Business

Tech Battle Drives PC Prices Down

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

San Francisco — Google is releasing its cheapest Chromebook laptops yet, two versions priced at $149 aimed at undercutting Microsoft’s Windows franchise and gaining ground in even more classrooms. Various PC manufacturers have been working with Google to design lightweight laptops running on the Chrome operating system since 2011. The newest versions are made by Hisense and Haier. Hisense’s Chromebook can be ordered beginning Tuesday at Walmart.com and Haier’s version …

Vt. Lax on Medicaid Oversight

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Montpelier — During the past decade, Vermont has spent $675 million setting up Medicaid managed-care programs but has done such a spotty job monitoring them that they can’t even be audited. That’s the upshot from a letter state Auditor of Accounts Douglas Hoffer sent to lawmakers last week. It followed up on an internal report in January by the Agency of Human Services …

RadioShack sale approved, keeping hundreds of stores open

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Radioshack Sale Approved, Keeping Hundreds of Stores Open The judge overseeing RadioShack’s bankruptcy said he will approve the sale of about 1,700 stores to the chain’s biggest shareholder. Tuesday’s decision ensures the survival of the 94-year-old electronics retailer, for now, and saves thousands of jobs that might have been lost if the stores …

Suits Allege D-H Failure to Accommodate

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Some recent lawsuits have alleged that Dartmouth-Hitchcock failed to provide proper accommodations for residents with disabilities that included amnesia, lupus and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and illegally dismissed them from the program. In April 2014, after a four-day jury trial, Judge William Sessions of the U.S. District Court …

Business Notes: March 29, 2015

Sunday, March 29, 2015

White River Junction — Leadership Upper Valley, the nonprofit business leader training program run by Vital Communities, is recruiting established and emerging leaders for its Class of 2016. The deadline to apply is June 1. Leadership Upper Valley provides networking, learning and service opportunities with community members and …

Money Talk: Advice for Supporting Challenged Son

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Question: My son, who is almost 50, is mentally and emotionally challenged. He has been unemployed and homeless for years. Although not a criminal, he’s been in jail a few times because of his explosive, combative nature. There seems to be no help for him in the state …

Consumer Confidential: Credit Card Issuers Shouldn’t Bully Customers Into Arbitration Clauses

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Credit card companies say you can’t sue them and you can’t join other customers in suing them, and if you don’t like it, tough. Federal regulators finally have reached the obvious conclusion: That’s not fair. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has released a study showing that so-called arbitration …

3 Steps to Setting Up An Emergency Fund

Sunday, March 29, 2015

If you lose your job tomorrow, do you have enough money to pay your rent next month? Bad things can happen. Start an emergency fund in three simple steps to cushion you in times of trouble. Saving an emergency fund can sound like a daunting task. You may …

Yellen Touts Slow, Steady Approach

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Washington — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that any increase in rock-bottom interest rates to “more normal” levels would be gradual and that rates would remain low “for some time” while the economy continues to recover. …

Recession, Interest Rates Reduce Local Bank Ranks

Sunday, March 29, 2015

It used to be easy to start a local bank: Find investors. Get a charter. Hire staff and appoint a board of directors. Off you go. Not anymore. A confluence of factors spawned by the Great Recession have combined to decimate the number of bank start-ups. Regulatory compliance …

About 75% Prefer Imitation

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Washington — It’s peak sugaring season in much of the Northeast, when the country’s maple syrup producers tap their trees to collect the sap that flows freely this time of year. It takes about 40 gallons of maple …

Federal Regulators Seek to Put Their First Check on Payday Lenders

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Washington — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday unveiled a new plan that it said would help rein in the $50 billion payday lending industry and prevent low-income borrowers from facing spiraling levels of debt. The proposal, …

Rising Rents Drive More Millennials Toward Homeownership

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Boston — Americans in their 20s and early 30s are getting a nudge toward homeownership a decade after sales peaked during the housing bubble. It’s not their nagging parents. It’s rents, which have risen so much that buying is making more sense. “I pay $1,410 in rent for …