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Ayotte, Shaheen pledge more action as veterans voice concerns about VA choice program

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

For nearly two hours yesterday afternoon, veterans and their families confronted VA officials and New Hampshire’s senators with personal stories about their difficulties navigating the VA choice program – which was championed, when it first debuted last year, as a way to give them more options outside of Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities. Some of the roughly two dozen …

Senate budget writers approve business tax reductions

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Business tax rates will begin dropping in 2017 under a plan endorsed yesterday by New Hampshire Senate budget writers. The plan proposes lowering the rate …

Author of Pamela Smart-inspired book asks for her parole

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A woman whose book To Die For was inspired by the case of Pamela Smart, who plotted with her teenage lover to kill her husband, …

Police say man was selling fireworks at Hollis flea market

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New Hampshire fire officials say a Massachusetts man faces charges after selling fireworks at the Hollis Flea Market. Authorities say 74-year-old Timothy Donovan of Danvers, Mass., was arrested Sunday and charged with selling fireworks without a license and sale of smoke bombs. Officials say they received multiple complaints …

NOAA: $9M for projects to mitigate climate change threats

Monday, May 25, 2015

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is offering $9 million in grants to help coastal communities deal with extreme weather, changing ocean conditions and climate hazards. The NOAA National Ocean Service is providing $5 million through its Regional Coastal Resilience Grant Program, and NOAA Fisheries is providing the …

Budget proposal in Concord puts money toward new technology

Monday, May 25, 2015

Online systems to license dogs and apply for building permits. A new staff person for the IT department. A computerized time-keeping system for employees. Those items are all included in Concord’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2016, which will go to the city council for approval next month. …

A day of remembrance: Warner residents honor fallen soldiers on Memorial Day

Monday, May 25, 2015

At the last stop of Warner’s Memorial Day parade, Korean War veteran Ted Young and a unit from the town’s American Legion Post 39 stood solemnly on a bridge over the Warner River. Young tossed a bunch of …

Launching campaign, Sanders appeals to party’s Warren wing

Monday, May 25, 2015

For Democrats who had hoped to lure Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a presidential campaign, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders might be the next best thing. Sanders, who is opening his official presidential campaign today in Burlington, Vt., aims …

Downtown: ‘Soul sisters’ open home decor shop on Pleasant Street

Monday, May 25, 2015

Ten years ago, Mae Edwards and Ann Carignan met through their church in Concord. “When I first met Anne, I said, ‘Somehow our lives are going to be connected,’ ” Edwards remembered. Fast forward to this spring, when the pair walked into a narrow storefront on Pleasant Street …

N.H. hospitals say Medicaid expansion is working

Monday, May 25, 2015

The number of uninsured people showing up in New Hampshire emergency rooms continues to drop, a trend hospital officials attribute to the state’s expanded Medicaid program. Under the plan lawmakers passed last year, adults making less than 138 percent of the federal poverty limit – about $15,900 a …

Senate budget writers restore many cuts in House plan

Monday, May 25, 2015

With the benefits of more time and money, Senate budget writers are crafting a two-year state spending plan that restores many of the cuts made by their House counterparts in April. The Senate Finance Committee began detailing its budget plan last week and will finalize it this week. …

Minor earthquake felt in Concord area

Monday, May 25, 2015

A minor earthquake rumbled central New Hampshire yesterday afternoon about 2:12 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and could be felt in the Concord area. The 2.3 magnitude earthquake was centered in Boscawen, according to the USGS. Earthquakes less than 2.5 on the Richter scale are considered …

Country furniture store in Concord reborn as Amish Homestead

Sunday, May 24, 2015

When the Amish Country Barn in Concord shuttered in bankruptcy last year, owners Tim and Erica LeClair tried to make sure every customer stayed whole. The LeClairs lost their house, but none of their shoppers lost a furniture …