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

March 5, 2019

New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, March 5, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

GUN CONTROL-RED FLAG

CONCORD, N.H. _ The debate over making it easier to take guns away from dangerous people in New Hampshire featured red T-shirts on one side and white pearls on the other Tuesday. The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee held a public hearing on a bill that would allow family members or law enforcement officers to seek a court order restricting gun access to those posing an immediate risk to themselves or public safety. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 700 words.

KIDNAPPER MANHUNT

MONTPELIER, Vt. _ A New Hampshire woman who police say was kidnapped and sexually assaulted by a man who had allegedly run away from an addiction treatment center is suing the state of Vermont and the center for not doing enough after he fled. By Wilson Ring. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m.

SUSPICIOUS DEATH

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The boyfriend of a woman who died of a gunshot wound to the back says the two were driving away from a New Hampshire club when he heard a “pop.” Jeremy Winslow told WMUR-TV that he and Tanya Hall were on a date Saturday night to celebrate a deal she recently closed in her sales job. They were at the Manchvegas Bar and Grill. SENT: 200 words, photo.

KOHL’S-GYMS

NEW YORK — Some shrunken Kohl’s stores are getting a new neighbor: Planet Fitness gyms. Kohl’s, which is on a mission to shrink its biggest department stores, said it will lease or sell the newly empty space at 10 locations to Planet Fitness, but may increase that number in the future. The new neighbor won’t share doors with Kohl’s, but it hopes that those who frequent Planet Fitness will also stop at Kohl’s to buy fitness trackers. By Joseph Pisani. SENT: 415 words.

IN BRIEF:

SEXUAL ASSAULT-INVESTIGATION: A New Hampshire man has been charged with 15 counts of sexual assault stemming from an investigation that involved police in several communities.

FIREFIGHTER DEATH-MAINE: Maine Gov. Janet Mills has ordered flags lowered to half-staff to honor a firefighter killed while battling an apartment blaze.

DEADLY WRONG-WAY CRASH: Attorneys for a man accused in a wrong-way crash in Vermont that killed five teenagers say a state expert has found the man was insane at the time of the crash.

COVERED BRIDGE-REPAIRS: A 143-year-old New Hampshire covered bridge is going to be shut down to vehicle traffic for about two months for extensive repair work.

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM WORKER SENTENCED: A former Boys & Girls Club worker in New Hampshire has been sentenced to at least eight years in prison for a pattern of sexual abuse involving a teenage girl who attended the program.

SUSPICOUS DEATH: The boyfriend of a woman who died of a gunshot wound to the back says the two were driving away from a New Hampshire club when he heard a “pop.”

WATER POLLUTION SUIT: A utility is denying allegations by two environmental groups that it violated the Clean Water Act in operating a coal-fired power plant in New Hampshire.

SNOW ON CARS: New Hampshire State Police troopers say they’ve stopped hundreds of vehicles covered in snow through their enforcement of Jessica’s Law this season.

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