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Corporate subsidies are something of a taboo topic in New Hampshire. The state historically doesn’t offer them and, to hear most elected officials explain it, they wouldn’t even consider subsidies when courting new businesses. That was the case when Amazon was scouting potential sites for its new headquarters and 50,000 accompanying jobs.  

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Several towns in southern New Hampshire will be celebrating their tricentennial in 2019.

The settlement of Nutfield - now known as Derry, Londonderry, and Windham - became the first inland settlement of Europeans in the Merrimack Valley in 1719.

It comprised 16 Scots Irish families who had fled religious persecution in their hometown of Aghadowey, in the Irish County of Londonderry.

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A program developed in Manchester that supports children in trauma is spreading to other New Hampshire towns.

The program - called “Adverse Childhood Experience Response Teams” (ACERT's) - helps police connect social workers to kids who have recently witnessed a traumatic event, such as domestic violence or an overdose.

A former principal in Manchester has filed a wrongful termination and whistleblower lawsuit against the Manchester School District SAU 37. 

Sarah Lynch alleges she was wrongfully fired from Webster Elementary School in October and is seeking compensatory damages from the District and its superintendent, Dr. Bolgen Vargas, and assistant superintendent, Amy Allen.

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The federal government will give Manchester $3.7 million to address lead paint issues in city homes.

The money comes from the Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of grants given out across the country.

New Hampshire's Congressional delegation praised the funding as a way to help vulnerable families in the city's oldest housing.

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As New Hampshire rolls out its new statewide addiction care system, leaders in Manchester continues their effort toward combating the opioid crisis in the Southern part of the state.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig on how the Queen City is working to find new ways to address the epidemic.

Craig attended the Mayors Institute on Opioids City Team Cohort Meeting in Nashville this week, where she met with other city leaders.

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Police departments throughout the U.S. are struggling with recruitment and retention, and New Hampshire is no different.

 

national survey this year by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence found that police vacancies were the top most difficult positions to fill for jurisdictions.

 

Currently, New Hampshire police departments are trying to fill an estimated 40 vacancies. 

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The Manchester School Board is considering clarifying its policies to prevent board members from using the school district listserv to contact students.

This comes after a controversy with school board member Richard Girard, who used the listserv to email a student who wrote an editorial for her high-school newspaper in support of the Manchester teachers’ union.

Girard is the chair of the contract negotiation team, which has been at an impasse with the teachers’ union since June.

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Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig got an early holiday present on Monday from a group of Webster Elementary School English language learners.

The students presented a book they've been preparing for the last few months in their immersive all-day ESL class.

The book opens with the words "We are Manchester Proud" and a photo of the students, who moved here within the last year from countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America.

After that, there are pages of photos of their new city, Manchester, that the students took themselves on walking tours.

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The New Hampshire Attorney General's office and the Manchester Police Department are investigating police officers' use of force during a recent arrest.

Early Sunday morning, officers tasered two people and arrested four after a fight broke out at Bonfire, a downtown Manchester bar.

A man considered a suspect in connection with spray-painted swastikas found at a New Hampshire park gazebo and on a car has turned himself in to police.

Manchester police had issued a warrant for 19-year-old Jamal Gray, of Manchester. They said Gray turned himself in to police headquarters on Friday afternoon. It wasn't immediately known if he had a lawyer.

Police said the swastikas were found late last month. There also were other reports of graffiti spray-painted on a door and other vehicles.

Police in Manchester, Pelham, Nashua, and Concord are joining forces on Saturday to host a "Youth Forum for New Americans."

The event is the first time the police have organized this kind of event for young people, specifically targetting immigrants and refugees.

John Marasco is an Administrative Major with the New Hampshire State Police. He says the afternoon is meant to build relationships between the police and new Americans, particularly those who have had bad experiences with law enforcement in the past.

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Police are investigating the death of a woman last weekend in a Manchester jail. 

 

Deatrah Reilly, 32, was found dead in her jail cell on Saturday after an apparent suicide.

Her mother, Lorri Moore, says Reilly struggled with drug addiction and depression.

She was arrested on outstanding warrants, including for drug possession. 

 

"She was in Valley Street Jail," says Moore. "Everyone told me leave her there - it will help her, it will save her life."

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Manchester is continuing to develop a plan for improving its schools. The initiative, called Manchester Proud, was started by the local business community this summer.

On Tuesday, members of the coalition gave an update to the school board about their efforts to gather input and develop an action plan.

Since September, they have knocked on the doors of over 2,000 residents to survey them about local schools.

New Hampshire authorities have identified the man who died from a gunshot wound Monday night in Manchester.

Police officers responding to 6 Notre Dame Ave. found Dillon Schultz, 24, suffering from a gun shot. He was taken to Catholic Medical Center, where he died.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald and Manchester Police Chief Carlo Capano plan to give an update following the autopsy.

