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BC-NH--New Hampshire News Digest 1:30 pm, NH

April 11, 2019

New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Thursday, April 11, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

INTERNET GAMBLING

CONCORD, N.H. _ A federal judge will hear a legal challenge from New Hampshire over a U.S. Department of Justice legal opinion that the state fears will threaten online gambling and state-run lotteries. In a reversal from 2011, the department in November interpreted the federal Wire Act as applying to any form of gambling that crosses state lines, not just sports betting. That raised concerns about the viability of online poker and other gambling across states, as well as state lotteries. By Michael Casey. SENT: 130 words. Developing.

STATE BUDGET

CONCORD, N.H. _ Two months after Republican Gov. Chris Sununu proposed his state budget, the Democratic-controlled House has approved its own version. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 130 words. Developing.

DEATH PENALTY-NEW HAMPSHIRE

CONCORD, N.H. _ The New Hampshire Senate has voted to repeal the state’s death penalty, sending the bill to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu. Sununu has promised to veto the bill, as he did last year. But this time, the bill passed both the House and Senate with veto-proof majorities. The Senate vote Thursday was 17-6, with five Republicans joining 12 Democrats voting in favor of repeal. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

HYDROPOWER TRANSMISSION PROJECT

HALLOWELL, Maine — A proposed 145-mile (233-kilometer) transmission line that would serve as a conduit for Canadian hydropower to reach the New England power grid cleared a major hurdle Thursday with approval of the Maine Public Utilities Commission. By David Sharp. SENT: 550 words.

IN BRIEF:

BEAR FAMILY REMOVED: A mother bear who was caught near Dartmouth College and moved to northern New Hampshire last year has been seen in Vermont.

RURAL WATER CHEMICALS: The mayor of a New York community that has been looking for a solution to the chemical contamination of its water supply says he’s glad a permanent solution has been reached to a similar problem in nearby Bennington, Vermont.

DRUG TRAFFICKING-ARRESTS: Seventeen people in New Hampshire’s North Country have been charged with drug-trafficking crimes.

RIGHT WHALE PROTECTION: The federal government is going to continue using a protected zone to try to help endangered whales travel safely until at least late April.

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