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Tat is NHPR's Barbara and Richard Couch Fellow. His work has appeared in Business Insider, on CNN, and The Daily Beast. He's an alum of the Craig Newmark School of Journalism, where he specialized in health and science reporting. For tips you can email him at tbellamy-walker@nhpr.org.

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Exit Tobacco is your typical smoke shop, offering everything from Marlboros to vapes.

Ziad Jabri, one of the managers, said the store, located right along the state's southern border in Salem, has always seen a steady stream of customers from Massachusetts, thanks to New Hampshire's lower tobacco tax. But this year, it’s gone through the roof.

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Organizations providing food for the needy at Thanksgiving say they're operating with fewer volunteers now than before the pandemic.

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The city of Lebanon’s Board of Cemetery Trustees is proposing new rules on so-called "green burials." Under these rules, families can use biodegradable caskets. The proposal also suggests avoiding embalming fluids.

One of the board’s members, Caitlyn Hauke, says giving back to the environment is a final calling for many residents.

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Voters in Manchester overwhelmingly approved a ballot question that allows aldermen to propose changes to the school district's charter for next year's city election.

Mike Lopez, chairman of Manchester's school district charter commission, is one of the officials backing this legislation. He says now the district will have more control because any proposed changes to the charter will head directly to voters without needing the approval of the state legislature.

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Some New Hampshire voters say campaign paraphernalia at polling places is putting them on edge this election.

Moira Kilroy of Laconia says she saw everything from MAGA hats to a Trump-inspired pick-up truck blasting The Village People's 1970s hit "Y.M.C.A."

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New Hampshire's poll workers are getting ready for Tuesday's election, amid the many challenges brought about by COVID-19.

Deborah Fauver, an election moderator at Kennett High School in Conway, said this is her second time working a presidential election. She said the team has spread out polling locations and is keeping PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) on hand.

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Ahead of this year’s election, many New Hampshire churches say they're carefully treading the line between faith and politics.

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Ty is a 22-year-old who grew up in Manchester and, like a lot of New Hampshire voters, got involved in politics at a young age. They phone-banked and canvassed for Bernie Sanders’ campaign as a high school student in 2016; they also cast their first vote the same year. And as the 2020 general election approaches, Ty’s eager to head back to the polls.

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An official overseeing the response by St. Paul’s School in Concord to cases of campus sexual misconduct has resigned, saying school leaders are blocking his efforts.

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The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is warning residents of a COVID-19 cluster connected to a restaurant in Hudson.

At least 17 COVID-19 cases have been linked to Fat Katz Food and Drink. 

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Your mailbox is probably packed with campaign fliers and get-out-the-vote material these days. With so many voters handling the balloting process by mail this year, it can be confusing to figure out what kind of election paperwork is legit. And if you’re not careful, returning the wrong paperwork to your local elections office could compromise your vote.

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Portsmouth's South Church will host a wedding ceremony despite concerns that attendees have ties to an ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 in Maine.

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  A new report for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows a lot more people could be getting help from the opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan, but states are rarely using Medicaid to cover it.

The findings show that 5 percent of narcan treatments in the U.S. are covered by Medicaid. This trend holds true in New Hampshire, which has some of the highest overdose death rates in the country. Bahar Adili helped write the report.

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The governor’s economic reopening task force unanimously approved Thursday a recommendation that would give New Hampshire stores the option to operate at full capacity, as well as new guidelines for the state's ski areas.

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In the wake of a Portsmouth mother getting kicked off of an American Airlines flight after her toddler refused to wear a mask, some public health experts are questioning whether very young children need them.

Dr. Keith Loud, the physician-in-chief at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, says young children are still a lower risk for COVID-19 transmission.

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School officials in Rochester have fired a high school substitute history teacher for showing students an explicit video about Black Lives Matter and police reform. 

Kyle Repucci, the school superintendent, says the substitute did not make administrators aware of the assignment. Repucci also says the videos contained vulgar content that goes against school policies. 

