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

February 14, 2019

New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Thursday, Feb. 14, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

UPCOMING TOMORROW:

ELECTION 2020-WELD-NEW HAMPSHIRE

MANCHESTER, N.H. _ Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld speaks at New Hampshire’s “Politics and Eggs” event, a popular stop for potential presidential candidates. Developing.

ELECTION 2020-GILLIBRAND-NEW HAMPSHIRE

Coverage of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand campaigning for the presidency. Coverage on merits.

TOP STORIES:

SUNUNU-BUDGET

CONCORD, N.H. _ Gov. Chris Sununu proposed a $13.1 billion, two-year state budget Thursday that he said will deliver better results for individuals without burdening taxpayers. “Government is not here to guarantee much,” he told lawmakers in his second biennial budget address. “But opportunity — equal opportunity for everyone, for you, for your family, your business, your kids — that’s our job. To set up those doors of opportunity for people to charge through.” By Holly Ramer. SENT: 660 words.

PAID FAMILY LEAVE

CONCORD, N.H. _ The Democratic-led New Hampshire Senate passed a paid family medical leave bill on Thursday, further setting up a showdown with a competing plan promoted by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6:30 p.m.

With

SUNUNU-BUDGET-THE LATEST

SUNUNU-BUDGET-SPORTS BETTING

FOREVER CHEMICALS

Under pressure from Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that it would move toward setting safety limits for a class of highly toxic chemicals contaminating drinking water in several states. Environmentalists countered that the agency wasn’t moving fast enough. By John Flesher and Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 940 words, photos.

SALMON RECOVERY

PORTLAND, Maine _ The federal government outlined an ambitious, potentially costly new plan to restore Atlantic salmon in the United States, where rivers teemed with the fish before dams, pollution and overfishing decimated their populations. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 610 words.

ELECTION 2020-JOHN HICKENLOOPER

HENNIKER, N.H. — John Hickenlooper, the former Democratic governor of Colorado who’s considering running for president in 2020, says he supports universal health care and thinks the U.S. eventually should provide it. But as other Democrats already in the race endorse “Medicare-for-all,” Hickenlooper says it’s more important now to get behind the general idea rather than argue over a specific approach. By Michael Casey. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

MEDICARE BILL: U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan have introduced a bill to give people between the ages of 50 and 64 the option of buying into Medicare.

HISTORIC ESTATE-FIRE: Authorities say a fire has destroyed a century-old building on an historic northern New Hampshire estate known for its conservation practices and pick-your-own Christmas tree farm.

SEABROOK POWER PLANT: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it will meet with New Hampshire residents ahead of an anticipated relicensing for Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant.

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