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

February 6, 2019

New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, Feb. 6, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR-SEX ASSAULT

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire lawmakers are considering restrictions on school districts and their employees in response to a guidance counselor who sexually assaulted a student. The House Education Committee held a hearing Wednesday on a bill that would ban school employees from providing character references for those convicted of sexual misconduct involving a child. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

TOWN FORESTS

CONCORD, N.H. _ A new report shows that New Hampshire communities own more than 180,000 acres of undeveloped forests, fields and wetlands that generate nearly $146 million in economic benefits. That’s nearly 4 percent of the state’s total forestland. Two thirds of that land is protected from development or sale. SENT: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

ANIMALS NEGLECTED-SENTENCE: A man and a woman who said they ran an animal rescue operation have each pleaded guilty to 15 complaints of animal cruelty after police said they found malnourished dogs, cats, reptiles, rabbits and birds a their New Hampshire home.

OPIOID LAWSUIT-SHAHEEN: New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is asking the head of the Food and Drug Administration to provide information on how the agency is preventing pharmaceutical companies from fueling the opioid crisis by marketing both addictive prescription drugs and anti-addiction medications.

STATE OF UNION-NEW HAMPSHIRE: Members of New Hampshire’s congressional delegation say they appreciate that President Donald Trump touched on issues in his State of the Union address such as high prescription drugs costs and infrastructure investment, but they’re disappointed he didn’t rule out shutting down the government again.

UNIVERSITY-WATER MAIN: A water main break in Plymouth has left some students at Plymouth State University without water.

WEATHER REVERSAL: The spring-like weather in northern New England is fleeting.

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