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

February 4, 2019

New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Monday, Feb. 4, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

TRUMP-REPUBLICAN PARTY

WASHINGTON — Worried about a potential Republican primary challenge, President Donald Trump’s campaign has launched a state-by-state effort to prevent an intraparty fight that could spill over into the general-election campaign. The nascent initiative has been an intense focus in recent weeks and includes taking steps to change state party rules, crowd out potential rivals and quell any early signs of opposition that could embarrass the president. By Zeke Miller and Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,125 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-BOOKER-STAFF HIRES

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Days after the official launch of his presidential bid, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker announced key staff hires in several early voting states on Monday, naming veteran political operatives to head up his campaign in some of the first critical battlegrounds of the 2020 voting calendar. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 400 words.

BORDER WALL-TERRORISM-VERMONT

RICHFORD, Vt. — It was about 2 a.m. on a moonless October night in 1987 when the police chief of a small northern Vermont town spotted a man carrying a black bag and walking down the railroad tracks from Canada toward a waiting van about a mile south of the border. The man turned out to be linked to a Lebanese extremist group. And in his bag, later recovered from a ditch, were a ski mask and a propane-canister bomb. By Wilson Ring. SENT: 890 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

CHILD CARE MERGER: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Hampshire and Lakes Region Child Care Services are exploring a merger to strengthen and expand child care and afterschool services.

TRAIN-PICKUP TRUCK CRASH: Police in New Hampshire say an Amtrak train carrying 72 passengers slammed into a pickup truck shortly after the driver got out.

CONGRESSMAN GUEST: A New Hampshire congressman is inviting a transgender Navy veteran to be his guest at President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address in Washington.

GAS PRICES: Prices are still dropping at the gasoline pumps in northern New England.

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