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Acting health commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker presents the department's findings on hydraulic fracturing during a cabinet meeting at the Capitol on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. At right is environmental conservation commissioner Joseph Martens. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration will move to prohibit fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom in Pennsylvania and other nearby states, has banned shale gas development since 2008, when …

MOscow: Ruble collapse shakes Russians

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin faces a major new challenge after a catastrophic fall in the value of the ruble, which hit a new low yesterday despite the Central Bank’s desperate efforts to halt the selling. Putin’s popularity has been based on oil-driven economic growth that has helped increase incomes during his 15-year rule. …

PSNH plans to raise rates by 7 percent

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Public Service of New Hampshire plans to raise electric rates by 7 percent this winter, a moderate increase compared with hikes as high as 40 percent or more from other utilities. In a request filed with the Public Utilities Commission yesterday, PSNH proposes to increase its energy charge to 10.56 cents per kilowatt-hour from the current rate of 9.87 cents. If approved by …

Sierra Leone: Doctors on strike for better treatment

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Junior doctors in Sierra Leone went on strike Monday to demand better treatment for health workers infected with Ebola, a health official said. The association representing junior doctors asked the government to make sure life-saving equipment, like dialysis machines, is available to treat infected doctors. The government has …

Four generations help drive business at Hobo Railroad in Lincoln

Monday, December 8, 2014

The two elves parading through the aisles of the Santa Express train in Lincoln weren’t going to sneak up on anyone. Sisters Jillian and Kaitlin Clark, who were a whirl of green and red fabric and gold bells, …

Natural gas pipeline path through New Hampshire formally introduced to feds

Monday, December 8, 2014

Energy giant Kinder Morgan has officially filed its proposal to run more than 70 miles of natural gas pipeline through 17 communities in southern New Hampshire. The 36-inch pipe will enter New Hampshire from Massachusetts in Winchester, according to company paperwork filed yesterday. It will then run east …

Business notes for Dec. 8, 2014

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Capital Region Food Program recently received an $8,400 grant from the Lincoln Financial Foundation. The grant will support the Year-Round Distribution Project efforts to provide baby items to partner agencies. Concord Hospital recently achieved new goals in information technology to improve care in an effort called “Meaningful …

Business people for Dec. 8, 2014

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Tia Belliveau recently was selected as store manager for TD Bank’s Hillsboro location. She has 27 years of banking experience and came to TD Bank in 2007 as head teller, later serving as store supervisor then assistant store …

The Everyday Cafe adds ‘pub’ to its name, now serves beer and wine

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Everyday Cafe was open until 4 p.m. at its former location, but when it moved to a larger space, the restaurant added “pub” to its name and extended its hours until “wheneva,” as employees’ T-shirts say. About …

Family Dollar suitors offer differing views on FTC approval odds

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Dollar Tree and Dollar General on Friday criticized each others’ plans to take over Family Dollar Stores Inc. while saying that their own bids are making progress toward winning regulatory approval. Dollar Tree said in a statement that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has indicated it would need …

Body-camera companies celebrate Obama’s plan to outfit more police officers with tech

Sunday, December 7, 2014

President Obama’s call this past week to spend $75 million to outfit America’s police departments with body cameras was celebrated as a move toward officer accountability after the killing of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo. Suddenly the fledgling body-camera industry stands to make a fortune off police …

Millennials aren’t job hopping as much as previous generations. Why that’s bad.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Amanda Healy has worked for three companies in the last three years. She’s had her current job as a marketing manager for TIBCO Software for about eight months – and she hopes to stay there for the long run. But her stint at her previous employer lasted only …

Messaging, and timing, key to public relations for labor actions like FairPoint, Market Basket

Sunday, December 7, 2014

At the bottom of it, both the FairPoint worker strike and the Market Basket boycott are labor actions: employees pressuring corporate bosses to prevent cuts to wages and benefits. Why, then, did the Market Basket meltdown this summer …