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A Civil War-era building in Claremont is up for auction.

The 11,000-square-foot Oscar Brown Block was bought from Maine Street Claremont in 2007 by the Monadnock Economic Development Corporation. Renovations were done to the building, and today it houses a restaurant and a barbershop.

Financial troubles including a default on a loan led to the building being put up for sale in December.

The auction was scheduled for Monday.

The New Hampshire Insurance Department is holding a public hearing to explain the standards it uses to approve provider networks for health insurance plans.

Monday's hearing was requested by Rochester's Frisbie Memorial Hospital, which is fighting its exclusion from the narrow network Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield created for individual plans sold under the federal health care overhaul law. The hospital's lawyer plans to argue that the insurance company submitted an incomplete application to state regulators, who then approved it without the necessary scrutiny.

The New Hampshire Film and Television Office is accepting submissions for this year's high school short film festival.   Created in 2007, the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival is open to students enrolled in grades 9-12 at New Hampshire public or private high schools; homeschooled students ages 14-18 are also eligible.   To be considered, a film cannot be longer than seven minutes, including titles and credits.  All submissions must be postmarked on or before March 31 or arrive at the Film and Television Office in Concord by 4 p.m. on that date.

In her State of the State address today, Governor Maggie Hassan called on state lawmakers to restore and increase New Hampshire’s minimum wage.

The state Legislature in 2011 eliminated the state minimum wage and defaulted to the federal wage of $7.25 an hour.

Senator Lou D’Allesandro, a Manchester Democrat, agrees the minimum wage should be raised, but knows the debate will be a long and difficult one.

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Former U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta is starting a "health care listening tour" at one of the hospitals excluded from the provider network for health plans purchased through the Affordable Care Act.

Guinta, a Republican hoping to regain the seat he lost to Democrat Carol Shea-Porter in 2012, on Thursday is visiting Frisbie Memorial Hospital. The hospital is a vocal critic of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's new narrow provider network.

Gov. Maggie Hassan is warning New Hampshire residents to limit their travel during the upcoming winter storm.

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Despite a request by New Hampshire's congressional delegation and the project backer, the U.S. Department of Energy says it can't answer questions about alternative routes for the contested Northern Pass transmission project.

The DOE is preparing an Environmental Impact Study on the proposed $1.4 billion project that would transmit 1,200 megawatts of hydroelectric power from Hydro-Quebec into New England.

A bill that would add the option of choosing "none of the above'' on New Hampshire ballots seems like a quintessential proposal for the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state that prides itself on having discerning voters.    But the measure's sponsors say it's probably doomed, with one acknowledging it would be humiliating for a candidate to be defeated by no one rather than an actual opponent.  But Keene Rep. Charles Weed says real choice means giving voters the chance to withhold their consent and express dissatisfaction with all the candidates.

Boosted by a drop in the city's murder rate and an endorsement from President Barack Obama, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu won a landslide victory Saturday in his bid for a second term.

"The results tonight confirm what we hoped was true four years ago: that the people of this great city are ready to move forward," Landrieu told is supporters in a victory speech.

Landrieu had 64 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting in Saturday's election.

 

New Hampshire is getting nearly $3.4 million in federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Funds.

 A 15-year-old boy is in critical condition at a hospital after he suffered an apparent heart attack during a basketball game and was aided by a defibrillator.

The Valley News reports Lebanon High School sophomore Christopher Roberge was on the bench during the second quarter when he had a medical episode.

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New Hampshire's House is considering a moratorium on new wind turbine and electric transmission line projects like the 187-mile power line proposed by Northern Pass.

The University of New Hampshire is getting ready to celebrate the Chinese New Year: the Year of the Horse.   The UNH Confucius Institute is holding two nights of performances starting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday Jan. 29 and 30.  Members of the Jilin National Orchestra, Shanghai Theatre Academy, Foremost Art Troupe, and the Central Music Conservatory of China are performing.   Established in October 2010, the Confucius Institute is a nonprofit educational institution housed in UNH's College of Liberal Arts.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says New Hampshire has scored well overall in 10 areas of prevention, such as food safety and reporting infections, but it has room for improvement.   A report rates the states on each of them with a green, yellow or red mark.   The state got green ratings for food safety, preventing health care-associated infections, HIV testing laws and data reporting.

