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New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, May 1, 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.
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CONCORD, N.H. _ A bipartisan compromise introduced in a Senate committee Wednesday could pave the way for getting politics out of the process of drawing New Hampshire’s legislative districts. Supporters argue the current system that puts lawmakers in charge of redistricting allows for gerrymandering, in which boundaries are drawn to benefit the party in power. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 615 words.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Rights and religious groups debated on Wednesday expanding the kinds of health care providers who can perform abortions in Maine. The 40-year-old law, which states that only physicians can provide abortions, is already the subject of a federal lawsuit seeking to strike it down. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 530 words.
PATRIOTS OWNER-PROSTITUTION CHARGE
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A judge says video surveillance from police busts at two massage parlors in Florida can’t be used in prosecuting prostitution charges against alleged patrons in cases similar to one involving New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. A judge said Wednesday detectives didn’t follow rules to minimize the surveillance of noncriminal activity in massage rooms at two spas in Martin County, Florida. The judge’s decision in Martin County is independent of whatever the judge in neighboring Palm Beach County decides in Kraft’s case. SENT: 250 words.
UNIVERSITY GRANT THEFTS: A former University of New Hampshire researcher has been sentenced to two years of probation for misusing a credit card for federal research grant expenses to charge more than $82,000 worth of merchandise, including clothing, video games, and a snow blower.
DECRIMINALIZING PROSTITUTION: Critics of criminal prostitution laws are urging Rhode Island lawmakers to support a legislative study on decriminalizing sex work.
ROAD RAGE-SHOOTING: A New Hampshire man has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree assault in what police called a road-rage shooting in Grafton.
HERRING FISHING: Interstate fishing managers have approved new protections for an important species of small fish that they hope will help reverse an alarming trend in the fish’s population. HFR for 1 a.m.
GUIDANCE COUNSELOR-SEX ASSAULT: A former New Hampshire school administrator says in a lawsuit she was wrongfully fired for testifying about the job performance of a guidance counselor who was sentenced for sexually assaulting a student at another school.
DEADLY WRONG-WAY CRASH: Jury selection is continuing for a third day in the trial of a Vermont man accused in a wrong-way crash that killed five teenagers.
FATAL CRASH-NEW HAMPSHIRE: New Hampshire state police say it appears speed was a factor in a one-car crash in Candia that resulted in a passenger’s death.
PRISON CHAPLAIN-BRIBES: A federal prison chaplain in New Hampshire has pleaded guilty to accepting bribes for providing inmates cellphones, tobacco, drugs, and other contraband.
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