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AP-NH--New Hampshire News Digest 6 pm, NH

January 3, 2018

New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, Jan. 3, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

UPCOMING TOMORROW:

WINTER WEATHER

BOSTON — The bitter cold that has gripped the Northeast for the past week is giving way — briefly at least — to a monster snowstorm with screaming winds that could drop more than a foot of snow in some areas. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for Thursday that extends from eastern Long Island north to coastal New Hampshire and Maine. Most of the rest of southern New England is under a winter storm watch. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1 a.m.; will be updated, photos, video.

WITH:

— WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST

TOP STORIES:

SCHOOL CHOICE

CONCORD, N.H.— The New Hampshire House has given preliminary approval to bill to allow parents to use public money to send children to private schools. The bill, which is supported by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, would provide parents with the state’s basic per-pupil grant of roughly $3,000 to be used for private school tuition or home schooling. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m.

VOTER ELIGIBILITY

CONCORD, N.H. — The Republican-led New Hampshire Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to further tighten eligibility requirements for voters even though the Legislature’s previous attempt to do so remains stalled in court. College students and others can now declare the state of their domicile for voting purposes without becoming residents subject to other requirements, such as registering their cars or getting New Hampshire drivers licenses. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 410 words.

DEEP FREEZE

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Brutal winter weather that’s brought subzero temperatures to parts of the U.S. is threatening to dump snow and ice across areas of the South that rarely see flurries, much less accumulation. The National Weather Service said a wintry mix of snow and freezing rain was expected Wednesday mainly along the Atlantic seaboard from Florida to North Carolina. It warned that icy roads and low visibility could make driving treacherous across the region. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 940 words.

With:

BC-NNE--WINTER WEATHER.

BC-DEEP FREEZE-THE LATEST.

IN BRIEF:

OVERDOSES-MANCHESTER: Emergency responders in Manchester, New Hampshire, say the number of overdose deaths decreased by 27 percent last year from 2016.

LEAD POISONING: The New Hampshire House has passed a bill aimed at preventing childhood lead poisoning.

SNOWBANK-BODY: Police in New Hampshire have identified a 23-year-old man found dead in a snowbank in front of a motel.

DOGS SEIZED-COLD: Authorities say a New Hampshire woman kept 22 German shepherds in a barn with no heat or fresh water in subzero temperatures.

POLICE CHIEF DAUGHTER-HEROIN: The daughter of a New Hampshire police chief has been charged with possessing and selling heroin.

SNOWMOBILE CRASH-TWO HURT: Officials say two people were injured when they lost control of their snowmobile and crashed into some trees.

COCAINE TRAFFICKING-SENTENCE: A New Hampshire man has been sentenced in federal court to serve 7 ½ years in prison for cocaine trafficking.

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