New Hampshire's Business News for March 25

A look at today's top business headlines including: senate approved breastfeeding bill; Rockingham Park in Salem is for sale; NH's last weekend for spring skiing is here; NH passes bill to help drug and heroin crisis; Paula Long, Tracy Untiet and Deepika Kurup to be recognized at TechWomen event; and Keene State is changing its nursing program


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Senate OKs watered-down workplace breastfeeding bill  Section 179 BPT deduction, ‘Planet Fitness’ fix approved. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

NH Senate votes to table casino gambling bill  Betting on casino gambling drew aces and eights Thursday as an 11-13 vote failed to pass Senate Bill 551, which would have allowed one casino in Salem. – NH UNION LEADER

Rockingham Park goes up for sale “The fact is that you’re only enabled to do what the laws provide when you’re in the racing industry,” the Salem racetrack’s general manager, Ed Callahan, said Thursday. – NH UNION LEADER

Senate approves bill on energy-efficiency efforts at schools, town offices  The bill redistributes state proceeds from a regional cap-and-trade program known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative by lifting the cap on how much money can go to energy-efficiency efforts like home weatherization and insulation. – CONCORD MONITOR

Nearly 200 wells in Litchfield being sampled for water contamination State officials are testing wells within a one-mile radius of Merrimack’s Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics plant, which includes 188 wells in Litchfield and 14 wells in Merrimack. – NH UNION LEADER

Not much time left for skiing as a lame winter winds down  Ragged and Crotched mountain have called it quits, and Gunstock only decided Thursday to open this weekend and will close after Sunday, as will Pats Peak and possibly Sunapee. – CONCORD MONITOR

A day in the life of a maple syrup producer  The maple syrup industry has a multi-million dollar impact on the state of New Hampshire. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Climate change: the three-ton solution Stopping climate change is like the weather. We complain. But nothing changes. The problem is global. Each of us is in the same place as the other 319 million Americans, or the more than 7 billion people in the world. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Senate approves additional dollars to fight NH's drug crisis  The NH Senate unanimously passed a bill to put more money towards combating the state’s drug crisis. The measure now heads to the House. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

Inaugural TechWomen|TechGirls awards luncheon to honor trio  Entrepreneur, teacher and student to be recognized at April 6 event. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

UNH, faculty union reach five-year labor deal  Faculty will get 3 percent raises each year while contributing more to health insurance premiums. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

Keene State to revamp its nursing curriculum  The move is aimed at achieving full approval for the college’s nursing program from the NH Board of Nursing, which put the program on a probationary status last month. – THE KEENE SENTINEL

Census Bureau: Strafford County growing fastest, Hillsborough growing the most  New information from the Census Bureau pinpoints the fastest-growing counties in New Hampshire. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

Ayotte says waiting on Supreme Court pick will make process less political  Kelly Ayotte says she's gotten mixed feedback from voters over her stance on filling the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

Small banks face the greatest risk from hackers  Regulators increasingly worry that smaller banks, with less robust cyber security, will provide pathways into the US financial system. – THE BOSTON GLOBE

Data breach preparedness for NH businesses  A look at the legal responsibilities specific to Granite State firms. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

GE picks Fort Point site for headquarters  General Electric said it hopes to move into the Necco Way facility in Boston, which is currently part of Procter & Gamble’s Gillette campus, in 2018. – THE BOSTON GLOBE

Outspoken sign owner jailed for contempt  Michael Gill, owner of The Mortgage Specialists in Manchester, businessman famous for exercising his right to free speech by putting profanity-laden messages on electronic billboards in several Granite State communities was held in Rockingham County jail Thursday on a judge’s contempt of court order. – NH UNION LEADER

DeLemus to be extradited to Nevada  Jerry DeLemus, the activist from Rochester facing charges in connected with a 2014 standoff by ranchers opposed to federal control of public lands, will be extradited to Nevada. – FOSTER’S DAILY DEMOCRAT

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