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BC-NH--New Hampshire News Digest 6 pm, NH

March 21, 2019

New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Thursday, March 21, 2019.

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 northern New England desk at 603-224-3327. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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ELECTION 2020-BETO O’ROURKE-NEW HAMPSHIRE

MANCHESTER, N.H. _ Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke says he is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities serve in leadership positions, both in his campaign and, if he wins, in his administration. By Holly Ramer. AP Photos.

MINIMUM WAGE

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire’s Senate has passed a bill to raise New Hampshire’s minimum wage. The bill, which passed 14-10 Thursday, would raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour in 2020 and $11 or $12 an hour in 2021, depending on additional benefits provided by employers, such as paid sick days. SENT: 260 words.

PATRIOTS OWNER-PROSTITUTION CHARGE

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The attorneys representing New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and other men charged in a Florida massage parlor prostitution investigation are asking a judge to block the release of video recordings police say shows them engaging in sexual acts. By Terry Spencer. SENT: 680 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

VETERANS HOSPITAL-NEW HAMPSHIRE: New Hampshire’s only VA medical center has been chosen as part of a new initiative to put procedures and protocols in place to maximize safety and minimize harm.

FATAL FIRE-NEW HAMPSHIRE: New Hampshire authorities say a man rescued from a burning home later died at a hospital.

COUNTRY STORE’S 150TH: A general store in New Hampshire that’s celebrating its 150th anniversary is inviting former employees to come back this summer.

OPIOID FUNDING-NEW HAMPSHIRE: New Hampshire’s congressional delegation and Gov. Chris Sununu are welcoming nearly $12 million in additional funding to fight the opioid epidemic.

MARRIAGE PROPOSAL-BUNNY SUIT: A New Hampshire man celebrated his wedding anniversary by showing up at the airport in a bunny costume similar to the one used when he first proposed to his wife.

AMERICAN FARM-NEW HAMPSHIRE: A New Hampshire family is going to be featured in a new television series called “The American Farm.”

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