New Hampshire's Business News for July 5

A look at today's top business headlines, including: Eversource deal signals end to coal power in NH, new state liquor stores, NH fireworks store uses heightened security measures with sales, Balsams expansion: How close to wind turbines?


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Eversource deal signals end to coal power in NH The long-awaited order by the Public Utilities Commission, handed down late Friday on the eve of a holiday weekend, sets the stage for Eversource to sell off its power plants. Regulators and lawmakers hope that will lower electricity prices in the long run by completing the deregulation of the market that began 20 years ago.  – N.H. UNION LEADER

State opens up substance use disorder benefit to over 140,000 Medicaid patients The state Department of Health and Human Services is expanding its substance use disorder coverage to over 140,000 Medicaid participants in the state, up from the 49,000 who accessed it previously. – CONCORD MONITOR

AFP in New Hampshire increases focus on state issues this election cycle State Rep. Joseph Guthrie hadn’t heard much about Americans for Prosperity until he opened his mail this spring and saw his face printed on one of the group’s fliers panning his  vote against right-to-work legislation. – CONCORD MONITOR

No buyers for home of founding father The 242-year-old home of Josiah Bartlett, of Kingston, New Hampshire, a doctor who signed the document after John Hancock and later became governor, is still available two years after it was put up for sale by his great-great-great-great granddaughter. – SEACOAST ONLINE

A strong message to buy American Defense  Department budget includes a possible boost for New England footwear companies. – N.H. BUSINESS REVIEW

New state liquor stores coming to New Hampton, Warner    A new N.H. Wine and Liquor Outlet being built in New Hampton. An outlet planned for Warner will be similar in design. – CONCORD MONITOR

Incoming bar to focus on local brews Coming this fall, downtown Nashua will see the debut of a different kind of bar with The Flight Center. – NASHUA TELEGRAPH

The best booze you've never heard of comes from this secret science lab in NH Steve Grasse wanted to make the best spirits in the world—so he followed the water. It led him to Tamworth, New Hampshire, a colonial-era township at the foothills of the White Mountains.  – GIZMODO

NH fireworks store uses heightened security measures with sales New Hampshire stores are required to follow certain state laws, but one local chain goes a step further to make sure the potentially dangerous explosives are being used for the right reasons. – NH1

Dyno Records still turning the tables It all began when Richard Osborne and a friend from New England College in Henniker, N.H., visited someone they both knew in Newburyport. – BOSTON GLOBE

Spectex has designs for future Spectex is thriving, and is looking to branch out from its converting and manufacturing services to producing its own products, according to Steve Rossi, vice president of business development. – FOSTER’S DAILY DEMOCRAT

Jarvis Cutting Tools invests in solar energy  One of the oldest manufacturing companies in Rochester that’s been a fixture in the community for more than five decades is now making a leap into the future by building one of the largest private solar fields in the state. – ROCHESTER TIMES

ARRT: Exeter Hospital settled hep C cases to avoid bad press The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Wednesday filed court papers claiming it has no responsibility to reimburse Exeter Hospital for settlements with patients who tested negative for hepatitis C after the 2012 outbreak.  – EXETER NEWSLETTER

Volunteer worker insured against civil judgment The N.H. Supreme Court has upheld a local judge’s ruling that a restroom attendant who worked for tips was a “volunteer worker,” and as a result, is insured for a $300,000 judgment in a slip and fall suit. – LACONIA CITIZEN

Two Keene assisted living facilities merge  Two Keene assisted living facilities have merged, as they move ahead with plans to eventually build new senior housing in the city. – KEENE SENTINEL

Iconic Keene store closing After 33 years in Keene and several more in Brattleboro, the owners of the Ingenuity Country Store on Central Square are retiring from retail and closing their doors Aug. 31. – KENNE SENTINEL

Claremont Speedway owners to propose smaller campground A year after the new owners of the Claremont Speedway abandoned plans to seek a variance for a 200-site campground on the Thrasher Road property, a new application with fewer sites will come before the Zoning Board of Adjustment on Thursday. – VALLEY NEWS

High Court rules for city on airport A decade long tax dispute came to an end on Tuesday, when the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled the city of Lebanon did not break a lease agreement with Signal Aviation Services by increasing its property assessment. – VALLEY NEWS

Balsams expansion: How close to wind turbines? This month the Coos Planning Board is expected to continue reviewing developer Les Otten’s plan to greatly expand the ski area. And, that's likely to include how close skiers can get to the wind turbines on some of those mountains. – N.H. PUBLIC RADIO

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