- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Upcoming New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, Sept. 30, 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 the New Hampshire bureau at 603-224-3327 or [email protected], or to Northern New England Correspondent Rik Stevens at [email protected]

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

UPCOMING:

NEW HAMPSHIRE SPENDING

CONCORD, N.H. - The Department of Administrative Services is set to release spending numbers for the first year of the state budget, which predicted a $26 million surplus going into the second year. The numbers, to be released Tuesday, cover spending from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, the first year of the two-year, $10.7 billion budget. That budget relies on $26 million in surplus in the first year. Lawmakers or the governor can take action to stop spending or increase revenue if the surplus falls short. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 5 p.m.

FALCON-EYE SURGERY

CONCORD, N.H. - A falcon in New Hampshire has undergone eye surgery to remove cataracts and has received new synthetic lenses. Banner, a 4-year-old falcon, lost its sight and hasn’t been able to fly or hunt for the past two years. On Monday, a team at Capital Veterinary Emergency Services in Concord removed the cataracts and put in artificial lenses in the hour-long procedure. SENT: 215 words, photos planned.

IN BRIEF:

HEALTH OVERHAUL-NETWORKS

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine Community Health Options is offering health insurance plans throughout New Hampshire in 2015, expanding ahead of schedule after being approved for a $67 million loan from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The insurance cooperative’s proposed plans have been approved by the New Hampshire Insurance Department and are under review at CMS. It originally planned to start marketing its plans only in four of New Hampshire’s 10 counties. Klmpordov.

RHINO HEAD

MILTON, N.H. - A New Hampshire man who tried to sell an 80-pound rhinoceros head online is happy that charges against him have been dropped. Ari Goldenberg of Milton was charged by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2012 with selling an endangered species and falsifying records. WMUR-TV reports (https://bit.ly/YGhaGh) in the end, there was no proof he broke any laws.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARREST

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - Police have received a judge’s permission to remove guns from a pawn shop owned by a New Hampshire man accused of assaulting a woman and threatening police. Police said they received a domestic violence complaint on Saturday and by the time they arrived, the suspect had fled. Police said he tried to call the victim while she was the hospital and later told officers that if anyone tried to arrest him, law enforcement would have to shoot him. Officers also learned that he was an avid marksman and gun collector.

TURNPIKE CRASH

WORCESTER, Mass. - A New Hampshire woman who was behind the wheel when her car crashed, killing her boyfriend, on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Westborough has been sentenced to nine months in jail. Julie Hellinger of Nashua, New Hampshire was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in Worcester Superior Court to motor vehicle homicide while driving negligently in connection with the December 2009 crash.

COD DECLINE

PORTLAND, Maine - Federal regulators will consider emergency restrictions to the Gulf of Maine’s cod fishery this week. The New England Fishery Management Council will consider the restrictions at its meeting in Hyannis, Massachusetts this week. The three-day meeting begins on Tuesday and concludes Thursday. Officials say the restrictions will most likely come up for debate on Wednesday.

SYNTHETIC DRUGS-FORUM

JAFFREY, N.H. - Synthetic drug abuse in New Hampshire is the topic of a public forum in Jaffrey. The forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday is being led by two legislators, state Sen. Peggy Gilmour of Hollis and state Rep. Susan Emerson of Rindge.

CAMPUS RAPES-ATTORNEYS GENERAL

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Several state attorneys general are meeting in Rhode Island to discuss the problem of sexual assault on college campuses. The eastern region of the National Association of Attorneys General is meeting Tuesday and Wednesday in Rhode Island for a conference on the issue.

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