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New Hampshire

May 9, 2014

Hospital's lawsuit moved to federal court

BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — One of the many civil lawsuits filed in response to the 2012 hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital is being moved to federal court.

David Kwiatkowski is serving 39 years in prison for infecting dozens of patients through painkiller syringes tainted with his blood. Meanwhile, many of his victims are suing the hospital, and the hospital is suing both Kwiatkowski and the staffing agencies that sent him around the country.

The hospital’s suit is an attempt to force the agencies to contribute to the financial settlements reached with patients. The hospital wanted to keep the case in Rockingham County Superior Court, but a judge ruled this week that the case should be heard in federal court because Kwiatkowski is not a New Hampshire resident.

Bank robbery suspect nabbed

MANCHESTER — Police have arrested a man in connection with a bank robbery in Manchester, New Hampshire, last month.

Police said a man walked into a Citizens Bank on April 19 and gave a note to the teller demanding cash. The note indicated the man had a handgun, although the teller didn’t see one. The man left the bank with some money.

The man was identified as 28-year-old Ryan Murphy of Manchester and police issued an arrest warrant for him.

They took him into custody Wednesday. He was expected to be arraigned yesterday; it wasn’t immediately known if he had a lawyer.

N.H. native testifies on lung cancer

CONWAY — A New Hampshire native has testified before a U.S. Senate committee on aging about his battle with lung cancer.

Bayard “Chip” Kennett of Conway is a 1999 graduate of Kennett High School. He’s a non-smoker who received his diagnosis in the fall of 2012.

He testified yesterday that one in every 14 people will receive a lung cancer diagnosis. There is no reliable form of early detection.

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