New Hampshire's Business News for March 30

A look at today's top business headlines including: the proposed Mount Sunapee ski resort expansion, NH GOP reacts to Corey Lewandowski's assault charge, backyard maple syrup on the rise and LRG Healthcare announces layoffs


Backers of Medicaid expansion in N.H. make final pitch After clearing a key Senate committee Monday, sponsors of the bill to reauthorize Medicaid expansion are making sure they have the votes needed to pass the full Senate tomorrow.  -- N.H. PUBLIC RADIO

NH landlords battle eviction bill Landlords statewide are mounting an all-out offensive against legislation that would require them to file eviction proceedings in courts closest to where their tenants live as opposed to courts most convenient for them. – NASHUA TELEGRAPH

Executive Council weighs Sunapee expansion plan The Executive Council is holding a work session on a proposal to expand the Mount Sunapee ski resort, which is supported by economic development officials and businesses, but opposed by environmental groups. – N.H. PUBLIC RADIO

Prescott to run for Executive Council Five-term State Sen. Russell Prescott, R-District 23, said Tuesday that he will be running.  – PORTSMOUTH HERALD

NH GOP reacts to Trump campaign manager's Florida battery charge A former chairman of the Republican State Committee questions the honesty and judgment of Donald Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, of Windham, who was charged Tuesday with alleged battery.  – N.H. UNION LEADER

Number of backyard maple syrup collectors on rise Rather than boil it, they take the sap to a local sugar house, which keeps half the syrup.  – WMUR-TV

Number of NH groundfishermen continues to decline The number of New Hampshire boats fishing for groundfish has continued to decline because of government regulations, with only five full-time groundfisherman left in the state. – WMUR-TV

SEC consolidates many interveners, denies 29 requests  In an order of 53 pages released, the Site Evaluation Committee made decisions about the more than 160 requests for intervention in the Northern Pass hearing process. – COOS COUNTY DEMOCRAT

Vt. officials show interest in buying dams Public officials in Vermont again are expressing interest in getting into the power generation business now that a series of hydroelectric dams on the Connecticut and Deerfield rivers is up for sale for the first time in more than a decade. – VALLEY NEWS

Maine lawmakers poised to let FairPoint end mandatory landline service A bill to phase out the requirement that FairPoint Communications provide price-controlled landline telephone service in some of the state’s most populous areas won approval Monday from a legislative committee.   Regulators investigate 2015 service reports – BANGOR DAILY NEWS

Performance Sports Group CEO leaves company Performance Sports Group CEO Kevin Davis stepped down from his job last week following plummeting sales and profits, a stock price collapse and numerous class action lawsuits. – N.H. BUSINESS REVIEW

LRGH lays off 58 LRG Healthcare announced yesterday that it is laying off 58 full-time employees, including clinical, technical and managerial personnel, as one of several measures to reduce operating costs and improve financial performance amid the changing regulatory environment and economic conditions of the health care marketplace. – THE LACONIA DAILY SUN

City marina denies negligence in accident suit A lawsuit claiming a Laconia marina was negligent in repairing a Sea-Doo personal watercraft that later exploded injuring the owner and a passenger has been transferred to another court because of a judge's conflict.—LACONIA CITIZEN

Photo of pizza-shop pooch comes back to bite owner An Atkinson restaurant is defending its reputation after a photograph showing the owner's dog standing on the kitchen counter next to trays of pizza dough was criticized on social media. – N.H. UNION LEADER

C&S to acquire Honolulu-based company Edsung Foodservice Co. has agreed to sell its assets to New Hampshire-based C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc., according to an announcement by C&S last week  -- KEENE SENTINEL.

Liberty Utilities moving ahead on plans to switch to natural gas In the wake of a December gas scare that triggered a massive emergency response and sent some people to the hospital, Liberty Utilities recently sent a letter to Keene customers seeking to reassure them and referencing its plans to switch to natural gas. – KEENE SENTINEL

Finalist firms announced for Social Responsibility New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility announced three finalists for the organization’s highest honor, the Cornerstone Award.  – FOSTER’S DAILY DEMCORAT

Segway Advanced Personal Robot revealed Ninebot, which purchased the NH based Segway in April 2015 announced earlier this week that it would adopt the Segway name and make Ninebot -- half hoverboard, half Segway -- a brand within the Segway umbrella.  – ALBANY DAILY STAR

NHBR Featured Event: Technology Showcase CCS New England has invited 26 of the top audio visual manufacturers to its office for a one-day showcase. There will be lunch, snacks, beverages and a raffle. Free, tomorrow in Nashua.

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