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

January 31, 2019

New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Thursday, Jan. 31, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

JOB TRAINING

CONCORD, N.H. — The New Hampshire Senate on Thursday approved a bill to triple state funding for job training programs. The Democrat-controlled Senate passed the bill along party lines 14-10. Supporters said it fills in the gaps of existing programs, and would be of particular help to recent high school graduates entering trade professions, older workers on their next careers and those in recovery from addiction. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 330 words.

PSYCHIATRIC BOARDING

CONCORD, N.H. — A proposal aimed at preventing mental health patients from languishing in emergency rooms has won preliminary approval from the New Hampshire Senate. The bill sent to the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday would spend $6 million of the state surplus to encourage the construction of hospital psychiatric units by subsidizing renovation costs and increasing the reimbursement rates for such beds. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m.

SPORTS BETTING-SUPER BOWL

LINCOLN, R.I._ Given their team’s success, die-hard fans of the New England Patriots have made Las Vegas like a winter home during Super Bowl week so they could enjoy a fair-weather party while placing bets on the team’s chances. Their destination this time around is a lot closer. Rhode Island was one of six states that legalized betting on sporting events last year after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed it, ending the sports gambling monopoly that Nevada had enjoyed for decades. It is the only state in New England that allows sports betting, making it a focal point for Patriots fans from around the Northeast. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 850 words.

DAIRY FARMING-PRICES

ESSEX, Vt. — Experts are predicting another challenging year for dairy farmers following four straight years of low farm milk prices. Mark Stephenson, director of Dairy Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, says he expects prices to be better this year than in 2018, but not by a lot. By Lisa Rathke. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-MIDWEST

WASHINGTON — The clearest path for Democrats to return to the White House runs straight through the upper Midwest, fueling debate over who is best positioned to recapture the region’s working-class voters who broke for President Donald Trump in 2016. By Elana Schor and Sara Burnett. SENT: 880 words, photos.

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IN BRIEF:

FIREARMS SENTENCE: A New Hampshire man has been sentenced to five years in prison for being a felon in possession of firearms.

HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION-LITTLETON: A third man has pleaded guilty for his role in the killing of a confidential informant in Littleton, New Hampshire.

NO SEAL SELFIES: The federal government is reminding New Englanders that attempting to take a selfie with a seal or a seal pup is a very bad idea.

WINTER WEATHER-NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND: The polar vortex that’s bringing misery to the upper Midwest is making an appearance in northern New England, where some places will struggle to reach the single digits.

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