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

January 1, 2019

New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, Jan. 1, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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BEAR-HUMAN CONFLICT

CONCORD, N.H. _ New Hampshire saw a surge in conflicts between bears and humans this past year, as a shortage of food drove the animals to raid bird feeders and garbage dumps more frequently. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Bear Project Leader Andrew Timmons said Monday that there were around 800 reports of bear-human conflicts in 2018 compared to only 410 for 2017. There also was an increase in bear killings by the state and residents, both of which are legal. By Michael Casey.

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IN BRIEF:

SECRETARY OF STATE-NEW JOB: Former Maine Secretary of State Charles Summers is now the chief spokesman for the Department of Defense in Washington.

DOG-COYOTE CLASH: A New Hampshire dog owner says his 55-pound pit bull went nose-to-nose with a pair of coyotes and the encounter was captured on his backyard security camera.

FIRST DAY-HIKES: New Hampshire’s Division of Parks and Recreation is hosting hikers for guided trips around the state on New Year’s Day.

CLOSED HOTEL FIRE: New Hampshire law enforcement and fire officials say an arrest has been made in connection with a fire that destroyed an unused hotel in the town of Carroll.

SUPREME COURT-SENATE CHAMBERS: The New Hampshire Supreme Court is temporarily returning to its original home as part of the celebration of the Statehouse’s bicentennial.

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