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Johanna Cicotte, owner of Miller Auto Group, hugs an employee at Miller Chevrolet Cadillac in Lebanon, N.H., on Feb. 24, 2015. The dealership is closing this week. (Valley News - Sarah Shaw) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Miller Auto Dealership to Close

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lebanon — Signaling a shake-up in the Upper Valley automobile market, longtime car seller Miller Chevrolet Cadillac will close its doors on Friday, leaving Lebanon, for the first time since the dawn of the automotive era, without a Chevrolet or Cadillac dealer. Miller Chevrolet Cadillac owner Johanna Cicotte has terminated the distribution agreement with parent company General Motors and is …

Businesses: Vt. Mandates Hurt Recovery

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Montpelier — Business groups contend legislative mandates are hampering their ability to recover from the Great Recession. The groups, representing a wide array of sectors, said lawmakers have burdened businesses with new regulations, fees and taxes over the past six years that have made it difficult for small companies to thrive in Vermont. Members of the Vermont Retail and Grocers Association, the Associated …

Derailment of Trains Hauling Fuel a Concern

Monday, February 23, 2015

Billings, Mont. — The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the U.S. …

Maine Panel to Consider Wind

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Portland, Maine — Maine’s reshaped Public Utilities Commission wants to reconsider two proposed wind projects it approved two months ago, a move critics say would damage the integrity of the regulatory process and scare off future renewable-energy investors. …

Markets Hit Records After Greek Aid Deal

Sunday, February 22, 2015

New York — U.S. stocks rose Friday, sending benchmark indexes to records, after European officials reached a deal to extend Greece’s aid for four months. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index climbed 0.6 percent to a record 2,110.30. The Dow Jones industrial average added 154.67 points, or 0.9 …

Doctors Say Fitness Trackers, Health Apps Can Boost Care

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Hackensack, n.j. — That phone app keeping track of your exercise and meals might keep you out of the hospital one day. Why give your doctors permission to incorporate data from fitness trackers and health apps into electronic …

Restaurants Put Bacon on Everything — Again

Friday, February 20, 2015

Pizza chain Little Caesars this week unveiled a deep-dish pizza wrapped with more than 3 feet of “decadent” thick-cut bacon. A day earlier, Starbucks debuted its own bacon-y surprise: a 540-calorie double-smoked bacon breakfast sandwich “sure to satisfy …

Wal-Mart to Raise Base Wage to $9 in April

Friday, February 20, 2015

Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest employer, said Thursday that it will increase the pay of nearly 40 percent of its workforce, a sign that the improving economy is putting pressure on companies to boost wages for entry-level workers. Starting in April, Wal-Mart workers will earn at least $9 per …

Social Security Q&A: Will Benefits Be Affected By Unemployment Payments?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Question: I went back to work after retiring, but now the company I work for is downsizing. I’ll be receiving unemployment benefits in a few weeks. Will this affect my retirement benefits? Answer: When it comes to retirement benefits, Social Security does not count unemployment as earnings, so …

Norwich Businessman Leads Benefit for Upper Valley Haven

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Norwich — Dan and Whit’s on Main Street in Norwich is at the center of town in more ways than one. It’s where neighbors pick up groceries and kibitz, where a well-worn public bulletin board promotes everything from …

People in Business: Feb. 15, 2015

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Jay Hutchins, of Lebanon, has earned the accredited estate planner designation from the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils. The designation is a graduate-level specialization in estate planning, available to legal and financial professionals. Achieving the designation …

Fear of Filing: Groups Offer Help With Income Tax Returns

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Carole Grant has something in common with about 148 million other people this time of year. She’s not thrilled with the prospect of filing her federal income tax return, and could use a little help. The White River …

Sony’s Pascal Breaks Silence

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Los Angeles — Amy Pascal opened up about what she learned from the Sony hacking experience at the Women in the World conference in San Francisco. In a candid onstage interview with journalist Tina Brown last week, the …