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NHES again denies unemployment claims from FairPoint workers who striked; unions plan to appeal

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The FairPoint Communications strike is over, but the fallout is not. New Hampshire Employment Security this week denied appeals from workers in two unions representing hundreds of FairPoint employees in the state who participated in a six-month strike that ended in February. The original denial in November had been appealed by FairPoint workers who applied for unemployment assistance when the strike started. State law prohibits the state from disclosing information …

Infographic: NH unemployment on steady decline

Saturday, April 18, 2015

New Hampshire’s unemployment rate in March dipped to 4.2 percent, down .3 percentage points from February and .7 percentage points from March 2014. The rate isn’t adjusted for seasonal employment, according to New Hampshire Employment Security. The labor force also grew by 2,000 to an estimated 745,880. New Hampshire’s unemployment has consistently been …

Northern Pass aims to complete state permitting process by end of 2016

Saturday, April 18, 2015

An Eversource Energy official said yesterday he hopes the Northern Pass project will clear the state permitting process by the end of 2016. Before it files with the state, the controversial electric transmission project is waiting for the U.S. Department of Energy to release its draft federal permit, scheduled to come out this spring. Northern Pass then plans to finalize its proposed route, …

3 countries investigate fishing slavery reported by AP

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Officials from three countries are traveling to remote islands in eastern Indonesia to investigate how thousands of foreign fishermen were abused and forced into catching seafood that could end up in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. A …

Unitil responding to outage in Concord, which knocked out power to medical facilities

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Almost 1,100 Unitil customers in Concord, including some medical facilities and offices, were briefly without power yesterday afternoon. An electrical wire went down near a pole on Pleasant Street at 1:18 p.m., according to Unitil. By 1:57 p.m., …

Google releases $149 computer

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Google is releasing its cheapest Chromebook laptops yet, two versions priced at $149 aimed at undercutting Microsoft’s Windows franchise and gaining ground in even more classrooms. Various PC manufacturers have been working with Google to design lightweight laptops …

Anti-gun billboard in Boston coming down, to be replaced by dozens elsewhere

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A giant anti-gun billboard that’s stood along the Massachusetts Turnpike for 20 years is coming down, but its message is being spread to three dozen new locations. New highway signs being installed across the state this week will …

Gas prices go down a bit more in New Hampshire

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Gas prices in New Hampshire have fallen 2.4 cents per gallon in the past week, to average of $2.30., which surveyed 875 gas stations in the state, said that’s 3 cents less than the national average, which went down slightly to $2.43 a gallon. Gas prices in …

Business people for March 30, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

Dr. Joshua White recently joined Concord Hospital Medical Group’s Infectious Disease and International Travel Clinic practice. He specializes in the management of HIV, Hepatitis C and c. difficile colitis. Donna Alley of Concord was recently hired by North …

Business notes for March 30, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Capital Region Food Program recently distributed 2.6 tons of food to 16 area social service agencies, food programs and church groups. Lincoln Financial Foundation distributed $88,000 in grants to area arts groups, including $14,000 to the Concord Community Music School, $20,000 to the Capitol Center for the …

Falling property value of Steeplegate Mall affects everyone in Concord

Monday, March 30, 2015

In February of last year, Steeplegate Mall was Concord’s second-largest taxpayer at an assessed value of $52 million. Now, the city’s assessing database values the Loudon Road mall at just $30 million. The property has slipped to the …

Bill easing contracts for small firms advances

Monday, March 30, 2015

The House Small Business Committee last week approved a comprehensive package of measures aimed at funneling more government work to small businesses. The effort comes after federal agencies last year met their annual goal of delivering 23 percent of contracting funds to small businesses, the first time since …

Technology is making us tip more than ever

Monday, March 30, 2015

By now, you’ve probably experienced it: After grabbing a cup of espresso, buying some ice cream or taking a cab, you swipe your credit card and prepare to sign – but you’re thrown a curve ball. The payment …