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Welcome to InDepthNH.org’s roundup of news that matters in New Hampshire Dec. 7

Two North Country Veterans’ Clinics Set to Close (NHPR)

The Veterans Administration has scheduled two town hall meetings next week in New Hampshire’s North Country to discuss the closing of facilities in Colebrook and Berlin that offer primary care and lab services to veterans.

New England has enough electricity production for the winter, although natural gas supplies raise concern (Concord Monitor)

The organization that runs New England’s power grid said electricity supplies should be sufficient to meet demand this winter, but just in case it will pay power plants that burn oil or liquified natural gas so they will stock up on fuel in advance. 

NH home sales are through the roof (Union Leader)

More single-family homes will be sold in New Hampshire this year than any year since before the turn of the century.

New home officially opens to help pregnant NH women battling drug addiction (NH1)

ROCHESTER – Kerry Norton is a nurse who had a dream to open a home for pregnant drug addicts. Tuesday it happened. Last May, NH1 News visited Norton and Coleen Arnold, two health professionals working with pregnant women and trying to raise money to open a home for homeless, pregnant drug addicts.

Fire displaces residents in Keene apartment complex (Keene Sentinel)

Area fire departments responded to a second-alarm fire at an apartment complex at 543 Washington St. in Keene Tuesday night.

 This Concord wheelchair near a fatal accident asks a question of responsibility (Concord Monitor)

A white wheelchair asked the question: “State of NH or City of Concord?” Its location – near the intersection of North Main Street and Interstate 393, not far from where a disabled, homeless man was killed in a traffic accident in January – provided part of the context.

Republicans Among Those Averse To Ending Same-Day Registration (NHPR)

Governor-elect Chris Sununu has said tightening voter laws, potentially eliminating same-day registration, is top on his to-do list once he takes office.

Vermont’s $200 million mountain of trouble (Boston Globe)

Ariel Quiros and Bill Stenger promised to save Jay Peak ski resort and the struggling economy around it. That’s not what happened at all.

Thousands of students attend opioid awareness event (WMUR)

LOWELL, Mass. — Thousands of high school students from Massachusetts and New Hampshire gathered Tuesday in Lowell to learn more about the opioid crisis. 

Buckley tells NH1 News he’ll soon ‘start rolling out’ supporters of his DNC chair bid (NH1)

CONCORD – New Hampshire Democratic Party chairman Ray Buckley says he’s “feeling very good” about his bid for chair of the Democratic National Committee.

N.H. Lawmakers to Pick the Next House Speaker, Secretary of State (NHPR)

Current Speaker Shawn Jasper looks in good position to keep his speaker’s gavel, with Republicans holding a solid majority in the House. 

Threat written in bathroom at Oyster River High School prompts early dismissal (WMUR)

DURHAM, N.H. — A threat found written in a bathroom stall Tuesday morning at Durham’s Oyster River High School prompted an early dismissal.

Jailed activist hopes for presidential pardon from Trump (WMUR)

MANCHESTER, N.H. — New Hampshire activist Jerry Delemus has been granted a 30-day continuance while he tries to withdraw his guilty plea for his role in the 2014 Bundy Ranch standoff in Nevada.

Unions cautiously optimistic over possible FairPoint sale (Nashua Telegraph)

Unions representing FairPoint Communications workers in northern New England say they view its potential $1.5 billion sale to an Illinois-based broadband and business communications company.

Lifelong member leaves $175,000 in his will (Nashua Telegraph)

NASHUA – Steve Mazur was a pretty simple man. The World War II veteran loved the Red Sox, and worked hard all his life. A self-employed barber in the city since he moved up from Lowell, Mass., in the 1950s, Mazur started going to the Nashua YMCA every day. He ended up being a member for more than 50 years.

Laconia Fire Department names paramedic/firefighter Brian Keyes drug recovery coordinator (Laconia Daily Sun)

LACONIA — When addicts overdose, most often the first person they see is a firefighter. This week, the Laconia Fire Department stepped up its effort to address the crisis of opiate addiction by naming a drug recovery coordinator.

Sen. Shaheen Celebrates Wireless Partners’ 4G LTE Network (Berlin Daily Sun)

GROVETON — Following 18 months of concerted effort, Verizon broadband and voice service is available on the new 4G LTE network built by Wireless Partners.

AROUND THE NATION AND WORLD

A Moving Story: Crooked Movers Victimize Consumers and Usually Get Away With It (InDepthNH.org)

The moving industry has long attracted fraudsters, but experts say scamming became more pronounced after the mid-1990s, when Congress shuttered the Interstate Commerce Commission as a cost-cutting move.

Trump says Air Force One Boeing order should be cancelled (BBC)

US President-elect Donald Trump has said he wants to cut government costs by cancelling the order for new planes to carry the American president.

Libyan Fighters Declare Victory in an ISIS Stronghold(New York Times)

The apparent end to the battle in Surt, a coastal Islamic State stronghold, was another defeat for the militant group as its ambitions for an empire buckle on multiple fronts.

Parents of 2 girls expelled over racist texts sue Marist High School (Chicago Tribune)

The fathers of two girls expelled from Marist High School after being accused of sending racist text messages have filed a lawsuit against the private Southwest Side school that claims another teenager altered the texts.

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