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

March 14, 2019

New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Thursday, March 14, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

UPCOMING TOMORROW:

Campaign coverage.

TOP STORIES:

CHILD SAFETY

The New Hampshire Senate gave preliminary approval Thursday to a batch of bills aimed at keeping children safe physically and emotionally at school. Senators voted in favor of developing a statewide, real-time notification system to link schools directly to law enforcement in the event of a shooting or other threat. It also approved funding for a pilot program in Rockingham County to bring mental health providers into schools for a crisis response and prevention program. SENT: 420 words.

MAPLE SEASON-SQUIRRELS

DANVILLE, Vt. — Maple syrup producers are contending with a late start to the season in the Northeast and an abundant squirrel population with the critters chomping on plastic sap tubing and spouts. Damage from wildlife — deer, bear woodpeckers, and squirrels — is not unusual for maple operations, but this year squirrels are wreaking havoc in some spots. By Lisa Rathke. SENT: 480 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-BETO O’ROURKE

AUSTIN, Texas — Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke announced Thursday that he’ll seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, ending months of intense speculation over whether he’d try to translate his newfound political celebrity into a White House bid. By Will Weissert. SENT: 1,125 words.

IN BRIEF:

DUMP TRUCK-BRIDGE: New Hampshire state police say a dump truck traveling on southbound Interstate 93 hit an overpass and the body of the truck landed on the highway, causing an accident with two other vehicles and backing up traffic during the morning rush hour.

ATVS-TOWN MEETING: Voters on Town Meeting Day in three northern New Hampshire towns have rejected measures to close town roads to ATV use because of noise and traffic concerns.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT: The New Hampshire Senate has voted to have an independent human resources employee who would investigate sexual harassment complaints against lawmakers.

SHOOTING INVESTIGATION-ARRESTS: Police in New Hampshire’s capital city say they’ve arrested two 18-year-olds and they’re looking for a third suspect in connection with a shooting in November that seriously wounded a man.

FATAL SHOOTING-NEW HAMPSHIRE: Police in New Hampshire say a man has died in a shooting in Manchester.

SCHOOL FUNDING-LAWSUIT: Two decades after a series of court decisions that said New Hampshire has a duty to provide and pay for an adequate education, a school district has sued the state, saying that hasn’t been accomplished.

SAFETY DEPARTMENT-LEADERSHIP: New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has named his pick to head the Department of Safety.

EARNS-SPRAGUE RESOURCES: Spague Resources LP (SRLP) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $36.5 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier.

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