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

December 3, 2018

New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Monday, Dec. 3, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

UPCOMING TOMORROW:

ELECTION 2020-NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY

CONCORD, N.H. — The longtime protector of the New Hampshire presidential primary could get ousted by the Legislature this week, despite concerns from his supporters that replacing him could jeopardize the state’s coveted first-in-the-nation status. Lawmakers will decide on Wednesday whether to re-elect Bill Gardner as secretary of state, which oversees elections in New Hampshire. Gardner has held the position for 42 years, fiercely protecting New Hampshire’s place on the primary calendar from other states that want the attention — and money — that comes along with being one of the first states to vote for president. By Holly Ramer. UPCOMING: 800 words overnight.

TOP STORIES:

SECRETARY OF STATE-GOVERNORS

CONCORD, N.H. — A pair of former governors from opposing parties joined other supporters of Secretary of State Bill Gardner to argue that he deserves another term. Republican Steve Merrill and Democrat John Lynch are among five former governors who are backing Gardner, who is seeking a 22nd term, but faces strong opposition from fellow Democrat and former gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern. Speaking at a news conference Monday, they said Van Ostern would politicize what has long been a nonpartisan office and that New Hampshire needs a secretary of state who is “above reproach” if it wants to keep its first-in-the-nation presidential primary. SENT: 300 words.

TURTLE BIRTHDAY PARTY

BRISTOL, N.H. — A turtle given to a bedridden little boy in New Hampshire back in 1968 celebrated her 50th birthday with party hats, a sheet cake with the right number of candles and many well-wishers. Diane the Turtle was given to Jim Tonner when he was 12 and being treated for hip arthritis at his home in Braintree, Massachusetts. SENT: 220 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-BERNIE SANDERS

BURLINGTON, Vt. An insurgent underdog no more, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is laying the groundwork to launch a bigger presidential campaign than his first, as advisers predict he would open the 2020 Democratic presidential primary season as a political powerhouse. A final decision has not been made, but those closest to the 77-year-old self-described democratic socialist suggest that neither age nor interest from a glut of progressive presidential prospects would dissuade him from undertaking a second shot at the presidency. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 910 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

KKK JINGLE: A New Hampshire school superintendent is decrying a racially insensitive video of two high school students singing, “KKK, KKK, Let’s kill all the blacks,” to the tune of “Jingle Bells.”

FATAL CRASH-DRUG: Police say a driver in a crash that killed his passenger on Interstate 91 in Vermont had cannabis in his blood.

CRUISER-CRASH: Police in New Hampshire say an officer in his cruiser attempting to stop a car that ran two red lights was hit by another vehicle and ran into a tree.

GEORGE HW BUSH-NEW HAMPSHIRE: New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is going to attend the arrival ceremony for former President George H.W. Bush at the U.S. Capitol as the nation prepares to bid farewell to its 41st president.

GAS PRICES: Gas prices have dipped quite a bit in northern New England.

FATAL HOUSE FIRE: A woman has died in a house fire in New Hampshire.

VA CLINIC: The Manchester VA Medical Center is building a new outpatient clinic in Somersworth, New Hampshire.

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