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Nov 11, 2016 7:28 AM

Somersworth reinstalls Ten Commandments monument next to City Hall

The Associated Press

SOMERSWORTH (AP) — A controversial Ten Commandments monument has been restored to its original location next to City Hall in the New Hampshire city of Somersworth.

READ: Broken 10 Commandments tablet investigated as target of vandalism in Somersworth

Public Works Director Mike Bobinsky tells Foster's Daily Democrat the 3,000-pound monument was installed on a small traffic island near the building on Sunday.

The Fraternal Order of Eagles gifted the granite Ten Commandments tablet to the city in 1958. It was toppled by an unidentified vandal in August following objections to its religious implications.

The City Council voted to reinstall the monument in September. Mayor Dana Hilliard has said he's been advised that the monument is compliant with the First Amendment and meets the constraints of church and state separation.

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