New Hampshire's Business News for April 18

A look at today's top business headlines including: Health insurance CO-OPs undergo growing pains, Minuteman Health seeks up to 45% rate hike for 2017, Speakingout against eminent domain, State 'public inquiry line' on PFOA investigation, Conference to focus on long-term water resource issues, Should the political parties take control?


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Health insurance CO-OPs undergo growing pains Expanding NH market puts speed bumps in their way. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Minuteman Health seeks up to 45% rate hike for 2017  Company blames risk adjustment rules for big increase for individuals. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Sanborn speaks out against eminent domain  For State Sen. Andy Sanborn, R-Bedford, the debate over eminent domain is not just a policy question, it’s deeply personal. – NH UNION LEADER

State will staff 'public inquiry line' on PFOA investigation  The state says residents who have questions or concerns about PFOA exposure can call a public inquiry line starting today. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

Water resources conference to focus on long-term issues  Flood forecasting and contaminants in drinking water are among the issues at this week's conference on New Hampshire water and policy issues. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

NH lawmakers to have lengthy session days this week  After a slow week at the State House, lawmakers will have long session days in both chambers with roughly 60 bills on the docket in the House and Senate. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

Some hard liquor issues as Liquor Commission budget falls short  The Liquor Commission is facing some tough choices about cutting staff and possibly closing stores because its revenues are not what budget writers believe the agency should produce. – NH UNION LEADER

State hospital workers look to form union  The New Hampshire Union Leader has learned that psychiatric workers at New Hampshire Hospital are in the process of forming a union. – NH UNION LEADER

Dartmouth's Geisel School restructuring: changes for some employees, cuts for others  Officials with Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine are set to begin notifying workers who will lose or change positions as part of a restructuring. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

Ex-Im Bank vice chair touts benefits of agency  UNH forum focuses on resources available to small companies. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Nashua explores adding mobile food market  A new mobile food market and winter farmers market are being considered for the Gate City. – NH UNION LEADER

Judge says cash bail for poor needs reconsideration  District court judges need to consider the impact that fines and cash bail have on poor defendants who appear before them, according to the judge who oversees the 32 district courts across the state. – NH UNION LEADER

New Pelham condo project not what voters wanted, say planners  When town voters approved a new zoning ordinance for the center of town in 2014, they wanted future development in the area to be of a traditional New England character. – LAWRENCE EAGLE-TRIBUNE

Windham planners hope to 'reject' newly-passed zoning rule  Several years ago, Kathleen DiFruscia drafted a town zoning ordinance aimed at protecting the sensitive ecological areas around Corbetts Pond and Canobie Lake. On election day, town voters gave the plan their hearty support, she said. – LAWRENCE EAGLE-TRIBUNE

Envisioning Lebanon’s future  City officials are preparing for a new phase of the downtown visioning study after logging several public meetings, two surveys and collecting more than 1,100 comments on the future of downtown. – VALLEY NEWS

Panhandling ordinance could face court battle  If a lawsuit challenging recent arrests for panhandling in Manchester succeeds, Concord could be the next city defending its practices in court. – CONCORD MONITOR

Oil prices slide after demise of freeze plan  Oil prices slid on Monday after a meeting between major producing nations on a proposed output freeze fell apart, leaving the world grappling with an excess of unwanted crude. -- REUTERS

Should the political parties take control? More than one commentator has decried a lack of discipline in controlling the presidential field. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

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