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

May 23, 2019

New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Thursday, May 23, 2019.

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

TOP STORIES:

DEATH PENALTY-NEW HAMPSHIRE

CONCORD, N.H. _ The New Hampshire House again moved to eliminate state’s death penalty Thursday, overriding the governor’s veto by the slimmest possible margin and sending the issue on to the Senate. With 247 voting in favor and 123 opposed, override supporters just met the necessary two-thirds majority needed to keep the repeal effort alive. The Senate, which could take up the veto as early as next week, voted 17-6 in favor of the bill last month, and if that tally holds, capital punishment will be repealed. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 820 words.

GUN LEGISLATION

CONCORD, N.H. — Three bills aimed at preventing gun violence have cleared the state Senate. The Senate on Thursday passed bills imposing a waiting period between the purchase and delivery of a firearm, requiring background checks for commercial gun sales, and enabling school boards to declare gun-free zones on school property. SENT: 310 words.

ABORTION BILLS-MAINE

AUGUSTA, Maine _ A Democratic push to make it easier to obtain abortions in Maine gained ground Thursday as the Senate passed a bill to allow nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified nurse-midwives to perform abortions. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-MONEY

WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders wants to crack down on outside groups that do political spending, though one is allied with his presidential campaign. Elizabeth Warren has vowed no untraceable “dark money” will help her White House bid, despite being backed by an organization that doesn’t disclose some of its donors. And Pete Buttigieg accepted lobbyist money — until he didn’t. By Brian Slodysko. SENT: 1,350 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

REDISTRICTING COMMISSION: An effort to remove partisanship from the process of redrawing New Hampshire’s legislative districts is closer to becoming law.

ELECTRICITY PLAN-EXTREME WEATHER: The University of New Hampshire, Eversource and the town of Durham have formed a partnership to plan a clean energy project to help make sure power isn’t interrupted in cases of extreme weather.

MEASLES-NEW HAMPSHIRE: New Hampshire public health officials say additional testing suggests a child initially diagnosed with measles actually had a rare reaction to a vaccine that resembled a real measles virus infection.

DEATH INVESTIGATION-NEW HAMPSHIRE: New Hampshire authorities say a man found dead along a trail in Berlin had been missing for nearly two weeks.

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