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State officials have indicted an off-duty Salem police officer for one count of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon for leading them on a high-speed chase in 2012.

The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office said officers signaled to Sergeant Michael D. Verrocchi to stop speeding. But, instead, Verrocchi kept going over the speed limit for about two miles.

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Jas LaFond was just 9 years old when they met their first drag queen. This was back in the 90s. They were at home in Hartford, Connecticut. The drag queen was Black. And she was wearing a dark, sheer dress with gold lamé and flowers.

“The makeup was on point and neat and just completely transformed from the person I had met earlier in the day,” LaFond said. “Down to the nails and the hair down up and the edges were right. Like almost this deity in our living room getting ready to go out with my mom.”

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A member of the Hampton selectboard is facing calls for her resignation over racist and transphobic social media posts.

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Update: Merrimack Police announced Saturday the cat was trapped near its owner's home, and reunited with the owner. An earlier story from Friday continues below here.

Authorities in Merrimack are still searching for a wild cat that ran away from its owner earlier this week.

The cat, named Spartacus, is a serval, a species native to Africa.  Spartacus is tawny with dark spots, has long ears, and weighs roughly 40 pounds. The pet's owner says Spartacus escaped through the front door on Wednesday night.

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One day after securing the Republican nomination in the state's 1st Congressional District race, Matt Mowers said he’ll be vying for the support of moderate voters as he takes on incumbent Democratic Congressman Chris Pappas.

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State officials have arrested and charged a West Lebanon man for casting two ballots under two different names in the 2016 general election. 

Kim Bock is the head of New Hampshire Coalition of Recovery Residences, which provides support for groups that help people recovering from addiction. She says a lot of these places do not have enough tenants to survive.

“They are not getting income from people that are within the house,” said Bock, who noted that that occupancy rates for the houses are lower than before the pandemic. “What are we five or six months in now?” Bock said. “Seven houses have closed because they can’t sustain that.”

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The town of Swanzey says it will hold voting for the primary election this fall at Christian Life Fellowship Church, despite residents’ demands for a new location.

These requests come as a growing number of residents say they feel uncomfortable with the pastor’s social media posts.

In a review of the pastor’s social media page, he condemns Black Lives Matter. He also shares controversial posts about COVID-19.

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Some recovery groups in New Hampshire say there are more people struggling with addiction now than before the pandemic. In a Zoom conference call on Tuesday hosted by U.S Rep. Annie Kuster, mental health counselors said isolation is making it difficult for people to seek help. 

Shanna Large is director of Substance Use Disorders at Riverbend Community Mental Health. She says she’s noticing an increase in alcohol abuse. 

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The state’s child care licensing unit has received four applications this summer to reopen non- day care spaces as sites for child care and remote learning. 

Officials tell NHPR they did not receive applications like this last year. This comes as many businesses in the state are struggling to remain open due to the economic stress of the pandemic. 

One of the businesses applying for this license is Cowabunga - an indoor playground in Manchester that hosts parties for kids. 

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Some New Hampshire recovery centers say they are dealing with a lapse in funds as the state waits to receive more federal money.  

An official from the Department of Health and Human Services says the state applied for a national State Opioid Response grant in May. Now, they’re waiting for at least $28.1 million from the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. 

This funding provides support to 16 recovery centers in the state. 


Hundreds of businesses have shuttered across the state due to the coronavirus pandemic, reveals a new report from the review site Yelp.

A spokesperson for Yelp told NHPR that 449 businesses closed (both temporarily and permanently) between March and July. Last month, 280 businesses were marked as permanently closed in the state.

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More than 1,000 students and alumni from Concord High School are asking officials to condemn racism in the school district.  


New Hampshire could become the first state in the nation to allow flying cars on the road. 

Gov. Chris Sununu signed HB1182 on Friday, to allow the study of on-road usage of non-traditional motor vehicles. The cars would likely fly into an airport, then drive to their final destination.