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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 …

College Says Arrests, Injuries Reported at Pumpkin Festival

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Keene, N.H. — Huge crowds including Keene State College students and visitors to the annual pumpkin festival in the city became unruly Saturday, leading to injuries and arrests. College officials provided few specifics on the melee but said …

Poll: N.H. Residents Concerned About Ebola

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Durham, N.H. (ap) — A poll of New Hampshire residents finds that most are paying attention to the Ebola outbreak, but few are concerned that their family members will contract it. In the WMUR Granite State Poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, 39 percent …

Outlook Positive For Winter Heat Help Program

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Montpelier — A welcome combination of low prices and expected warmer weather in Northern New England are combining to produce a more favorable outlook for the federal heating assistance program. Heading into winter, Congress has already made its appropriation for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and …

Lawyer: Dead Baby Had Lived for Days

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Boston — A Massachusetts woman facing charges after the skeletal remains of three babies were found in her squalid home had the babies starting about eight years ago, including one infant she said was born alive and lived for several days, her lawyer said Friday. Erika Murray told …

Yellen: Inequality Is a Big Concern

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Boston — Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen sounded an alarm Friday about widening economic inequality in the United States, suggesting that America’s longstanding identity as a land of opportunity is at stake. The growing gap between the rich …

Weare Police Chief Offers Resignation

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Weare, n.h. — Less than a year after taking over a troubled police department, the chief in Weare has offered to resign after accusations that he assaulted his personal assistant, with whom he had an affair and who got a restraining order against him. John Velleca has been …

More Than 1,700 FairPoint Workers Go on Strike

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Portland, Maine — Frustrated over a negotiating stalemate, more than 1,700 FairPoint Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont went on strike Friday, with picket-wielding employees demanding that the telecommunications company return to the bargaining table. A …

Yankee Price Tag $1 Billion

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Montpelier — Officials with the soon-to-close Vermont Yankee nuclear plant said Friday it could cost up to $1.24 billion to decommission the reactor, and that they currently have about half that much in a fund dedicated to paying for that work. The figure was contained in a “site …

Negative Election Ads Flood N.H. Airwaves

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Concord — Whether it’s Good Morning America, General Hospital or the evening news, viewers in New Hampshire have likely seen an ad this week in which a young girl at a spelling bee is asked to spell “Shaheen” and answers “O-b-a-m-a.” It’s part of an onslaught that has …

Candidates Vie In Claremont

Friday, October 17, 2014

Claremont — Democrats will have three incumbents and a former lawmaker on the November ballot for the four New Hampshire House seats representing the city, while Republicans are countering with a veteran House member and three newcomers to …