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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Granite State tops for children, Rubio makes calls to N.H.

  • JT martin (left) and Brennan Malone soak in the warm weather as Tom White's eighth-grade Science class makes their way to launching hot air balloons at Belmont Middle School on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. The balloon proved so successful, it drifted landed high in a tree across Route 106.<br/><br/>(Alexander Cohn/ Monitor Staff)

    JT martin (left) and Brennan Malone soak in the warm weather as Tom White's eighth-grade Science class makes their way to launching hot air balloons at Belmont Middle School on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. The balloon proved so successful, it drifted landed high in a tree across Route 106.

    (Alexander Cohn/ Monitor Staff)

  • Sadie Rose, 6, reacts to the effect she chose to help bring together her short video on the baby chickens that her class helped raise while working with technology integration specialist Heather Drolet on June 5, 2013 at Christa McAuliffe Elementary School. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Sadie Rose, 6, reacts to the effect she chose to help bring together her short video on the baby chickens that her class helped raise while working with technology integration specialist Heather Drolet on June 5, 2013 at Christa McAuliffe Elementary School.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • JT martin (left) and Brennan Malone soak in the warm weather as Tom White's eighth-grade Science class makes their way to launching hot air balloons at Belmont Middle School on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. The balloon proved so successful, it drifted landed high in a tree across Route 106.<br/><br/>(Alexander Cohn/ Monitor Staff)
  • Sadie Rose, 6, reacts to the effect she chose to help bring together her short video on the baby chickens that her class helped raise while working with technology integration specialist Heather Drolet on June 5, 2013 at Christa McAuliffe Elementary School. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

According to a new study, American children are best off in the Granite State.

The research was done for this year’s Annie E. Casey Foundation Kid’s Count Data Book, which was released today. The data was collected in 2010 and 2011 and measures economic well-being, education, health and family and community issues to determine state rankings.

According to it, “there are fewer children in the state without health insurance; the teen birth rate has dropped by 11 percent to an historic low; and the rate of high school students not graduating in four years has declined. The teen death rate also has decreased.”

But even though the state is No. 1, is there still room for improvement?

While numbers are improving, more than half of all Granite State fourth- and eighth- graders are not proficient in math and reading and the number of teens who abuse drugs is still above the national average.

Also, the number of children in single-parent households has risen in New Hampshire since 2005.

Overall, though the economic well-being for the nation has gotten worse.

New Mexico was ranked last on the list.

Check out the Kids Count website to find the complete list, check out more data, and see how the other states stacked up against the Granite State.

In other news

 Rubio is stoking the 2016 campaign fire by contacting several bigwigs in the state Republican party.

∎ Was the state attorney general planning on filing criminal charges against James O’Keefe after several videos where he tried to demonstrate voter fraud in the state during the 2012 presidential primary?

 An Ohio man won the 2013 Hampton Beach Sand Scuplting Competition with a piece titled “Ifinity.”

 There are some big votes on the docket at the State House on Wednesday including the budget and medical marijuana.

∎ New Hampshire ranks near the top in the United States with a high number of primary doctors.

∎ Angel the therapy dog from the Merrimack County SPCA is living up to her name by visiting area nursing homes.

∎ New Hampshire boasts the nation’s oldest mountain hut system, which is located in the White Mountains.

 Smuttynose is expecting to open its brand new brewery at the end of the year in Hampton.

∎ Courtney Force beat her father for the funny car title at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event at New Hampshire Moto Speedway

∎ The Granite State swept the boys’ and girls’ Twin State Hanover Lions “Byrne Cup” all-star lacrosse games over the weekend in Hanover.

(Have ideas for the roundup? Reach web editor Kevin Deane at 369-3302 or email him at kdeane@cmonitor.com. Follow him on Twitter, @CM_KDeane.)

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