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

December 29, 2018

New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Saturday, Dec. 29, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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CONCORD, N.H. _ A new law raising the marriage age in New Hampshire was a victory for one incoming state representative before she even considered running for office. Starting Tuesday, the state’s minimum marriage age will be 16, up from 13 for girls and 14 for boys. The bill was championed by Cassie Levesque, who was a senior in high school in 2017 when she began her push to raise the marriage age as part of a Girl Scouts project. By Holly Ramer. 500 words.

SALMON DECLINE-LAKE CHAMPLAIN

MONTPELIER, Vt. _ Biologists are trying to determine whether a warm, dry fall is responsible for a drop in the number of landlocked Atlantic salmon that swam up a Lake Champlain tributary in Vermont to spawn this fall or if there could be other reasons behind a five-year decline. By Wilson Ring. With AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

OVERDOSE DEATHS: New Hampshire is on track to end 2018 with fewer overdose deaths compared to the previous year. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner projects that 437 people will have died of drug overdoses by the end of the year, down from 488 in 2017. The number increased rapidly in recent years, though the 2017 total was only two more than the total in 2016.

AUTO SALVAGE FIRE: Officials say a building was destroyed and 40 vehicles damaged or destroyed in a fire at an auto salvage business in Derry, New Hampshire. Firefighters say flames engulfed Watt’s Auto Salvage in a matter of minutes Friday and that two workers were lucky to get out. No one was hurt.

NEW ENGLAND POTHOLES: Spring is several months away but pothole season is already here in New England. The boomerang weather in which temperatures plummet and then warm up again is wreaking havoc on roads across the region.

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