New Hampshire's Business News for June 21

A look at today's top business headlines, including: Northern Pass headed to NH Supreme Court, LaconiaFest a financial fiasco, survey measures income inequality in New Hampshire, Franklin Pierce University names first female president, Rochester car dealer: Feedback on gun promotion mostly positive

Northern Pass case headed to state Supreme Court  The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is taking its case against the Northern Pass hydroelectric project to the New Hampshire Supreme Court. – NH UNION LEADER

Financial fiasco: Artists, employees took over festival after concert promoters disappeared Thursday  When the music stopped at LaconiaFest, the city was out some $100,000 in expenses for safety and emergency services, contractors and suppliers found themselves with unpaid bills and employees recouped a fraction of their wages only after taking charge of the event and staging the last two concerts themselves. – THE LACONIA DAILY SUN

Merrimack public water customers demand accountability at commissioners meeting  Residents concerned about PFOA contamination in Merrimack’s public water supplies demanded more accountability from commissioners at a meeting held on Monday. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

Franklin Pierce names first female president  Franklin Pierce University has named its sixth president, who will take the helm after outgoing President Andrew H. Card Jr. steps down Aug. 1. – THE KEENE SENTINEL

Income inequality study places New Hampshire 31st in nation  Report says top 1 percent earns 17.9 times more than the bottom 99 percent. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Portsmouth retains AAA bond rating  Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's has again affirmed the city’s long-term AAA bond rating. – PORTSMOUTH HERALD

Currier to begin a new era as director for past two decades departs  Little is recognizable between the Currier of 1996, when Susan E. Strickler took the job of museum director, and the institution that she leaves later this month. – NH UNION LEADER

State opens huge liquor store in Seabrook  It’s bigger than both New Hampshire state liquor stores on either side of Interstate 95 in Hampton, and its ribbon-cutting at the Market Basket South shopping center drew dignitaries from the state capital. – LAWRENCE EAGLE-TRIBUNE

Former Portsmouth bar owners ask judge to throw out suit  Owners of a former nightspot say they should be protected from a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from a Dover man being attacked by another patron. – NH UNION LEADER

New Hampshire slips in its national Kids Count rating but stays in the top 10 states New Hampshire slipped from second to fourth place in the national Kids Count ranking, according to new data released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. – CONCORD MONITOR

New group wants to lessen role of hunters on Fish and Game Department  The loud, long debate over a proposed bobcat-hunting season has given a boost to a group that wants to change the state’s Fish and Game Commission to expand the influence of non-hunters, and increase funding for outdoors programs in the process. – CONCORD MONITOR

Rochester car dealer: Feedback on gun promotion mostly positive The Rochester car dealer running a promotion that promises an AR-15-style assault rifle or a 9mm pistol to those who purchase a vehicle for $5,000 or more said he has received more positive feedback than negative since the story about his offer made national headlines. – FOSTER’S DAILY DEMOCRAT

Ayotte, Shaheen back Senate gun proposals  Members of the U.S. Senate were unable to agree Monday on dueling proposals to prevent suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms and make changes to background checks on gun sales, as four gun control amendments crafted in the wake of the nation’s deadliest mass shooting failed to advance despite support from both senators from the Granite State. – NH UNION LEADER

Sununu's name gives boost, creates target in GOP gov's race  As the son of a former governor and brother of a past U.S. senator, Republican Chris Sununu's name recognition gives him an early boost in the race to replace outgoing Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan. – FOSTER’S DAILY DEMOCRAT

NH Trump supporters bemoan loss of Windham campaign manager Corey Lewandowski  Southern New Hampshire supporters of Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump were stunned Monday by news that he dismissed campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. – LAWRENCE EAGLE-TRIBUNE

Summer price drop for live lobsters may come early this year  Live lobster prices are high in New England and beyond as fishermen eagerly await the summer arrival of the region's beloved crustaceans, which could come slightly early and send prices down. – FOSTER’S DAILY DEMOCRAT

French company Veolia relocates its North American HQ to Boston  Five months after GE announced it would move to Boston, another major player in the energy industry said it would move here. – THE BOSTON GLOBE

Rutland Herald and Times Argus eliminate three print editions  The newspapers will publish four print editions a week and post news online seven days a week. – VTDIGGER

UK-dependent U.S. companies downplay 'Brexit' worries  Britain, the fifth-largest buyer of U.S. exports last year with an estimated $56 billion in purchases according to the U.S. Census Bureau, is scheduled to vote on Thursday to determine whether it should stay in the European Union or withdraw. – REUTERS

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