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FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2012, file photo, Claire E. Rutledge, assistant entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, holds an emerald ash borer at the baseball field at Canfield Park in Prospect, Conn. Forest stewards in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine are taking other steps to track and reduce the spread of the beetle, including a ban on moving untreated firewood from state to state. (Laraine Weschler/Republican-American, via AP, File)

Northern New England states fight, track invasive bugs

Friday, July 3, 2015

Ever vigilant, researchers in Northern New England have added more tools to help them track the spread of an invasive beetle that has destroyed millions of ash trees. Dangling this year from tree branches all over New Hampshire and Vermont are horizontal chains of bright-green funnels designed to attract and catch the emerald ash borer. The traps join the now-familiar …

U.S. employers add 223K jobs; jobless rate falls to 5.3 pct.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

U.S. employers added a solid 223,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent, a seven-year low. But wages failed to budge, and other barometers of the job market paint a mixed picture. The unemployment rate fell from 5.5 percent in May, the Labor Department said Thursday. But the rate …

Obama to expand overtime eligibility for millions of workers

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Obama administration plans to raise the wages of millions of Americans who work more than 40 hours a week by requiring employers to pay them overtime. Workers who earn as much as $970 a week would have to be paid overtime even if they’re classified as a manager or professional, according to a plan outlined by the Department of Labor on Tuesday. …

N.H. Senate President Chuck Morse calls for review of ‘circumstances surrounding’ Liquor Commission’s $2.5M settlement

Monday, June 8, 2015

Senate President Chuck Morse is asking the Legislature to review the “circumstances surrounding” the state Liquor Commission’s $2.5 million settlement with Law Warehouses Inc. Morse, a Salem Republican, called for the review yesterday, and said he expects hearings to be open to the public and held in July. …

Hassan signs into law shellfish restoration bill

Monday, June 8, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed into law a bill that would allow the Fish and Game Department the closing of clam, oyster and other bivalve area for restoration efforts in the Great Bay. Hassan said Monday the measure will help ensure the sustainability of shellfish restoration projects and …

Downtown: Work Nest aims to provide ‘a nice home base’ for professionals to work, collaborate

Sunday, June 7, 2015

An entrepreneur. A nonprofit. A graphic designer. All of the above could soon set up shop at Work Nest, a co-working space set to open in August or September. Ben Kelley, himself a 29-year-old Concord professional, plans to sell more than 30 memberships to the shared office. Kelley …

Rolling With the changes: Segway tours are Vermont retail complex owner’s latest business reinvention

Sunday, June 7, 2015

On a whiteboard in Gary Neil’s cluttered office above the Cabot Quechee Store at the Quechee Gorge Village shopping mall on Route 4 is scrawled a reminder: “QGV is in reality part of a much larger natural attraction.” …

Poll: N.H. Residents feel better about finances, not U.S. economy

Sunday, June 7, 2015

A new poll shows New Hampshire residents feel they are better off financially than they were a year ago, but they’re not as optimistic about the national economy. The findings are based on the latest Business and Industry Association Report on Consumer Confidence, conducted by the University of …

Do-it-yourself economy hires 1 million U.S. entrepreneurs

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Entrepreneurial activity in the United States is on the rise. The number of self-employed workers surged by 370,000 in May, according to the U.S. Labor Department’s survey of households released Friday. And nearly 1 million workers have gone to work for themselves since just February. The number of …

App reviews: Brickies game; Skyscanner lodging locator

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Another brick in the wall Brickies is a take on the classic brick-breaker game and provides familiar fun without getting boring. Phone (or even calculator) gamers should recognize the basics: You have a ball. There are some bricks. You bounce the ball off the bricks. Simple. In a …

Working 9 to 5 becoming a less popular way to make a living

Sunday, June 7, 2015

If you want an income, or you’re an employer looking for help, it may be time to scrap the idea of the traditional 9-to-5 arrangement. For workers, it’s become easier and less risky to go solo. Affordable health insurance plans, which kept many workers shackled to traditional jobs, …

For sale in CHICHESTER: Ideal location for a gracious home

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Welcome home to this two- story colonial on Wexford Drive, off popular Connemara Drive in Malachy Glen, Chichester, part of the Merrimack River watershed, located just east of Concord. Here you will find the convenience of city life …

CONCORD: Pieces put in place

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Trees. Benches. Lampposts. These amenities began to appear on North Main Street last week as part of the ongoing downtown redesign. “This is kind of giving us a flavor of what it’s going to look like,” project spokesman …