A suspect was arrested early Saturday and charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a student outside a dormitory at South Carolina State University, law enforcement officials said.

Justin Bernard Singleton, 19, of Charleston, was arrested just after midnight at the parking lot of an apartment complex in Orangeburg, where the campus is located, said Thom Berry, a public information officer with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

College students who entered the U.S. illegally could get in-state tuition at University of New Hampshire System schools if they met certain requirements.

The House votes Wednesday on a bill that would require the students to be a graduate of a high school in the state or to have gotten a New Hampshire high school equivalency certificate to be eligible for the in-state rate.

They would have to have had to attend a state high school for three years before graduating or receiving an equivalency certificate and have met all the other criteria for in-state rates.

State and local police in New Hampshire are responding to dozens of minor accidents, especially in the southern part of the state, as falling snow has made roads hazardous.

A dispatcher at the State Police Troop B barracks in Bedford says police responded to 40 to 50 accidents on Saturday afternoon.

A winter weather advisory was posted for southern and central New Hampshire until 9 p.m.

Police are urging people who are able to do so to put off travel until crews have a chance to clear the roads.

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Gas prices in New Hampshire have fallen nearly 3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.38.

The average comes from GasBuddy.com's daily survey of 875 gas stations in the state.

The national average has fallen slightly last week, to $3.29 per gallon.

The state prices are 2 cents per gallon lower than the same period last year and are a penny higher than a month ago.

The national average has increased 6.8 cents per gallon in the last month and stands 3.4 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

A New Hampshire-based accountable care organization created under the federal Affordable Care Act is expanding to include three more hospitals.

Under the accountable care organization model, networks of doctors and health care providers work together to provide high-quality, coordinated care for their patients while trying to limit unnecessary spending. Participants are required to meet quality standards for patient outcomes and other measures.

A printing equipment company has agreed to pay $116,000 to the Environmental Protection Agency over air pollution violations at its plant in Hudson, N.H.

Last September, the EPA filed a complaint against Presstek alleging violations of hazardous waste management laws, including failure to comply with air emission regulations.

The EPA said as part of its operations manufacturing printing equipment, Presstek generates hazardous wastes that include solvent-containing wastes, which are ignitable, and corrosive wastes.

 

The state of New Hampshire has set up an emergency hotline for Fred Fuller Oil Co. customers who are in imminent danger of running out of home heating oil.

Three police officers in Seabrook have been suspended after a video surfaced showing an officer slamming a suspect into a wall at the police station more than four years ago.

The stakes were high and the vote was close as Boeing production workers agreed to concede some benefits in order to secure assembly of the new 777X airplane for the Puget Sound region.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Boeing hailed Friday's vote, which proponents said solidifies the aerospace giant's presence in the Seattle area.

"Tonight, Washington state secured its future as the aerospace capital of the world," Inslee declared.

Workers at specialized summer camps will be required to undergo criminal background checks in New Hampshire under a new law that takes effect Jan. 1.

Authorities say a leak in a refrigeration system at a New Hampshire food market has sent nine people complaining of dizziness and respiratory problems to three area hospitals.

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Electric utilities continue to fix power outages across northern New England as a fast moving storm is expected to drop heavy, wet snow in parts of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.

(Click here for N.H. power outage maps.)

More than 1,400 Vermonters remained without power Sunday. The Vermont Electric Cooperative says it expects to soon restore power to 700 more customers.

Central Maine Power reported about 600 customers without power Sunday evening and Bangor Hydro Electric reports 717 outages.

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation says it will close the Spaulding Turnpike Exit 3 southbound off-ramp in Newington for two weeks in January.

A legislative study group is floating the idea of imposing fees on canoes and kayaks in New Hampshire, but some lawmakers say the plan would sink like a stone.

A new study shows New Hampshire's program to give schoolchildren the tools to take care of their teeth ranks consistently near the top of national ratings.

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There's a search for a new operator of Robie's Country Store, a longtime campaign stop for candidates in New Hampshire's presidential primary.

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