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A job fair catering to "experienced workers" over the age of 50 brought nearly 700 job seekers to Manchester on Friday.

The fair, organized by the AARP, the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs, and the New Hampshire Department of Employment Security, is the first of its kind to target baby boomers in the state.

This is the fastest growing demographic of potential workers in New Hampshire.

Lonn Sattler, a Navy vet from Barrington, lost his job last year after working for 36 years in veteran benefits.

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Some town and city clerks in New Hampshire are expecting big voter turnouts today because of the higher-than-average numbers of absentee ballots they've received.

They say the numbers are above what they usually see for midterm elections, and a bit below what they see during presidential elections, which is usually between 60 to 70 percent.

In Manchester, City Clerk Matthew Normand says absentee ballot numbers are the highest for a midterm in at least 35 years, if not ever.

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The Temple Israel synagogue in Manchester gathered people on Sunday for a discussion on how the U.S. treats refugees and immigrants. The event had been planned for over a year, but it took on new meaning in light of the massacre last weekend at a Pittsburgh synagogue.


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New Hampshire’s minimum wage is the lowest in New England. It's the same as the federal rate: $7.25 an hour. Meanwhile, Maine sets its minimum wage at $10; Vermont, at $10.50; and Massachusetts, $11, is on the way up to $15.

For the latest in NHPR's Only in New Hampshire series, listener and lifelong Manchester resident Kathy Staub asked:

New Hampshire is surrounded by states with a minimum wage of $10 or more. How do higher wage commuters impact rents along the border?

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A synagogue in Manchester is hosting an event this Sunday to discuss how the U.S. treats refugees.

The gathering, titled "Understanding the History of and Morality of U.S. Refugee Policy," will be held at Temple Israel and will feature an expert on refugee policy, a civil rights lawyer, and a Congolese immigrant who now lives in Manchester.  

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After more than a year of negotiations, Manchester's firefighters have a new contract.

 The Board of Mayor and Aldermen ratified the contract on Tuesday. Mayor Joyce Craig described the deal as being sustainable for the life of the contract while still falling within the city's tax cap.

It offers a 1.5 percent cost of living (COLA) increase in 2018 and a 2 percent COLA in 2019 and 2020.

  

Despite overall support, about a third of firefighters in the union voted against the contract.

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The city of Manchester is reinventing itself. Some think its best hope lies in the high-tech industry based in the booming Millyard. But for others, old-school, neighborhood relationships are still the way to move Manchester forward.

Nowhere are these opposing visions more on display than the race between Republican Ted Gatsas and Democrat Gray Chynoweth for the District 4 seat on the Executive Council.

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  Members of a Jewish Temple in Manchester are among those who lost family in the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting that left 11 dead Saturday.

 

Temple Adath Yeshurun Rabbi Beth Davidson said shooting victim Joyce Fienberg had attended her sister-in-law's bat mitzvah at the Temple Adath two years ago.

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1st Congressional District candidates Eddie Edwards and Chris Pappas met on Wednesday morning at a debate hosted by the Manchester Chamber of Commerce debate.

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Federal prosecutors in Hillsborough County have begun to toughen penalties for fentanyl traffickers as part of a nationwide program called  "Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge."

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Surge pilot program during a stop in Concord this summer.

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Forty New Hampshire residents became official U.S. citizens on Thursday.

They took the oath of allegiance at a naturalization ceremony in Manchester organized by the U.S Citizen and Immigration Services.

The new citizens came originally from 24 different countries, from Somalia to Nepal to Canada.

They now live in 18 different towns across New Hampshire.

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The Manchester Police Department has been ordered to develop a better policy on granting police paid days off.

 

Major Joyce Craig ordered an internal audit into the practice of so-called "chief days" this summer. Those are paid days off for police personnel that do not count toward vacation time.

 

The audit found that 466 "chief days" had been awarded since 2009, but it did not reveal the amount of money it cost the city.

 

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Manchester-Boston Regional Airport has seen a steady decline in passengers within the last decade.

Ted Kitchens is the new director for the state's largest airport, and he joined Morning Edition host Rick Ganley to talk about how he plans to keep services in Manchester competitive with other airports in New England.

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This fall, Manchester's trees aren't just turning orange, red, and yellow - they're also turning blue.

With the help of local volunteers, New York City-based artist Konstantin Dimopoulos is coloring the trunks of about 100 city trees at the Currier Museum and Victory and Pulaski Parks.

After over two years of contract negotiations, Manchester and its firefighters have reached a tentative agreement.

On Tuesday, the Board of Mayor and Alderman approved a three-year contract that is now headed to union members for a vote.

The decision comes after a tense month of many firefighters taking sick leave, and fewer firefighters working each shift.

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