New Hampshire's Business News for March 17

A look at today's top business headlines including: expanded gambling bill to go before the NH Senate, warm weather hurts maple syrup producers, rail supporters still determined and NH senators split on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.

Rail supporters remain determined after NH House vote  Proponents of building a commuter rail line from Boston to Manchester say they’re undeterred by state lawmakers’ decision last week to cut $4 million designated for planning the project from the state’s 10-year highway improvement plan. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Senate to take up bill allowing for casino at Rockingham Park  An expanded gambling bill going before the Senate Thursday would open the door for New Hampshire’s first casino to open at Rockingham Park in Salem. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

Maple syrup producers feeling the heat  Warm weather in March is enjoyable for most people — unless you are a maple sugar producer. – LAWRENCE EAGLE-TRIBUNE

DES, Realtors agree on radon in water advisory  New Hampshire environmental regulators and realtors have reached an agreement on how to communicate the risks associated with Radon in drinking water. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

105-unit Candia road apartment complex to go before city planning board tonight  The city planning staff has recommended the Manchester Planning Board approve a 105-unit apartment complex behind the Candia Road Dunkin’ Donuts, as long as the developer install a traffic light, crosswalks and a turn lane at a nearby intersection. – NH UNION LEADER

Large Seacoast solar energy project breaks ground  On Tuesday, ReVision Energy started work on a solar panel array located on land that Durham owns at the Packers Falls gravel pit in Lee. With 2,100 panels, it is a municipal project that is second only to a 940-kilowatt array that was completed in Peterborough last year. – NH UNION LEADER

Paper mill workers to vote on new contract  United Steelworkers Local 75 members will vote Friday on a new one-year contract with Gorham Paper and Tissue. – THE BERLIN DAILY SUN

Exeter chamber readies co-working space  The space, above the chamber’s office, will offer reserved and shared desks, standup desks, work tables, traditional setups, a sharing library, lounge, café, equipped conference room and phone cubes for privacy. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Salem board OKs first phase of Tuscan Village plan  Mixed-use project situated on 50 acres of former Rockingham Park land. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Mortgage field services firm plans expansion in Claremont  National Field Representatives buys two properties. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

AG has concerns with 'dramatic expansion' of Prescott Park stage  The plan by the Prescott Park Arts Festival to build a permanent stage in the city-owned park may go beyond the intent of the Josie Prescott Trust. – PORTSMOUTH HERALD

Data breach affects Lakes Region scholarship applicants  Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation Executive Director Joan Cormier said notices have been mailed to former Lakes Region high school students who had applied for scholarships between 1996 and 2009. – LACONIA CITIZEN

What is a cybersecurity professional? There’s a lot more to the job than most people think. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Governor clashes with lawmakers over drug crisis funding  After several months of relative calm between the governor and lawmakers over legislation to address the state's drug crisis, war broke out Wednesday over additional money to address the epidemic. – NH UNION LEADER

In first interview, gubernatorial candidate Ted Gatsas says fentanyl fight is top priority  Four-term Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas is running for Governor and his top number one issue, which will come as no surprise to city residents, is the fentanyl epidemic because, he said, "people are dying every single day." – NH UNION LEADER

Shaheen, Ayotte remain divided on president's Supreme Court nominee  New Hampshire's US Senators are split on what the Senate should do now that President Obama has chosen Merrick Garland as his nominee to the US Supreme Court. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

Milne sells majority stake in travel firm  Milne Travel, the Barre, Vt.-based travel agency owned by former Vermont GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne, has sold a controlling stake in the company to the New York-based travel management giant Altour International Inc. – VALLEY NEWS

The Fresh Market accepts $1.36b buyout From Apollo Global Management  Specialty grocer The Fresh Market, which operates 186 stores in 27 states – including New Hampshire – has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Apollo Global Management for approximately $1.36 billion.  – THE SHELBY REPORT

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