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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. A global health commission organized by the prestigious British medical journal Lancet recommended in a report published Monday, June 22, 2015, substituting cleaner energy worldwide for coal will reduce air pollution and give Earth a better chance at avoiding dangerous climate change. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

Eversource moves ahead with mercury reduction plans despite Supreme Court ruling

Monday, June 29, 2015

Eversource Energy is proceeding with a $2 million project to reduce toxic emissions from coal-burning Schiller Station, even as the U.S. Supreme Court challenged a key federal clean energy standard. The court ruled Monday against an Environmental Protection Agency standard aimed at limiting emissions of mercury and other air toxins from coal-burning power plants. Mercury is linked to health hazards …

Hassan signs bill to study commuter rail funding

Monday, June 29, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed a bill that could help pave the way for public-private funding of commuter rail. Efforts to bring commuter rail from Boston up to Nashua and Manchester hit a snag this year when lawmakers chose not to include $4 million in the capital budget to further study the proposal. Project supporters hope to continue exploring other funding options, including …

In picking presidents, New Hampshire forgoes producing them

Monday, June 29, 2015

When it comes to presidents, New Hampshire is much better at picking them than producing them. While the 14th president, Franklin Pierce, was a New Hampshire native, no one else has come close in the 100 years since the state began holding statewide presidential primary elections. And that just might be the price …

Carson, Forrester endorse Fiorina’s campaign

Friday, June 26, 2015

Two Republican state senators have voiced support for Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and one of the many GOP candidates for president. State Sens. Sharon Carson of Londonderry and Jeanie Forrester of Meredith announced their endorsement in a press release from Fiorina’s campaign Thursday. “Carly’s positive …

NH Supreme Court rules in favor of 3 police officers’ appeal

Friday, June 26, 2015

The New Hampshire Supreme Court has ruled in favor of three Manchester police officers who want their names removed from the county attorney’s confidential list of officers who might have credibility issues. Officers Jonathan Duchesne, Matthew Jajuga and Michael Buckley landed on the list after an off-duty fight …

Police: Robbery suspect armed with knife tracked, captured

Friday, June 26, 2015

Police said that were able to make quick work of tracking and capturing a man suspected of robbing a local bank at knifepoint. Authorities said they were called to St. Mary’s Bank in Hudson on Saturday just before noon, on a report of a man threatening employees with …

Divers recover bodies of 10-year-old boy, stepfather who drowned in Merrimack River

Friday, June 26, 2015

The woman in the bright-blue hijab rocked forward on her knees, her shoulders trembling, head cast toward the dirt. A group of Somali sisters laid their hands on her back, murmuring as search officials passed on foot. The …

Concord City Council approves budget with 4.2 percent tax rate increase

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Concord City Council has unanimously approved a new budget, which comes with an estimated 4.2 percent increase in the city’s portion of the tax rate next year. The budget, which takes effect Wednesday, includes $58.1 million in general fund spending. Including special funds and capital projects, total …

Amid prolonged budget battle, state agencies left in limbo

Friday, June 26, 2015

While lawmakers gear up for another round of budget discussions that will likely last through fall, some state departments and service providers are settling in for months of uncertainty. “We’re just kind of sitting and waiting,” said Tym Rourke, chairman of a commission that oversees a state fund …

PHOTO: Cake for all at the State House

Friday, June 26, 2015

Cake was offered to all at the State House on Thursday, one day after former senator Sylvia Larsen found herself in possession of a 75 pound edible model of the Canterbury Shaker Village Dwelling House. The cake, made …

Concord faith communities gather to mourn Charleston shooting victims, pray for peace

Thursday, June 25, 2015

They came to church to pray. Last week, a Wednesday evening Bible study gathered in a historic church in South Carolina. A young white man opened fire on that prayer group and killed nine African-American people, in what …

Former Northfield business owner pleads guilty to federal tax evasion

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A 65-year-old Hill man has pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion. Ronald Martin admitted Tuesday in Concord to concealing $1.2 million in gross revenue between 2008 and 2010, when he owned Martin Construction in Northfield. Prosecutors said Martin filed no corporate or individual tax returns for the company …

Henniker woman awarded $85,000 in dispute with town over access road

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Henniker woman has won a legal battle against the town over whether it had the right to cut an illegal road through her land. Lorin Mulligan was awarded $85,000 Tuesday by a jury in Merrimack County Superior …