New Hampshire's Business News for March 29

A look at today's top business headlines including: Medicaid expansion passes and heads to NH Senate, Colebrook road fix gets mixed reactions, TransCanada looking to sell dams, C&S Wholesale Grocers acquired by Hawaii company, Narcan okayed for Manchester, NH schools


Medicaid expansion clears committee; heads to NH Senate floor  After a lengthy debate, the Senate's Finance Committee on Monday backed a bill re-authorizing New Hampshire’s Medicaid expansion program for another two years.  The bill was the same piece of legislation the House overwhelming approved earlier this March. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

Medicaid expansion is essential  It gives all NH residents access to mental health care and substance abuse and addiction treatment. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

In Colebrook, mixed reactions to DOT fixing a road for the shuttered Balsams  The plan to spend about $2.8 million to fix 1.8 miles of Golf Links Road, which connects the now-closed hotel with the golf course, got mixed reactions at a public meeting Monday in Colebrook. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

Berlin wants to be solo intervenor on Northern Pass  The city wants to speak on its own in state proceedings on Northern Pass. – THE BERLIN DAILY SUN

TransCanada to Sell Dams on Connecticut River  As part of its effort to finance a new Houston-based natural gas acquisition, Trans Canada Hydro Northeast is looking to sell its New England power generation business, including its hydroelectric dams on the Connecticut River. – VALLEY NEWS

C&S to acquire Hawaii-based foodservice company  In one of its first foodservice purchases, Keene-based C&S Wholesale Grocers has signed an agreement to acquire the operations of Edsung Foodservice Co. of Honolulu, Hawaii. – THE SHELBY REPORT

Nashua performing arts center discussion planned  City officials will consider whether to spend $25,000 on the second phase of a feasibility study for a new downtown performing arts center. – NH UNION LEADER

Variance sought for proposed senior living community in Claremont  Wayne and Jean McCutcheon hope to create the residential development of 66 senior condominium units on 18 acres. – CLAREMONT EAGLE-TIMES

Glenn Normandeau confirmed to third term at Fish and Game helm  The Executive Council has confirmed Glenn Normandeau of Portsmouth to serve a third term as executive director of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. – WMUR-TV

Ayotte presses EPA for higher water standard  Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte wants the Environmental Protection Agency to expedite the release of a new health advisory standard for the chemicals that closed the city-owned Haven well in May 2014. – PORTSMOUTH HERALD

Improving password habits  Tools and tips that can help you protect your accounts and simplify your life. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Narcan OKd for Manchester middle, high schools  School officials in Manchester gave the OK Monday night for city health officials to make the overdose-reversing drug Narcan available in Queen City middle and high schools — but not yet at elementary schools. – NH UNION LEADER

NH lawmakers consider repealing mandatory minimum sentences for some crimes  It's part of a national movement to repeal mandatory minimum sentences after federal-level research showed they don’t improve public safety but do disproportionately incarcerate people of color. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

Shaheen, Ayotte welcome return of drug forfeiture money to police  New Hampshire's U.S. senators are welcoming a decision by the Justice Department to resume payments to police in the federal asset forfeiture program. – FOSTER’S DAILY DEMOCRAT

New Walmart's exit sign a puzzler  The corporate sign at the soon-to-open Walmart in Manchester conveniently tells drivers on Interstate 293 to take Exit 1 if they want to leave the highway and find the retail giant’s latest Supercenter. The only problem: By the time a westbound driver reads the sign, he has already passed the exit. – NH UNION LEADER

SleepOut in Manchester raises $170k for Child and Family Services  About 60 community members and social workers spent a cold night outside Friday in downtown Manchester, generating $170,000 in donations in the second annual SleepOut for Child and Family Services. – NH UNION LEADER

Rich Ashooh to formally announce run for Congress  Rich Ashooh is planning to make a formal announcement early next week on running for Congress this year. – NH UNION LEADER

NH businessman known for provocative signs to spend 10 days in jail  A New Hampshire businessman jailed last week after a judge found him in contempt of court during a divorce proceeding was ordered to spend 10 days behind bars, according to a court order released Monday. – NH UNION LEADER

Battle is on to preserve lobster shipments from Maine to Europe  The lobster fishing and export industries and Maine’s congressional delegation are moving swiftly to pressure the European Union not to approve a Swedish proposal to list the American lobster as an invasive species. – PORTLAND PRESS HERALD

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