---- — NH shows slight drop in obese children
CONCORD (AP) — A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows obesity among 2- to 4-year-old children from low-income families has declined slightly in New Hampshire.
The rate has declined to 14.2 percent in 2010, down from 15.6 percent in 2003.
Rates of those children considered overweight also decreased to 17.1 percent in 2010, down from 19.4 percent in 2003.
Dr. Jose Montero, New Hampshire’s director of public health, said the declines are modest, but officials hope it’s a sign that one of the state’s health problems may be reversing course.
The decline could be due to reasons such as an increase in breastfeeding, which often leads to healthier weight gain for children; and a decrease in the money spent on food marketing to children.
Trial set for fatal gunpowder accident
COLEBROOK (AP) — The owner of a New Hampshire gunpowder company that was the site of a 2010 factory explosion that killed two men is scheduled for trial in May.
Craig Sanborn of Maidstone, Vt., was indicted last year on two counts of manslaughter and two counts of negligent homicide for negligently engaging in the manufacture, production, testing and storage of explosive material. The explosion at the Black Mag plant in Colebrook killed Donald Kendall and Jesse Kennett. The trial would be held at Coos Superior Court in Lancaster.
The Caledonian-Record reports the case also resulted in two lawsuits alleging wrongful death that were filed by the victims’ families.
A civil trial is scheduled in federal court in Concord after the criminal trial is completed, federal court representatives said Monday.
Dozens of chickens die in barn blaze
LYNDEBOROUGH (AP) — Firefighters said 80 chickens and four cats have died in a barn fire in Lyndeborough.
John Stephenson tried to save the animals in his barn. A neighbor pulled him away from the fire Monday morning.
The Telegraph reports firefighters rescued two other cats and took them from the second floor of the house to a gurney.