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

February 21, 2019

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES:

SPORTS BETTING-STATES

Kentucky’s public employee pension system, $39 billion in the red, is among the worst-funded retirement plans in the country and has vexed lawmakers for years as they sought a solution. Now some lawmakers think they’ve found at least a partial fix: sports gambling. Several bills introduced this year would legalize it in the state, a step made possible by a U.S. Supreme Court decision last May that ended Nevada’s monopoly. Kentucky is one of at least 22 states where lawmakers this year are considering legislation to legalize sports gambling. Seven states joined Nevada in legalizing it last year after the Supreme Court’s decision. By Geoff Mulvihill. UPCOMING: 900 words. Photos. Graphic. With AP data distribution giving details of every sports betting bill introduced so far in the states.

NORTHERN BORDER COMMISSION

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — An organization that promotes economic development near the Canadian border in northern New England and upstate New York is expanding the areas eligible to receive the assistance, U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy said Thursday during an event in Middlebury. SENT: 255 words.

HYDROPOWER TRANSMISSION PROJECT

PORTLAND, Maine — Gov. Janet Mills is throwing her support behind a 145-mile transmission line across western Maine to supply Canadian hydropower to electricity consumers in Massachusetts, citing economic and environmental benefits under sweetened proposal by Central Maine Power. By David Sharp. SENT: 550 words.

IN BRIEF:

COMMUTER RAIL: The New Hampshire Senate has voted to approve a bill that would allow the Transportation Department to access existing federal funds to complete a commuter rail expansion analysis from Boston to Nashua and Manchester.

ONLINE SALES TAX-NEW HAMPSHIRE: New Hampshire’s Senate has unanimously passed a bill to protect businesses from out-of-state jurisdictions attempting to pose a sales tax on these companies.

CRIME VICTIMS-SURVEY: A new survey is available for crime victims in New Hampshire.

CLIMBING FATALITY-MOUNT WASHINGTON: The U.S. Forest Service says police are investigating the death of a Mount Washington climber who was hiking up a snowy and icy area of the Northeast’s highest peak when he apparently slipped and fell more than 300 feet (91 meters) into a boulder-strewn area.

SCALLOP HARVEST: This year’s Atlantic sea scallop fishing year begins in several weeks, and federal regulators are proposing new management measures for the valuable fishery.

WINTER WEATHER-NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND: A snowstorm that arrived overnight is creating another messy commute in northern New England.

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