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AP-NH--New Hampshire News Digest, NH

November 11, 2018

New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018.

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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ELECTION 2018-STATE GOVERNMENTS

From New York to New Mexico, residents in a number of states can expect a leftward push for expanded health care coverage, gun control, education funding and legalized recreational marijuana as Democrats who gained new or stronger powers in the midterm elections seek to put their stamp on public policy. While Republicans remain in charge in more states, Democrats nearly doubled the number of places where they will wield a trifecta of power over the governor’s office and both chambers of the state legislature. Democrats also broke up several Republican strongholds, forcing GOP lawmakers who have been cutting taxes and curbing union powers to deal with a new reality of a Democratic governor. By David A. Lieb and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

SHELLFISH DECLINE

PORTLAND, Maine — Valuable species of shellfish have become harder to find on the East Coast because of degraded habitat caused by a warming environment, according to a pair of scientists that sought to find out whether environmental factors or overfishing was the source of the decline. The scientists reached the conclusion in studying the decline in the harvest of four commercially important species of shellfish in coastal areas from Maine to North Carolina — eastern oysters, northern quahogs, softshell clams and northern bay scallops. They reported that their findings came down squarely on the side of a warming ocean environment and a changing climate, and not excessive harvest by fishermen. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 650 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

FOREST-HONOR GUARD: A 30-person team that honors the service of fallen U.S. Forest Service employees now has two members from New Hampshire.

FISHING MONITORS: Federal ocean managers are looking to increase the amount of monitoring that goes on while fishing boats are out at sea.

BUILDING ON HOPE: A group of volunteer designers, architects, suppliers and builders is looking for the next nonprofit in need of a makeover.

POWER OUTAGES: Gusty winds are on tap for northern New England as utility crews, particularly in Maine, work to restore power after outages overnight.

CHOCORUA LAKE: A fundraising campaign to preserve the Chocorua Lake Basin has raised over $1.85 million.

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