New Hampshire

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was back in New Hampshire today. The former Democratic presidential candidate was campaigning for his former rival Hillary Clinton.

He was also here to support New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan's bid for U.S. Senate. Sanders spoke with NHPR's Peter Biello.

A high-ranking official at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is resigning as the hospital deals with budget challenges.

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New Hampshire state officials met with Hanover residents this week to discuss a chemical plume left over from a mid-century Dartmouth College hazardous waste burial site. The underground plume is threatening nearby wells and streams.

Months after postponing the passage of an ordinance that some say criminalizes homeless, the city of Lebanon, New Hampshire is bringing the ordinance back up for consideration.

In the last couple years, millions of people across the country have learned their drinking water contains high levels of the contaminants known as perfluorichemicals. These are used to make nonstick things like Teflon and pizza boxes.  And for those with illnesses that are linked to the contaminant, that knowledge can be helpful -- and frustrating.

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A contamination running off a former burial plot for a Dartmouth research facility's hazardous waste has reached a local stream.

The school district that serves Claremont, Cornish and Unity, New Hampshire, has received federal funding to help serve its homeless student population.

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Researchers at the University of New Hampshire think blue-green algae blooms may be contributing to the declining population of loons in certain New Hampshire lakes.

While scientists have long warned humans to stay clear of algae or cyanobacteria blooms, researchers at UNH now suspect they may be harming New Hampshire’s loon population. While the state’s overall loon population has been steadily rebounding each year, some lakes are still seeing losses.

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New Hampshire Rep. Ann Kuster is one of several lawmakers that have spoken out against sexual violence in the past few weeks. Kuster has publicly shared her stories of sexual assault, the first of which took place at a Dartmouth College fraternity party nearly 40 years ago. 

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The City Council of Lebanon, New Hampshire has declined to take up a proposed ordinance that would ban overnight parking on city property. 

The ordinance would have prohibited Lebanon's homeless population from parking the vehicles they live in.

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A new ordinance in Lebanon, New Hampshire that would ban overnight parking on city property could have a profound impact on the city's homeless population.

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On Saturday, Dartmouth students held what organizers say was the largest climate change-related rally in New Hampshire's history. An estimated 400 people were on campus calling for Dartmouth to divest its endowment from fossil fuels.

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Southern Vermont has been dealing with water contamination from the chemical PFOA, but it's becoming clear the issue is more widespread. The suspected carcinogen has not only been found in drinking water in Pownal and Bennington, but also in New York and New Hampshire.

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Iowa's Caucuses were a cliffhanger that ended nearly in a tie for the Democratic presidential candidates. But not so with New Hampshire.

After Sen. Bernie Sanders won the nation's first presidential democratic primary in New Hampshire last night, the campaign played "Disco Inferno" for the delirious crowd of folks who were "feeling the Bern."

Sanders now hopes the big win over Hillary Clinton will lead to an eventual nomination to become the Democratic party's candidate for president in 2016. 

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The implications of the nation’s first presidential primary extend far beyond the borders of New Hampshire, and results here will set the stage for key votes in South Carolina, Nevada and beyond.

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With less than 24 hours until the New Hampshire primary, presidential candidates are ramping up their public appearances, trying to get last-minute face time with voters.

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Carol and Bob Backus have been married 15 years. They’re both engaged citizens and longstanding Democrats, but this year they watched the Democratic debate in separate rooms.

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Like Vermont, New Hampshire’s political landscape has changed over the years. And while the state now has a larger proportion of voters who hold more liberal views, there are still strong conservative areas.

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