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CONCORD, N.H. — A House committee is considering a new Senate plan to legalize casino gambling in New Hampshire. The Ways and Means Committee is holding a hearing Thursday on a plan to legalize two casinos sharing a total of 5,000 video slot machines and 240 table games. The House killed a bill a month ago that would have legalized one casino licensed to have 5,000 video slot machines. By Norma Love. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2 p.m.
CONCORD, N.H. — The New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee is recommending passage of a bill to repeal the state's death penalty. The 3-2 vote Thursday sets the stage of a potentially historic vote by the Senate to repeal the state's centuries-old death penalty. By Lynne Tuohy. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by noon.
CONCORD, N.H. — Hoping to return to Washington by way of New Hampshire, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is using a variation of the state's "Live Free or Die" motto to argue against President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law. Brown planned to formally announce his Senate bid Thursday night. In excerpts of remarks provided by his campaign, he said the health care law forces people to "live free or log on." By Holly Ramer. SENT: 660 words, photos. Will be updated after announcement, expected after 6 p.m.
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WEARE, N.H. — A hiker is recovering after he fell several hundred feet down New Hampshire's Mount Adams and crawled in the snow for hours to get help. Patrick Luk of Weare tells WMUR-TV (http://bit.ly/1gPfTOI) says he was hiking uphill alone Monday and was about to ski back down when an ice slab broke free. SENT: 220 words.
LONDONDERRY, N.H. — Maple syrup producers are having a tough time this year in New Hampshire because of poor weather conditions. Robyn Pearl of the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association tells the Eagle Tribune (http://bit.ly/1n7f9tE) farmers are only producing 50 to 70 percent of what they usually would in the season. SENT: 160 words.
HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth College has received an anonymous gift of $100 million, the largest single donation in its 244-year history. College officials say half of the amount will support the "Cluster Initiative" proposed by President Philip Hanlon, which includes adding 30 to 40 new faculty positions over the next decade.
CLAREMONT, N.H. — The city of Claremont, N.H., is in a dispute with the state over whether it can use ATVs on rail trails. The Eagle Times reports (http://bit.ly/1i4ptlA) the city heard this week from the state and federal transportation departments that the use of ATVs was banned when the city accepted a grant to develop the trails more than 20 years ago.
FISHER CATS-OPENING DAY
MANCHESTER, N.H. — It's opening day for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Gov. Maggie Hassan is throwing the ceremonial first pitch of the Cats' home opener against the Binghamton Mets.
CAPE SEABED JUNK
PORTLAND, Maine — The Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Mass. Says it has removed approximately ten tons of fishing gear and other debris from the ocean floor during its second "Outer Cape Derelict Gear Assessment and Retrieval Program." Four commercial lobstering vessels from Provincetown took part in the March campaign. A spokeswoman for the center said the group has removed more than 320 wire lobster traps, a toilet, a stuffed doll, two anchors, and dozens of other items.
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