Chief Chief Mike Gagnon said seven people were rescued by boat Tuesday after water rose 5 to 6 feet outside several small businesses in an industrial area. He said eight others were assisted to higher ground, and about 15 cars were flooded.

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Voters turned out across New Hampshire today for a state primary that included several closely-watched races, including the Democratic primary to select a challenger for Governor Sununu, and primaries on both sides in in the 1st Congressional District.


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With Primary Day upon us and new state voting rules on the books, here's a primer on what you need to know before heading out to the polls Tuesday.

What's this election all about?

Tomorrow's election is a primary, in which voters will choose nominees of their respective parties - Republican, Democrat, or Libertarian - to run for office in the general election, which takes place in November.

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Manchester police issued an arrest warrant for a man accused of committing a fatal shooting on Hanover Street on Friday.

Manchester Police Chief Carlo Capano and Attorney General Gordon MacDonald identified the shooter as 26-year-old Paul Dimick. They said he shot Justin Lee, 32, who later died at the Elliot Hospital.  

Dimick is described as a white male, 5'6", with blonde hair and blue eyes. Police say he is considered armed and dangerous.

The shooting led to Central High School being on lockdown for hours. 

If optics is everything in political campaigns, it was fitting to see Eddie Edwards and Andy Sanborn at far ends of the debate stage.

The weekend has arrived, so go ahead and make the most of it. Here are 5 things to do in New Hampshire, plus a little extra because, well, you deserve some fun.

Check out the NHPR community calendar for more ideas - and submit your own events.

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Construction on Amtrak’s Downeaster rail line will interrupt service for the next several weeks.

Fewer trains will run weekdays as Amtrak makes track improvements between Brunswick, Maine, and Dover, New Hampshire. Passengers can expect to complete some sections of the route via shuttle bus.

The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, which operates the Downeaster, says most fares have been reduced for impacted passengers during the construction period.

There is no planned reduction in weekend train trips, but riders will face construction delays.

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Manchester police arrested and charged a city man with three counts of attempted murder after an officer-involved shooting Thursday night.

Police said 29-year-old Justin McInnes, who was wanted on several warrants, began to flee and got into a car and accelerated toward officers outside an apartment building on the West Side. Officers fired at the vehicle and narrowly escaped getting hit, police said. Officers apprehended him nearby when the car failed or broke down.


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The state has ordered a Hampton Beach hotel to take steps to remediate bacteria discovered in a hot tub and spa area that led to an outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease, including one death.

On Monday, the state announced that an additional case was confirmed, bringing the total number of patients to 15.


The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for southeastern New Hampshire today, through Monday night, with heat index values likely reaching 101.

The advisory is directed at eastern Hillsborough County, and most of Rockingham and Strafford counties.

The health warning was prompted by a combination of high temperatures and high humidity.

The National Weather Service recommends people spending time outside stay hydrated and limit strenuous activities.

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The late Sen. John McCain will be honored during a ceremony at Washington's National Cathedral on Saturday at 10 a.m. Former President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush will give remarks, along with McCain's longtime friend Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and others. WATCH THE CEREMONY LIVE via this NPR livestream:

Bid adieu to August—and summer—with a Labor Day holiday weekend full of celebration and fun. Throw in some live music, good food, and friends while you're at it. Here are 5 things to do in New Hampshire, plus a little extra for inspiration.

Find more things to do on the NHPR's community calendar - and submit your own events here.

Visit Kate McNally's NHPR Folk Music and Dance Calendar for live music listings.

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As parents continue to discuss the pros and cons of children returning to school before Labor Day, a court in Manchester is ground zero for the future of a controversial voting law in New Hampshire. Top stories today include:

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Governor Chris Sununu issued an executive order today establishing a commission to study the impact of New Hampshire schools setting start dates before Labor Day, and to evaluate whether schools should be required to start after the holiday.

(Scroll down to read the order.)

This comes as many New Hampshire kids head back to school.

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Senator John McCain, a Vietnam War hero who won two New Hampshire presidential primaries, died Saturday after a months-long battle with brain cancer. He was 81.

An outpouring of remembrances was swift from colleagues and friends across the political spectrum. He will lie in state at both the U.S. and Arizona Capitols and he will be buried at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery.

This weekend's forecast calls for summery weather in New Hampshire. As it's the last weekend before Labor Day holiday weekend, here are 5 things to do in the Granite State ... plus a little extra.

Visit the NHPR community calendar here for additional events, tours, and shows.