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

May 15, 2019

New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, May 15, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

PAMELA SMART-SENTENCE PETITION

CONCORD, N.H. _ Pamela Smart has again been denied a chance at freedom nearly three decades after she was sentenced to life in prison without parole for recruiting her teenage lover to kill her husband in New Hampshire. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 675 words, photo.

NORTHERN PASS

CONCORD, N.H. _ A company that lost a bid to build a hydropower project accused the New Hampshire state committee charged with making the decision of failing to do its job. By Michael Casey. SENT: 620 words, photo.

BANNING PLASTIC

CONCORD, N.H. _ The New Hampshire Senate on Wednesday killed a bill targeting soda straws and recycled a measure on town waste reduction goals to replace one that would have banned store plastic bags. By Kathy McCormack. SENT: 300 words.

MAINE GATEWAY

KITTERY, Maine — Highway engineers envision an extra travel lane on the I-95 bridge during peak hours and motorists zooming through a new York Toll Plaza without stopping, making it easier to visit Maine. But first, there will be a couple of years of construction. The Maine Department of Transportation, Maine Turnpike Authority and New Hampshire Department of Transportation are teaming up on more than $90 million in improvements on an 8-mile (12-kilometer) corridor from the bridge through the new toll plaza over the next few years. SENT: 320 words.

ELECTION 2020-KAMALA HARRIS

NASHUA, N.H. — Kamala Harris wants to ban the importation of AR-15-style assault weapons by executive action if elected president. On Wednesday, the Democratic senator and presidential candidate from California will detail her proposal to stop importing the weapons until the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives can analyze whether the ban should be permanent. SENT: 130 words. Developing.

ELECTION 2020-SANDERS-BIDEN

WASHINGTON _ Bernie Sanders is quick to slam Joe Biden’s past support of free trade deals and the Iraq War. He is warning him against a “middle ground” approach to addressing climate change. His campaign sends fundraising appeals with a simple, foreboding subject line: “Joe Biden.” In his nearly three weeks as a presidential candidate, Biden has become Sanders’ favorite foil. By Juana Summers. SENT: 860 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

MANCHESTER MONARCHS-LAST SEASON: The Manchester Monarchs says this past season was the hockey team’s last

BODY FOUND-TRASH STATION: New Hampshire authorities say an autopsy shows that a man found dead in a trash transfer station died of “probable traumatic asphyxia,” and investigators say it’s possible his death was accidental.

GAS LEAK-LACONIA: Crews say they have stopped a gas leak in Laconia, New Hampshire, that was caused after an underground gas main was struck by a construction vehicle.

RED-TAILED HAWK: New Hampshire’s Senate has voted to pass a bill designating the red-tailed hawk as the state’s official raptor, four years after House lawmakers rejected the bird as too violent.

POET’S HOME: A New Hampshire couple has bought the former home of poet Donald Hall, who died last year.

DOGFISH HARVEST: Federal regulators say there will be a reduction this year in the harvest of a species of shark that is subject to commercial fishing.

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