New Hampshire's Business News for May 16

A look at today's top business headlines, including: What do April’s jobs numbers have in store for NH? Carbon emissions rising at New England power plants, Single Digits expands, a paid leave checklist, NH entrepreneurs share their inspiration


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What will April jobs numbers reveal about New Hampshire's economy? The state is set to release new unemployment figures this week. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

Carbon emissions rising at New England power plants  The revelations are a setback to legally mandated efforts to reduce greenhouse gases. – THE BOSTON GLOBE

Bedford's Single Digits acquires property, employees  Single Digits, which manages high-speed internet access for hotels, malls and other properties, announced an acquisition last week that will add more than 20 employees to its workforce. – NH UNION LEADER

Passenger totals soar higher at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport  The state’s busiest airport is poised to notch its first yearly hike in passenger totals in more than a decade. – NH UNION LEADER

USNH improves credit score despite swings in state support  Standard & Poor’s upgraded the University System of New Hampshire’s credit rating, citing USNH for solid fiscal management and stable enrollment. – NH UNION LEADER

Monadnock Region businesses to commit to 'living wage' work group  A coalition in the Monadnock Region is pushing for more local businesses to pay workers at least $15 an hour. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

A paid leave checklist  Reasons to weigh the costs and implications of implementing a policy now, rather than waiting for a possible legal mandate. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

City councilors signal excitement for proposed economic development director  Concord’s city councilors indicated an early excitement for the city manager’s proposal to hire an economic development director at a budget session Saturday, the first public hearing to dissect the 2017 spending plan. – CONCORD MONITOR

Let’s Change Direction on mental illness  We will save and restore lives if we begin to treat it with the respect and humanity it deserves. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Three NH entrepreneurs share their inspiration  Salem chamber forum features LaBelle, Egelston, Mendez/ -- NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Group may take legal action over Portsmouth wastewater plans  A group of concerned citizens in Portsmouth is threatening to take legal action to stop the expansion of a wastewater treatment plant at Peirce Island. – NH UNION LEADER

Airbnb what? Traveling trend takes root in Mt. Washington Valley  Just a few years ago, anyone who mentioned Airbnb might have been met with: "Air, what and what?" But as with so many changes brought on by the power of the internet and so-called shared economy, Airbnb and 27 other online lodging services have become part of the lexicon. – THE CONWAY DAILY SUN

Manchester forum will address opioids at workplaces  The Business and Industry Association is presenting a luncheon forum from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday designed to help employers better understand how to address opioids in the workplace. – NH UNION LEADER

NH's third medical marijuana dispensary now open in Lebanon  Temescal Wellness, the company operating the dispensary, opened up another dispensary in Dover a little over a week ago. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

Manchester officials to unveil opiate response plan  City aldermen, emergency management officials and addiction recovery specialists are expected to debut an Opiate Epidemic Management Plan for the Queen City today. – NH UNION LEADER

Wounded Manchester officers are both out of the hospital; shooting suspect heads to court  Both of the Manchester police officers shot and wounded while chasing an armed robbery suspect have been released from the hospital. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

Feds focus on rail for moving Vermont Yankee’s spent fuel  A U.S. Department of Energy team spent several days last week in Windham County evaluating transportation infrastructure for the eventual removal of the Vernon nuclear plant’s spent fuel. Rail appears the likeliest option. – VTDIGGER

NHBR Featured Event: NH High Tech Council's Entrepreneur Forum  Two local products will be in the spotlight at the forum as their inventors look for advice and feedback before launching their new technologic advances to the world. Wednesday, May 18, FIRST, 200 Bedford St., Manchester. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

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