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Bill easing contracts for small firms advances

Monday, March 30, 2015

The House Small Business Committee last week approved a comprehensive package of measures aimed at funneling more government work to small businesses. The effort comes after federal agencies last year met their annual goal of delivering 23 percent of contracting funds to small businesses, the first time since 2005 that the government hit its target. However, the money appears to be flowing to fewer businesses in the form of larger …

Technology is making us tip more than ever

Monday, March 30, 2015

By now, you’ve probably experienced it: After grabbing a cup of espresso, buying some ice cream or taking a cab, you swipe your credit card and prepare to sign – but you’re thrown a curve ball. The payment screen prompts you to make a decision about a tip you weren’t planning to give …

RadioShack dissident creditor preparing new bid for assets

Monday, March 30, 2015

A creditor fighting RadioShack Corp.’s plan to sell more than 1,700 stores to its largest shareholder is preparing a new bid for the electronics retailer’s assets. Anthony Clark, a lawyer for lender Salus Capital Partners, told a bankruptcy judge Friday in Delaware that his client was preparing a new offer for the assets. The attorney said he’s prepared to discuss the details with …

Rudman Center advisers looking to future, building on momentum

Saturday, March 28, 2015

When he learned the state’s flagship university wanted to dedicate a public policy center in his name, former U.S. senator Warren Rudman said there was no greater mission than to train future leaders to seek justice, serve their country and work together for the common good. The late …

Legislators sip on bill to allow alcohol samples at NH farmers markets

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The India Pale Ale from Canterbury Ale Works has dominant floral and citrus notes from cascade hops, a classic hop-driven East Coast IPA. But you wouldn’t know that if you wanted to try a little at a farmers …

NASA’s liftoff a success

Saturday, March 28, 2015

NASA’s launch yesterday went off without a hitch. At 3:42 p.m., U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly left the ground at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and headed to the International Space Station in a Soyuz rocket. With no delays and all systems working perfectly, NASA’s mission control seemed calm …

Rome: High court overturns murder conviction

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Italy’s highest court yesterday overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend in the 2007 slaying of Knox’s roommate, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case that captivated trial-watchers on both sides of the Atlantic. …

Arizona: Internet outages reveal gaps in U.S. broadband infrastructure

Saturday, March 28, 2015

When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards and even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the …

detroit: Autopsies reveal that children found in freezer had been beaten to death

Saturday, March 28, 2015

A brother and sister whose bodies were found in a deep freezer in their Detroit home had been beaten to death, autopsies determined yesterday, painting a more complete picture of the horrors that unfolded inside the home for …

Review of campus sexual misconduct policies in NH finds gaps

Friday, March 27, 2015

Lawyers who reviewed how New Hampshire’s public universities and colleges handle sexual harassment and other misconduct said yesterday the schools must address specific gaps in policies and practices while also making broader efforts to create a safe campus culture. University System of New Hampshire officials asked attorneys at …

Senate bill would add 30-day residency requirement to vote

Friday, March 27, 2015

New Hampshire voters would be required to live in the state for 30 days prior to voting if a bill passed by the Senate on Thursday goes into effect. The bill’s supporters called it a reasonable effort to avoid “drive-by” voting and other voter fraud, but its opponents …

4-year-old’s death outside day care leads to bill

Friday, March 27, 2015

A year after a 4-year-old girl died outside her day care after her coat got stuck on a branch and choked her, the New Hampshire House has approved a bill that would increase penalties for providers accused of negligence. The bill was created in memory of Willa Shine …

Closed waste-to-energy incinerator up for sale

Friday, March 27, 2015

An incinerator that had turned trash from New Hampshire and Vermont into energy is up for sale. Wheelabrator Technologies stopped accepting waste at its Claremont facility in 2013 after 27 years of operation. The company says it plans to sell the incinerator by April 13. If a sale …