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September 19. 2013 1:17PM

Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO James Weinstein questions whether New Hampshire has long-term health plan

''The arguments I hear in the news are, ‘Are we going to take money or not take money?’ But to what end? To do what? For who? Who’s going to measure it? When that money runs out, what’s the next plan?'' James Weinstein, CEO of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system, said in a meeting with the Monitor.



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Judd Gregg sizes up Jeb Bush, the GOP field and Warren, Clinton

A longtime friend of the Bush family, and an icon in New Hampshire Republican politics, former Sen. Judd Gregg said on Wednesday that Jeb Bush moves toward a presidential candidacy as a 'substantive favorite' for his party’s nomination, but not the 'prohibitive favorite.'

Ann Kuster for U.S. Senate in ’16? It could happen

The focus on the Democratic side of the upcoming U.S. Senate battle for Kelly Ayotte’s seat in 2016 has been almost exclusively on Gov. Maggie Hassan, but there’s another key player in the mix.

Ayotte gets heat from conservatives for opposing Cruz immigration move

But Ayotte had sharp words for the Cruz move in the national media. She said on Saturday that Cruz, by, in effect, prompting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to force senators to return to Washington on Saturday for the vote on the Cruz initiative and other items, was helping Obama.

Tri-City refugee resettlement concerns appear to be unfounded

DOVER — There are no plans to resettle African immigrants in the Tri-Cities, according to state officials and two refugee relocation groups.

Gilford selectmen spike tipping fee for trash haulers 50%

GILFORD — Following a public hearing that no one attended, selectmen voted unanimously last night to raise the disposal fees collected for solid waste from $30 per ton to $45 per ton.

Paintball park planned for tract at the Weirs

LACONIA — Paintball, the popular pastime around the world first played competitively in Henniker, New Hampshire in June, 1981, promises to become the next recreational attraction offered at The Weirs.

Preferred MBTA site identified in Plaistow

As local and state officials continue to explore three options to extend train service to Plaistow, one group is already opposing one of the alternatives.

Supplement manufacturing giant Pharmavite acquires Derry-based FoodState

Dietary supplement manufacturing giant Pharmavite LLC has made a big move into natural channel supplements with its acquisition of whole food supplement manufacturer FoodState Inc.

Portsmouth says Uber must abide same nanny regs as taxi drivers

The City of Portsmouth says that drivers for ride-booking companies such as Uber meet the city's definition of taxi drivers and are subject to the...

N.H. wood harvesting industry impact: $51 a ton

The New Hampshire logging industry contributed nearly $170 million to the state’s economy in 2012 – or, to look at it another way, a little more than $51 for each of the 3.3 million tons harvested in the state, according to a report prepared for and released by the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association and released to NHBR.

FairPoint union bargainer says they’ll negotiate

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The chief negotiator for the unions on strike against FairPoint Communications in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine is rejecting assertions by the company that they’re not willing to negotiate.

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard hiring 715 workers

The workforce is divided roughly evenly between Maine and New Hampshire. The Naval Sea Systems Command announced in October that budget sequestration had contributed to 'significant' maintenance delays for the Navy's fleet of nuclear submarines.

Abandoned guanaco finds new home at Lyndeborough Alpaca farm

A group of volunteers recently banded together to round up an abandoned guanaco — a close llama relation — that was left on an Elmwood Road property in Hancock, after the animal’s owner, Daniel Ramage, was evicted from the property.

Kearsarge Regional Elementary School students propose mastodon as official N.H. fossil

The class is mapping out meetings with legislative committee chairs, penning letters to lawmakers and scheduling testimony at State House hearings, all in the name of the mastodon.

Brentwood police seek donations for trip to D.C. to see officer's name added to memorial

Member of the Brentwood Police Department are raising money to help fund a trip Washington, D.C. in May, when fallen officer Stephen Arkell will...

Market Basket film, funded by fans, will retell the saga

Now a Portsmouth, N.H., filmmaker is hoping a second wave of public support will help pay for a documentary about the struggle that riveted New England for ...

Former Clarke University bookstore director pleads guilty to theft

Prosecutors say Spaulding and a friend set up a fictitious company in New Hampshire, where Spaulding’s mother lived, and billed the university for books from that fictional firm — books that were never delivered.

Deer rescued from Androscoggin River

GORHAM – Using a raft, Gorham Emergency Medical Services personnel and Fish and Game rescued a deer that had broken through the ice on the Androscoggin River Tuesday morning.

PSNH tells Farmington 104-year town holiday tradition must end

'The holiday lights that Farmington has been putting up are not in adherence to New Hampshire Law or PSNH policies. Therefore, PSNH asks that Farmington discontinue their annual installation of holiday lights on PSNH utility poles after the 2014 Holiday season.'

Holiday lights tradition continues in Chesterfield, dimmed by death of former host

CHESTERFIELD — The holiday lights won't shine as bright at The Farm in Chesterfield this year. They've dimmed after the man behind the extravagant display lost his life one year ago.


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