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FILE - In this Wednesday, May 1, 2013, file photo, a lab technician draws blood from a patient at a health center, in Phoenix. As health insurance plans become increasingly complicated, more patients are facing unexpected fees when they step outside their plan’s coverage network. In many cases, patients don’t realize they’ve received out-of-network care until they’re slapped with a bill for hundreds or thousands of dollars. Surprise fees often arise when hospitals send blood samples or medical scans to outside facilities for development. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Surprise insurance fees often follow medical emergencies

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Recovering from a medical procedure is always a challenge, but getting hit with unexpected insurance fees can add financial hardship to the process. As health insurance plans become increasingly complicated, more patients are facing unexpected fees when they step outside their plan’s coverage network. In many cases, patients don’t realize they’ve received out-of-network care until they’re slapped with a bill …

Q&A: Why your chip card only works in some stores

Friday, February 12, 2016

If you’re like many shoppers, you’ve had a momentary blip of confusion – or maybe several of them – at a checkout counter lately. That’s because some stores have outfitted themselves with payment terminals that use your credit card’s new, more secure chip technology. Some stores haven’t. And at still more retailers, you can see they have the chip readers installed, but they …

Downtown: Catholic parish reaches agreement to sell Sacred Heart Church

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sacred Heart Church on Pleasant Street is under a purchase-and-sales agreement to become condos. Richard Roberge, the pastor of Concord’s Christ the King Parish, announced the news Sunday in a press release and at weekend Masses. The buyer is developer Jon Chorlian. “While we are sad to close this chapter in our parish’s history, we are happy with the plans that Mr. Chorlian …

Farm boom fizzles as U.S. crop surplus expands financial strain

Sunday, January 17, 2016

The American farm boom is all but over. Farmland values are down from all-time highs. Global surpluses left corn and soybean prices below the cost of production. And the amount of agricultural debt relative to income ballooned to …

Holiday shopping season was not as merry as the retail industry expected

Sunday, January 17, 2016

As retailers from Macy’s to Best Buy have reported gloomy holiday season sales results in recent days, evidence had been mounting that the retail industry did not have a strong showing in its most important two months of the year. On Friday came confirmation. The National Retail Federation …

4 things every small-business owner should know about taxes

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Blood pressures are rising at many small businesses now that tax season is underway. Although many owners hire accountants and attorneys to complete their income tax returns, taxes are a hassle. In a survey released last year by …

Hardware problem cuts off some Concord FairPoint service for an hour

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Telephone and DSL internet service was lost for a number of FairPoint customers in Concord for about an hour Friday. The loss was caused by an unspecific hardware problem, FairPoint said. Further details were not available. The problem began about 9 a.m. and was fixed in about an …

Markets sink as economic fears grow

Saturday, January 16, 2016

A global stock market sell-off that once appeared likely to only dent investor accounts turned into a larger retreat Friday as concerns grew over the state of China’s economy and the free fall in oil prices. The major U.S. markets tumbled more than 2 percent, leaving them near …

White House stops coal leases on federal land

Saturday, January 16, 2016

The Obama administration is imposing a moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands, arguing that the $1 billion-a-year program must be modernized to ensure a fair financial return to taxpayers and address climate change. The program has …

Opinions mixed about what GE’s move to Boston means for Connecticut

Friday, January 15, 2016

Criticism of Connecticut’s business climate and policies came swiftly following the news that corporate giant General Electric would be moving its headquarters from suburban Fairfield, Conn., to Boston. The state was dubbed Connectitax in a Wall Street Journal …

N.H. AG allows step closer to Balsams redevelopment

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The redevelopment of the Balsams Resort in Dixville Notch has taken another step forward, thanks to the attorney general’s office. The Caledonian Record reported the decision was made Tuesday in the face of objections from some donors to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. The …

New Hampshire Hospital hopes raise for nurses helps draw new talent

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Officials at New Hampshire Hospital are hoping a recently approved raise for its nurses will help draw new talent and alleviate a staffing shortage. At its first meeting of the year, the Executive Council unanimously approved $465,127 for the remainder of the fiscal year and an additional $1.6 …

General Electric to move headquarters to Boston

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

General Electric announced Wednesday it will move its headquarters to Boston, leaving the sprawling suburban Connecticut campus it has called home over the past four decades for a technology-rich city it says better fits its ambitions as an …