New Hampshire's Business News for April 12

A look at today's top business headlines including: gender pay inequality in NH, new support for the Northern Pass, Merrimack River on list of threatened rivers in US, Stonewall Kitchen moving to Dover location and Binnie Media aquires two new radio stations


Study says gender pay inequality worse in NH  Women earn 76 percent of men in Granite State; it’s 79 percent nationally. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Why we wear red on April 12  Though there have been gradual improvements in narrowing the gap between what men and women earn, progress has slowed. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Ayotte, Hassan spar over credit for equal pay legislation  Ayotte on Monday refiled legislation known as the Gender Advancement in Pay Act, which would bar employers from retaliating against workers who discuss their wages or choose not to disclose their salary history. – CONCORD MONITOR

New data shows gaps in lifespan between lowest, highest incomes in NH  In New Hampshire, there’s about a 5-year gap between the life expectancy for adult women at the top of the income bracket and those at the bottom. For men in the same age group, the gap’s more than nine years wide. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

With no PFOA testing in NH, labs send flood of water samples out of state  With concern growing about the chemical known as PFOA contaminating drinking water systems in southern New Hampshire, residents are now looking for ways to test their own water. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

North Country Chamber ends longtime opposition to Northern Pass  The North Country Chamber of Commerce has ended its long-standing opposition to the Northern Pass hydroelectric project, amid accusations of financial pressure from project sponsor Eversource and the developer of the Balsams ski resort. – NH UNION LEADER

Berlin supports Forward NH fund  Already on record as publicly supporting the project, the city council last week voted to send a letter to the state Site Evaluation Committee supporting the $200 million fund, which would created if the 192-mile Northern Pass transmission line is approved. – THE BERLIN DAILY SUN

Merrimack River on list of 10 most threatened rivers in U.S. When a national organization added the Merrimack River to its list of the 10 most threatened rivers in America, its concern wasn’t one big thing but a whole lot of little things. You’re probably sitting underneath one of those things right now. – CONCORD MONITOR

Undergrounding utilities will add $2 million to Concord’s Main Street bill  The last-minute project will add $2 million to the budget for the project, bringing the total cost to more than $13 million for construction, design and marketing. – CONCORD MONITOR

Planners told Bedford project's name would create confusion  Concerns about the name of the future Bedford Place at South River Road development at the former Macy’s site were raised during a conceptual review of the plans on Monday. – NH UNION LEADER

Stonewall Kitchen to begin move to Dover  The Maine-based company is expected to begin moving into its new Dover location starting May 1, but it will be several years before the facility is fully operational. – FOSTER’S DAILY DEMOCRAT

Etna Road apartments approved in Lebanon  The Lebanon Planning Board approved a proposal to build a 75-unit apartment building on Etna Road near the intersection of Route 120 on Monday night. – VALLEY NEWS

Binnie Media to acquire WTSN and WBYY  Dover-based radio stations WTSN and WBYY are in the process of being acquired by Concord-based Binnie Media. – FOSTER’S DAILY DEMOCRAT

North Country treatment center plans expansion  The Friendship House in Bethlehem, the only residential drug-treatment center north of Franklin, hopes to renovate its existing facility and expand to meet the demands of the state’s opioid epidemic. – NH UNION LEADER

Legislator barred from bringing oxygen tank to House chamber  An 80-year-old New Hampshire legislator with a lung problem has been told not to bring his portable oxygen concentrator with him to the State House. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

New rules would lower rates for net metered power in Vermont  The scheme also incentivizes development in preferred locations, and subsidizes projects that keep renewable energy credits in-state. -- VTDIGGER

Vt. sugarmakers report sweet season despite weird weather  The warm weather in late March and early April didn’t bring an end to the maple sap gathering season, and recent cold temperatures have extended the time that sap is flowing in maple trees, syrup producers said Monday. – BURLINGTON FREE PRESS

How to limit risks from phishing threats  Employee training and awareness are essential in preventing malware, breaches. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

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