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The Currency
5:21 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

The Currency: Nashua Company Scores Contract To Tutor Feds In Foreign Languages

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The Currency is our ongoing look at economic and business news in New Hampshire. 

Fireworks Industry Thrives In N.H. Amid Loose Regulations

Backyard pyrotechnics are a favorite—and legal—way for Granite Staters to celebrate the Fourth of July.  And the fireworks lobby has been fighting to not only keep them legal, but to deregulate them. 

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The Currency
3:11 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

The Currency: Long Time CEO Of King Arthur Flour Steps Down

After 15 years, Steve Voigt is stepping down as CEO of America's oldest flour company.
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The Currency is our ongoing look at economic and business news in New Hampshire. 

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Business and Economy
4:40 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

The Currency: Bay State Solar Company Expands Into N.H.

Industry insiders say solar is poised for huge growth.
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The Currency is our ongoing look at economic and business news in New Hampshire. 

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The Currency
4:29 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

The Currency: Who's Going On The Turkey Trade Mission, And Why They Say It Matters

ROKON owner and president Tom Blais is among the New Hampshire business delegates going on the trade mission to Turkey
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Today we begin a new segment on NHPR called The Currency.  It’s our ongoing look at economic and business news in New Hampshire. 

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Business and Economy
2:13 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Amid Recovery, Selling N.H.'s Foreclosed Homes Still A Challenge

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New Hampshire’s housing market continues to recover—but slowly.  That’s according to new figures released by the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority today.

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Business and Economy
6:00 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Harsh Winter Was Great (For The Ski Industry)

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It was a long, cold and snowy winter- that was good news for New Hampshire’s ski areas. Karl Stone, Marketing Director for Ski NH says the numbers are good for the resorts AND the state’s economy in general.

How has the 2013/2014 season stacked up?

Right now the numbers look really good… last year was our 5th best on record, and we’re tracking relatively even with that.

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Business and Economy
5:35 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Senate Kills Latest 'Right-To-Work' Bill

Senator John Reagan of Deerfield and Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley of Wolfeboro, both Republicans, speak during a recess on Thursday.
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 The New Hampshire Senate has voted down so-called “right-to-work” legislation.

The vote Thursday morning was 13 to 11, with every Senate Democrat and two Republicans voting against the bill to excuse non-union employees from paying fees to negotiate and administer contracts. 

The Republican-majority legislature in 2011 passed a bill, but they were unable to override a veto by then-Governor John Lynch. 

Opponents including Manchester Democrat Lou D’Allesandro argue "right-to-work" is bad for middle class families.

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Business and Economy
2:17 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Foreclosures Drop To Six-Year Low

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  Only 161 homes fell into foreclosure in November, the lowest single monthly total since 2007.

New data from the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority shows foreclosures were down 25% through the first 11 months of 2013, compared to a year prior.

The report credits slow but steady improvements in the housing market and overall economy, and banks allowing more short sales for homeowners who owe more than their house is worth.

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Business and Economy
2:11 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Two New Oyster Farms Proposed

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Two new Oyster Farms could sprout up in Little Bay next year. If approved, it would make ten farms in operation in the estuary.

The max size for an oyster farm in New Hampshire is four acres, but the two proposed farms are both considerably smaller. One, from a UNH Masters student would be 2.5 acres, and the other would be just an acre in size.

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Business and Economy
9:35 am
Fri January 10, 2014

New Mortgage Regulations Now In Effect

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The new year has brought some changes to the process of getting a mortgage. Home buyers may have already noticed as banks and other lenders have tightened standards since the recession, but new regulatory changes are going into effect. To hear how those changes will impact borrowers and the housing market in general, we’ve called Barbara Cunningham. She is with the Greater Manchester/Nashua Board of Realtors and also a member of the Board of Directors of the Mortgage Bankers and Brokers of New Hampshire.

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Business and Economy
4:41 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Minimum Wage Debate To Return To N.H. State House

The debate over the minimum wage will return to the state house this session.  A proposal to reestablish a state minimum wage failed last year in the Republican-controlled state Senate.  This session, Democrats hope to set a state minimum wage at $8.25 an hour

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Business and Economy
2:50 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

How N.H.'s New LLC Law Will Affect Many Small Businesses

As of this month, most of New Hampshire’s small businesses—and a fair number of larger ones—will be operating under the state’s new Revised LLC Act.  

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Business and Economy
4:48 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Energy Retailer PPG Suspended, Customers To Pay Original Provider Rates

ISO New England, the region’s energy grid operator, has suspended the independent supplier People’s Power and Gas. 5,700 Granite State customers who turned to PPG for lower rates will be automatically switched to prices set by Public Service of New Hampshire.


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Business and Economy
9:33 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Jobs: Quantity Vs. Quality

The numbers suggest employment levels are returning to where they were before the recession, but those jobs are not necessarily the quality jobs New Hampshire has had in the past. Economist Denis Delay talks about the numbers and trends, and what they could mean for the future of the state.

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Business and Economy
10:30 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Housing & Jobs, Five Years Later

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Home prices are generally lower than they were 5 years ago, lenders are offering relatively low interest rates, and foreclosures are down after historic highs. At the same time, many home owners are still under water, meaning they owe more than their home is worth. To learn more about the housing market in the state and its impact on jobs, we turn to Russ Thibeault, the President of Applied Economic Research, an economic and real estate consulting firm based in Laconia.

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