Blue Cross coverage to end March 2 at Exeter Hospital

New Hampshire insurance officials have denied a request from a Seacoast hospital to extend coverage for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield members through the end of April.

The Manchester Union Leader says that means Anthem coverage at Exeter Hospital for nonemergency care will end March 2, since the two failed to renew a contract.

Anthem and the hospital are in a dispute over the cost of services at the hospital.

Anthem argues the hospital needs to lower its rates. The hospital says lowering rates will compromise care.


Carbon monoxide leak kills one, sickens eight others

A propane wall heater apparently leaked poisonous carbon monoxide into a Vermont ski chalet Friday, killing a Massachusetts man who owned the home and sickening eight others, police said.

Nine people were staying at the Killington chalet when police received a 911 call at 4:40 a.m. requesting medical assistance.

Edward Lappen, 60, of Cohasset, Mass., was declared dead at a Rutland hospital Friday morning, Vermont State Police said.

His wife was taken by helicopter to the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where she was listed in fair condition Friday afternoon.

The seven others were treated at Rutland Regional Medical Center. A hospital spokesman would not say if they were released.

Police suspect the wall heater in the basement was the source of the gas. The heater was tested and found to be leaking high levels of carbon monoxide from multiple cracks, said state police Lt. Jim Cruise.

The chalet had no carbon monoxide detectors, which warn people of unhealthy or dangerous levels of the odorless gas before poisoning symptoms occur, police said.


Panel wants Brown to halt investment in HEI Hotels

A Brown University panel is recommending the school no longer invest in HEI Hotels and Resorts over concerns about labor rights violations.

The Brown University Advisory Committee on Corporate Responsibility in Investment Policy announced Dec. 14 that it had sent the recommendation to Brown President Ruth Simmons.

According to the committee, though HEI has not been found guilty of any violations of the National Labor Relations Act, there’s “a persistent pattern” of allegations that the company treats workers poorly and interferes with unionization efforts.

HEI’s human resources head, Nigel Hurst, said the company has never tried to stop employees from unionizing. And he said the company’s independent surveys and strong retention rates show high employee job satisfaction.


Radioactive device recovered from robbery

Police have recovered a “nuclear density device” that contains a tiny amount of radioactive material after thieves allegedly swiped it during a robbery in Bloomfield.

The device measures density in soil and is only dangerous if broken or mishandled. But police say the two men who took it Thursday from an employee of MT Group in Wallingford, which owns the device, had no idea what it was.

Police say they found the device intact after locating the employee’s car, which was also taken in the robbery.