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Chocolate plant to process cocoa

STRATHAM — Swiss chocolate maker Lindt has finished a big expansion of its New Hampshire factory with the addition of a cocoa-processing plant that’s transforming beans into chocolate under one roof in the U.S.

It’s a milestone for the U.S. headquarters of the company, which is based in Kilchberg, Switzerland. The U.S. factory started small in Stratham in 1989 and now employs about 350 people. It’s holding an open house Wednesday.

Before the 350,000-square-foot processing plant was added, the factory would produce the cocoa in Switzerland, then ship it to New Hampshire to mix with other ingredients to produce its truffles. Now, it transports beans from Africa and South America right to Stratham, cutting up to 10,000 travel miles.

NEW YORK

Subway found rife with rats

NEW YORK — Rats have infested multiple subway lines in Lower Manhattan and often live right in the station walls, according to a rodent expert overseeing what officials say is a new approach of battling rats in the nation’s largest subway system.

The persistent pests have lurked in New York’s subways for decades, and the transit agency’s solution has been to toss poison bait packs, which resemble single-serving sugar packets, onto subway tracks, with lackluster results.

Now the state Metropolitan Transportation Authority and city health department are attacking the problem by looking more meticulously at what attracts rats to the subway and keeps them there to make their homes.

“We’re actually trying to measure what the factors are directly that cause rats to take advantage of certain stations and not others, so we’re putting some science into this,” said Robert Corrigan, a health department senior research scientist leading the effort.

He presented his findings Tuesday to the Board of Health.

OKLAHOMA

1 death confirmed in rain flooding

OKLAHOMA CITY — Record-breaking rainfall and ensuing flooding in Oklahoma led to at least one death, officials confirmed Tuesday, a day after several dramatic rescues of people who used treetops and roofs to escape swift-moving waters.

A man who drove onto a submerged street drowned after being swept away while trying to push his stalled car off the roadway in Lawton, said Comanche County Emergency Management Director Chris Killmer. The body of Miguel Lopez, 50, was found lodged against a bridge over a canal, Lawton Police Chief Ronnie Smith said.

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