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Business people for Oct. 12, 2015

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Timothy Jones was hired at the new chief operating officer at Concord Hospital. Jones’s professional career includes 25 years of leadership experience in the health care industry, including seven years as a chief operating officer and chief executive officer at two Massachusetts health care organizations: Northern Berkshire Healthcare and Vanguard Health System’s Metrowest Medical Center, Leonard Morse Hospital. He also served 10 years as a radiation therapist. Pete Duval of Duvalteam Real Estate in Concord was named Realtor of the Year by the Capital Region Board of Realtors. He has been a residential and commercial Realtor for more than 15 years. Bill Binnie, president of …

Program helps N.H. businesses welcome Canadian tourists

Sunday, October 11, 2015

New Hampshire’s highway signs have long included the French word for welcome. Now, a program that started as a class project is helping businesses back up that blink-and-you’ll-miss-it message. “Bienvenue New Hampshire” offers marketing support, translation services, workshops and training videos to help the state’s tourism industry better connect with French-speaking visitors from …

Lower gas prices means no Social Security increase next year

Sunday, October 11, 2015

For just the third time in 40 years, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect no increase in benefits next year, unwelcome news for more than one-fifth of the nation’s population. They can blame low gas prices. By law, the annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, is based on …

Aerial seeding program turns to cover crops to promote fertile soil

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Farmers’ fields are nice and regular in the flat Midwest, but after a summer planting New England fields from a helicopter, Chris Thresher can confirm that we are definitely not the flat Midwest. “It’s more like an amoeba …

Plan to sell power plants could lead to higher electric rates, says PUC staff

Friday, September 25, 2015

A plan to auction off Eversource Energy’s New Hampshire power plants could increase customers’ electric rates and not result in long-term savings, according to staff at the Public Utilities Commission. Staff filed testimony with the PUC on Sept. …

Northern Pass headed back for environmental review

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The U.S. Department of Energy will reopen its environmental review of the controversial Northern Pass transmission line in order to study the project’s new route that would bury an additional 52 miles of the line beneath the White …

With greater need and fewer dollars, NH nonprofits compete for funds

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Friends Program in Concord used to receive more state funding for its four programs – a family homeless shelter, a foster grandparent program, a volunteer program for seniors and a youth mentoring program. But Executive Director Jerry Madden doesn’t like to reminisce. “I put a lot of …

Driving Sunday? Watch out for these NASCAR road closures

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Sylvania 300 NASCAR race in Loudon on Sunday afternoon is expected to attract more than 100,000 spectators and 37,700 vehicles. Traffic will be most congested late Sunday afternoon and into early evening, according to the state Department of Transportation. Route 106 changes ∎ Sunday morning, Route 106 will …

Volkswagen CEO steps down amid scandal

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned Wednesday, days after admitting that the world’s top-selling carmaker had rigged diesel emissions to pass U.S. tests during his tenure. No replacement was announced, and VW still has no easy exit from a …

VW CEO: ‘I am endlessly sorry’ brand is tarnished

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Volkswagen AG’s smog-test troubles escalated Tuesday as the company acknowledged putting stealth software in millions of vehicles worldwide. The scandal has now cost VW more than $26 billion in market value. Volkwagen stunningly admitted that some 11 million …

N.H. inventor of the first modern video game getting his due

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

It’s not entirely true, but perhaps not entirely false, to credit an indignant 8-year-old with public recognition of New Hampshire’s pivotal contribution to the video game industry. As his parents tell it, 8-year-old Alex Baer was taken to a talk in 2000 concerning the history of digital games, …

VW rocked by emissions scandal as prosecutors come calling

Monday, September 21, 2015

Volkswagen, the world’s top-selling automaker, lost a stunning 17.1 percent of its value Monday after admitting that it intentionally rigged nearly half a million cars to defeat U.S. smog tests. The Obama administration, meanwhile, announced it is expanding …

Apple withdraws some China apps after malware found

Monday, September 21, 2015

Apple Inc. has removed some applications from its App Store after developers in China were tricked into using software tools that added malicious code in an unusual security breach. Apple gave no details of which companies were affected. …