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BC-NH--New Hampshire News Digest 1:30 pm, NH

December 19, 2018

New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018.

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in New Hampshire. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the northern New England desk at 603-224-3327. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking news and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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TREATMENT CENTERS-MEDCAID REIMBURSEMENT

CONCORD, N.H. _ New Hampshire’s Executive Council has approved an increase in Medicaid reimbursement rates for residential addiction treatment providers, who had warned that they might have to eliminate beds and reduce services despite the state’s ongoing opioid crisis. The centers were getting more money in the last few years because Medicaid recipients were on private insurance plans that paid more. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

FATAL SHOOTING-NEW HAMPSHIRE: New Hampshire authorities are investigating the death of a man who suffered an apparent gunshot wound outside of a restaurant in Dover.

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT-KICKBACKS: A former physician assistant has been convicted of receiving more than $49,000 from a drug manufacturer in exchange for writing more than 700 fentanyl spray prescriptions.

HOMELESSNESS-REPORT: A nonprofit advocacy group says the number of people experiencing homelessness in New Hampshire was unchanged over the past year, but that there’s an increase in the number of children identified as homeless in the public school system.

VOTER FRAUD: The New Hampshire attorney general’s office says it is investigating or reviewing 78 cases of potential voter fraud that emerged after the November 2016 general election.

ENDANGERED WHALES: The federal government is using a pair of protective zones to try to assist large aggregations of rare whales off the East Coast.

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