New Hampshire's Business News for Aug. 19

A look at today's top business headlines, including: SEC launches Performance Sports Group investigation; Opponent arrested state, intervenors press for more Northern Pass data; Expect smaller apples in New Hampshire as drought squeezes orchards; Dry, hot NH summer: Drought affecting hay sales in the Granite State


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SEC launches Performance Sports Group investigation  The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Performance Sports Group, the Exeter-based company disclosed Wednesday in a federal filing. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Opponent arrested state, intervenors press for more Northern Pass data  An opponent of  Northern Pass has been arrested for what she calls an act of passive resistance against the proposed hydro-electric transmission project, which is also facing pressure to provide more complete data responses to intervenors. – INDEPTHNH.ORG

Green Mountain Power to buy several area dams  Six dams in the Upper Valley are among the 14 hydroelectric operations in New England that Green Mountain Power has agreed to buy for $20 million to add 17 megawatts of energy production to its portfolio. – VALLEY NEWS

Expect smaller apples in New Hampshire as drought squeezes orchards  The state’s apple crop, like its other fruit and vegetable crops, is badly in need of soaking rain and cooler nights for orchards to produce their usual big, colorful crops. – NH UNION LEADER

Dry, hot NH summer: Drought affecting hay sales in the Granite State  With central New Hampshire in moderate drought and the southeastern part of the state in extreme drought, John Porter of the UNH Cooperative Extension agreed that owners of horses, sheep, cows and other animals that need supplemental hay should look sharp, especially because pastures have dried out, making hay even more important. – CONCORD MONITOR

As local food grows, so do safety standards  Grocery stores, as well as the food producers themselves, are learning what people hunger for. More farms have popped up in New Hampshire over the last three decades: The United States Census of Agriculture shows more than 1,600 farms were added to the state between 1982 and 2012. – CONCORD MONITOR

Adjunct faculty at community college system sue over lack of contract  Negotiations between adjunct faculty and the Community College System of New Hampshire are still stalled, six weeks after the contract ran out, and the State Employees Association has filed an unfair labor practice complaint. – CONCORD MONITOR

North Country marketing program unveiled      The North Country Chamber of Commerce has entered into a three-year partnership with TotalScope Marketing of Plymouth with the goal of facilitating a destination marketing program for its membership and the region. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Londonderry planning officials study development, school enrollment  Planning officials are paying particular attention to a potential rise in school enrollment numbers thanks to many housing plans and projects in the town’s pipeline. – LAWRENCE EAGLE-TRIBUNE

iCAD reports another loss as revenue falls  Nashua-based iCAD’s second-quarter revenue fell by a third to $7.4 million, resulting in another loss of $1.6 million, or 10 cents a share, the company reported. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Lebanon council balks at airport proposal  City councilors told airport officials on Monday that there’s a limit to how much they’re willing to spend on the Lebanon Municipal Airport. – VALLEY NEWS

New motorsports business is approved in Merrimack  Town planners this week granted approval for a new motorsports business along the Daniel Webster Highway. – NH UNION LEADER

Former Liquor Commission accountant sentenced to jail  A former accountant for the state Liquor Commission was sentenced this week on three counts of theft after pleading guilty to making nearly $80,000 in unauthorized money transfers over a three-year time frame. – NH UNION LEADER

Van Ostern touts commuter rail as economic boost in Democratic governor’s race  The second-term executive councilor from Concord said his own experience in the private sector has informed this belief. – CONCORD MONITOR

Gatsas calls for delay on vote on state contract with Dartmouth-Hitchcock  Republican gubernatorial candidate Ted Gatsas is calling on Gov. Maggie Hassan and the Executive Council to delay next week's vote on a state contract with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health Systems for staffing at the New Hampshire Hospital. – NH UNION LEADER

VP candidate Mike Pence criticizes Hassan and the media in first campaign trip to NH  While campaigning in Manchester, Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence reminded the audience that New Hampshire is where Trump got his first victory. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

Co-chair of Trump veterans' group pleads guilty in 2014 Bundy standoff  Gerald DeLemus, a New Hampshire activist who stepped up as a co-chair of the Trump for President Veteran’s Coalition last summer, is accused of being a “mid-level leader and organizer” in the conflict at the Bundy ranch in Bunkerville where rightwing activists faced off with federal officials in a dispute about grazing rights on public lands. – THE GUARDIAN

Uber speeds toward a driverless future, putting jobs in danger  Uber is steering its driverless vehicle technology toward a crash between robots and jobs. – THE NEW YORK TIMES

NHBR Featured job listing: Sales Support Manager  McLean Communications is looking for a highly motivated and organized individual who will assist in both revenue generating and sales functions.

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