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Liberty Utilities expects customers will see higher electricity bills this winter

Monday, September 22, 2014

Liberty Utilities is expecting its customers’ electricity bills to increase this winter by nearly 50 percent. The utility is planning to double its energy charge to 15.4 cents per kilowatt-hour of electricity, from the current rate of 7.73 cents. Liberty announced yesterday that it filed with the state Public Utilities Commission seeking approval of the rate change, which would go into effect Nov. 1. The company has roughly 43,000 customers … 0

New company running New Hampshire National Guard support program

Monday, September 22, 2014

A program that helps New Hampshire National Guard members and their families won praise from a Defense Department official yesterday as it transitions to new management. The 7-year-old program helps individuals and families with suicide prevention, mental health care, employment and housing. Until recently, it was managed by the Department of Health and Human Services, the New Hampshire National Guard and Easter Seals … 0

Hundreds speak out on New York casino plans

Monday, September 22, 2014

Supporters and critics of proposals for an Albany area casino weighed in yesterday at the first of three days of public hearings on casinos planned for upstate New York. A state board reviewing 16 casino applications is expected to recommend up to four winners this fall, and supporters and opponents alike said this … 0

Home Depot breach affected 56M debit, credit cards

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Home Depot said yesterday that a data breach that lasted for months at its stores in the U.S. and Canada affected 56 million debit and credit cards, far more than a pre-Christmas 2013 attack on Target customers. The … 0

August unemployment rate unchanged from July, down from 2013

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New Hampshire’s preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 4.4 percent, unchanged from July. The August 2013 seasonally adjusted rate was 5.3 percent. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 6.1 percent, a decrease of 1.1 percentage points from August 2013. … 0

PSNH says overall electric bills may increase slightly

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Public Service of New Hampshire is anticipating that customers will see little change this winter in their overall electricity bills. But the state’s largest utility also cautions that its forecast, released yesterday, could change depending on the region’s volatile energy market and ongoing legal proceedings that could affect … 0

Concord company Geneia on the cutting edge of home health monitoring

Monday, September 15, 2014

With its little blinking lights and constant presence above her heart, @home is a reassuring presence in Heather Lavoie’s life. She’s hoping it will be that and more to people at high risk of hospitalization. Lavoie is a … 1

MapNH Health underscores looming changes in state’s medical needs

Monday, September 15, 2014

New Hampshire is getting older. It is also, by some measures, going to get sicker. Paying attention now to these and other demographic changes could help the Granite State avoid serious challenges in the coming decades, according to the recently released MapNH Health. Drawing on data from the … 0

’Minecraft’ could boost Microsoft’s mobile reach

Monday, September 15, 2014

Microsoft’s decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game Minecraft could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company. But the move carries risks, as gamers can … 0

Downtown: Hair salons trying to cut through competition

Sunday, September 14, 2014

In Christian Michael Salon on North Main Street in Concord, owner Brian Waldron mixed hair color as he described his business as an art. At Trilogy Hair Studio just up the road, co-owner Gina Rogers talked about previously working in Waldron’s studio and declared one of her specialties … 0

Global Impact: Concord-based The Water Project gets boost from ice bucket challenge

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The end of August is usually pretty slow for donations to The Water Project’s website. School is not in session, so no classes are raising money to help villages in Africa buy new wells. Church groups are quiet, … 0

Gibson’s wins Independent Spirit Award

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Gibson’s Bookstore recently won the 2014 Independent Spirit Award, sponsored by the Book Publishers Representatives of New England. The award recognizes excellence in a bookstore member of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and will be given at the group’s fall trade show in Providence, R.I., later this … 0

Forum on starting, growing a small business Sept. 30

Sunday, September 14, 2014

It takes more than water, sunlight and good soil to start and grow a small business. AARP, Small Business Administration and the Center for Women’s Business Advancement have convened a forum about the steps necessary to start or grow small businesses. The forum is scheduled for Sept. 30 … 0