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Government efficiency report released

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The fastest way from Manchester to Concord is up Interstate 93, but one state government department asks its employees to take any other route. That’s because on the highway – even if the drive is shorter – workers must pay a toll, and that is an added expense the department prefers to avoid. But in the long run, the attempt to save a few dollars ends up costing the state …

N.H. lawmakers consider bills aimed at reducing electricity costs

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Lawmakers are considering two bills aimed at lowering New Hampshire’s electricity costs by making big changes to the state’s renewable energy program, a move supporters say could derail the initiative’s benefits. Both pieces of legislation target the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standards, established by the Legislature in 2007 as a way to reduce the state’s use of fossil fuels. The program requires utilities to …

Executive Council approves New Hampshire’s $13 million contract with FairPoint

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Hampshire and FairPoint Communications are back in business. The Executive Council approved a $13 million contract with the phone and data company yesterday, on the condition that company officials would hold a series of forums across the state regarding customer concerns about service. Meanwhile, the company and more than 1,700 unionized workers …

Hassan addresses Health and Human Services budget challenges

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan, speaking after yesterday’s Executive Council meeting, said the Department of Health and Human Services’ plan to scale back payments to nursing homes was necessary in order to avoid cuts to other programs. “What we have done with the nursing homes is decided not to give …

Shaheen reintroduces veterans’ benefits bill

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has reintroduced legislation to extend veterans benefits to same-sex couples and their families regardless of where they live. The Charlie Morgan Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act is named after a New Hampshire National Guard officer who died in 2013 after a battle with breast …

Obama defends U.S. ties as he pays respects in Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

President Obama defended the U.S. government’s willingness to cooperate closely with Saudi Arabia on national security despite deep concerns over human rights abuses, as he joined an array of current and former American statesmen yesterday in paying respects …

Blizzard a key leadership test for Gov. Baker, Mayor Walsh

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Governors and mayors face a host of thorny problems – from budget shortfalls to rising unemployment – but few are as immediate or compelling as convincing millions trapped in their homes during a blizzard that everything is under …

Lantos Swett, with other human rights advocates, offers to share Saudi blogger’s punishment

Monday, January 26, 2015

The notion of being “my brother’s keeper” comes up a lot in the context of advocating for human rights. Katrina Lantos Swett, in her roles as the chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and the …

Argentina under fire for revealing trip of fleeing reporter

Monday, January 26, 2015

Argentina’s government faced criticism for publishing the travel details of a journalist who said he fled in fear of his life after breaking the news of the death of a prosecutor in a politically charged case. The official Twitter account of the presidential palace published Damian Pachter’s voucher …

Christie, Walker to make stops in Concord

Monday, January 26, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will headline a Merrimack County Republican Committee dinner in Concord on Feb. 16. The potential presidential candidate made several trips to New Hampshire during the last election to support Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein. Tickets for the event, which will be at the …

Former New Hampshire governor to get Robert Frost award

Monday, January 26, 2015

Former New Hampshire governor John Lynch will receive the Robert Frost Contemporary American Award at a ceremony featuring the Boston Red Sox president and CEO as keynote speaker. Plymouth State University created the award in 1970 in memory of the nation’s late poet laureate, who taught at an …

Washington: Hobbyist blamed for White House drone crash

Monday, January 26, 2015

A two-foot-long drone, apparently flown by a hobbyist, crashed on the White House grounds yesterday in an extraordinary, if unintended, breach that raised fresh questions about the president’s security – and a growing threat from the sky. A …

Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge

Monday, January 26, 2015

President Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as …