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July 18. 2013 1:04PM

Fed's Beige Book sees only moderate economic growth in region

Few companies are hiring, though firms in technology and life sciences are adding jobs.



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Local governments wrangle for cash while patients await long-delayed medical marijuana

The New Hampshire Municipal Association and the city of Concord, along with others, have questioned the potential for the state’s medical marijuana dispensaries to evade paying property taxes since these locations would be 'not for profit entit(ies),' as outlined in the law.

Colebrook taxes are up 25% due to drop in assessed valuation

Local towns are announcing their property tax rates, and Colebrook property owners learned last week that their taxes have increased by just over 25 percent due to this year’s revaluation.

'Verbal slugfest' breaks out over Newport school

'There is no hidden agenda. All we want is a better education for our students,' Hennig said. At one point in the meeting, Hennig raised her voice as she responded to remarks coming from the audience.

AG joins lawsuit over sewer lines on Toyota land in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH — The attorney general's office is intervening in a Supreme Court case involving a city sewer line that runs under Toyota of Portsmouth land and Toyota dealer Jim Boyle's $10 million demand for the city's use of his property.

Tillotson pulls first glove on Nov. 11 after manufacturing moved from former Balsams plant

As part of the manufacturing and marketing plan, their company, Tillotson Performance Polymers, LLC, has joined forces with two other enterprises: a new non-profit corporation in Colebrook, the Great North Woods Association for the Blind, who will package the gloves.

Vermont Yankee announces 48 N.H. layoffs ahead of plant closure

Vermont Yankee has announced its official layoff numbers ahead of the nuclear power plant’s closing at the end of the year: 165 people will lose their jobs in January, and 48 of them live in New Hampshire.

Police allege Portsmouth mechanic painted rather than replaced parts

PORTSMOUTH — A mechanic working at Monro Muffler is charged with a crime alleging he billed a customer for the replacement of shock absorbers, but instead spray-painted the old shocks black and reinstalled them.

BAE in Nashua wins $206M in work on F-35 and another $20M for electronic countermeasures

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $4,123,746,486 modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive firm-target contract (N00019-13-C-0008) for the production of 43 Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot VIII F-35 Lightning II aircraft. 5% of the work will be performed in Nashua.

WBIN-TV drops ‘Cosby Show’ over sex assault allegations

DERRY – Allegations of rape against Bill Cosby have led Derry-based WBIN-TV to drop “The Cosby Show” from its schedule.

Interest in Berlin-born silent film star renewed by trophy found at swap meet

Long forgotten, Cody grew up in Berlin as Louis Joseph Cote. But recently, his story has come to light because of a silver-plated trophy purchased at a swap meet.

Weare man's obituary brings laughter to others, comfort to family article

A man from Weare is getting attention from across the country because of what family members said about him after he died.

Ex-pharmacist may face sanctions from his past

Kyle Harriman, 33, pleaded guilty in 2013 to stealing drugs from the Plymouth pharmacy where he worked and received jail sentences that were both deferred and suspended on the condition he continue substance abuse treatment and remain on good behavior.

2nd man indicted in credit card theft that involving police officer

HAVERHILL — A second Laconia man has been indicted by a Grafton County grand jury for his role in the June 2013 theft of a credit card that ended up in the hands of a close family member of a former Tilton police corporal.

Fitzwilliam resident crowing about need for a rooster crackdown

FITZWILLIAM — A Richmond Road resident is so fed up with the rooster who was crowing next door he’s proposing an ordinance to ensure he and others can live in peace.

Shipyard fire drills ramp up after Navy report blaming lax practices for destruction of $900M USS Miami

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Firefighters at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard train regularly for industrial blazes, but mandates after a huge submarine fire call for an annual drill that's more extensive than anything done before.

Seabrook police chief defends calling off SWAT team as union presses for him to be fired

SEABROOK — Police Chief Lee Bitomske says he wouldn’t change "anything" about the way he handled a recent 10-hour armed standoff, although he admitted while speaking publicly Friday for the first time about it that he could’ve kept in better contact with his officers and taken other additional steps near the end of the incident.

FAA approves $167K a year in fees for Lebanon Airport passengers

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Nashua defense contractor wins $97M contract to help Iraq fight ISIS

The sale of APKWS will increase the Iraqi Army Aviation Command's ability to carry out operations against terrorist forces while significantly reducing risk to civilians. The principal contractor will be BAE Systems in Nashua, New Hampshire.

NHPUC approves sale of New Hampshire Gas Corporation

Liberty Utilities (EnergyNorth Natural Gas) Corp. (EnergyNorth) is a public utility that provides natural gas service to approximately 86,000 customers in southern and central New Hampshire and in Berlin.

NRC inspection finds three violations at Seabrook plant

The report — which was not released due to security issues — documents three violations for which the NRC is exercising enforcement discretion, requiring corrective action to restore compliance.


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