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Census officials are working with local partners in New Hampshire to get the word out about the 2020 Census. The city of Rochester held an event on Tuesday at Great Bay Community College Advanced Technology campus and invited community leaders to share ideas on how to increase participation in 2020. 

Census Day is April 1st, 2020. The first address canvassing operation has already begun in mid-August and will continue until mid-October in all 10 counties in New Hampshire. 

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The city of Rochester is telling businesses they can no longer sell edible forms of CBD -- another sign that regulations around the cannabidiol chemical remain unclear even as it grows in popularity.

The decision came following a review of FDA food service regulations by city officials.

[CBD is Budding in Popularity. But What Is The Cannabis Extract, Exactly?]

We talk with the mayors of Franklin, Keene, and Rochester about their jobs, and the issues facing their communities, including education, housing, the opioid crisis, and infrastructure. We also discuss projects they hope will enhance their local and regional economies.

COURTESY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE COALITION TO END HOMELESSNESS

When the temperatures dropped below zero for multiple nights last winter, local organizations and community leaders in Rochester came together to open the city's first emergency cold weather shelter. This was after other homeless shelters in the area had already filled up.

The mayors of Rochester, Dover, and Somersworth went on to form a regional council to address homelessness. 

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The First Church Congregational of Rochester and a recovery center that operates in it are suing the city of Rochester for trying to shut the center down. 

The SOS Recovery Community Center, a program of Goodwin Community Health, uses a wing of the church to offer services to hundreds of people seeking help with addiction each month.

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James Foley, a reporter who was killed by ISIS militants in 2014, was recognized by the New Hampshire Supreme Court Society with its Life and Liberty Award during a ceremony in Concord on Tuesday.

Foley, who grew up in Wolfeboro, was a freelance journalist who often spent time in conflict zones. He was covering the Syrian Civil War when he was captured and eventually killed by ISIS militants. His death reverberated around the globe, and brought attention to the dangers facing journalists.

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While some voters packed campaign events and watch parties Tuesday night as election returns started to come in, others stayed a little further from the action.

NHPR’s Annie Ropeik talked to voters at a bar in Rochester and filed this report.


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.

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The New Hampshire Attorney General won't file criminal charges against two Rochester police officers and two state troopers who shot and killed a man after a recent car chase.

At a news conference Thursday, Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley played dashboard camera and cell phone videos from the Aug. 20 confrontation. 

The footage shows 38-year-old Douglas Heath crashing his SUV on Route 125 in Rochester, after allegedly fleeing warrants for felony drug charges. 

Authorities in Maine on Friday found the body of a skydiving instructor who became separated from his student during a tandem jump.

Brett Bickford, 41, of Rochester, New Hampshire, and his student participated in a jump about 2 p.m. Thursday near Skydive New England in Lebanon, officials said. The student called police after he landed safely and couldn't find his instructor.

The Attorney General's office says police officers shot and killed a gun-wielding driver after a pursuit ended in a crash and exchange of gunfire in Rochester on Monday.

Douglas Heath, 38, died at the scene.

Heath, who was believed to be staying in the city since Wednesday, was wanted on several warrants, including for alleged drug trafficking and fleeing Maine State Police, police said.

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Rochester is hosting its first-ever food truck festival Sunday.

Food trucks and local chefs from the Tri-City area will converge on the Lilac Mall parking lot for the new event.

Organizers include the owner of the Dover-based Crescent City Kitchen truck, who says he hopes the festival will be an annual event.

Nine trucks are slated to be on-site, serving barbecue, ice cream, poutine and more.

The festival will also include a local beer garden, live music and games.

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A jury has convicted a man of attacking a woman outside of a New Hampshire fitness club.

 

Jordan Lamonde, of Portsmouth, was on trial on a second-degree felony assault charge and three misdemeanor assault charges. He had pleaded not guilty.

 

Both sides agree the motive was revenge; the woman's then-boyfriend stole a safe containing $30,000 from Lamonde on New Year's Day 2016.

 

Seacoastonline.com reports jurors deliberated for just under two hours Thursday.

 

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An environmental group is challenging state approval of an expansion plan at the region’s largest landfill – Turnkey in Rochester.

The Conservation Law Foundation filed the appeal with New Hampshire’s Department of Environmental Services Wednesday.

It reiterates earlier arguments that expanding Turnkey Landfill goes against a state policy of trying to reduce waste. And it says the landfill’s owner, Waste Management, should address potential water contamination around the landfill before getting to expand it.

The Rochester City Council rejected a community petition on Tuesday to relocate a private drug recovery center.

