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Acting health commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker presents the department's findings on hydraulic fracturing during a cabinet meeting at the Capitol on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. At right is environmental conservation commissioner Joseph Martens. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration will move to prohibit fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom in Pennsylvania and other nearby states, has banned shale gas development since 2008, when …

MOscow: Ruble collapse shakes Russians

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin faces a major new challenge after a catastrophic fall in the value of the ruble, which hit a new low yesterday despite the Central Bank’s desperate efforts to halt the selling. Putin’s popularity has been based on oil-driven economic growth that has helped increase incomes during his 15-year rule. …

PSNH plans to raise rates by 7 percent

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Public Service of New Hampshire plans to raise electric rates by 7 percent this winter, a moderate increase compared with hikes as high as 40 percent or more from other utilities. In a request filed with the Public Utilities Commission yesterday, PSNH proposes to increase its energy charge to 10.56 cents per kilowatt-hour from the current rate of 9.87 cents. If approved by …

New Hampshire: Brain center needs immediate fix

Monday, December 15, 2014

An Effingham center that treats people with brain injuries must pay and train staff better and improve supervision of patients, according to a state report that follows an investigation into complaints of abuse and neglect. In a report issued yesterday, New Hampshire’s Department of Health and Human Services …

Vermont kind to FairPoint despite problems

Monday, December 15, 2014

Vermont’s statewide 911 chief has no regrets about signing an $11 million contract with FairPoint Communications to build the state’s next-generation emergency calling system less than three weeks before problems on FairPoint’s network knocked much of the current 911 system out of service for more than five hours. …

N.H. shoppers asked to not block parking access aisles

Monday, December 15, 2014

Shoppers are busy this time of year, and New Hampshire authorities are asking them to be considerate of people with disabilities in store parking lots. The Department of Safety and New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police have asked shoppers to remember to keep the access aisles next …

Truckers vie with shippers for $24 billion fuel savings

Sunday, December 14, 2014

As shippers of everything from toys to tools enjoy as much as $24 billion in savings from lower diesel surcharges next year, trucking companies see an opening to raise freight rates at a pace not seen in about …

Business notes for Dec. 15, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Hulafrog, a website for local community events, recently launched in the Concord area. The website lists community events for families and places to go with kids, as well as family-friendly businesses. Mason + Rich recently launched a strategic marketing initiative in celebration of the firm’s 75th anniversary. The …

Northern New England snowmobilers hope for snow

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Last week’s heavy, wet snow could provide the solid base needed to get the snowmobile season on track, but trees knocked out in the storm could keep some trails closed beyond the start of the season. “We’ve been …

Wealth gap widens between whites and minorities

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The economic recovery has not been equal among the races, according to a Pew Research Center study released last week. The study found that the wealth gap between white households and minorities has widened in recent years. The wealth of white households was 13 times greater than that …

Business people for Dec. 15, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Josue Roman of Pittsfield recently was named to the board of directors of the Friends Program in Concord. Roman, a certified public accountant with Mason + Rich, is also in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and is on …

Thursday, December 11, 2014

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4 ways to hold onto your cash when renting a car

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Heading home for the holidays can come with a hefty price tag. Although gas prices are the lowest they’ve been in years, if you’re renting a car, increased demand during the season means you’ll likely encounter higher prices – especially if you haven’t already locked in a rate. …