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In this March 24, 2017 photo, Rachel Moser pours raw milk into a container on her Be Whole Again Farm in Excelsior Springs, Mo. It is illegal to sell raw milk for human consumption in Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey and Rhode Island but local food groups, organic farming advocates and libertarians opposing government regulation are fighting to change that. They have succeeded at legalizing raw milk sales in some form in 42 states and wont rest until all states allow it. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Raw milk advocates push to expand legalized sales

DES MOINES, Iowa – Raw milk advocates’ efforts to expand availability across the U.S. have not slowed despite health officials’ assertions that it’s dangerous to drink milk that hasn’t been heated to kill bacteria. Efforts to legalize raw milk sales in some form have succeeded in 42 ...

FILE - In this Thursday, June 2, 2016 file photo, United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz delivers remarks in New York.  United Airlines said Friday, April 21, 2017, that its CEO Munoz won't add the title of chairman in 2018 as planned, as fallout continues from the violent removal of a passenger from a plane this month.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

United CEO won’t add chairman title

DALLAS – United Airlines said CEO Oscar Munoz, who came under withering criticism for the airline’s handling of a passenger-dragging incident, will not automatically add the title of chairman in 2018 as planned. The company said Friday that Munoz proposed rewriting his employment contract ...

In this April 15, 2017, photo customers get help at the ShowGrow, a medical marijuana dispensary in downtown Los Angeles. This year is poised to be a big one for legalized marijuana, with California and other states that recently approved recreational pot coming online. Yet uncertainty over the Trump administration's intents toward pot enforcement has created at least partial paralysis in those states on public consumption, licensing and other issues. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Where is pot legal? A look at shifting US marijuana policy

Whether it was fear, racism or economic concerns that led the U.S. in the 1930s to ban growing or even possessing marijuana, the nation’s wall against pot lasted a generation. Now, it’s showing signs of wear. Twenty-nine U.S. states consider pot legal for people with certain medical ...

Oklahoma to end tax credit for clean energy

A state tax credit that helped propel Oklahoma to third in the nation in its capacity to generate electricity from wind is coming to an end, but it will be years before state coffers see results of the change. Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday signed legislation that rolls back a 10-year tax credit ...

Demonstrators participate in a march and rally to demand President Donald Trump release his tax returns, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in New York.  Protesters took to the streets in dozens of cities nationwide Saturday to call on President Donald Trump to release his tax returns, saying Americans deserve to know about his business ties and potential conflicts of interest. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Tax Day revolt

CHICAGO – Thousands of chanting, sign-carrying protesters took to the streets in cities across the nation Saturday, demanding that President Donald Trump release his tax returns, so Americans can scrutinize his business ties and potential conflicts of interest. Violent clashes were the ...

Three things you can do for better sleep

The whole premise of a typical market “buy and hold” strategy presumes you have the intestinal fortitude to ride out long bear markets. The average investor actually gets much less in the market because people are motivated more by emotions than logic with markets. So they get out after ...

FILE - In this  March 10, 2016 file photo, a sales clerk arranges towels that are part of a "Buy One Get One for a Penny" sale at a J.C. Penney store, in New York. The last two months saw the largest decline in retail jobs since December 2009, when the economy was coming out of deep funk. But the combined 60,600 job losses have less to do about the economy and more to do with shoppers’ dramatic shift in spending online.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Retail stores cut jobs as more buyers migrate online

NEW YORK – Retail stores are cutting jobs at the sharpest pace in more than seven years, evidence of a seemingly inexorable shift away from employee-heavy stores as Americans increasingly shop online. A combined 60,600 retail job losses over the past two months have had less to do with the ...

Independent contractor may have fraud claim against company rep

Generally under New Hampshire law contracting parties are precluded from pursuing tort recovery for pure economic or commercial losses associated with a contractual relationship. Therefore an independent contractor that has a contract with a company to provide services, if unpaid has a breach ...