The council said it doesn't have the legal authority to force a relocation unless the center is breaking the law or violating a zoning ordinance.

Sixty-five people have signed the petition. In it, community members say they’ve have seen an increase in drug activity in their neighborhood around the SOS Recovery Community Organization.

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A woman died from a gunshot wound Tuesday night in Rochester, after an incident involving two groups of people in the area of South Main Street.

New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and Rochester Police Chief Paul Toussaint announced the investigation into the homicide case. On Thursday, police identified the shooting victim as Billy Jo Ahearn, 24, of Rochester.

Chief Medical Examiner Jennie V. Duval determined the yhomicide death was caused by a single gunshot. 

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Frisbie Memorial Hospital is closing a recovery center in downtown Rochester.

In a statement, Chief Nursing Officer John Levitow says the decision will eliminate "redundancy of service" and allow the hospital to better target its resources. Rochester is also served by the SOS Recovery Center.

Levitow says the hospital will work to avoid any disruption in care as patients are sent elsewhere for services.

The Frisbie recovery center opened in the fall of 2016 as a partnership between Frisbie and the city to provide 24/7 substance use disorder support and treatment.

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The mayors of Dover, Rochester, and Somersworth are teaming up to address homelessness.

The mayors are putting together a homelessness task force that will include city officials, business leaders, and local non-profits.

Dover Mayor Karen Weston says the collaboration stems from a recent effort to establish a warming shelter during a cold snap.

“Because of the 10 or 14 days where we had sub-zero temperatures, many people became aware of these folks in these tent cities that are freezing.”

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Over the last few weeks, a coalition of community groups and city leaders in Rochester set up an impromptu warming center as a last-ditch effort to give homeless residents a safe place to go during the recent cold snap. With this week’s warmer weather, the center’s set to close at noon Thursday. But for many, the need for stable housing isn't going away.

A public housing complex for people who are chronically homeless could open in Rochester later this year.

Last year, a doctor in Rochester donated her old medical office building to the Rochester Housing Authority.

Stacey Price, director of the housing authority, says they’re hoping to transform the space into 8 housing units for people who are chronically homeless.

The city of Rochester is exploring launching a Safe Station program modeled after the one in Manchester.

The idea behind Manchester’s program is that anyone who wants help fighting their addiction can walk into any city fire station, at any time, and get connected with treatment services.

Rochester Mayor Caroline McCarley has been closely following the program and wants it, or something like it, in her city.

One Vote Margin Leads To Recount On Keno In Rochester

Nov 14, 2017
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Rochester officials will be hosting a recount next week on the passage of the electronic gambling game Keno.

Last week voters in the city approved Keno by just one vote.

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Officials in Rochester are investigating what they say is illegal oil dumping into the city’s sewer system.

City officials say they first detected oil in the sewer system last November, then again every month since February.

Director of City Services John Storer says it seems to be dumped on semi-regular basis and is most likely waste oil – something the city offers to properly dispose of for free.

Erica Rowe, U.S. Air National Guard

Firefighters in Rochester will be the first in the state to have their pay tied to their performance.

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The Rochester Farmers Market is offering any veteran who lives in Strafford County a $20 voucher to thank them for their service.

The Vouchers for Veterans program lets veterans spend $20 at any of the Rochester Farmers Market vendors.

A new study, from the non-profit Americans for the Arts, shows arts and culture audiences spent almost $70 million in the four regions of the state that participated in the nationwide study.

That kind of spending makes an impact.

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Police are looking for a man who attacked an 18-year-old woman outside a Planet Fitness gym in Rochester, punching her 39 times and leaving her badly injured.

On Tuesday, Rochester police released a 16-second clip on its Facebook page of the 10 p.m. June 12 attack taken from the gym's surveillance camera. It shows a man in his 20s - dressed in a white T-shirt, dark shorts and wearing sunglasses- getting out of his car and walking toward the gym.

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  Employees of a nearly 150-year-old fair in New Hampshire have voted to give up their salaries to keep the fair going, but it's unclear if it will be enough.

The Rochester Fair has run continuously in the fall since 1874, but low attendance and mounting costs have jeopardized its future.

Mark Perry, the fair's general manager, tells WMUR-TV that the whole staff voted to give up their salaries for a year to help cut costs.

Future Of Rochester Fair Unclear Amid Financial Struggles

Apr 25, 2017
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New Hampshire's annual 10-day fair in Rochester may have to shut down after 141 years of operation.

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In a campaign stop in Rochester New Hampshire on Sunday, Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence praised the FBI's decision to review emails that may be related to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. 

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