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Kinder Morgan says it won’t take any homes by eminent domain to build pipeline in N.H.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Pipeline developer Kinder Morgan will not take any New Hampshire homes through eminent domain, company officials told lawmakers in Concord yesterday. The energy company is proposing constructing more than 70 miles of natural gas pipeline through 17 communities in Southern New Hampshire that include Richmond, Fitzwilliam, Mason, Litchfield and Merrimack. The pipeline, known as Northeast Energy Direct, needs approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and officials said yesterday they …

AP Investigation: Is the fish you buy caught by slaves?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Associated Press notified the International Organization for Migration about men in this story, who were then moved out of Benjina by the police for their safety. Hundreds of slaves remain on the island, and five other men were in the cage this week. The Burmese slaves sat on the floor …

HJ Heinz buys Kraft to build $28 billion food giant

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Some of the most familiar names in ketchup, pickles, cheese and hot dogs are set to come under the same roof after H.J. Heinz Co. announced plans yesterday to buy Kraft and create one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies. The deal would bring together an array of longtime staples in …

Business president: Electricity supplies key to lowering prices

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The president of New Hampshire’s Business and Industry Association says that creating new electricity supplies remains the key to lowering electricity prices. Businesses and homeowners have seen dramatic increases in their electricity bills this winter. Jim Roche said the average price of wholesale power for February came in …

Vermont farms monitor storage conditions by cell phone

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Temperature fluctuations can shorten the growing season for farmers, and the worry doesn’t stop when crops are stored inside for winter sales, as a drop or spikes can ruin what’s meant for market. For years, growers would have …

Epic snows have meant economic woes across all industries

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Ignore anyone who tells you snow is free. Every workday lost during New England’s historic winter has meant millions of dollars taken out of the regional economy. IHS Global Insight, an economic analysis firm, estimates Massachusetts alone suffered …

U.S. economy has a weight problem as costs of obesity mount

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Obesity is weighing heavily on the U.S. economy. As a panel of scientists considers ways to help Americans trim down, unpublished research shows medical expenses linked to being extremely overweight have skyrocketed. Experts say the damage is augmented by reduced productivity, wider gender and income inequality and even …

State tries to prioritize mental health funding to satisfy requirements of lawsuit settlement

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Nineteen adults and one child waited Monday for space to open up at New Hampshire Hospital, the state psychiatric facility in Concord. That count was up from last Saturday, when 16 people across the state stood by for …

Finalists selected for nonprofit renovation project

Saturday, March 7, 2015

A volunteer organization that helps New Hampshire nonprofit organizations improve their facilities is looking for its next makeover project. Every two years, Building On Hope works with builders, architects and designers to renovate facilities associated with nonprofit service groups. Last year, nearly 200 volunteers and dozens of companies …

Picking through the state's surplus store

Saturday, March 7, 2015

In the market for a $2 Oakland Athletics ball cap? How about a $2 snow globe with the Las Vegas skyline? Spring is almost here, so a $1 Wiffle ball bat or a 9-iron without a price tag …

Ringling Bros. to retire its elephants, ending a tradition

Friday, March 6, 2015

Elephants have always been part of The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, ever since showman P.T. Barnum brought Jumbo, “a massive 12-foot African elephant,” to America in 1882 to star in the “Greatest Show on Earth.” …

Strike, bad weather lead to fourth-quarter losses for FairPoint

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A four-month employee strike and terrible weather resulted in a tough fourth quarter for FairPoint Communications, according to the company’s annual earnings release. FairPoint, a leading communications provider in northern New England, lost $43.6 million in the final …

House passes Amtrak bill that could boost Northeast service

Thursday, March 5, 2015

In a rare burst of bipartisanship, the House moved yesterday to boost Amtrak’s popular service between Boston and Washington, D.C., while giving states a greater say in the local routes they help subsidize. The bill, approved by a …