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

January 9, 2019

New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019.

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

TOP STORIES:

RAPE KITS

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire will implement a new system to keep track of evidence in sexual assault cases after finding that nearly 600 rape kits had not been submitted to the state crime lab. The Executive Council on Wednesday approved $104,000 in federal funding to establish a new Justice Department position and an automated system to track the handling and testing of sexual assault kits. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 800 words.

KIDNAPPER MANHUNT

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont State Police say more should have been done after a suspect later charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting a New Hampshire woman was reported missing from a residential drug treatment facility. In a timeline of the disappearance of Everett Simpson released Tuesday, state police say investigators should have sought an arrest warrant after being alerted to Simpson’s Jan. 4 disappearance, sent an alert to other police agencies and issued a news release. By Wilson Ring. SENT: 395 words.

IN BRIEF:

CATHOLIC CHURCH-GROUP SANCTIONED: A religious group in New Hampshire that has repeatedly clashed with the Catholic church has been ordered not to hold Mass.

STUDENT-FIREWORKS ARREST: Police in New Hampshire have arrested a 16-year-old student after he was questioned about fireworks being set off in school bathrooms and they discovered a large knife in his backpack.

TOLLBOOTH-ROBBERY: New Hampshire State Police say a man wielding a knife robbed a tollbooth attendant in Hooksett.

WINTER WEATHER: Residents of northern New England are enduring another messy commute with a combination of rain, freezing rain, and snow.

ELECTION 2020-ELIZABETH WARREN-NEW HAMPSHIRE: New Hampshire’s Democratic Party says Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be the keynote speaker at an annual dinner

FATAL POLICE SHOOTING: A Maine police officer involved in a shooting that left a New Hampshire man dead has returned to work while the public still waits to hear details of the shooting.

DARTMOUTH-LAWSUIT: A former Dartmouth College student has sued the school, saying he was unjustly expelled over a sexual assault allegation.

ARSON CHARGES: The New Hampshire Supreme Court has denied the appeal of a man sentenced to decades in prison over multiple arsons that killed four dogs.

MENHADEN HEALTH: One of the most important species of fish in the ocean’s food chain is getting a close look to help determine the health of its population.

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