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Sarah Gibson joined NHPR's newsroom in 2018. She reports on New Hampshire's southern tier.

Sarah came to New Hampshire from New York City, where she was a producer at WNYC. A graduate of Columbia Journalism School, her stories have appeared on WBAI, Alaska Public Media, and in The Village Voice. Prior to journalism, Sarah worked with non-profits in North Carolina and studied History at Brown University. She grew up in rural Vermont.

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This weekend, thousands of volunteers for Sen. Elizabeth Warren knocked on doors across New Hampshire. The Warren campaign has been banking on this moment - in the final hours of the campaign here - to capitalize on months of grassroots organizing and turn undecided voters into Warren supporters.

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At Saint Anselm College in Manchester Friday night, all eyes were on the Democratic presidential debate taking place inside a large campus auditorium. But outside was just as exciting. As the candidates prepared to go on stage, crowds of their supporters gathered at the campus’ main entrance to cheer, sing, wave signs, and more. 

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With just days left in her final campaign push in New Hampshire, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is trying to win over voters with a promise to unite the Democratic Party.

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  The city of Manchester is scrambling to find a stop-gap measure after learning the Doorway, the local hub for people in addiction crisis, is significantly cutting back its hours.

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The confusion over the results from Monday night's Iowa Caucuses kept most candidates from announcing a clear victory Tuesday morning. And it left voters in New Hampshire trying to make sense of where the campaigns stand, and what it means in the countdown to next week's primary. 

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All eyes are now on the New Hampshire primary, and some elementary school teachers are trying to explain the process to students without getting caught up in partisan politics. This year, they have help from a new social studies curriculum, designed by the New Hampshire Historical Society.

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High schoolers looking to go to community college early - and get a free associates degree - can now apply for a new program called the New Hampshire Career Academy.

The Career Academy will enroll up to 40 students. Rather than send money to the student's home districts, the state will pay for their tuition at a nearby community college, offering training in fields like biotech, cybersecurity, and healthcare.

Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut hopes the program will open doors for students who normally might just be trying to get through their senior year.

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The New Hampshire State Senate approved a bipartisan bill on Thursday to help schools get reimbursed for providing medicaid-eligible services. 

The bill comes after months of confusion over how schools can take advantage of the Medicaid to Schools Program, which allows schools to receive reimbursement for providing services like check-ups, counseling, and speech pathology to students eligible for Medicaid, as long as the services come from a Medicaid-participating provider.

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Staff and faculty at the University of New Hampshire are bracing for layoffs after a letter this week from UNH President Jim Dean about plans to cut costs.

The decision comes in light of a report earlier this month from a consulting firm aimed at helping the university improve its finances. After comparing UNH’s finances to peer institutions, the Huron Consulting Group told the school it could save $10 million to $20 million annually with cuts to facilities, administrative research, and tech and library departments. 

 

The state is seeking feedback from parents and community partners on its tentative plan to open a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) for youth in a recently closed wing of the Sununu Youth Services Center. 

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Like many presidential campaigns, the campaign of Sen. Elizabeth Warren deploys lots of tools to try to educate and inform its volunteers. There are policy books, fliers, and, for the past four months in Concord, there's night school.

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A group of lawmakers, attorneys, former state officials, and school administrators is beginning to meet to study and improve the state’s troubled school funding formula

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Governor Chris Sununu established a council through executive order Thursday to coordinate improvements in early childhood care and education. 

The Council for Thriving Children will be run jointly by the New Hampshire Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services. In its first three years, it will provide guidance on a nearly $30 million grant from the federal government to improve preschool and early childhood services throughout the state.

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Lawmakers are continuing to hear testimony on a bill that would make it harder for the state to suspend drivers licenses for non-driving offenses.

Under current law, the N.H. Division of Motor Vehicles can suspend someone's driver's license for failure to appear for a court date, failure to pay fines, and conviction of a crime of “moral turpitude.”

