- 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

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

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - Firefighters say an open gas line caused by a heater that fell off a wall led to high levels of natural gas inside a New Hampshire furniture store, forcing an evacuation and road closure. Fire Chief Steve Achilles in Portsmouth tells the Portsmouth Herald (http://bit.ly/PzPUW1) as the Allen Wayside Furniture store was ventilated Thursday morning, the gas level reached a point where a spark could have caused an explosion. Crews turned off power and phone service to be safe.

HOUSE FIRE-ASHES

DERRY, N.H. - The fire department in Derry, N.H., says the careless disposal of ashes from a wood stove led to a house fire and the evacuation of a woman and three children. Firefighters said the ashes were put outside of the house near the wooden steps of the house, near a wooden door.

FOOD BANK-AYOTTE

NASHUA, N.H. - New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte will buy a “Nothing Can” to help boost awareness of the New Hampshire Food Bank’s fundraising campaign. Ayotte will be at the Hannaford Supermarket on Coliseum Avenue in Nashua Friday at 1:30 to purchase a fundraising can.

FLUORIDATION HONORS

CONCORD, N.H. - Three New Hampshire communities are being honored by the federal government for excellence in water fluoridation to decrease the rate of tooth decay. The New Hampshire Health Department’s Division of Public Health is honoring the City of Concord Water Treatment, the Laconia Water Works, and the Lebanon Water Department with water fluoridation quality awards from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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