New Hampshire's Business News for March 16

A look at today's top business headlines including: the future of Mount Sunapee, NH unemployment rate is lowest in the nation, Nashua mayor's "fight for rail", and Seth Warren of LRGHealthcare is stepping down after only 6 months

Final Sunapee decision to be issued Thursday  A final decision on the future of Mount Sunapee will be issued this week, the Department of Resources and Economic Development announced Tuesday. – CONCORD MONITOR

NH jobless rate lowest in nation? The state Tuesday announced its February unemployment rate fell to 2.7 percent, just below the January rate for both North Dakota and South Dakota. – NH UNION LEADER

New bill would limit federal exemptions on New Hampshire gas tax  State lawmakers have a message for the federal government: Pay your fair share. – CONCORD MONITOR

‘Fight For Rail' meeting organized by Nashua mayor  Following last week’s decision by state legislators to cut $4 million designated for rail from the state’s 10-year highway improvement plan, Mayor Jim Donchess has planned a “Fight For Rail” gathering next week. – NH UNION LEADER

LRGHealthcare CEO announces resignation Seth Warren to step down after six months on the job. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

North Country visitors spent more last year than in 2014  Visitor spending for the summer and fall tourism seasons in both Coos County and the Great North Woods region were up compared to a year earlier. – NH UNION LEADER

Fisher Cats: $9 million in collateral if city pays to improve stadium  After securing a “significant” concession from team ownership, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted Tuesday to direct the city solicitor and finance director to negotiate final terms of an agreement with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats that commits city funds for stadium improvements. – NH UNION LEADER

Salem board backs Lupoli's plan to redevelop plaza Lupoli Companies, owner of the Sal’s Pizza restaurant chain, plans to renovate the Route 28 plaza to make way for a larger Sal's, another restaurant, offices, retail space and apartments. – LAWRENCE EAGLE-TRIBUNE

NH health official responds to concerns over Seacoast cancer cluster  State epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan began his presentation Tuesday on a Seacoast cancer cluster by apologizing that the Seacoast community didn’t find out about the investigation until after the research was finished. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Selling your business: Does it stand out from the crowd? Eight key criteria that investors often use when evaluating a potential acquisition. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Lawmakers question specifics of legalizing needle exchange in NH  Lawmakers were evenly split Tuesday on whether or not the House should support the legalization of needle exchange programs in New Hampshire. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

Manchester's police chief named to national task force on opioid/heroin crisis  Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard has been named to a new joint national task force to address the country’s opioid and heroin epidemic, the National League of Cities and the National Association of Counties announced Tuesday. – NH UNION LEADER

Judge nixes AG’s hiring of law firm  Attorney General Joe Foster vowed to continue investigating pharmaceutical companies for how they market opioids, despite a court order that voids an agreement the state had with a private law firm to assist in its probe. – NH UNION LEADER

STAT asks court to release secret files on OxyContin  The website wants documents that could provide new information on how Purdue Pharma LP marketed its potent pain pill. – THE BOSTON GLOBE

Child advocates' group wants protection from civil and criminal liability  CASA-NH, a nonprofit that trains volunteers to represent child victims in neglect and abuse cases is asking lawmakers to grant it immunity from civil and criminal liability. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

Sale of CBS' radio stations would reshape Boston airwaves  CBS’s decision to sell off nearly 120 radio stations had local industry insiders buzzing about the future of the five in Boston — WBZ AM, The Sports Hub, WZLX, Mix 104 and AMP 103 — and who would be the likely buyers. – BOSTON HERALD

Steve Wynn shows off new name, new design for Everett casino  Wynn Boston Harbor, located several miles from the harborfront, could open sometime in 2018. – THE BOSTON GLOBE

NHBR Featured Event: Investing in NH Forum  An event where current and potential investors can come together to explore opportunities around impact investing in New Hampshire. Thursday, March 17, DEN Innovation Center, Hanover. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

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