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AP-NH--New Hampshire News Digest 1:30 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



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. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 5 p.m.


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.


TURTLE BIRTHDAY PARTY: A turtle given to a bedridden little boy in New Hampshire back in 1968 has celebrated her 50th birthday with party hats and noisemakers, a sheet cake with the right number of candles, and many well-wishers.

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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