New Hampshire's Business News for July 20

A look at today's top business headlines, including: Provident Bank celebrates a year on the Nasdaq; What Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit tells us about the state of sexual harassment in the workplace; Justice Dept. will seek to block 2 health insurance mergers; No Mass. tax holiday this year

Provident Bank celebrates a year on the Nasdaq The Provident Bank might be headquartered in Amesbury, Mass., less than two miles across the border, but “it is really a New Hampshire bank,” CEO Dave Mansfield summed up Tuesday afternoon, shortly before ringing the closing bell on the Nasdaq to celebrate the bank’s first year going public. – N.H. BUSINESS REVIEW

NH Federal Credit Union healthiest in nation, a consumer-oriented website that tracks more than 8,000 banks and credit unions, has ranked New Hampshire Federal Credit Union the healthiest credit union in the nation.  FOSTER-S DAILY DEMOCRAT

Phillips Exeter: Sexual abuse claim should have been better handled A New Hampshire prep school criticized for how it handled sexual misconduct and assault cases has sent an email to faculty members, students and parents saying it's hiring a director of student well-being. Kuster discusses campus sexual assault  –N.H. PUBLIC RADIO

Roger Ailes is negotiating his departure as Fox News chairman The company has been investigating accusations of sexual harassment in a lawsuit filed against him. At the peak of power, hits end of path. – THE NEW YORK TIMES

You’ve come a long way baby? What Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit tells us about the state of sexual harassment in the workplace.  – N.H. BUSINESS REVIEW

Ayotte on missing RNC: ‘I’m here where the people of N.H. are’ Instead, she toured Hypertherm, a New Hampshire-based manufacturer of industrial cutting equipment. Ayotte was there to discuss her work supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM. – CONCORD MONITOR

Veterans tell Shaheen and VA officials Chocie Card Program not working  In frustrated and at times emotional testimony, an overflow crowd of veterans and their families in Colebrook spoke about the problems they have had using a program designed to make it easier for veterans to get health care locally. – THE BERLIN DAILY SUN

Wentworth-Douglass to open new office at Pease Tradeport NH officials have confirmed that Wentworth-Douglass Hospital plans to open a new medical office at the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth. – NH1

Justice Dept. will seek to block 2 health insurance mergers Antitrust officials are concerned that Aetna’s deal with Humana and Anthem’s pursuit of Cigna would harm competition in the health insurance industry. – THE NEW YORK TIMES

Maine regulators approve expansion of gas pipeline capacity Following more than two years of study, the Maine Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday gave conditional approval to a plan in which electric consumers would underwrite a contract through their power rates that would help pay for expanded natural gas capacity in New England. – PORTLAND PRESS-HERALD

Four companies receive training grants Four New Hampshire companies have received job training grants to help train 84 workers in new skills, Gov. Maggie Hassan announced. – N.H. UNION LEADER

State unemployment rate up New Hampshire officials say the state's unemployment rate went up slightly in June, to 2.8 percent. – N.H. PUBLIC RADIO

C&S Wholesale subsidiaries lay off 186 Two Indiana subsidiaries of New Hampshire-based C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. are closing as a result of the parent company losing a contract with Indianapolis-based Marsh Supermarkets. – INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS

Defense contract will help Bedford business grow A new, $304.5 million contract with the U.S. Army is expected to advance future growth at Safran Optics 1.  – N.H. UNION LEADER

House with rooftop dining coming to downtown Manchester Wine aficionados and downtown adventurers: This one’s for you. Coming later this year, Cabonnay, the state’s largest, exclusive, three-level Urban Wine House, at 55 Bridge St. – MANCHESTER INK LINK

Primerica opens in downtown Franklin In what city officials see as another improvement to the city’s downtown area, a local business owner affiliated with a huge nationwide company has opened his doors on Canal Street. – N.H. UNION LEADER

Portsmouth eatery fined for 4 Liquor Commission violations The state Liquor Commission's Bureau of Enforcement cited Dos Amigos Burritos for four violations discovered during a routine inspection, said state Liquor Enforcement Chief Jim Wilson. – PORTSMOUTH HERALD

No Mass. tax holiday this year For the first time since 2009, it appears Massachusetts consumers will not get a reprieve from the state's 6.25 percent sales tax this summer, legislative leaders said Monday. – THE HERALD NEWS

NHBR Featured Event: Understanding Your Business Financial Statements This workshop sponsored by the Center for Women & Enterprise will provide you with the tools necessary to understand your income statement, balance sheet and statement of cash flow; all essential skills for operating a successful business.  Tomorrow morning, in Nashua.

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