- Associated Press - Friday, March 14, 2014

Upcoming New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Friday, March 14, 2014:

Good morning! 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 Northern New England correspondent Rik Stevens at 603-224-3327 or rstevens@ap.org.

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SENT:

SCOTT BROWN

BOSTON - Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is exploring a U.S. Senate bid in New Hampshire as high-profile Republicans from across the country gather in the state with an eye on the 2016 presidential contest. Friday marks the first day of the two-day Northeast Republican Leadership Conference, which features prospective presidential candidates and other GOP heavyweights looking to court New Hampshire voters and put their stamp on party affairs. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, a 2012 presidential candidate, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal headline Friday’s speaking program. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 690 words, AP Photos. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

DRUG ARRESTS-NH

NASHUA, N.H. - Police in Nashua, N.H., say they’ve arrested 14 people in a three-day drug sweep following an investigation that lasted several months. The investigations used undercover officers and/or confidential informants.

SMOKING BAN-PARKS

CLAREMONT, N.H. - The city of Claremont, N.H., is looking at the idea of banning smoking at local parks. City Councilor Charlene Lovett says she started discussion about the proposal after hearing from concerned parents.

DRUG PREVENTION

CONCORD, N.H. - Posters and TV spots showing children with prescription drugs, alcohol and marijuana are part of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Hampshire youth prevention campaign this year. The images and statistics accompanying them are targeting parents and caregivers of children ages 9 to 17 in New Hampshire, trying to have them learn more about the growing problem of youth drug and alcohol abuse.

FURNITURE STORE-GAS LEAK

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