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

March 19, 2019

New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, March 19, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORIES:

SPORTS BETTING

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire moved another step closer to legalizing sports betting Tuesday with the House’s passage of a bill allowing mobile gambling and wagering at up to 10 retail locations. The House voted 269-82 to send the bill to the Senate. Meanwhile, House leaders said they also will likely incorporate the provisions into their proposed state budget, creating multiple tracks for the legislation, which has the backing of Republican Gov. Chris Sununu. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 380 words.

TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY-SHIPYARD

KITTERY, Maine _ The Defense Department’s list of projects that could be cut to fund President Donald Trump’s wall at the southern border includes more than $200 million of projects that are aimed at making Portsmouth Naval Shipyard more efficient in refueling and overhauling nuclear submarines. SENT: 355 words.

TEMPLETON PRIZE-DARTMOUTH PROFESSOR

HANOVER, N.H. _ A Dartmouth College professor of physics and astronomy was awarded one of the world’s leading religion prizes for blending hard science and deep spirituality in his work, a foundation announced Tuesday. The John Templeton Foundation is awarding its 2019 prize to Marcelo Gleiser, who has written books on topics ranging from the origin of the universe to how science engages with spirituality. The Templeton Prize comes with a $1.4 million award. SENT: 240 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-SANDERS ELECTABILILTY

WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders spent much of 2016 talking of revolution. In 2019, he’s turned to a subject that’s a bit more pragmatic: electability. As he revs up his second presidential campaign, the Vermont senator and his supporters are putting his case for winning the general election at the center of the argument. By Juana Summers and Hunter Woodall. SENT: 1,050 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

BANNING PLASTIC: Plastic would be less plentiful when it comes to both sipping and shopping in New Hampshire under two bills passed by House lawmakers.

ELECTIONS-HOTLINE: The New Hampshire attorney general’s office says four cases have been opened in response to complaints alleging illegal campaign activity stemming from town elections on March 12.

FEBRUARY UNEMPLOYMENT: New Hampshire officials say the state’s unemployment rate for February was 2.4 percent, unchanged from the January rate and a decrease from 2.7 percent a year earlier.

CHILD DEATH-CONVICTION UPHELD: New Hampshire’s Supreme Court has upheld the first-degree murder conviction of a man who was sentenced to life imprisonment in the death of an 11-month-old boy in 2015.

KENO-KINDERGARTEN: Following a vote, at least 18 more New Hampshire towns have approved the electronic bingo game keno, which would help fund full-day kindergarten, and bringing the total number of communities allowing the game to 84.

PARENTS ARRESTED: The mother of a 7-year-old New Hampshire boy who accidentally shot himself in the leg has pleaded guilty to related charges.

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