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N.H. Workers’ comp committee says it needs more time

Monday, December 22, 2014

A governor’s commission aimed at addressing New Hampshire’s high workers’ compensation costs recommended no significant changes to state laws in a new report and instead suggested gathering more data and continuing to study the issue. A minority of the committee suggested more significant steps be taken immediately to overhaul workers’ compensation costs. The 15-member commission released its report last week after three months of meetings at the request of Gov. …

Princess Cristina faces trial on fraud charges

Monday, December 22, 2014

Spain’s Princess Cristina was indicted on tax fraud charges Monday — a severe setback to efforts by her brother King Felipe VI to rid the royalty of image problems after his scandal-plagued father abdicated six months ago. Cristina is the first royal family member in the country ordered to stand trial since the …

After 40 years in the family, Boutwell’s Bowling Center to change hands

Monday, December 22, 2014

After 46 years at Boutwell’s Bowling Center in Concord, owner Steve Birch is preparing to sell the lanes and spend a little more time with his family. But he won’t be checking in his bowling shoes for the final time. “I wouldn’t just sell the place and walk away for good,” he said. …

Widespread FairPoint outage reported in New Hampshire, Vermont

Thursday, December 11, 2014

FairPoint Communications said a problem that occurred during routine maintenance led to a loss of high-speed internet service for thousands of customers in Vermont and New Hampshire yesterday. Spokesman Jeff Nevins said the hardware problem knocked out service for all of Vermont and part of New Hampshire yesterday …

More bad news – a little bit of good – for N.H. in report examining jobs lost to China

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The country’s trade deficit with China is costing American jobs, and New Hampshire is one of the nation’s big losers, according to a new report by the liberal-leaning Economic Policy Institute. While many states lost far more jobs to China than New Hampshire, the number of jobs lost …

Most college students have no idea how much they’re paying to go to school

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A majority of first-year undergraduates can’t correctly estimate how much student loan debt they’re taking on. More surprising, among college freshmen who have taken out federal student loans, 28 percent don’t think they have any federal debt, and 14 percent don’t think they have any debt at all. …

Spanish news to vanish from Google News globally

Thursday, December 11, 2014

In a decision that will reverberate around the globe, Google announced yesterday it will close Google News in Spain and block reports from Spanish publishers from more than 70 Google News international editions due to a new Spanish …

Utility leaders: We need natural gas pipeline to contain electricity prices

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The leaders of three of New Hampshire’s four electric companies spoke with one voice yesterday at a seminar on the state’s energy future. New England is on the wrong side of a bottleneck of natural gas supply, driving up prices this year and for the foreseeable future, they …

Tech summit addresses industry’s lack of diversity

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and Latinos at companies renowned as great places to work. Now comes Diversity 2.0 …

Franklin businessman plans to apply for medical marijuana dispensary license

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Franklin business owner Paul Morrissette of Loudon has his eyes on a new venture, one he thinks will provide a remedy to the city’s ailing downtown: a medical marijuana dispensary. Morrissette is working with a subsidiary of MariMed Advisors of Massachusetts in anticipation of the state Department of …

Sierra Leone: Doctors on strike for better treatment

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Junior doctors in Sierra Leone went on strike Monday to demand better treatment for health workers infected with Ebola, a health official said. The association representing junior doctors asked the government to make sure life-saving equipment, like dialysis machines, is available to treat infected doctors. The government has …

Four generations help drive business at Hobo Railroad in Lincoln

Monday, December 8, 2014

The two elves parading through the aisles of the Santa Express train in Lincoln weren’t going to sneak up on anyone. Sisters Jillian and Kaitlin Clark, who were a whirl of green and red fabric and gold bells, …

Natural gas pipeline path through New Hampshire formally introduced to feds

Monday, December 8, 2014

Energy giant Kinder Morgan has officially filed its proposal to run more than 70 miles of natural gas pipeline through 17 communities in southern New Hampshire. The 36-inch pipe will enter New Hampshire from Massachusetts in Winchester, according to company paperwork filed yesterday. It will then run east …