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

August 2, 2018

New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Thursday, Aug. 2, 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 207-772-4157. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

FISH HATCHERY-POLLUTION

CONCORD, N.H. — An environmental group plans to file a federal lawsuit against New Hampshire’s largest hatchery over allegations that runoff from the facility is polluting nearby rivers and lakes. The Conservation Law Foundation announced Thursday that it sent a notice to sue to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Departments and its commissioners over discharges from the state’s Powder Mill Fish Hatchery. By Michael Casey. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m., photos.

BROOKSTONE-BANKRUPTCY

Brookstone, the ubiquitous seller of cool but largely unneeded things, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection again and will close the 101 of its stores that are located in malls. Malls have suffered for years due to far-reaching shifts in the way that Americans shop for just about everything, which has diminished foot traffic at Brookstone. On Thursday, CEO Piau Phang Foo called the situation in malls “extremely challenging,” and thanked employees who had staffed stores in those locations. SENT: 235 words.

1ST DISTRICT-DEMOCRATIC FORUM

EXTER, N.H. — The New Hampshire Democratic Party hosts a candidates’ forum for the 1st Congressional District. Developing from 6 p.m. event. By Holly Ramer.

IN BRIEF:

EDUCATION SPOKESMAN-COMMENTS: New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu says it was “unacceptable” for a state agency spokesman to suggest increasing the state’s racial diversity could turn it into a cesspool.

TRACTOR TRAILER CRASH: New Hampshire state police say one tractor trailer struck another and rolled over on Interstate 95, leaving debris that caused additional crashes on the highway.

LAWMAKER ARRESTED: Jury selection has been scheduled in the case of a New Hampshire lawmaker charged with sexually and physically assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

EMERALD ASH BORER: Officials say the invasive pest the emerald ash borer has been found in the southern Vermont town of Stamford.

FITNESS CLUB-ATTACK: The lawyer for a man charged with attacking a woman outside of a New Hampshire fitness club admits it happened, but says there’s not enough evidence to prove it’s a felony.

STOLEN CAR: Police in New Hampshire are searching for a man who they say asked a homeowner for help before stealing his car.

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