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

December 4, 2018

New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, Dec. 4, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. — New Hampshire lawmakers are going to decide whether to re-elect their veteran secretary of state and guardian of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. Bill Gardner, the nation’s longest-serving secretary of state, has held the job for 42 years. He’s been criticized for serving on President Donald Trump’s election fraud commission and for supporting legislation to tighten voter registration rules. Developing from 10 a.m. session.

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ELECTION 2020-NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire might celebrate 100 years of holding the nation’s earliest presidential primary in 2020 without the man long credited with protecting the state’s coveted position. If Bill Gardner is ousted this week after 42 years on the job, some worry the state’s ability to retain its place will be threatened in the future. Lawmakers in the state legislature will decide on Wednesday whether to re-elect Gardner as secretary of state, the official who oversees elections in New Hampshire. Gardner has built a reputation for fiercely defending New Hampshire’s place on the primary calendar from other states that want the attention — and money — that comes along with being among the first to vote for president. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.

MENORAH REQUEST

DURHAM, N.H. — New Hampshire officials are under fire for denying a 10-foot-tall menorah to be displayed next to a tree decorated annually at a local park. Town Administrator Todd Selig said the local Chabad Jewish organization asked for the menorah to be put next to the tree, but town officials said no, citing vandalism concerns. SENT: 240 words.

IN BRIEF:

MESSAGE THREAT-CIA WEBSITE: The New Hampshire attorney general’s office says a man has been accused of sending a threatening message to the CIA’s website saying he was going to shoot the governor.

FATAL HOUSE FIRE: The New Hampshire State Fire Marshal says the cause of death in a house fire that killed a woman is accidental.

PAMELA SMART-SENTENCE PETITION: New Hampshire’s Executive Council is scheduled to take up a sentence reduction appeal from Pamela Smart, who’s serving life in prison for plotting with her teenage lover to kill her husband.

POLICE OFFICERS INVESTIGATED: A former New Hampshire police officer has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in connection to what prosecutors said was an illegal search of a convicted felon’s bedroom.

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