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

January 25, 2019

New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Friday, Jan. 25, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION-NEW HAMPSHIRE

CONCORD, N.H. — A state commission created to reduce alcohol and drug problems in New Hampshire expressed opposition Friday to a bill to legalize recreational marijuana use. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 315 words.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-NEW HAMPSHIRE

CONCORD, N.H. _ Before President Donald Trump announced an agreement to end the government shutdown, Democrats urged Republican Gov. Chris Sununu to take immediate action Friday to help workers affected by it, but the governor said the state already is providing some of the aid they demanded. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 500 words.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-COLLEGE HELP

A growing number of colleges and universities are postponing tuition payments, waiving late fees and providing emergency grants to students whose finances have been tied up by the longest government shutdown in history. In New York, Connecticut and Nevada, statewide college systems have agreed to delay payments for students who are federal employees or rely on family members in federal jobs. At least 20 other schools have made similar offers as they scramble to keep students from dropping out amid the financial pinch. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 860 words, photos.

OPIOID KICKBACK SCHEME

BOSTON — Drug company executives weren’t satisfied with sales for their powerful painkiller, so they devised a plan, prosecutors say: Offer cash to doctors in exchange for prescriptions. Soon, the highly addictive fentanyl spray was flourishing, and executives were raking in millions. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 960 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

WRONG-WAY FATAL CRASH: A New Hampshire man has pleaded not guilty to negligent homicide in connection with a wrong-way crash that killed a retired Massachusetts police sergeant and his wife.

NURSE-DRUG PLEA: A nurse at a long-term care facility in New Hampshire has pleaded guilty to possession of Oxycodone that belonged to a resident.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-MEALS: Federal workers at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport affected by the partial government shutdown are getting free meals from now until the end of the shutdown.

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