FILE- This Aug. 23, 2006, file photo shows a Payless store front is seen in Philadelphia. Shoe chain Payless ShoeSource has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, becoming the latest retailer to succumb to increasing competition from online rivals like Amazon. The retailer said Tuesday, April  4, 2017, that it will be immediately closing nearly 400 stores as part of the reorganization. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Payless files for bankruptcy protection

Shoe chain Payless ShoeSource has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, becoming the latest retailer to succumb to increasing competition from online rivals like Amazon. The Topeka, Kansas-based retailer said Tuesday that it will be immediately closing nearly 400 stores as part of the ...

Matt Damon, left, a cast member in the upcoming film "Suburbicon," addresses the audience with director George Clooney during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Future of films?

LAS VEGAS – Would you pay $40 to watch a movie in the comfort of your own home 10 days after its big-screen release? How about $30 after 45 days? These are just a few of the ideas being thrown around by major Hollywood studios looking to more effectively compete with streaming services, ...

Land O’Lakes acquires Vermont Creamery

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Land O’ Lakes Inc. has purchased Vermont Creamery, a pioneer in artisanal cheese-making in the U.S. that says it needs a partner to help reach its business potential amid unprecedented growth. Vermont Creamery will become an independently operated subsidiary of Land O’ ...

Trouble looms over SC, Georgia nuke projects

(AP)-Westinghouse Electric Co., the U.S. nuclear unit of Japan’s Toshiba Corp., filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday, calling into question the future of a number of billion-dollar nuclear projects under construction, including two in the U.S. Westinghouse said in a statement that it ...

FILE - This March 18, 2010, file photo shows the YouTube website in Los Angeles. An advertising boycott of YouTube is broadening in a sign of the skepticism surrounding Google’s promise to prevent marketing campaigns from appearing alongside repugnant videos. PepsiCo, Wal-Mart Stores and Dish Network became the latest companies to suspend their advertising on YouTube after The Wall Street Journal found Google’s automated programs placed their brands on five videos containing racist content. Even though the defections are continuing, most analysts aren’t worried yet. Starbucks and General Motors also joined in the YouTube boycott Friday, March 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

More big brands pull ads from YouTube in widening boycott

SAN FRANCISCO – An advertising boycott of YouTube is broadening, a sign that big-spending companies doubt Google’s ability to prevent marketing campaigns from appearing alongside repugnant videos. PepsiCo, Wal-Mart Stores and Starbucks on Friday confirmed that they have also suspended their ...

Bishop Guertin High School chooses Gann to direct communications

NASHUA – Bishop Guertin High School, a co-educational high school in the tradition of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, has named Kathryn Gann as the new Director of Communications. In her role, Kathryn will oversee all external communications and marketing for the school and its ...

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Merrimack Chamber of Commerce names new president

The Merrimack Chamber of Commerce welcomes Melissa Ballard Sullivan as its new President. Formerly the Director of Development and Public Relations at Marguerite’s Place, Inc., in Nashua, Melissa brings over 20 years of experience in marketing, public relations, development and strategic ...

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Roedel Co. announces director of construction

WILTON – Roedel Companies welcomes Brett Beliveau as Director of Construction for ROK Builders. Beliveau’s responsibilities include directing personnel on multiple projects from inception through project completion, planning schedules and budgeting construction funds. Beliveau has more than ...

Local Business Calendar

GREATER NASHUA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EVENTS NASHUA – 142 Main St. Information/registration: 881-8333 or www.nashuachamber.com. Registration required for all events unless otherwise noted. March 27: Legislative Cross Over Reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Join our local and ...

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman nominee Jay Clayton is sworn-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 23, 2017, prior to testifying at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Banking Committee.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

SEC pick claims his Wall Street work is not a problem

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, attorney Jay Clayton, sought to assure lawmakers that he’ll show no favoritism and act only in the public interest, as his Wall Street connections were scrutinized at his Senate confirmation ...

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The times they are a changin’

I came across a very interesting clipping from the January 25, 1982 issue of the Wall Street Journal the other day. That was just 35 years and two months ago. I was already well into my career, and so, probably, were you. The title and subject of the article: “Why take a pay cut? To shelter ...

Top economies yield to US

BADEN-BADEN, Germany – The world’s top economic powers dropped a pledge to oppose trade protectionism amid pushback from the Trump administration, which wants trade to more clearly benefit American companies and workers. Finance ministers from the Group of 20 countries meeting in the ...