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Commission examining New Hampshire’s high workers' compensation costs splits over plan to limit what medical providers can charge

Monday, November 24, 2014

Say two men show up at the same hospital on the same day with identical broken bones in their arms. But one fell out of a tree doing yard work at home, while the other fell off a ladder at work. Under New Hampshire’s current workers’ compensation system, the injured worker’s arm will cost far more to fix, a price discrepancy that is driving workers’ compensation insurance premiums sky high, …

Survey: N.H. retailers expect boost in holiday sales

Monday, November 24, 2014

A survey shows New Hampshire retailers are expecting holiday sales to be up 4.3 percent, slightly higher than the national expectation. The survey by the New Hampshire Retail Association says 77 percent of retailers are anticipating their 2014 holiday sales will be the same or better than last year. A total of 69 percent of respondents said that their 2014 inventory levels are …

Quirky brewers set to open ‘eclectic’ nanobrewery in Concord

Monday, November 24, 2014

To get a feel for what the Area 23 nanobrewery coming to Concord will be like, you needn’t look further than its name. If you ask Kevin Bloom, one of the co-owners, why it’s Area 23, he gives you his reason. “We took Area 51, (defunct New England discount store) Building 19½, divided …

Gas to average under $3 in 2015, government says

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The average price of gasoline will be below $3 a gallon in 2015, the government predicted yesterday. If the sharply lower estimate holds true, U.S. consumers will save $61 billion on gas compared with this year. In a …

Owner of Attitash, Crotched Mountain, Wildcat files $100 million IPO

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Peak Resorts, which operates Attitash, Crotched Mountain and Wildcat ski areas and 10 others in the Northeast and Midwest, announced terms for its initial public offering Monday. The Wildwood, Mo.-based company plans to raise $100 million by offering 10 million shares at a price range of $9 to …

New Hampshire nominees sought for small-business awards

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Small Business Administration is seeking nominees from New Hampshire for six small-business awards and two small-business champion awards, to be recognized during the 2015 National Small Business Week. Nominations are due Saturday. The categories: ∎ Small Business Person of the Year: For developing an outstanding, growing business; innovative …

Impact of ski industry on New Hampshire’s development to be subject of discussion

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Urban Land Institute of New Hampshire is hosting a moderated panel discussion and networking event about the ski industry’s impact on development in the Granite State. The program will be moderated by Jessyca Keeler, executive director of SkiNH. Panelists will include Dennis Pavlicek, town administrator of Newbury; …

Fred Fuller Oil customers should continue to receive fuel throughout bankruptcy proceedings, lawyer says

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fred Fuller Oil & Propane Co. trucks were making deliveries yesterday and will continue “servicing accounts in the ordinary course of business,” despite filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, a lawyer for the company said. Customers should receive their oil as usual throughout the reorganization and even …

Financial troubles continue for Fuller Oil as company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fred Fuller Oil and Propane Co., one of the state’s largest home-heating providers, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to records submitted yesterday in New Hampshire’s federal court. The filing comes after a financially troublesome year for Fuller and his Hudson-based company, which struggled last year to …

Brain Injury Association buys rectory from Christ the King Parish

Monday, November 10, 2014

Christ the King Parish has sold the rectory next to Sacred Heart Church in Concord to the Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire. The parish listed two of its three churches – Sacred Heart on Pleasant Street and St. Peter’s Church on North State Street – for sale …

Portsmouth tourism sparks concern over locals

Monday, November 10, 2014

Some Portsmouth officials are concerned that the city is becoming more of a tourist destination than a place for local residents to enjoy. The Portsmouth Herald reported Economic Development Commissioner Ron Zolla said some local businesses are struggling, noting the recent closure of a longtime shoe store on …

Obama calls for tougher internet regulation

Monday, November 10, 2014

President Obama yesterday embraced a radical change in how the government treats internet service, coming down on the side of consumer activists who fear slower download speeds and higher costs but angering Republicans and the nation’s cable giants …

GM ordered switches nearly 2 months before recall

Monday, November 10, 2014

Emails showing that General Motors ordered a half-million replacement ignition switches nearly two months before telling the government of a safety recall will be heavily scrutinized by federal prosecutors, who are investigating GM’s conduct, according to legal experts. …