New Hampshire's Business News for August 26

A look at today's top business headlines, including: SAT scores improve statewide, who's leading the cash race for governor, two NH Macy's stores could close, Gary Johnson visits NH and Anheuser-Busch to cut jobs

Applicants sought for Startup Fundamentals program Alpha Loft program ‘gives founders the groundwork needed to build strong innovation-based businesses’ – N.H. BUSINESS REVIEW

Defining a tech ecosystem: tech companies vs. tech workers The search for a detailed picture of skills needs and gaps. – N.H. BUSINESS REVIEW

SAT scores improve statewide Statewide results of standardized SAT tests taken by 11th-graders in the spring showed improvement from the previous year, when the Smarter Balanced Assessment associated with the controversial Common Core was used. – N.H. UNION LEADER

NHBR Featured Event: Hiring, Training, and Retaining Employees  Enterprise Center offers practical workshop will offer tips and tricks to help enhance the performance of hiring managers.  Free.  Tuesday morning in Plymouth.

In money race, two N.H. gubernatorial candidates stand out Democrat Colin Van Ostern and Republican Ted Gatsas are leading the cash race in the contest for governor. – N.H. PUBLIC RADIO

Emails reveal national Dems wanted 'fresh face' not Shea-Porter for Congress Reports say leaked DCCC emails said they wanted someone other than Carol Shea-Porter to run on the Democratic ticket for NH's 1st Congressional District. – NH1

Johnson 'banking on political unrest between Republicans and Democrats' The former New Mexico governor – who stopped in Concord yesterday — are working to get on every state ballot and into the presidential debates.   – WMUR-TV

Trump says Clinton attacks can't 'stand' at Manchester rally Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of trying to brand Trump supporters as racists hours after the Democrat's new video that linked Trump to the Ku Klux Klan. – N.H. UNION LEADER

LePage challenges 'prove I'm a racist' in voice mail laced with obscenities The governor later says he wishes he and Rep. Drew Gattine could have a duel and 'I would point (my gun) right between his eyes.' – PORTLAND PRESS-HERALD

Sanders’ kickoff of nonprofit answers some questions, raises others It will focus on electing 100 candidates and passing seven ballot initiatives in the 2016 election cycle, he told supporters. But staffers have resigned in protest of its direction, and campaign finance rules limit a federal politician’s role in issue advocacy groups. – VT DIGGER

Two NH stores on Macy's 'at risk' list The Macy's store at the Mall of New Hampshire and a Bloomingdale's outlet in Merrimack are on a list of 28 store locations “most at risk of closing,”—N.H. UNION LEADER

Anheuser-Busch InBev to cut jobs after SABMiller merger Anheuser-Busch InBev said on Friday that it expected to eliminate at least 3 percent of its combined work force as part of cost-cutting efforts following its proposed merger with SABMiller over the next several years. – THE NEW YORK TIMES

Buffalo Wild Wings coming to Nashua It's the chain's fifth New Hampshire location. – NASHUA PATCH

New rules call for increased scrutiny of natural gas pipeline proposals The N.H. Site Evaluation Committee, which is charged with issuing certificates for energy infrastructure projects in the state, adopted several amendments involving where large pipelines that transport natural gas can go, as well as their related facilities, such as compressor stations. – KEENE SENTINEL

Passengers evacuated when Mt. Sunapee ship grounds itself The Mt. Sunapee excursion vessel grounded itself on water intake pipes used to make snow for the slopes of the Mount Sunapee. – NH1

Magic Mountain ski area sold Ski Magic LLC announced it has signed a deal to buy the 709-acre Magic Mountain Ski Area in Londonderry, VT, for an undisclosed amount. —  BURLINGTON FREE PRESS

Parents of Owen Labrie sex assault victim agree to be named in lawsuit The parents of a teenage sexual assault victim have agreed to identify themselves in a lawsuit against St. Paul’s School. Their daughter’s full name, however, will remain out of the lawsuit, concealed by her initials. – CONCORD MONITOR

ITT college chain barred from enrolling students with U.S. aid The federal Department of Education imposed strict new rules on Thursday on one of the nation’s largest for-profit education companies, ITT Educational Services (which owns Daniel Webster College in Nashua) barring it from enrolling new students who use federal financial aid and ordering it to pay $153 million to the department within 30 days to cover student refunds if its schools close down. – THE NEW YORK TIMES

Harvard Square could lose iconic Out of Town News The newsstand in the tiny 500-square-foot kiosk is not part of Cambridge’s proposed $4.6 million project to remake the plaza.  – BOSTON GLOBE

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