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  • Desaulniers named AP's New England media director Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 1:01 PM ET

    BOSTON— Dwayne Desaulniers, a former business and technology director for The Associated Press, has been named the news cooperative's director of local media for New England. "Dwayne brings a great mix of news, technology and entrepreneurial experience to our New England market, as well as an in-depth understanding of AP services and our mission to inform the...

  • Maine's unemployment rate unchanged in October Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:54 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— Maine officials say that the state's unemployment rate held steady in October at 5.8 percent. New England' s average jobless rate was slightly higher at 5.9 percent. New Hampshire and Vermont are the only states in New England that had a lower unemployment rate than Maine did in October.

  • Rail study outlines costs, benefits of expansion Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:59 AM ET

    NASHUA, N.H.— New Hampshire would get more bang for its buck by bringing passenger rail service beyond Nashua to Manchester, according to a preliminary feasibility study, but state officials aren't ready to recommend an option. That option envisions 16 trains daily from Manchester and at least 20 from Nashua. The study estimates that the state's annual cost to...

  • Striking FairPoint workers willing to hold out Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 9:39 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— About 200 striking FairPoint workers and their supporters rallied at the Vermont Statehouse on Thursday as many said they're willing to stay on the picket line until they are offered a contract they consider fair. A series of speakers said FairPoint never lived up to the promises it made after it bought the landline telephone system in Vermont,...

  • Vermont Yankee makes pending layoffs official Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    VERNON, Vt.— Entergy Corp.' s Vermont Yankee nuclear plant has officially notified the state that it will be laying off 165 employees starting in January. Plant spokesman Marty Cohn says 79 employees have moved or will move to another Entergy plant. Of those facing termination Jan. 19, 69 live in Vermont, 48 in New Hampshire and 39 in Massachusetts.

  • Nov 19- Creditors of GT Advanced Technologies complained in a bankruptcy court filing that the sapphire company may have gotten too little in its proposed settlement with Apple Inc over legal claims stemming from a deal to supply sapphire screens. GT Advanced shocked investors by filing for bankruptcy in October in a case that was initially shrouded in...

  • New Hampshire unemployment rate goes down slightly Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 11:29 AM ET

    In October 2013, the seasonally adjusted rate for New Hampshire was 5.2 percent. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October was 5.8 percent, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from September, and a decrease of 1.4 percentage points from the October 2013 rate. In New Hampshire, seasonally adjusted estimates for October placed the number...

  • Regulators cut New England cod quota Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— The maximum amount of cod fish that fishermen can take from the Gulf of Maine will be reduced by 75 percent next year after a Tuesday vote by a federal regulatory council. Regulators said the reduction in quota is necessary to rebuild the struggling fishery, on which Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts fishermen all rely to harvest the popular...

  • Conference explores aging in northern New England Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 4:16 AM ET

    The median age in Maine— 43.9 years— is the nation's highest, and Vermont and New Hampshire are right behind. The latter is going to force tough conversations about consolidation, said Steve Norton, director of the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies. Charles Colgan, professor of public policy at the University of Southern Maine, said he also sees...

  • Federal gov't falls short on more health websites Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— With many seniors facing high medical bills, a congressional investigation has found that federal government websites meant to give Medicare patients basic consumer tools instead fail to provide adequate information on out-of-pocket costs, and even quality of care. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office found that Medicare...

  • Gas prices fall 2.4 cents in New Hampshire Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 9:22 AM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.— Gas prices in New Hampshire have fallen nearly 2.4 cents per gallon in the past week to an average of $2.93. Gasbuddy.com, which surveyed 875 gas stations in New Hampshire, says that's 4 cents more than the national average, which fell 1.7 cents last week to $2.89 a gallon. Gas prices in New Hampshire are 32.8 cents per gallon lower than they were a year ago,...

  • Maine fishermen banking on fish auction renovation Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | 9:44 AM ET

    The 28- year-old fish exchange, located on Portland's waterfront, is critical to the state's groundfish industry because it is Maine's only live seafood auction, hosting sales of cod, flounder and pollock five times per week. The city-owned facility frequently houses ten tons of fish in a day and attracts local buyers and those from New York and Boston.

  • Trouble already? Obamacare costs to surge in '15 Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 4:58 PM ET
    A woman speaks with a health insurance agent regarding the Affordable Care Act.

    Although consumers will often be able to find new health plans with prices comparable to those they now pay, the situation varies from state to state.

  • Tentative deal reached to sell Fuller Oil company Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 9:23 AM ET

    MANCHESTER, N.H.— A tentative agreement has been reached to sell the assets of a home heating oil company seeking bankruptcy protection, New Hampshire's governor and attorney general announced Saturday. Maggie Hassan and Attorney General Joseph Foster said that the agreement would sell the ongoing business of Fred Fuller Oil& Propane to Rymes Propane& Oil and...

  • Protesters hope rally will help kill pipeline plan Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 12:30 AM ET

    FITCHBURG, Mass.— Several hundred people packed a high school auditorium Saturday to rally against a proposed pipeline that would carry high-pressure natural gas across northern Massachusetts. Protesters from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York staged the "Stop the Pipeline Statewide Summit" at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School in...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 13- An influential group of U.S. lawmakers, including John McCain, in line to become the head of the Senate's powerful Armed Services Committee, on Thursday pledged to thwart the Pentagon's plans to retire the U.S. fleet of A-10 "Warthog" aircraft. The Pentagon, facing mandatory "sequestration" budget cuts, has sought to eliminate all of the...

  • University system requests additional $52 million Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.— New Hampshire's state universities want an additional $52 million next year to maintain a tuition freeze, give more scholarships to science and math students and lower tuition for some community-college transfer students. Representatives from the University System of New Hampshire presented the request to Gov. "Applications tanked" after the...

  • Hassan kicks off insurance sign-up season Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    Maggie Hassan thanked workers who will be helping consumers sign up for insurance under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law, praising their role Thursday in improving the health and financial well-being of New Hampshire residents. More than 40,000 New Hampshire residents selected health plans during the first enrollment period, and almost...

  • College prices continue to creep up Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Time to stock up on the ramen noodles. The average sticker price, with room and board included, for undergraduate students attending a four-year college or university in their home state was $18,943. Out-of-state students at those schools paid, on average, $32,762.

  • Sprague Resources misses 3Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 10:27 AM ET

    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. _ Sprague Resources LP on Wednesday reported a loss of $10.7 million in its third quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 12 cents per share. Sprague Resources shares have increased 29 percent since the beginning of the year.