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BC-NH--New Hampshire News Digest 12 pm, NH

March 24, 2019

New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Sunday, March 24, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

MUD MISERY

UNDATED _ Potholes and uneven pavement, mountains of melting snow, and lots and lots of mud. It must be spring in northern New England. The region’s cold and snowy winter is giving way to an early spring and what is known as “mud season” in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. This year, it’s muddier and bumpier than most since many parts of the states had especially rainy and snowy winters. By Patrick Whittle. 600 words. AP Photos.

EXCHANGE-OPIOID CRISIS-SAFE PLACES

CINCINNATI _ A new avenue to addiction care has started with Safe Places Cincy, a pilot program that lets those seeking treatment get it fast, simply by walking into a Cincinnati health center. The idea got a boost from Safe Station, which started in New Hampshire with fire stations open 24-7 to those seeking treatment. By Terry Demio. 600 words. AP Photos.

ELECTION 2020-KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND

NEW YORK _ Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand is calling President Donald Trump a “coward” who “punches down” and says that he is “tearing apart the moral fabric of our country.” Gillibrand is set to say even more about Trump on Sunday as she stands in front of one of his signature New York properties. By Juana Summers. Will be updated after noon speech.

IN BRIEF:

CANDIDATES-TAX RETURNS: Lawmakers in both the New Hampshire House and Senate have rejected bills requiring presidential candidates to release their federal income tax returns. The Senate voted 15-9 on Thursday to kill a bill that would have required candidates to submit three years’ worth of tax returns to the secretary of state’s office when they sign up to compete in the presidential primary.

GOVERNOR-CONTEST: Republican Gov. Chris Sununu is again asking students to put him out of a job, for a day. The “Governor for a Day” competition is open to students in grades 6 and up. Applicants must submit a 250 to 500-word essay starting with “If I were Governor for a day, I would...” The winner will be invited to join Sununu for a day full of educational experiences.

STATE SPIRIT: A bill to designate a particular apple brandy as New Hampshire’s official state spirit will be aging a bit longer, just like the product in question. Republican Sen. Jeb Bradley is sponsoring a bill to bestow the honor on Old Hampshire Applejack, which is made by Tamworth Distilling. But the Senate voted Thursday to send the bill back to committee due to concerns about favoring one business over others.

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