Upcoming New Hampshire news from The Associated Press for Monday, Jan. 13, 2014:
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LINCOLN — Farming is tough during a New Hampshire winter — unless you’re growing icicles. At the base of Loon Mountain in Lincoln, an ice castle not unlike the frosty palace in the Disney movie “Frozen” is rising from the ground, one icicle at a time. It’s one of three ice castles being built by the same company — the others are in Breckinridge, Colo., and Midway, Utah — this winter. By Holly Ramer. SENT: , photos.
— GAS PRICES-NH — 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.
— ACCOUNTABLE CARE — 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.
— GUN CONTROL — A bill that would limit access to guns in New Hampshire to people who have been judged by a court to be mentally ill faces a hearing in a Senate committee Tuesday. The bill is being considered in the aftermath of deadly shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and the Washington Navy Yard.
— UNH-RECREATION CENTER FIRE — Firefighters are investigating a fire in the men’s locker room at the University of New Hampshire’s campus recreation center. The fire was reported at about 8:40 p.m. Sunday at the Hamel Recreation Center.
— OIL DEALER-HOTLINE — A New Hampshire home heating oil company says it has caught up on backlogged orders more than a week after it experienced delivery problems. Meanwhile, an emergency hotline for customers of Fred Fuller Oil Co. set up by Gov. Maggie Hassan’s office is still operating for now. A spokesman for Hassan said Friday it will continue to be available until state officials are confident response times are sufficient to ensure the health and safety of customers.
— WINTER-ROAD BUDGET — Ten weeks into the 24-week winter season, New Hampshire has spent a little over half of its $40 million budget for roads. WMUR-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1cVfKdE) crews have used 78,000 tons of salt on the roads. Much of the cost to the state also comes from overtime; many storms happened during off-hours, forcing a higher pay rate for drivers.
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