New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Thursday, May 17, 2018.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

FIRST-GENERATION IMMIGRANTS-PROGRAM

MANCHESTER, N.H. — A New Hampshire nonprofit is going to announce a new economic program for first-generation immigrants to encourage business development and job creation. UPCOMING: 300 words by 5 p.m.

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LEGISLATURE-WRAPPING UP

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire lawmakers signed off on dozens of deals Thursday, reconciling differences between the House and Senate positions ahead of next week's final votes. On a bill that has become something of a spending catch-all, House and Senate members of a committee of conference agreed to include funding for state employee pay raises, bridge repairs, the state's rainy day fund and payments to hospitals for providing uncompensated care. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

REBUILDING FISHERIES

PORTLAND, Maine — The number of American fish stocks that can be described as "overfished" has hit an all-time low, the U.S. government announced on Thursday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration made the statement as part of its annual Status of Stocks Report to Congress. Six populations of fish are being removed from its list of overfished stocks, including the popular commercially fished stocks of Gulf of Mexico red snapper and Georges Bank winter flounder, the agency said. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 430 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

CIA-HASPEL-SENATE-NEW HAMPSHIRE: New Hampshire's Democratic U.S. senators are divided on a confirmation vote for Gina Haspel as CIA director.

SPEEDWAY CONCERT: A judge has ruled that the New Hampshire Motor Speedway can hold a planned country music festival on its grounds, rejecting arguments raised by people who live near the track.

POSTPONING ELECTIONS: The secretary of state would be allowed to postpone town elections in the event of an emergency under the latest version of legislation making its way through the New Hampshire Statehouse.

DEATH PENALTY: Organizers of an anti-death penalty coalition say they have delivered over 56,000 petition signatures to New Hampshire Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, urging him to sign a bill to repeal the state's capital punishment law.

ABANDONED PARROT: A parrot found abandoned in a trash bag outside the New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is expected to make a full recovery.

SCHOLARSHIPS-GRANT: A $250,000 grant is enabling more scholarships for a New Hampshire Charitable Foundation program for students in professional training, certificate programs and two-year degree programs.

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