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AP-NH--New Hampshire News Digest 1 pm, NH

November 18, 2018

New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018.

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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SOARING EAGLES

PORTLAND, Maine — Bald eagles are in the midst of record population growth in northern New England, where America’s national bird could soon find itself removed from all state endangered lists. The eagle was once completely gone from Vermont and New Hampshire and down to just 21 pairs in Maine. But wildlife officials and conservationists in the three states said the bird is repopulating fast, to the point where it has become a threat to rarer species in some areas. By Patrick Whittle. 500 words.

IN BRIEF:

HATE CRIMES STUDY: Researchers at the University of New Hampshire will survey 3,000 law enforcement agencies across the country in an effort to improve the reliability and consistency of data on hate crimes. The federal Department of Justice is funding the three-year study to collect information on rates and characteristics of hate crime investigations by law enforcement.

DOMESTIC ASSAULT ARREST: Police in New Hampshire say they’ve charged a Vermont man with threatening another person with a knife in a car. They say Sean Joyal, of Derby Line, Vermont, faces additional charges including second-degree assault and simple assault.

OPIOID CRISIS-EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS: Two New Hampshire hospitals are participating in a project to start medication-assisted treatment for patients with substance use disorder in the emergency department instead of simply referring them to outside resources. The study, called ED Connect, is being conducted in three sites in the Northeast: Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont and Bellevue Hospital in New York City.

ATV TRAIL SIGNS: All-terrain vehicle riders in northern New Hampshire won’t be wondering which way to go when they hit the trails next spring. Local organizations including ATV clubs and the North Country Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to install 1,000 signs that will provide directions and promote safe and responsible riding practices. The project is funded with a $100,000 grant from the Polaris Foundation.

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