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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: One small step for a casino; more flights from Manchester

Governor Hassan does an editorial board focusing on her budget proposal as well as other issues she faces at the beginning of her term as governor.

(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

Governor Hassan does an editorial board focusing on her budget proposal as well as other issues she faces at the beginning of her term as governor. (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

If the decision was based solely on fun, I’d love to have a casino in my home state. I’m not trying spark a debate (or am I?), but I find blackjack, craps, poker and even roulette extremely entertaining. But not slots – oh how I hate slots! Would I go to a casino in my backyard? Sure, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s right for the state.

Regardless of my potential participation, it looks like we’re one step closer to legalizing a casino in the Granite State. The Senate Ways and Means Committee voted 4-1 this morning to recommend passage of the bill that would legalize up to 5,000 video slot machines and 150 table games.

Gov. Hassan almost immediately sent a press release after the vote praising the committee for “advancing legislation that will allow New Hampshire to develop our own plan for one high-end, highly regulated casino in order to invest in the priorities that are critical for creating jobs and building a more innovative economic future.” She also mentioned the competitive advantage New Hampshire would have over Massachusetts.

The State House is busy this morning, so be sure to follow Ben Leubsdorf on Twitter for your live updates.

In other news:

∎ NHPR explains the situation with Power New England, which was abruptly kicked out of the electricity supplier market two weeks ago.

∎ U.S. Airways is adding several flights from Manchester-Boston Regional to Charlotte, N.C, and Washington, D.C. The airport hopes these fights will be a “turning point.”

∎ Chief Justice Dalianis sat down with the Nashua Telegraph to address electronic court filings and budget issues. There is a video of the discussion paired with the article.

∎ Members of U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s staff will hold extended office hours on Thursday, March 7 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at office locations in Dover, Manchester, Nashua, Keene, Berlin and Claremont. Shaheen will NOT be at these meetings.

∎ Boston University has suspended its Sigma Alpha Mu chapter after 19-year-old Anthony Barksdale II, of Amherst, N.H., was found dead after an underage drinking binge.

∎ Eight Nashua residents were arrested during a drug sweep over the past week.

∎ The University of New Hampshire held a community forum on divestment last night.

∎ Are your houseplants dying during these winter months? Try these quick tips to keep those indoor plants in great shape.

(Have ideas for the roundup? Reach web editor Kevin Deane at 369-3302 or email him at kdeane@cmonitor.com. Follow him on Twitter, @CM_KDeane.)

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