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

January 5, 2018

New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Friday, Jan. 5, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

CHILD SERVICES-CLOSED CASES

CONCORD, N.H. — An outside firm that reviewed the rapid closing of child abuse and neglect investigations in New Hampshire says in the vast majority of cases it examined, there was appropriate consideration for children’s safety. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

WINTER WEATHER

BOSTON — East Coast residents are bracing for a deep freeze a day after a massive winter storm slammed the region with heavy snow, hurricane-force winds and coastal flooding. Forecasters predict that record-breaking cold air and strong winds will set people’s teeth chattering like castanets from the mid-Atlantic to New England on Friday and that the frigid weather will hang around through the weekend. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 590 words, photos.

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WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST.

TRUMP-OFFSHORE DRILLING

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration moved Thursday to vastly expand offshore drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic oceans with a plan that would open up federal waters off California for the first time in more than three decades. The new five-year drilling plan also could open new areas of oil and gas exploration in areas off the East Coast from Florida to Maine, where drilling has been blocked for decades. While some lawmakers in those states support offshore drilling, the plan drew immediate opposition from governors up and down the East Coast, including Republican Govs. Rick Scott of Florida and Larry Hogan of Maryland, who pressed President Donald Trump to withdraw their states from consideration. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 890 words..

IN BRIEF:

OCEAN HABITAT: Federal ocean regulators say they have approved most of a proposal to change the rules about how they manage New England ocean habitat.

POLICE CRUISER-PEDESTRIAN: Authorities in New Hampshire say a police cruiser struck a pedestrian as blowing and drifting snow caused whiteout conditions.

KENO-KINDERGARTEN: A second New Hampshire city is rejecting the electronic bingo game keno without putting the issue in front of voters.

CAR CRASH-TWO KILLED: A Vermont woman has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a car crash in New Hampshire that killed two people.

OVERDOSES-NASHUA: Health officials say overdoses in Nashua are down by 17 percent, the first decrease in deaths for the city in three years.

LUMBER MILL FIRE: Investigators are working to determine the cause of a fire that razed a New Hampshire lumber mill.

CHILD SERVICES-CLOSED CASES: An outside firm that reviewed the rapid closing of child abuse and neglect investigations in New Hampshire says in the vast majority of cases it examined, there was appropriate consideration for children’s safety.

POLICE DEPARTMENTS-FUNDS: Police departments in three New Hampshire communities are sharing $500,000 in federal funds from the Department of Justice to retain and hire positions in community policing.

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