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I.B.E.W. union members and employees of FairPoint Communications strike outside of company buildings in Concord on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Ten weeks in, striking FairPoint workers, supporters rally on State House lawn

Friday, December 19, 2014

Roughly 200 people marched and chanted outside the State House this afternoon, including striking employees of FairPoint Communications, and one man dressed as Santa Claus. “All I want for Christmas is a fair contract,” read many of their signs. Nearly 2,000 FairPoint workers in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont have been on strike since October, claiming the company won’t negotiate …

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard hiring 715 workers

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is hiring more than 700 workers to deal with an increase in work as the Navy aims to reduce maintenance delays, particularly on nuclear submarines, officials said. The hiring of 715 workers will boost the shipyard workforce from 4,700 to 5,200 civilian employees, once attrition is factored in, Capt. William …

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 …

Tech summit addresses industry’s lack of diversity

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and Latinos at companies renowned as great places to work. Now comes Diversity 2.0 …

Franklin businessman plans to apply for medical marijuana dispensary license

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Franklin business owner Paul Morrissette of Loudon has his eyes on a new venture, one he thinks will provide a remedy to the city’s ailing downtown: a medical marijuana dispensary. Morrissette is working with a subsidiary of MariMed Advisors of Massachusetts in anticipation of the state Department of …

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 …