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Sports Betting Bill Passes N.H. House

New Hampshire is a step closer to allowing betting on sports. A plan to authorize up to 10 sites for sports betting easily cleared the New Hampshire House on Tuesday.

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The New Hampshire House approved several bills Tuesday aimed at tightening the rules on gun purchases in the state, a dramatic shift in a state known to have some of the least restrictive laws in the country.

Supporters in the Democratically-controlled body voted 199-147 in favor of a bill that would mandate a seven-day waiting period on gun sales. The House also approved a bill 203-148 that requires criminal background checks on commercial sales and a seven-day waiting period for gun purchases.

The bills now go to the Democratically-controlled Senate.

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Selecting the next Poet Laureate of New Hampshire usually comes with little controversy. But that is not the case this year. The selection committee, which traditionally recommends the next poet laureate, recently nominated poet Jennifer Monitello. For the first time, the governor has disregarded the committee's suggestion, and nominated another poet, Daniel Thomas Moran.

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Since the FBI revealed its "Operation Varsity Blues," charging a group of super-rich parents with massive college-admissions fraud, outrage has been widespread.  But family income and other forms of influence have long played a role in college admissions. Meanwhile, the scandal has also spurred a broader conversation about the role of parents and other adults in the application process.  

The following are highlights from a conversation with a private admissions counselor and a longtime teacher who joined The Exchange on Tuesday, March 19: Pulling Back the Curtain on College Admissions.  The excerpts have been edited for clarity.  Listen to the entire program here. 

 

Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs, based in Monroe, New Hampshire, is facing a lawsuit backed by PETA, the animal rights organization.

The four plaintiffs in the suit, filed in a New York federal court earlier this month, are consumers who claim they were misled by the company’s marketing.

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The Defense Department's list of projects that could be cut to fund President Donald Trump's border wall includes more than $200 million at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

Projects that could be slashed include $110 million for dry dock improvements, $62 million for a consolidated paint, blast and rubber facility; and $40 million for an extended crane rail.

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New Hampshire is a step closer to allowing betting on sports. A plan to authorize up to 10 sites for sports betting easily cleared the New Hampshire House on Tuesday.

As the NCAA prepares for its first basketball championships since the Supreme Court allowed legal sports betting to expand, the body governing college sports remains opposed to gambling on its events. But it's not denying reality, either.

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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.

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Right now, around 50,000 people in New Hampshire get their health insurance through expanded Medicaid. As a creation of the Affordable Care Act, the program is designed to cover people who make too much money to qualify for traditional Medicaid, but not enough to afford private health insurance.

Beginning later this year, for some of those 50,000 people, there is a new string attached to that health insurance: a requirement they work at least 100 hours each month.

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The Town Meeting numbers are in: the electronic gambling game Keno is coming to at least 18 more towns this year, bumping the total of New Hampshire towns and cities allowing the game to 84.

Two more towns - Conway and Merrimack - will decide on Keno during local elections in April.

The state approved the game in 2017, but left it up to voters to decide whether to allow the game in their local bars and restaurants.

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