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Shaheen, Kuster join calls to FairPoint to resume negotiations with striking workers

Monday, December 22, 2014

Two of New Hampshire’s federal legislators have added their voices to the calls for FairPoint Communications to resume negotiations with striking workers. Nearly 2,000 workers in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont have been on strike for more than 10 weeks, protesting what the say is a refusal of the company to negotiate in good faith. The company has proposed a new contract that would require workers to make about $700 …

New voluntary ‘Hike Safe’ cards for sale online to boost Fish and Game rescue efforts

Monday, December 22, 2014

New Hampshire is beginning sales of its new hike safe card, an initiative meant to bolster the state’s search and rescue fund that for years has operated at a deficit. The Legislature passed the law this year establishing the voluntary card, which hikers can purchase for an annual fee of $25 per individual and $35 for a family. Cardholders won’t be charged for …

Going it alone, Obama rocked the boat in 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

President Obama rang in 2014 by declaring it a “year of action,” vowing to strengthen the nation by focusing on fairness, competitiveness and the power of American diplomacy. Since Congress seemed unwilling to help, the president said he’d act alone. On immigration, climate change and U.S.-Cuba relations, at least, Obama stayed true to …

Republicans meet again day before move to replace House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan

Thursday, December 18, 2014

In the first official Republican House caucus, representatives outlined a broad list of more than two dozen policies they plan to prioritize in the coming legislative session, which range from balancing the budget without any new taxes to lowering energy costs and reducing the size of government. “What …

Ayotte, Shaheen support bill for injured veterans

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New Hampshire U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen say a bill on its way to President Obama will enhance treatment services for veterans living with traumatic brain injuries. The senators introduced legislation that would modify a pilot …

Bill O’Brien: ‘We’re going to have a leader of the Republican caucus, and that will be me’

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A group of more than 100 Republican representatives met in a closed-door meeting yesterday to forge a path into the coming legislative session with Mont Vernon Rep. Bill O’Brien as their leader. Coming out of the meeting, representatives …

Seeking Shelter: Homeless housing projects in other states could be a model for Concord

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

At Beijing & Tokyo in Concord on a rainy summer afternoon, Brian Herra and Craig Laber had beer for lunch. The pair drank more than they ate during the meal with a friend, who picked up the tab. …

New Hampshire receives $2 million for health systems improvements

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New Hampshire is one of 17 states to receive funding through the federal government’s State Innovation Model Design Awards. Gov. Maggie Hassan’s office, in a press release, said the state will put the $2 million award to use on a “project to design a multi-payer health care payment …

Jeb Bush (almost) announces; he’ll ‘explore’ candidacy

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Jeb Bush answered the biggest question looming over the Republican Party’s next campaign for the White House yesterday, all but declaring his candidacy for president more than a year before the first primaries. Bush, the son and brother …

Timeline: Spike in crime and a few high profile deaths leads to police crackdown

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

November 2010: The first of three suspects pleads guilty to violently assaulting a 19-year-old homeless man in 2009 at a camp near Everett Arena. The incident started after the man allegedly stole another homeless man’s boots. April 2011: …

Seeking Shelter: From living in car to sleeping in shelter has become seasonal routine for Concord pair

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Harold Coffey and Wendell Ford are a package deal – you would be hard-pressed to find one without the other. They live together in Coffey’s blue Ford Focus, which is parked most nights outside Walmart. The pair met …

Seeking Shelter: Series of violent incidents leads to crackdown on homeless community

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Timothy O’Malley’s first glimpse of the homeless encampment behind Everett Arena came a decade ago, as a Concord police detective. It was hardly the portrait of squalor he expected: half a dozen tents stood neatly clustered on a …

Seeking Shelter: City Hall supports solutions to homelessness, but isn’t the solution, Concord Mayor Bouley says

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

To Jim Bouley, the idea was a no-brainer. Not so fast, the neighborhood said. It was November 2008, the economy was in a nosedive, and the first-term Concord mayor wanted to open an emergency winter shelter for homeless …