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

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LEGISLATURE-WRAPPING UP

CONCORD, N.H. — Thursday is the deadline for lawmakers to sign off on deals reconciling differences between the House and Senate on dozens of bills. By Holly Ramer. Upcoming: 500 words by 6 p.m.

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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