Dec 25, 2015 12:35 PM

2016 was big in 2015 in New Hampshire; heroin crisis, too

The Associated Press

CONCORD — A crowded field of Republicans roaming the state, a high profile trial that cast a harsh glare on an elite prep school and a growing heroin crisis were among New Hampshire's top stories in 2015.

The race for the presidency actually started before the calendar turned over to 2015 but this year in the first-in-the-nation primary state was dominated by nearly daily visits from candidates of all stripes.

The rape trial of Owen Labrie cast a harsh glare on St. Paul's School. Labrie was charged with raping an underage classmate as part of a campus practice known as "Senior Salute." He was acquitted of rape but convicted of other charges.

And officials said overdoses deaths from heroin and fentanyl would exceed 400, more than double the number in 2013.

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