EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 5, 2013

N.H. NEWS IN BRIEF


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Natural gas bills will go higher

CONCORD (AP) — Natural gas customers in New Hampshire will be seeing higher bills.

The Public Utilities Commission recently approved new winter rates for the state’s two major natural gas utilities. Liberty Utilities has about 87,000 customers in the central and southern part of the state, plus Berlin. Northern Utilities has 29,000 customers in and around the Seacoast.

The Concord Monitor reports the new rates, which took effect Friday, mean the average home heating bill will increase about 10.4 percent for a Liberty Utilities customer and 9.8 percent for a Northern Utilities customer, compared to last winter. Both companies cited a rising demand for natural gas, combined with limited supply.

Canceled insurance plans can be renewed

CONCORD (AP) — About 22,000 New Hampshire residents have been notified that their individual health insurance plans are being discontinued because they don’t comply with the federal health care overhaul law, but they can keep their benefits for another year if they renew early.

Paula Rogers of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire told lawmakers yesterday that customers who renew by Nov. 15 can extend their coverage until Dec. 1, 2014. However, tax credits that act like a discount on premiums are only available for those purchasing new plans through the online insurance market created by the federal law.

Mayor’s spouse: I have nothing to hide

NASHUA (AP) — A lawyer representing the husband of Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau said police investigation documents show the former bail commissioner has nothing to hide.

Richard Lehmann represents David Lozeau, who was investigated in 2009-2010 after allegations were made about him to police, including bid-rigging, drug use and misconduct. It was reopened this year.

Donnalee Lozeau also was investigated; neither has been charged with any crime.

Lehmann released the documents to The Telegraph of Nashua, which reports police believed David Lozeau was disclosing information about police informants and doing favors for friends by issuing low bail amounts for some suspects. Police Chief John Seusing confirmed this year’s investigation, citing a police memorandum about Lozeau’s behavior.

Donnalee Lozeau said Seusing reopened the investigation during tension between her and police over department contracts.

Veterans receive long overdue medals

MANCHESTER (AP) — Five New Hampshire veterans have been given their long overdue medals for service in Korea and Vietnam.

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., joined military officials at a ceremony Monday to present medals to Philip Meader, Ronald Lemire and Jim Keefe for their service in Vietnam, John Parker for his service in Korea and James Smith for his service in both conflicts. Altogether, the men received 17 medals and awards.

Shaheen said it was a privilege to honor such brave and selfless veterans.