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Planet Fitness has a gym on Fort Eddy Road in Concord. It has threatened to move its corporate headquarters out of the state. The gyms would not be affected if that happened.

Planet Fitness threatens to move headquarters out of N.H. if tax code changes aren’t made

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A day after gym franchisor Planet Fitness signaled its plan to go public, the company has threatened to move its corporate headquarters out of New Hampshire if the state doesn’t make changes to its tax code. In an effort to keep the company put, Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley presented a measure yesterday that exempts certain businesses from paying the …

Bernie Sanders draws a crowd at Concord campaign stop

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Eighty-year-old Marlene Gilman stood for more than a half-hour in a sweltering, cramped room on Main Street in Concord with about a hundred others, waiting for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to emerge. The lack of air conditioning and large crowd certainly wasn’t helping with the heat, but it didn’t matter to the New …

Senate budget writers to vote on spending proposal

Thursday, May 28, 2015

State Senate budget writers are set to vote today on their spending proposal, which restores many of the House-approved cuts to social services and begins a series of reductions in state business tax rates. “We put a lot of good things back into the budget,” said Senate Finance Committee Chairwoman Jeanie Forrester, a Meredith Republican. The six-member Senate Finance Committee has spent the …

Facing budget cuts, Henniker school board votes to privatize food service

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

At the end of a tense Henniker School Board meeting Tuesday night, board members decided to privatize Henniker Community School’s food services. Faced with cutting more than $100,000 from this year’s budget, board members accepted a bid from …

Local principal named as new superintendent of Franklin, Hill school districts

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

For the first time since 2013, the Franklin and Hill school districts will have a full-time, permanent superintendent – at least for next year. Daniel LeGallo, currently the principal of Lamprey River Elementary School in Raymond, will begin as superintendent of SAU 18 on July 1. “I’m thrilled,” …

Merrimack Valley School Board seeks board member, clerk

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Merrimack Valley School Board is looking to for a new clerk and board member. The open board member position must be filled by a Loudon resident, but residents in any of the school district’s five towns – Penacook, Loudon, Boscawen, Webster and Salisbury – are eligible to …

Changes upcoming as Concord library’s new director brings innovative spirit

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

On Tuesday afternoon, the scene inside the Concord Public Library on Green Street was far from a dusty stereotype. Two young girls ran past the checkout counter. A staff person scanned a stack of books for a man …

Henniker Community School assistant principal to take interim principal spot

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Henniker Community School Assistant Principal Karen Raymond will serve as interim principal at the school next year, replacing outgoing Principal Katherine McBride. The Henniker School Board appointed Raymond at its meeting Tuesday night. She has a long history with the school, serving for the past 20 years. Raymond …

Traveling nurse accused of diverting drugs from Concord Hospital, altering patients’ medical charts

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A traveling nurse assigned to the emergency department of Concord Hospital is accused of pocketing prescription narcotics, including morphine and fetanyl, and altering the medical charts of patients, according to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office. The New …

Ray Duckler: A look at the life of a Yankee

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Judson Hale is not a hugger. Never has been, never will be. There are cracks in his stoic armor, however, certainly more than his father once showed decades ago in a rich Boston suburb. This, the editor-in-chief of …

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, …

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 of the business profits tax from 8.5 percent to 8.3 percent in 2017. By 2019, the rate would be at 7.9 percent. It …

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, is asking the governor to consider parole. Smart, who began a torrid affair …