The State Employees Association is sending negotiators back to the bargaining table, after a tentative agreement had been reached with the state. The $35 million agreement would give state workers their first raise in 5 years, but requires state employees to pay health care deductibles for the first time.
Staff from the state’s Division of Economic Development along with five New Hampshire small businesses are drumming up sales at the 50th International Paris Air Show this week.
It’s been thunder storming in Paris – that’s the word from the state’s Division of Economic Development. Two of their staff are attending the Paris Air Show this week along with five New Hampshire companies: Corfin in Salem; Transupport in Merrimack; TechResources of Milford; Wire Technologies of Lisbon and RDF Corp of Hudson.
State employees may be getting their first raises in 5 years, after labor unions reached tentative agreements with the state Tuesday night.
Wages will rise 1.5 percent this July, then 2.25 percent in both 2014 and 2015. But, workers will have to contribute to their dental plans, and pay a gradually increasing health insurance deductible.
That is: IF union leadership signs off on the agreements. State Employees Association president Diana Lacey says the master bargaining team will present the agreement to her union’s leadership Thursday night:
The historic Moffat-Ladd House in Portsmouth is celebrating its 250th anniversary on Saturday.
There will be costumed skits, weaving demonstrations, and an heirloom plant sale at the mansion, which was built in 1763 by merchant and timber trader, John Moffat. The house was built for his son Samuel, whose bad business decisions led him to flee to the Caribbean just five years after the house was built. It then went to his wife’s family.
Museum director Barbara Ward says the mansion’s windows and clapboarding is undergoing restoration:
New Hampshire Fish and Game is out angling for future fishermen. With annual fishing licenses at $35 for state residents and $53 for nonresidents, Mark Beauchesne at the department says some people want to try it before they buy it.
But, he says, once they get their line in the water…
You know if somebody gets hooked, then they’re hooked for life.
It’s that time of year again when hopeful hunters apply for the New Hampshire Moose Hunt Lottery.
Mark Ellingwood at NH Fish and Game says only 275 Granite Staters will win a permit to hunt moose in the state, out of about 14,000 applications. The deadline for applications for those 275 permits is Friday, May 31st.
Ellingwood says the lottery is the fairest way to allow hunting without destroying the moose population.
On Thursday, 300 or so members of New Hampshire’s tech community gathered at Arms Park in Manchester to celebrate entrepreneurship in the state.
Crowded under a tent in the rain, the state’s budding entrepreneurs networked with funders like Borealis Ventures – NH’s major venture capital firm. Jamie Coughlin, the ABI Innovation Hub’s CEO, says the annual so-called Party-at-Arms isn’t just a fundraiser for his organization. It’s also a way to galvanize the startup ecosystem.
New Hampshire likely won't recover all of the jobs it lost in the great recession until 2014. But Massachusetts has already made a full recovery. New Hampshire's Center for Public Policy Studies will present its biannual economic forecast Thursday at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
NHCCPS Economist Dennis Delay describes the New Hampshire forecast as landing somewhere between guardedly positive, and downright disappointing.
What would a casino at Rockingham Park mean for Salem city government? We traveled to Western Pennsylvania to find out. There, a $550 million casino and racetrack called The Meadows has injected millions into local government.
A team of reporters at NHPR is gearing up for a series next week that looks at what a casino at Rockingham Park – could mean for the town of Salem. To prepare for that series, our economy reporter Emily Corwin traveled to Washington County in Western Pennsylvania. The racetrack and casino there, called The Meadows, is run by Millennium Gaming. That’s the same company that already has an option to buy Rockingham Park, if legislation passes.
Beginning next month, New Hampshire residents will be able to watch broadcast television on their digital devices, thanks to a controversial new service called Aereo, which is now expanding to Boston and beyond.
A subscription costs a dollar a day, or 8 dollars per month, and will be available in Belknap, Cheshire, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham and Strafford counties beginning May 15th. Those who have not subscribed already can do so beginning May 30th.
Three New Hampshire companies are receiving capital from a New-Hampshire centered venture fund backed by the state and managed by Borealis Ventures. Get the backstory on the Granite Fund at StateImpact New Hampshire.
The funds are going to Mosaic Archives, a cloud-based photo storage startup in Manchester; Dyn – the fast-growing internet infrastructure company; and Avitide, a Lebanon-based bio-pharmaceutical company.
As competition in the auto industry heats up, car makers are tightening their image and branding campaigns. But car dealers -- who feel financially vulnerable despite soaring profits -- say manufacturers are expecting them to pay too much of the price.
In New Hampshire, dealer organizations are behind a bill that would protect them from what they see as exploitation by manufacturers. Manufacturers argue that government shouldn't interfere with their private business contracts. The bill won near-unanimous support in the Senate, and is now being considered by the House.
A group in Concord is raising money for one of the victims in Monday’s bombing.
The Concord Youth Hockey Association has replaced its homepage with a fundraising form. IT is collecting donations for the family of Jeffrey Bauman Jr. Bauman is the man in that iconic, and very graphic image from Monday’s bombings. He’s being wheeled away from the scene by a man in a cowboy hat. His father, Jeffrey Bauman Sr., lives in Concord and is a fill-in coach for Concord Youth Hockey Association, where Bauman’s younger half-brothers used to play hockey.
About 300 vendors are selling firearms at the Concord Gun Show this weekend. NHPR’s Emily Corwin was there.
The parking lot of the Everett Ice Arena is packed with cars, as a steady stream of gun enthusiasts line up for this weekend’s Concord Gun Show. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation pending legislation is fueling consumer demand for firearms and ammunition.
At the gun show, buyers say they see that reflected in high prices, especially for ammunition.
Nearly 24 years after the courts first ordered a new facility for female inmates, the New Hampshire House has approved a capital budget with $38 million set aside for a 224-bed women's prison in Concord.
A class action lawsuit is driving lawmakers to act now.
As lawmakers consider raising the state's gas tax, you may be wondering: are New Hampshire's roads getting worse? Why are they getting harder to pay for? And, does it really matter if we have a few more potholes?
NHPR's newsroom answers those questions in this animation:
At 6:15 every morning, Christine Suchecki leaves her house in Windham, NH, and spends the next hour and twenty minutes driving almost 40 miles to her job as a nurse in Boston. Her husband drives in a similar direction, to Waltham, MA. “We just look at it as either you’re going to pay financially in your proximity to the city, or with time in your commute,” Suchecki says.
Passover begins at sundown on Monday. One of this holiday's many traditions includes selling all bread products in a Jewish household to a non-Jew. These days, families don’t even have to venture from their computers to accomplish that ancient ritual.
During the week of Passover, practicing Jews don’t eat Chametz. Which is, more or less, anything made from grain that has been in contact with water for more than 18 minutes -- like bread, or cereal. What Jews eat instead, is matzo – unleavened crackers that symbolize freedom of Jews from slavery in Egypt.