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Ruling Hurts N.H. Bond Outlook

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Concord — Standard & Poor’s downgraded the state’s outlook on general obligation and state-guaranteed bonds from “stable” to “negative” yesterday, based largely on a recent court ruling that said a state tax on hospitals that brings in significant revenue is illegal. That ruling, combined with the state’s low reserve fund and unfunded pension liability, puts New Hampshire in a “thin financial position,” the report from the credit rating agency said. …

Food Labeling Bill Includes Defense Fund

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Montpelier — A bill making its way toward expected passage in the Vermont Legislature would require labeling for foods containing genetically modified ingredients and set up a special fund to defend against expected industry lawsuits. Three House committees on Tuesday endorsed a Senate change to a labeling bill that calls for a $1.5 million fund, to be paid for with public donations, settlements …

New Total Of Uninsured In Vt. Unclear

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Montpelier — It won’t be known for several months how many people who looked at buying health insurance through Vermont Health Connect determined it was too expensive and decided to go without, Vermont officials said Monday. Vermont Health Connect spokeswoman Emily Yahr said the best answer to that question won’t come until consumer surveys are out later this year. When the Vermont Health …

U.S. Navy Destroyer Zumwalt Christened in Maine

Monday, April 14, 2014

Bath, Maine — The U.S. Navy on Saturday christened the first ship of its newest class of destroyers, a more than $3 billion, 610-foot-long warship sporting advanced technology and a stealthy shape designed to minimize its visibility on …

Vermont Revising Management Plan for Northeast Kingdom Access

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont is revising the management and public access plans for a vast section of the Northeast Kingdom that was the focus of a protracted, bitter public debate over traditional land uses versus conservation needs after a private company put the land up for sale in the …

GOP ’16 Hopefuls In N.H.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Manchester — Republicans eyeing the 2016 White House race battered President Obama’s health care law and nicked each other Saturday, auditioning before a high-profile gathering of conservatives that some political veterans said marked the campaign’s unofficial start. A …

UNH Professor To Aid Wash. Landslide Probe

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Durham, N.H. (ap) — A University of New Hampshire professor of civil engineering is part of a team of experts that will document the environmental effects of the fatal landslide in Washington state last month. Jean Benoit and his colleagues on the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance Association will …

Major Economies Express Confidence About Global Growth

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Washington — Finance officials of the world’s major economies expressed confidence Friday that they can meet an ambitious goal of boosting global growth by $2 trillion over the next five years. That’s despite a variety of threats including …

Granite State Bat Population Still Shrinking

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Concord — White nose syndrome continues to devastate New Hampshire’s bat population, even as other states report signs of recovery. Biologists surveying caves and mines where bats spend the winter found only 28 bats, dashing hopes that this year might mark a turning point after several years of …

Medicaid Decision Hits N.H.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Concord — A second Superior Court judge has ruled the state’s Medicaid Enhancement Tax is unconstitutional, opening a multi-million dollar hole in the state budget. Known by the acronym MET, the tax has been levied on hospitals, but not other health providers that performed the same services. The …

Paul in N.H. Laying Groundwork for ’16

Saturday, April 12, 2014

To win in 2014 and beyond, Republicans must expand their message rather than dilute it, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, told a crowd in Dover yesterday. Paul, considered a potential 2016 candidate, spoke before about 100 …

Taking Stock of Vermont’s Architecture

Friday, April 11, 2014

For a state that’s defined as much by its small villages and civic cohesiveness as it is by its green hills, Vermont gets only modest notice for its architecture. Or maybe it’s because of those small villages with …

Casino Backers Add Incentive To N.H. Bill

Friday, April 11, 2014

Concord — Gambling supporters are sweetening the pot by including $25 million in aid to communities in the latest bill to legalize casinos in New Hampshire, but opponents told a House committee Thursday it is a false promise. Casino supporters told the Ways and Means Committee the money …