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Hoy, viernes 10 de julio, te contamos: 

La epidemióloga ejecutiva de New Hamsphire, la dra. Elizabeth Talbot, busca normalizar y permitir el uso de cubrebocas en público para reducir el riesgo de contagio. 

Una despensa de alimentos ambulante del New Hamsphire Food Bank pasará por el Lakes Region  para llevar comida a algunos hogares. Pasarán por Manchester y Nashua en las próximas semanas.

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Update, June 26: Nashua's Division of Public Health has moved its testing site to the parking lot of the Nashua Public Library as of Thursday, June 25. Tests will continue every Thursday there from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

Since early May, health worker Lisa Vasquez has spent most of her Thursday afternoons in the parking lot of St. Aloysius of Gonzaga Church in Nashua — which, at 3 p.m. on those days, transforms into a COVID-19 testing site.

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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.

Narcan, also known as naloxone, is an anti-overdose drug.
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Overdose numbers in Manchester and Nashua declined for the second month in a row.

Manchester saw 24 overdoses, one fatal, in the month of April. There were 22 overdoses in the city of Nashua.

American Medical Response - Manchester, which compiles the monthly statistics, noted an increased use of people using Narcan, which reverses an overdose, before first responders arrived on the scene. 

In January of this year, 20 percent of Manchester overdoses had layperson Narcan administered. That rate was 38 percent in April.

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The city of Nashua says it's ramping up coronavirus testing and outreach. 

NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Nashua's Public Health Director Bobbie Bagley about the city's response to the pandemic.

(Editor's note: this transcript has been edited lightly for clarity.)

Rick Ganley: I know that expanding testing has been talked about for a while now as a key in limiting the spread of the coronavirus. Many states and cities have said that limited supplies have made it difficult to ramp up testing. What's Nashua strategy?

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The Nashua Telegraph will scale back its print editions to Sundays only as the coronavirus continues to reshape the local news industry in New Hampshire.

Many local print outlets have laid off staff and cut production due to a loss of advertising revenue. Now, The Telegraph says it will turn its focus to its online edition and begin printing only on Sundays.

Click here to sign up for NHPR's coronavirus newsletter to get the latest updates.

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A Nashua police officer was justified in using deadly force during an incident last September, according to the New Hampshire Attorney General's office.

Courtesy of American Medical Response

 

More people in Manchester and Nashua have been using Narcan this year to revive someone who has overdosed on opioids

The data comes from American Medical Response, which provides emergency response services in southern New Hampshire.

AMR says that for the fourth consecutive month, a record number of people have used Narcan after an overdose before first responders arrive. 

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Representatives from mental health organizations in New Hampshire gathered at Nashua City Hall on Monday night to teach the public about suicide prevention and awareness.

The training was part of an initiative from the city's suicide prevention task force.

Bobbie Bagley, director for the Nashua's Division of Public Health and Community Services, says the city is trying to make it easier to have conversations about mental health and suicide.

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A group of advocates will address the issue of domestic violence in immigrant communities this weekend.

The event Saturday was spurred by incidents in the Brazilian community in New Hampshire and neighboring states, including several women killed by their partners.

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The Environmental Protection Agency will move forward on a plan to cap toxic waste at a former industrial site in Nashua.

In a recently released cleanup plan, the agency says it plans to split the cost of remediating the former Mohawk Tannery with the city and a private developer.

Nashua Adds Hybrid Buses To Public Transit Fleet

Oct 4, 2019
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Nashua is replacing two buses powered by diesel engines with electric hybrid vehicles. 

The company that developed the hybrids, BAE Systems, say they will avoid burning 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel and reduce carbon emissions by 50 tons a year. 

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Parents in Nashua are voicing concerns over a decision by the school district to bus students offsite for special education services.  

Districts in New Hampshire are required to oversee and pay for services for students with special education plans, known as IEP's, even when that student starts going to a public charter school.

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The New Hampshire Attorney General's office says it will increase oversight over the Nashua-based non-profit, Harbor Homes, after a review found problems with cash flow and financial management at the organization.

Harbor Homes is one of the largest organizations in Southern New Hampshire, providing mental health, addiction treatment, and low-income housing services through twelve separate non-profits that operate independently but share a common board.

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New Hampshire is in the midst of an outbreak of hepatitis A.

Since November, 142 people have been diagnosed with hepatitis A in the state and one person has died. In an average year in New Hampshire, just 7 people get the virus.


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State and federal officials say Nashua’s drinking water supplies are safe from contamination by a long-dormant Superfund site.

