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

January 23, 2019

New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, Jan. 23, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

PSYCHIATRIC BOARDING

CONCORD, N.H. _ The sponsor of a bill to divert $6 million in surplus funds to encourage the construction of hospital mental health units says it would help address the “festering wound” of psychiatric patients languishing in emergency departments. By Holly Ramer. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-WHALES

PORTLAND, Maine _ Rescuers who respond to distressed whales and other marine animals say the federal government shutdown is making it more difficult to do their work. A network of rescue groups in the U.S. works with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to respond to marine mammals such as whales and seals when the animals are in trouble, such as when they are stranded on land or entangled in fishing gear. But the federal shutdown, which is entering its 33rd day on Wednesday, includes a shuttering of the NOAA operations the rescuers rely upon. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 625 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-PETE BUTTIGIEG

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Democrat Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, says he’s forming an exploratory committee for a 2020 presidential bid. By Sara Burnett. SENT: 525 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

RIGHT WHALE PROTECTION: The developer of an offshore wind energy project is partnering with environmental groups on a plan to try to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale.

COMPUTER-SEX CHARGE: A Massachusetts man has been accused in New Hampshire of using a computer to arrange a sexual encounter with a person whom he believed to be a child.

REDISTRICTING-NEW HAMPSHIRE: A proposed constitutional amendment would create an independent commission to draw boundaries for state elections in New Hampshire.

FIERY CRASH-NEW HAMPSHIRE: Police in New Hampshire say a Jeep collided with a tractor-trailer on Route 101 that broke open the truck’s fuel tank and caused an explosion and fire, seriously injuring the Jeep driver.

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