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Grafton County candidates are, top row, from left: Democrat Kelley Monahan and Republican Bill Sharp for Register of Deeds; Republican Karen Cervantes and Democrat Mike Cryans for District 1 commissioner. Bottom row, from left: Democrat Linda Lauer and Republican Stephen Whitney for District 2 commissioner; Independent Allan Monica, Democrat Martha Richards and Republican Paul Simard for District 3 commissioner. (Courtesy photographs)

4 Grafton County Offices Contested

Saturday, October 25, 2014

North Haverhill — Republicans are trying to unseat the three Democrats who serve as Grafton County commissioners in the 2014 elections, but the most colorful race — again — may be for the oft overlooked post of Register of Deeds. The Republicans primarily call for closer scrutiny of the county’s $39 million budget, particularly contributions to social-service agencies. Meanwhile, the …

Anthem Says Health Rates in N.H. Will Stay Flat

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Concord — Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire said Friday that on average, its customers who have purchased insurance plans under the federal health care overhaul law will see no increases in premiums next year. Anthem was the only company selling health plans through the new marketplace this year, but it will be joined by two other private insurance companies …

Watchdogs Warn Of Yankee Cuts

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Montpelier — Nuclear watchdog groups said Friday that Entergy Corp. is trying to cut costs at reactors it owns in Vermont, Massachusetts and New York, and may be placing safety in jeopardy as a result. The company replied that it has kept safety a paramount concern, but that it will comply with any new requirements placed on it by federal regulators resulting from …

Business Incubator to Open in Maine

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Portland, Maine — A Maine company and an Icelandic businessman are partnering to establish a business incubator that will seek to grow new maritime commercial enterprises on Portland’s waterfront. The company’s leaders and Portland and state officials announced Thursday that the New England Ocean Cluster will seek to …

Conn. Reviews Kidnapping Cases

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Vernon, Conn. — A task force made up of investigators from state and local police and the state attorney’s office has been established to probe the disappearance of three girls from the same area of eastern Connecticut decades ago. Police and prosecutors announced Thursday the formation of the …

Harvard Student Can Return

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Los Reyes La Paz, Mexico — A Harvard University student stuck in Mexico for months after breaking an immigration rule was told Tuesday that he will be allowed to return home to the United States. The U.S. Citizenship …

Soldier Who Lost Limbs Gets New Maine Home

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Manchester, Maine (ap) — A soldier who lost parts of all four limbs when an improvised explosive device detonated under him in Afghanistan was given the keys Wednesday to a new home in Maine that’s adapted to his needs. Republican Gov. Paul LePage and first lady Ann LePage …

Online Classified Site Sued By 2 Alleged Sex Traffic Victims

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Boston (ap) — Two alleged victims of underage sex trafficking in Massachusetts have filed a lawsuit against a website that carries personal ads for people looking for sex, alleging the company assists in the abuse of minors. The complaint against Backpage.com, filed in federal court in Boston, says …

Maine Judge To Rule on Bear Baiting Referendum Injunction

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Portland, Maine (ap) — A judge says she will rule early this week on an injunction aimed at forcing the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife onto the sidelines during an upcoming referendum to end hunting of bears with bait, dogs and traps. Mainers for Fair Bear …

Inspection Completed On Hayride Vehicle

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mechanic Falls, Maine (ap) — Maine State Police have completed the inspection of a Jeep involved in last weekend’s fatal hayride crash in Mechanic Falls. But the findings are being withheld for the time being. Spokesman Steve McCausland said Friday the results of the vehicle examination will be …

Health Care Reform at Center of Vt. Gov. Race

Sunday, October 19, 2014

White River Junction — One high-profile website snafu. Some encouraging skirmishes against rising health care costs. And steady work on Vermont’s effort to create a single-payer health insurance plan that covers all residents — although with only vague …

Slain Journalist Foley ‘Tried to See the Good’

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Rochester, N.H. — James Foley was a compassionate and capable journalist who tried to see the good in people, friends said Saturday at a memorial for the New Hampshire man murdered by Islamic State group extremists. Hundreds of …

FairPoint Poised to Grow — After Strike

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Portland, Maine — FairPoint Communications is poised to prosper if it can shake off the inevitable damage caused by its ongoing strike, which will hurt business in the short term by keeping large customers from buying new or upgraded service, according to an industry analyst. “FairPoint has made …