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Commission examining New Hampshire’s high workers' compensation costs splits over plan to limit what medical providers can charge

Monday, November 24, 2014

Say two men show up at the same hospital on the same day with identical broken bones in their arms. But one fell out of a tree doing yard work at home, while the other fell off a ladder at work. Under New Hampshire’s current workers’ compensation system, the injured worker’s arm will cost far more to fix, a price discrepancy that is driving workers’ compensation insurance premiums sky high, …

Survey: N.H. retailers expect boost in holiday sales

Monday, November 24, 2014

A survey shows New Hampshire retailers are expecting holiday sales to be up 4.3 percent, slightly higher than the national expectation. The survey by the New Hampshire Retail Association says 77 percent of retailers are anticipating their 2014 holiday sales will be the same or better than last year. A total of 69 percent of respondents said that their 2014 inventory levels are …

Quirky brewers set to open ‘eclectic’ nanobrewery in Concord

Monday, November 24, 2014

To get a feel for what the Area 23 nanobrewery coming to Concord will be like, you needn’t look further than its name. If you ask Kevin Bloom, one of the co-owners, why it’s Area 23, he gives you his reason. “We took Area 51, (defunct New England discount store) Building 19½, divided …

Wages poised to rise as signs emerge of improved U.S. job market

Saturday, November 22, 2014

More than five years into the economic expansion, the signs that economists look for to herald the pickup in pay that has long eluded American workers are starting to emerge. Wages and salaries climbed last quarter by the most since 2008 as a dwindling number of unemployed per …

What is ‘current use’?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The state Department of Revenue Administration’s Current Use Board will hear public input at a forum in Concord tomorrow on slight modifications to the assessment rates proposed for next year. The current use program is designed to encourage conservation of open space in the state, said Current Use …

Mother Nature, millions in snow making allow ski mountains early opening

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Snow blanketed the mountain base earlier than usual at Pats Peak in Henniker, where snow-making machines blasted white powder out in high arches, and Bobcats lurched up and down the slopes. The ski area opens its first top-to-bottom …

South Africa seeks to move rhinos from harm’s way

Friday, November 21, 2014

The rhino crashes forward, pounding the earth with its broad feet. Then, as a dart’s sedative takes hold, it staggers and slouches to the ground, where South African rangers prepare to move the oversized beast by truck to …

PSNH president: NH electricity rates on seasonal roller coaster

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Until the Northeast builds out its energy infrastructure, New Hampshire ratepayers will continue to face rising electricity costs, Public Service of New Hampshire President William Quinlan predicts. “The next winter or two, unfortunately . . . we’re going to see high prices in the market,” Quinlan told the …

Northern Pass officials willing to bury more transmission lines, but how much more?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Northern Pass officials are “strongly considering” burying additional portions of their proposed 187-mile electric transmission line that would run through New Hampshire, from Canada to Deerfield. But just how many more miles is anyone’s guess, since the project’s planners aren’t saying. “It’s very clear that we’re going to …

N.H. Congressional delegates’ Keystone XL votes fall along party lines

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A move to advance the development of the Keystone XL pipeline failed to make it past the U.S. Senate last night. The House of Representatives voted 252-161 to pass the bill Friday, but the bill failed in a …

No on Keystone pipeline — but GOP vows replay

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

In a combustible blend of oil and politics, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected legislation last night to force completion of the Keystone XL pipeline. Republicans vowed to resurrect the controversial issue soon after taking two-house control of Congress in …

FairPoint mediation effort fails

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The first meeting between FairPoint Communications and union representatives in nearly three months took an hour yesterday and made no progress toward ending an impasse that led to a strike in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Both the company and unions representing more than 1,700 striking workers blamed …

Conference explores aging in northern New England

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Accommodating the needs of Northern New England’s aging population is both a struggle and a potential source for economic growth, speakers at a three-state summit said yesterday. The median age in Maine – 43.9 years – is the nation’s highest, and Vermont and New Hampshire are right behind. …