New Hampshire's Business News for April 27

A look at today's top business headlines, including: rail expansion in NH removed from bill, NH's opiod crisis needs more funding, Exeter Hospital to pay compensation for hep C patients, Chipotle restaurant is opening in Keene and Valerie Rochon is named as president of the Portsmouth chamber


Changes sought in measure that made it easier obtain a trade name  Eddie Leon would rather be making tacos than testifying in front of the Senate Commerce Committee about business names. – N.H. BUSINESS REVIEW

Rail expansion funding removed from transportation bill Rail expansion funding hit a roadblock at the statehouse Tuesday. – KEENE SENTINEL

Landlords continue push against filing amendment Two Nashua alderman appeared before a New Hampshire Senate committee Tuesday to advocate for an amendment requiring property owners to file eviction proceedings in the jurisdiction closest to the tenant's unit - despite pushback from landlords, who called the measure unnecessary and an undue burden. – NASHUA TELEGRAPH

Hassan: Time to spend more on NH's opioid crisis Governor: Rainy Day Fund will reach $140-$150M due to stabilized economy, MTBE lawsuit funds; $10M more needed for heroin crisis. – N.H. PATCH

PolitiFact NH: Democratic congressional hopeful says popular political stop has rodent infestation There’s a big difference between having rodents, and having areas that would allow their entry. Let’s take a look.  – CONCORD MONITOR

Gatsas suggests St. Gobain pay for some Manchester residents to be connected to city water Neighborhood meeting in Manchester's Ward 8 to update residents about PFOA tets results from private wells. – N.H. UNION LEADER

North Hampton to make formal request for PFC testing at Coakley The Select Board finalized a letter asking the Environmental Protection Agency to test for perfluorinated chemicals around Coakley Landfill to help uncover the cause of a recently identified pediatric cancer. – HAMPTON UNION

Hospital will seek compensation for 'negative' hep C payouts A federal judge has given Exeter Hospital the green light to demand compensation for payouts it made to patients who tested negative for hepatitis C during the 2012 crisis. – EXETER NEWSLETTER

PillPack and Express Scripts reach agreement instead of splitting apart Online pharmacy PillPack has reached an agreement with Express Scripts, which had planned to sever ties with the company this month and thus take away 30 percent of PillPack's customer base. – N.H. UNION LEADER

Store selling inmate-made goods moves to Concord A retail location in Franklin that sells inmate-made crafts has closed, and the goods will now be sold by the state in Concord. – CONCORD MONITOR

Chipotle makes second try to open restaurant in Keene  Chipotle Mexican Grill is taking another crack at coming to Keene.  – KEENE SENTINEL

Margaritas Restaurant reveals expansion plans  Owners of a popular Seacoast restaurant are making plans for a targeted expansion into more states and adding more restaurants, even in the states in which they already have locations.  – FOSTER’S DAILY DEMOCRAT

Portsmouth chamber names Rochon as new president Kenneth Murphy, chairman of the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors, announced the selection of Valerie Rochon as the chamber’s new president, effective Sunday, May 1. – PORTSMOUTH HERALD

UNH receives $300,000 entrepreneurship grant The University of New Hampshire has received a three-year, $300,000 Innovation Corps Site Grant from the National Science Foundation to foster entrepreneurship on campus. – N.H. UNION LEADER

3 million grant to monitor catch for NH fishermen One New Hampshire fisherman is doubtful that a $3 million dollar federal grant will actually help the industry. – INDEPTHNH

From retail to running the show her own custom apparel biz Rescued from a corporate retail job by a flash of inspiration, Donna Figler found her niche in the custom apparel business and started Getaway Gear and FigWear. – MANCHESTER INKLINK

Curtis Quality Care named Woman-Owned Business of the Year  Curtis Quality Care LLC, a homecare service in Wolfeboro, has been named Woman-Owned Business of the Year for New Hampshire by the Small Business Administration.  – GRANITE STATE NEWS

Mutually assured frustration: Coos Planning Board and Balsams' developers A meeting Tuesday night between the Coos Planning Board and Balsams developers to discuss crucial plans to expand the ski slopes didn’t go well, with each side frustrated.  – N.H. PUBLIC RADIO

NHBR Featured Event: A Conversation About Crowdsourcing Matt O’Hern, Assistant Professor at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics talk about his research on crowdsourcing and digital maker communities and the different ways they may compliment (or threaten) firms’ traditional business models.  Free.  After hours tomorrow in Durham.

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