That's despite recent tests showing elevated levels of toxic PFAS chemicals in the groundwater at what's called the Sylvester site.

Nashua Drug Court Program Celebrates Four New Graduates

May 17, 2019
Sara Ernst

Nashua Drug Court held a ceremony on Thursday for four new graduates of its program to help those struggling with addiction. The program aims to reduce recidivism and harsh jail time with the alternative of rigorous drug rehabilitation.

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During a campaign stop in Nashua, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris criticized a measure passed Tuesday by the Alabama legislature that would ban nearly all abortions in that state.

“Let us all agree that women’s health care is under attack, and we will not stand for it,” Harris told a standing room only crowd inside of Girls, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to empowering young women.  

The Alabama statute, which is expected to be signed into law by Gov. Kay Ivey, would make performing an abortion a felony except in very limited circumstances.

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A series of Facebook posts by Nashua school board member Doris Hohensee has district officials calling for her to resign.

The controversy began when a Nashua High School North senior started a petition to ask the school board to reverse its decision allowing ROTC marksmanship classes on campus.

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Presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar is holding a roundtable discussion at Revive Recovery Center in Nashua on Monday about her plan to improve addiction and mental health services across the country.

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As part of NHPR's Crossroad: The N.H. Opioid Reporting Project, The Exchange went on the road on February 7, 2019 to the Nashua Public Library for a live discussion on how the city is taking a multi-pronged approach to tackle the opioid crisis. 

This discussion was recorded at the Nashua Public Library on February 7th, and an edited version of the conversation originally aired on Thursday, February 14th.

The conversation is also available below. Click here to find the full, unedited discussion

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The Environmental Protection Agency says it will review the safety of four New Hampshire Superfund sites in 2019.

This year's reviews, which happen every five years at federally managed toxic waste sites, will include the former Pease Air Force Base and three old industrial sites and dumps in southern New Hampshire.

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Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess says the city needs to focus on housing, green energy, and infrastructure to attract more young people.

In his State of the City address on Tuesday night, Donchess said his office is helping to convert the former railyard downtown into the 'Rail Yard District' with 150 housing units.

He said the 500-700 seat performing arts center in downtown Nashua should be up and running within two years.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

As part of NHPR's Crossroad: The N.H. Opioid Reporting Project, The Exchange went on the road on February 7, 2019 to the Nashua Public Library for a live discussion on how the city is taking a multi-pronged approach to tackle the opioid crisis. 

This discussion was recorded at the Nashua Public Library on February 7th, and an edited version of the conversation airs on Thursday, February 14th at 9 a.m. and again at 7 p.m.

The conversation is also available below. Click here to find the full, unedited discussion

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Nashua is the most diverse city in New Hampshire, with the state’s largest population of foreign-born residents.  Today on Word of Mouth, we’re exploring how immigrants decide to build a life in Nashua… and what that has meant for them and for the city.

 

Then, we’re going way back in time to look at how Magna Carta shaped the American democratic project.

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A high school student from Nashua has been selected as a scholar in a national academic competition. 

The Regeneron Science Talent Search is one of the nation's oldest and most prestitgious math and science competitions for high school students.

Tejas Sathyamurthi, a senior at Nashua High School South, was chosen for his project on using machine learning to predict forest fires. And Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with him about his win.

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The Nashua Chess Club is hosting a special simultaneous tournament on Saturday at the Nashua Public Library.  Members will get the chance to play against an international chess master, David Vigorito, of Massachusetts.

These kinds of tournaments don’t get as much attention as they used to, but Nashua’s chess community says it's ready.

One of the club's members, Bill Anderson, says he's been playing chess for sixty years, but when he sits down to a game, he still never knows what to expect.

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A rail transit group formed by the Nashua Mayor’s office says a public-private partnership could bring passenger rail to the state by 2023.

The Nashua Rail Transit Committee says without a sea change in Concord or the arrival of another offer, Nashua's best chance for light rail lies with the Boston Surface Railroad Company (BSRC).

In a report to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen, the committee says BSRC's route would stretch from New Hampshire to Providence, R.I., with stops in Lowell and Worcester, to connect commuters to Boston.

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Even if countries cut greenhouse gas emissions immediately, New Hampshire will get warmer and wetter within the next three decades, and towns need to plan accordingly.

That was the topic of Nashua's first Resilient Nashua Summit, which the city hosted Tuesday as part of a year-long initative to gather input on its plan for dealing with natural disasters exacerbated by climate change. 

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