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Economy added 173K jobs in August; unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent

Saturday, September 5, 2015

In the year that the U.S. economy was supposed to take off, an odd thing has happened: Americans are finding new jobs, but they aren’t finding employers willing to dole out meaningful pay increases. It’s the tension at the center of an economy that is only growing more perplexing as it enters a perilous autumn. Fresh data released Friday – showing unemployment at a seven-year low and a cooling pace …

PETERBOROugh: Hospital’s network crashes

Friday, September 4, 2015

A failed network switch pushed Monadnock Community Hospital back into the pre-computer era for four days this week, forcing it to close its surgery and radiology departments, send some patients to other hospitals, and run everything from the emergency room to birthing suite with paper and pen. “It’s a function of living in the world we do today. Everything is digital,” said Laura …

Group says IRS ruling could promote community solar projects

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A Vermont man who bought 10 solar panels as part of a jointly owned solar power project is poised to get 30 percent of his cost added to his income tax refund after the Internal Revenue Service ruled he could take the same tax credit used by some of the people who put …

Across U.S., many utilities are battling net metering

Friday, August 28, 2015

Net metering, which allows customers to sell excess electricity back to their local utility, was created in the 1990s and became a key component in launching the solar industry, especially for homes and small business. But in some …

Some say net metering cap could stifle solar industry’s growth

Friday, August 28, 2015

Warner officials have already picked two spots where they hope to construct large solar farms that will generate enough power to offset electricity costs for the town’s buildings. Once Warner covers the up-front costs, estimated at roughly $675,000, …

E-ZPass transponder issue was prodded by extra cost of processing drivers

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Two numbers are behind the ongoing brouhaha over E-ZPass transponders: 7 cents and 47 cents. Seven cents is how much it costs the state to process a vehicle when it goes through an E-ZPass lane with a working …

How do you know if your transponder’s dead? It’s not easy

Thursday, August 27, 2015

If your transponder is still working, there’s no need to replace it, even if it’s old and the deadline of Nov. 1 has passed. The problem is that it’s difficult to know whether any given transponder is still working. One indication comes on the monthly statement from E-ZPass, …

U.S. stocks surge, snapping 6-day losing streak

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Dow Jones industrial average rocketed more than 600 points Wednesday, its biggest gain in seven years, snapping a six-day losing streak that had Americans nervously checking their investment balances. While the surge came as a relief to …

US stocks extend losses as early rally fades

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Just when it looked as if the bleeding had stopped, it started up again. A rally in U.S. stocks evaporated in the minutes before the closing bell Tuesday, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 200 …

Police seek less-lethal weapons

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Police in more than 20 North American cities are testing the latest in less-lethal alternatives to bullets – “blunt impact projectiles” that cause suspects excruciating pain but stop short of killing them. Or at least that’s the goal. …

New day of carnage for financial markets amid global sell-off

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A worldwide selling frenzy Monday bruised U.S. stocks and sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunging nearly 600 points, as investors worried over China’s slowing economy extended a global-market meltdown. The Dow fell more than 1,000 points within six minutes, its largest single-day slump in history, before staggering …

Business people for Aug. 24, 2015

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Rosemary Heard, president of CATCH Neighborhood Housing, will be vice chairwoman of the board of directors for the Northern New England Housing Investment Fund, based in Portland, Maine. She has been a member of the board since 2010. …

Business notes for Aug. 24, 2015

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated the opening of the Franklin Studio in the historical Buell Building in Franklin. The nonprofit will sell coffee, pastries and New Hampshire-made gifts. Granite United Way received a gold level rating from GuideStar and a four-star rating from Charity Navigator. …