New England in Brief
New Hampshire governor candidates mix it up in debate
DERRY, N.H. (AP) -- Gambling, guns and Medicare were among the issues aired as New Hampshire gubernatorial candidates Maggie Hassan and Ovide Lamontagne met in a televised debate.
Their differences Monday night became most evident on health care. They differed over a U.S. Supreme Court decision that allows states to opt out of the Medicaid expansions as part of the Affordable Care Act.
Lamontagne, a Republican, opposes the health care law and wants to use money from opting out to build a high-risk pool with private insurers.
Democrat Hassan accused Lamontagne of "not being straight-forward" in saying he would opt out of the federal contribution toward Medicaid.
The two also tangled on education funding, taxes and privatization of state services.
Gov. John Lynch, who is not seeking a fifth term, is expected to endorse Hassan on Tuesday.
Missing N.H. boy found safe
HENNIKER, N.H. (AP) -- A 3 1/2-year-old Hillsborough, N.H., boy who was reported missing has been found safe.
The boy had last been seen Monday morning. At 2:30 p.m., Raymond Aucoin, a farmer in Henniker, saw the boy standing near a tractor and crying.
Police say Aucoin drove the boy back to the home where he was staying, about 1.5 miles away. Police say the boy got lost when he was playing outside a home his family was visiting.
Police sent out reverse calls and text and email alerts to people in a 4-mile radius as they began their search with fire officials and members of the Fish and Game Department.
Rally planned against bullying in N.H.
KEENE, N.H. (AP) -- A candlelight vigil and rally against bullying is being held later this month in Keene, N.H.
The Spirit Rally is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the city’s central square. It’s sponsored by AIDS Services of the Monadnock Region. Participants are asked to wear purple.
The rally is to send a message opposing bullying and teen suicides caused by anti-gay bullying.
2 more West Nile cases in Mass.
BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts health officials say two more human cases of mosquito-borne West Nile virus have been confirmed, bringing the season total to 22.
The Department of Public Health said Tuesday the new cases are a woman in her 60s and a man in his 70s, both recovering. Both are from the greater Boston area.
One person has died of West Nile this year. Last year there were six human cases.
People are urged to continue precautions until the first hard frost. West Nile mosquitoes have been found in 109 communities in 9 counties, and the state is on track to have more infected mosquitoes since the illness was first seen here in 2000.
TD Bank notifies customers of data loss
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- TD Bank is notifying some East Coast customers that it lost data containing confidential customer information but it won’t say how many customers have been affected.
Backup computer tapes that were being transferred between TD bank locations were lost in March.
TD Bank spokeswoman Rebecca Acevedo said that at no time was there a security breach or evidence that the data has been used inappropriately.
The bank is sending letters to the customers whose data was lost and offering them free credit monitoring and identity theft protection
Gardiner offers free rent to bolster downtown
GARDINER, Maine (AP) -- Businesses that move into empty storefronts in downtown Gardiner are being offered two months’ worth of free rent.
The business development group Gardiner Main Street, landlords who own the space, and the city are collaborating on the program known as Project Pop-Up in the hopes of revitalizing the downtown.
Patrick Wright, executive director of Gardiner Main Street, says the goal is not just to fill the space for November and December, but to attract long-term tenants.
The City Council voted last month to waive any applicable fees for businesses accepted in the program through Jan. 1.
Gardiner Main Street received one application from an art and craft store as of Friday, but Wright says he’s heard interest from a few other businesses.
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