In Brief

Saturday April 6, 2013

N.H.governor, GOP
at odds over
health overhaul

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Republican lawmakers are complaining that Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan is cutting them out of New Hampshire’s implementation the federal health care overhaul law, but the governor’s office insists she’s willing to work with them.

The Republican-controlled Legislature passed a law last year prohibiting the state from creating its own insurance marketplace, so Hassan is pursuing a partnership with the federal government. Republican members of a legislative oversight committee complained Friday that Hassan is walking away from her promise to present the committee with a detailed, written agreement on how the partnership will work, but Hassan’s spokesman said that is not the case.

Workers fired after students denied lunch

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) -- A food service company spokesman it has fired four employees after 25 students at a Massachusetts school were denied lunches this week because the students’ prepaid accounts ran low. Todd Shapiro, a spokesman for Islandia, N.Y.-based Whitsons Culinary Group, said Friday it has "zero tolerance for any individual who leaves a child hungry."

The lunch decision had outraged parents, who said some students at Coelho Middle School in Attleboro cried after being told they couldn’t eat. Company officials said it was a violation of its policy and apologized.

At a news conference Friday, Holly Van Seggern, vice president for marketing, said the company would give free lunch to all Coelho students for three days next week and also host a barbeque for students and families at a later time.

Nashua airport tower staying open for now

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) -- For now, the air traffic control tower will still be staffed at the municipal airport in Nashua, N.H.

The airport is losing federal funding for control tower operations as a result of the automatic spending cuts, known as sequestration. The Nashua Airport Authority says it has signed a month-to-month agreement with Midwest Air Traffic Control Services to help pay for controllers and other expenses.

But that might not take effect right away. The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday it will delay the closure of the 149 control tower operations until at least June. The authority estimates it costs about $34,000 a month to run the tower.


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