New Hampshire's Business News for May 26

A look at today's top business headlines, including: House Senate business tax deal, Gas pipeline opponents target Eversource, Saint-Gobain sued over contaminated wells, lawmakers can’t agree on drone use bill, Stiles to retire from state Senate, Innis to seek seat

House, Senate near agreement on business tax deal  NH House and Senate conferees on Wednesday worked on a business tax package acceptable to Gov. Maggie Hassan that would quadruple the up-front deductions for major capital expenses, alleviate the tax burden on businesses that go public and update the state’s entire business tax code. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

NED pipeline opponents take on new fight over Eversource filing  With the death this week of the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project, opponents are focusing on challenging a state filing that, if approved, would allow electric companies to charge customers for natural gas pipeline construction. – THE KEENE SENTINEL

Residents file lawsuit against Saint-Gobain over contaminated wells Residents with private wells near the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics plant in Merrimack filed two class action cases Wednesday against the company. Saint-Gobain is the likely source of water contamination in the area, according to state officials. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

New test results show chemical in some Bedford wells  The NH Department of Environmental Services says new test results show a potentially cancer causing chemical has been found in a number of private drinking water wells in Bedford. – FOSTER’S DAILY DEMOCRAT

Hassan pledges to expand Pease blood testing  Gov. Maggie Hassan has pledged to expand blood testing for people who were exposed to dangerous chemicals that forced the closing of a city-owned well at the former Pease Air Force Base. – PORTSMOUTH HERALD

Cybersecurity forum spells out risks to small businesses  Even the smallest businesses are at risk of a security breach — in fact, those businesses may be the most vulnerable to cyberattacks. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Legislators fail to come to agreement on bill governing drone use  An attempt to protect the business use of drones upended agreement on how best to regulate drones to protect the privacy of state residents. – NH UNION LEADER

New London Hospital nursing home may close  New London Hospital and its corporate parent, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, are about to decide whether to close the William P. Clough Center for Extended Care. – VALLEY NEWS

Lake Sunapee VNA to acquire Claremont program  Valley Regional Hospital of Claremont has announced plans to consolidate its home care and hospice program with Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice in order to improve efficiency in the face of increasing federal regulations and rising health care costs. – CLAREMONT EAGLE-TIMES

Building on Hope gives Manchester PAL building a new life  $1.8 million volunteer project gives center an “extreme makeover.” – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Staffing dispute at New Hampshire Hospital could mean trouble for mental health services  An ongoing staffing skirmish at New Hampshire Hospital threatens to create a backlog in the state’s already fragile mental health system. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

Smuttynose Brewing Company complex certified LEED Gold  Smuttynose Brewing Company’s Hampton headquarters has been certified as LEED Gold, making it the second brewery in the United States and the third industrial facility in New Hampshire to attain the certification. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

 ‘Tactical urbanism’ comes to Portsmouth  Mike Lydon of the Street Plans Collaborative, a leader in what‘s known as the “tactical urbanism” movement, will speak in Portsmouth on Friday, June 1, at 3S Artspace. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Study finds Exeter easiest place to sell a home  If you’re looking to sell your home and live in Exeter, you should be in luck. – NH UNION LEADER

Legislators reach compromise that would eliminate free skiing for seniors  Under the agreement, those 65 years old and above will pay $5 a day at the only state-run ski area, increasing $5 a year until the lift ticket is one-third the standard price. – NH UNION LEADER

Goodbye Margaritas, hello ‘adult milk shakes’ and burgers  A Portsmouth restaurateur closed on the first floor of the shuttered Margaritas in downtown Portland, Maine, Wednesday. The grassfed-adult-milkshake-themed BRGR Bar is expected to open on Brown Street in late August. – BANGOR DAILY NEWS

Stiles to retire from state Senate, Innis to seek seat  Sen. Nancy Stiles of Hampton has become the sixth Republican senator, and eighth senator overall, to announce that she will not seek re-election. – WMUR-TV

Granite Staters ready to battle with GOP for primary's date  The national convention in Cleveland is more likely to address potential rule changes to alter the nominating calendar and how the GOP chooses its nominee. – NH UNION LEADER

Brent oil breaks above $50 for first time in seven months  Oil prices climbed above $50 a barrel on Thursday for the first time in nearly seven months as a global supply glut that plagued the market for nearly two years showed signs of easing. – REUTERS

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