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AP-NH--New Hampshire News Digest, NH

October 7, 2018

New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Sunday, Oct. 7, 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 207-772-4157. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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DEER DISEASE-NORTHEAST

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Deer biologists across northern New England are dusting off their plans for dealing with a fatal disease that has been spreading across North America for a half-century and was recently discovered again on a Canadian game farm. Chronic wasting disease has never been found in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, and biologists hope the single case discovered in a captive deer just north of Montreal can be contained. “If they find it in the wild, then the freak-out factor goes through the roof because at that point, it’s only a matter of time before it spreads,” said Nick Fortin, deer biologist for the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife. By Wilson Ring. 500 words.

KAVANAUGH-BLUE STATE LAWSUITS

UNDATED — Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court has put a spotlight on the dozens of federal cases pitting the Trump administration against Democratic-leaning states, on issues including auto emission standards, immigration and a free-flowing internet. He lashed out against “left-wing opposition groups” and others during the recent Senate hearing over a high school-era sexual assault allegation, raising questions about whether he can be impartial deciding cases that revolve around Democratic policies or that directly involve Democratic officials. By Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 600 words

IN BRIEF:

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-NH: New Hampshire’s senators are unhappy with the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Democratic Sen. Jean Shaheen said Saturday that the confirmation process has left the nation more divided than before, and she said “we can’t let this become the status quo.” She said she had concerns about Kavanaugh over the Affordable Care Act, women’s reproductive rights and executive branch power.

LEIF ERIKSON PARADE: The route for an annual parade honoring explorer Leif Erikson in New Hampshire is nearly six times longer than it used to be, but it still takes less than a minute to traverse. A University of New Hampshire professor and two friends got the idea for the parade in 1977 while washing clothes at a laundromat. Until last year, the route spanned 25 feet between the laundromat and a Durham restaurant.

SEXUAL ASSAULT-ASSISTING VICTIMS: New Hampshire is set to get $650,000 in grants to support victims of sexual assault. The state’s Democratic congressional delegation says that the grant money comes from the National Institute of Justice at the U.S. Department of Justice. More than $316,000 will go to the New Hampshire Department of Safety to reduce sexual assault and rape kit backlogs. Another $333,558 goes to the New Hampshire Department of Justice to develop and initiate a tracking program for sexual assault kits.

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