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In their effort to woo voters before next month’s primary, Democratic Presidential candidates have come out with an array of policy plans, including ones to revitalize the rural United States. NHPR’s Sarah Gibson has been looking at what these plans might mean for rural New Hampshire and talking to voters about their concerns.

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  Democratic presidential hopefuls are campaigning all over New Hampshire, and they’re spending a lot of time in areas once considered Republican strongholds. The candidates are hoping to capitalize on a demographic shift underway in rural New Hampshire that could have big political implications.

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A Concord-based non-profit that researches public education in New Hampshire has released a report on the most significant factors contributing to student performance across the state. 

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A lawmaker from Keene wants the campaign finance laws that govern state elections to apply to city and town elections as well.

Under current law, rules for campaign finance disclosure are up to individual municipalities. But Democratic representative William Pearson wants the state to require anyone who runs in municipal elections and spends more than $500 to disclose their campaign finance records to the Secretary of State.

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A group of lawmakers has once again voted to reject a federal grant to expand charter schools in New Hampshire.

Democrats on the legislative fiscal committee voted against the $10 million dollars last month, citing concerns that opening more charter schools would cost the state down the road and harm existing conventional public schools.

Department of Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut told reporters after the second failed vote today that he still wasn’t giving up on the grant.

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A group of providers and staff with the Department of Health and Human Services are re-examining the state’s model for how to treat young people with substance use disorders and mental health challenges, following the closure last month of the state’s sole addiction treatment center for youth. 

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The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is asking the public to contribute to its annual survey of wild turkey flocks. People who see groups of five or more turkeys from now until the end of March are encouraged to submit information on the N.H. Fish and Game website.

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Lawmakers will consider a bill this session that would change the way the state oversees county attorney offices.

The proposed bill would require the Attorney General's office to get approval from the Executive Council before taking over control of criminal cases from a county attorney.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren spent the majority of a campaign stop in Concord Thursday responding to voters’ questions about her plans and her potential appeal to independent and moderate voters.

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Hundreds of hikers and skiers started the new year outside as part of New Hampshire State Parks' First Day Hikes program. Five parks throughout the state - Monadnock, Franconia Notch, Odiorne Point, Milan Hill, and Bear Brook - welcomed visitors with trail maps, campfires, and hot chocolate.

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New Hampshire schools' social studies standards are expected to get an update this year. The proposed updates from the DOE come after mounting concern among some lawmakers over the lack of history and civics in public education.

"It's critical for our democracy that one, people know how it works and two, people know how to get involved if they are upset and want to change it," says Rep. Garrett Muscatel of Hanover.

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Climate change education could get more attention in 2020, as lawmakers consider whether to require districts to give classes on climate change.

A bill in the House would require some lessons about climate change in elementary school, and at least ten hours of climate education or a full semester of environmental education in high school. 

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Officials in New Hampshire are moving forward with efforts to reduce vaping and tobacco use among teens in advance of state and federal laws raising the minimum purchasing age in 2020.

On January 1, the age for purchasing tobacco and vape products in New Hampshire will increase to 19. 

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State lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban all flavored vaping products except for menthol in New Hampshire stores. 

The move follows work by a bipartisan group of lawmakers this year that raised the age for vaping and smoking to 19 and made it illegal to vape indoors.

 

A nonprofit advocacy group says the number of people experiencing homelessness in New Hampshire has dropped in the last two years, though homelessness among students and in some counties is on the rise.

The New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness bases some of their calculations on counts taken every January across the state. These suggest overall homelessness has decreased by five percent, but Coalition director Cathy Kuhn says the homelessness count from January 2019 doesn't reflect the increasing demand on shelters.

“Every shelter is across the state is reporting at and over capacity,” Kuhn says. “It’s always important that we’re looking at multiple sources of data to understand a complex issue like homelessness.”

 

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The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has released a report into a series of non-fatal overdoses at the state's sole residential youth addiction treatment center last month.

The report says that most of the overdoses at the Granite Pathways Youth Treatment Center in Manchester were from a drug that one resident smuggled in after visiting their family over the weekend of November 23.

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