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Insurer teams up with 5 NH hospitals to create new company

Friday, March 6, 2015

CONCORD — One of the largest insurers in Massachusetts is starting a health insurance company with five hospitals in New Hampshire. The new company, called Tufts Health Freedom Plan, is a joint venture between Tufts Health Plan and the Granite Healthcare Network. The network includes Catholic Medical Center, Concord Hospital, Lakes Region General Hospital, Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Wentworth-Douglass …

Can Clinton live up to pledge to learn from 2008 mistakes?

Friday, March 6, 2015

Hillary Clinton says that if she pursues the presidency again, it will be different this time around. But revelations that she sidestepped the government email …

Ringling Bros. to retire its elephants, ending a tradition

Friday, March 6, 2015

Elephants have always been part of The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, ever since showman P.T. Barnum brought Jumbo, “a massive 12-foot African …

Strike, bad weather lead to fourth-quarter losses for FairPoint

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A four-month employee strike and terrible weather resulted in a tough fourth quarter for FairPoint Communications, according to the company’s annual earnings release. FairPoint, a leading communications provider in northern New England, lost $43.6 million in the final …

Local runners recall 2013 bombings as marathon trial opens in Boston

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Emily Hoover was one of the lucky ones. Nearly two years ago, she was running through mile 19 of the Boston Marathon when two bombs detonated near the finish line, killing three and seriously injuring more than 260. Hoover wasn’t injured, and her parents, who should have been …

WEARE: Crowded selectmen’s race on view at forum

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Even if every seat on Weare’s board of selectmen was vacant, the number of candidates who attended a forum Tuesday night would still leave voters with a choice to make. Seven candidates competing for two open seats on …

‘It WAS him’: Defense admits Tsarnaev bombed Boston Marathon

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The question, for all practical purposes, is no longer whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part in the Boston Marathon bombing. It’s whether he deserves to die for it. In a blunt opening statement at the nation’s biggest terrorism trial …

Salisbury: Winter maintenance costs could shake up budget

Thursday, March 5, 2015

This winter has hit Salisbury’s budget for road maintenance hard. The selectmen chairman said it will likely affect the bottom line at town meeting this year. “I think we’re $30,000 over where we were at this time last year,” Ken Ross-Raymond said. And winter isn’t over. “Fingers crossed,” …

Andover selectmen propose increased budget

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Andover selectmen have proposed a $1.5 million operating budget, a $92,300 increase over the 2014 approved budget. Taxpayers will be asked to contribute a smidgen over $1 million to the town. Andover’s current total tax rate for 2014 is $20.38 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The …

Boscawen’s $3.35 million budget doesn’t include town administrator post

Thursday, March 5, 2015

For the second year in a row, Boscawen has prepared its budget without a full-time administrator on staff. The process – and the year – went smoothly enough that the 2015 proposed budget doesn’t include money for a full-time administrator, officials said. The selectmen have proposed a $3.35 …

If voters approve, Dunbarton town hall restoration to kick off

Thursday, March 5, 2015

After six years of raising money and preparing for the town hall and theater restoration, the Dunbarton Town Hall and Theater Restoration Committee is ready to begin the project this spring. It won’t break ground, however, unless it gets a two-thirds vote on the bond at next week’s …

Sanbornton voters to consider larger select board and fire department

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Sanbornton board of selectmen will add two members if voters approve a warrant proposal during Tuesday’s annual election. The expansion would create a five-member board. Chairwoman Karen Ober said the request came from a group of residents who have said it would help spread the workload and …

Coal mine blast kills at least 24 in war-torn east Ukraine

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A rebel-held city scarred by months of conflict in eastern Ukraine suffered more tragedy yesterday when a methane gas explosion in a coal mine killed at least 24 workers and left nine missing. As rescue efforts stretched past …