New Hampshire's Business News for June 14

A look at today's top business headlines, including: New green commuting effort launched in NH, Portsmouth candlelight vigil to honor Orlando shooting victims, Economic challenges threaten long-term care, Laconia Motorcycle Week runs smoothly for visitors, Enterprise Center at Plymouth helps local business grow

Hassan signs law creating underground utility corridor  Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a bill last week which creates energy infrastructure corridors on public land to ensure there is a path for future energy projects to use underground. – WMUR-TV

Londonderry PFOA tests reveal little cause for concern  A spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Services said the level of danger from four local residential drinking wells that were tested for possible harmful contaminants is extremely low. – LAWRENCE EAGLE-TRIBUNE

NH officials to discuss test results related to polluted well  New Hampshire health officials this week plan to discuss the results of blood tests related to chemical exposure at an industrial complex near the Portsmouth International Airport. – CONCORD MONITOR

New green commuting effort launched in NH  Whether people choose to drive or bike or walk to work is their own decision, but it also means something to the businesses they are getting to. At least that’s what the people behind CommuteSmart NH would like you to think, or at least to think about. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Portsmouth candlelight vigil, walk to honor Orlando shooting victims  A candlelight vigil and walk will be held in Portsmouth Tuesday night in honor of the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

Economic challenges threaten long-term care  State-funded Medicaid payments annually fall millions of dollars short of reimbursing provider costs. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Hannaford to open concept store in Bedford  Hannaford Supermarkets will open its biggest store in New Hampshire on Saturday, promising more amenities at its “new design concept” store. – NH UNION LEADER

Laconia Motorcycle Week runs smoothly for visitors  The first three days of the 93rd Laconia Motorcycle Week are now history, with organizers and law enforcement officers saying they are pleased with the way things have gone so far. – LACONIA CITIZEN

Hassan to sign drug court bill Into law  The bill establishes a statewide drug offender grant program, setting up the drug courts or alternative programs. It also transfers $40 million to the state's Rainy Day Fund this year. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

Enterprise Center at Plymouth helps local business grow The Enterprise Center at Plymouth was designed to provide local entrepreneurs with resources and services to start and grow their business. This was just the case with Plymouth State University graduate Spirit Seeker who recently moved his accounting firm out of the center and into an office in downtown Ashland. – LACONIA CITIZEN

Students chide Dartmouth for lack of faculty diversity  Students at Dartmouth are criticizing the Ivy League school for its lack of faculty diversity after an Asian-American assistant professor was denied tenure. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

Proposed Lebanon ordinance would fine homeless for camping  The American Civil Liberties Union denounced a proposed city ordinance on Friday, calling the effort to curtail homeless camping unconstitutional and “bad policy.” – VALLEY NEWS

Bradley again asks for state quarterly spending reports  Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro, repeated his request for the governor’s office to release quarterly spending reports for state departments. – NH UNION LEADER

Hassan says no known threat in NH, Morse takes issue with absence  Gov. Maggie Hassan, while in California for campaign fundraisers this past weekend, said she was in contact with New Hampshire public safety officials to discuss emergency preparedness after the terrorist shooting in Orlando, Fla. – NH UNION LEADER

Some NH Republicans flock to Trump, others steer clear in first visit since primary  Few high-profile Republicans now jockeying to share the ballot with Trump were among the crowd of 110 guests to take in his speech at St. Anselm College in person. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

Hussey CEO loses fight with cancer  The president and CEO of North Berwick, Maine-based Hussey Seating Company, Timothy B. Hussey, died Monday morning. – FOSTER’S DAILY DEMOCRAT

Vt. restaurant achieves $15 minimum wage through new charge  A Bellows Falls, Vt., restaurant has taken a step, with support of patrons, to increase the minimum wage of all employees to at least $15 per hour through a new “living wage adjustment” on purchases. – CLAREMONT EAGLE-TIMES

Real raises make a difference  A steadily improving workforce has more permanent benefits than a minimum wage increase. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

U.S. data point to strong domestic demand, stirring inflation  U.S. retail sales rose strongly in May as Americans bought automobiles and a range of other goods, even as they paid more for gasoline, suggesting that economic growth was gaining steam despite a sharp slowdown in job creation. – REUTERS

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