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FILE - In this June 4, 2014 file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. A Republican majority would usher in major changes in committee leadership, with political opposites replacing the current Democratic chairmen and setting a markedly different agenda from the past eight years of Democratic control. The size of a Republican majority would determine committee ratios and budgets; more seats in the Senate translate into a greater advantage on the panels.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

A Republican Senate means changing the chairmen

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

If Republicans win the Senate, the Pentagon should brace for constant grilling from Sen. John McCain, who has found fault with nearly every aspect of President Obama’s national security policies. McCain would be on tap to serve as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee if the GOP wrests majority control from the Democrats in next month’s midterm elections. The …

FairPoint accuses striking workers of intimidation

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

FairPoint Communications is accusing striking workers of intimidating contractors and employees and said automated phone-jamming attempted to disrupt call centers. The company said yesterday that it’s sent a letter to the Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, asking them to stop any members from engaging in activities aimed at disruption or intimidation. The two unions called the allegations “spurious …

Not so fast cordcutters — cable’s not going anywhere

Monday, October 20, 2014

Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. Customers tired of paying big fees for hundreds of channels they never watch just to have access to a few favorite shows might be expected …

Connecticut company wanted state funding to move to New Hampshire after buying Beede

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The company that purchased longtime Penacook manufacturer Beede Electrical Instruments would have moved all operations to New Hampshire had the state provided more incentives, an executive said. The state of Connecticut offered Thomas G. Faria Corp. – now Faria Beede Instruments Inc. – 50 percent forgiveness on a …

Workshops for human resources, business leaders being held in Concord

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Human Resources Association of Greater Concord will hold its monthly meeting at 7:45 a.m., on Thursday in the Maine Room at 2 Delta Drive. The meeting will include a panel presentation about free programs and services offered by the NH Division of Economic Development. Panelists will include: …

September unemployment rates down in New Hampshire, nationally

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New Hampshire’s unemployment rate for September 2014 fell to 4.3 percent, from the August rate of 4.4 percent. The September 2013 rate was 5.2 percent. The number of unemployed New Hampshire residents decreased to 32,150 – 6,740 fewer unemployed than in September 2013. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment …

Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire work extends beyond Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

First of all, what is domestic violence? That’s the question Bianca Monroe posed to a roomful of health and student service staff last Friday at Pembroke Academy. And it’s one of several ruminations she hopes people across the …

New Hampshire businesses react to potential electrical rate hikes

Monday, October 13, 2014

Bill Lustig just bought a new multipurpose machine for his shop, Sign-A-Rama in Concord. It runs, like every other machine in the shop – the computer where he designs signs, the printer and plotter that cuts vinyl and the vacuum that helps him remove dust from the custom …

How Frenchman’s Nobel research could aid consumers

Monday, October 13, 2014

U.S. consumers might be paying less than they are for cable and internet access if regulators had followed the guidance of Jean Tirole in promoting industry competition. So say experts in assessing the work of Tirole, a 61-year-old …

Downtown: Main Street construction starts in Eagle Square

Monday, October 13, 2014

From her side of the large window at Salon Envy, owner Paula Blais has a clear view of passers-by tripping over broken bricks in Eagle Square. And for as many times as she’s been a witness, she’s tripped over those same bricks herself. So when contractor Severino Trucking …

Concord company profile: Louis Karno and Co. named fastest-growing family-owned business in N.H.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Every year has been a pretty good year, says Jayme Simoes, since 1999, when he started his own public relations and communications firm in Concord, Louis Karno and Co. But 2013 was a very good year, as noted …

Business people for Oct. 13, 2014

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Emily Rice of Bernstein Shur law firm recently was selected by the Campaign for Legal Services as campaign chairwoman. She will lead the campaign’s volunteer fundraising committee, the Campaign Leadership Council. Rice focuses on defense of commercial, professional …

Business notes for Oct. 13, 2014

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Stone Environmental Inc. recently opened an office at 18 N. Main St. in Concord. Bette Nowak recently was hired as a senior project manager and Andrew Fuller is now a project geologist. Joseph Schmidl, senior geologist, also joins the staff. Stone Environmental provides scientific tools, information and analyses …