New Hampshire's Business News for July 14

A look at today's top business headlines, including: New rule requires smoke-free policy for future low-income units, After seven decades, Corriveau-Routhier closes in Concord, Residents can get blood testing for PFCs in drinking water, RNC rules would preserve NH's primary status, NH won't be part of restroom lawsuit


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New rule requires smoke-free policy for future low-income units  The NH Housing Finance Authority has ruled that all future units built using the state’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit will be required to be 100 percent smoke-free. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

A closer look at The Balsams redevelopment  Major questions remain about the project’s environmental impact, the state’s role in its financing, and the long-term viability of The Balsams as an economic stimulus for the region. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

After seven decades, Corriveau-Routhier closes in Concord  The Concord store quietly shut last fall and, although it has sported a “closed until spring” sign ever since, there were reports that the company was consolidating to its two remaining stores, in Manchester and Nashua. – CONCORD MONITOR

Residents can get blood testing for PFCs in drinking water  The Executive Council has approved contracts with Southern NH Medical Center and Portsmouth Regional Hospital, which will start drawing blood for perfluorochemicals on Thursday. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

NH won't be part of restroom lawsuit  New Hampshire won’t be joining the 21 states suing the Obama administration over directives regarding access to school bathrooms by transgender students, at least not now. – NH UNION LEADER

AIANH names new executive director  Bonnie Kastel has been named the new executive director of the NH chapter of the American Institute of Architects, succeeding Carolyn Isaak, who’s retiring from the job after 17 years with the association. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Home Builders Association announces new leadership  Paul L. Sullivan, president of The Sullivan Co. Inc., is the new president, the association said in a release. – NH UNION LEADER

Henniker Planning Board OKs Dollar General plan for store on Route 114  The planning board approved the chain variety store’s site plan application for a 9,100-square-foot building in a 5-1 decision Wednesday night. – CONCORD MONITOR

Seacoast single-family sales set June record  Sales of single-family homes on the Seacoast set a monthly volume record in June – the second straight month that a new record has been set, according to the Seacoast Board of Realtors. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Claremont bridge maker wants public to know what it does  Canam has been operating in town for eight years, but local people might not know much about the bridge maker’s 242,000-square-foot facility that sits just outside the city. – NH UNION LEADER

Plaistow study looks into town water options  A long awaited study exploring the town's significant drinking water problems has been completed, yielding several scenarios for consideration. – LAWRENCE EAGLE-TRIBUNE

NHDOT’s Interstate 93 team wins national award  The NH Department of Transportation has been honored by the Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials for its work in protecting Canobie Lake and Cobbett's Pond as part of the widening of Interstate 93. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Conway officials admit to illegally recording residents  Town Manager Earl Sires admitted the town had been illegally recording residents at town hall but said that practice has stopped. – THE CONWAY DAILY SUN

Police reports in Phillips Exeter probe reveal a school shattered  A stack of 28 police reports compiled in the ongoing investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct at Phillips Exeter Academy tells a story of a school community that’s been torn apart. – NH UNION LEADER

Million-dollar meth bust in Manchester stuns those who know accused  Rigoberto Ramirez Aldava, owner of the El Patron Sports Bar & Grill, is accused of being at the center of a $1.4 million methamphetamine ring that authorities say brought the lethal drug to Manchester’s streets from Mexico.

RNC rules would preserve NH's primary status  New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary looks safe — so far. – NH UNION LEADER

PFOA found in groundwater at GlobalFoundries, Champlain Cable plants  Vermont officials announced Wednesday that two new sites in Chittenden County have tested positive for groundwater pollution with an industrial chemical known as perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA. – VTDIGGER

Brexit vote raises questions about U.S. election  The so-called Brexit vote in Great Britain has caused a lot of concern and comment worldwide, and in some quarters it has been analogized to the American presidential primaries recently ended. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

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