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

December 14, 2018

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2020-NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY

CONCORD, N.H. _ An effort to put the New Hampshire Republican Party in President Donald Trump’s corner ahead of the state’s leadoff presidential primary is facing both private and public pushback. The state party has a long tradition of not taking sides during primaries, even when a Republican is in the White House and running for re-election. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 580 words, photos.

CHINESE TOURISTS-SEX TRAFFICKING

PORTLAND, Maine _ A New Hampshire husband and wife are accused of luring at least 27 Chinese women into the sex trade in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Court documents indicate 37-year-old Sou Chao Li and his wife, 37-year-old Derong Maio, used a messaging system popular in China to entice women to travel to the U.S. with tourist visas. SENT: 250 words.

GAS EXPLOSIONS

LAWRENCE, Mass. _ Some Massachusetts homeowners and small businesses are still struggling to return to normalcy after September’s dramatic gas pipeline explosions, even as the utility responsible says the vast majority of customers have heat and hot water again. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 890 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

GOVERNOR’S DAUGHTER-NRA: Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s daughter has been hired by the National Rifle Association as its new state director for Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

ROAD SHOOTING-NEW HAMPSHIRE: A New Hampshire man and his 18-year-old son have been released on bail after police said they were allegedly involved in a drug deal in which a 17-year-old was shot.

BOMB THREATS HOAX-NEW HAMPSHIRE: Police in Manchester, New Hampshire, say two emailed bomb threats to businesses were similar to messages sent to locations statewide and nationally, and were not considered credible.

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