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June 19, 2013

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They estimate that only 1 percent of small businesses sell their products into foreign markets.

NH unemployment rate decreases for May

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s monthly unemployment rate for May is 5.3 percent, a slight decrease from April.

The state Employment Security bureau says the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 5.5 percent.

The May 2012 seasonally adjusted rate for New Hampshire was 5.5 percent.

The national rate for the month was 7.6 percent, an increase of 0.1 percentage points from the April rate.

The number of employed residents in New Hampshire this past May was 704,960, an increase of 1,800 from the previous month and an increase of 3,660 from May 2012.

The number of unemployed residents decreased by 1,350 over the month, to 39,680. This was 950 fewer unemployed than in May 2012.

Records sought in fungal meningitis outbreak

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three Tennessee clinics have received subpoenas for documents related to drugs from a Massachusetts specialty pharmacy linked to a fungal meningitis outbreak last year.

The subpoenas were sent to St. Thomas Outpatient Neurological Center in Nashville, Specialty Surgery Center in Crossville and the PCA Pain Care Center in Oak Ridge. They were issued by attorneys representing patients in a consolidated federal lawsuit against New England Compounding Pharmacy Inc. in Framingham, Mass.

The attorneys are asking the clinics to produce records between the clinics and the pharmacy, including purchases, quantities, pricing and dates, involving methylprednisolone acetate, as well as other compounded medicines produced by the pharmacy.

The fungal meningitis outbreak killed 58 people and sickened more than 740 others.

NH woman sentenced to 5 to 10 years in son’s death

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman has been sentenced to five to 10 years in prison for negligent homicide in the drowning death of her 8-month-old son in a bathtub.

Prosecutors said 28-year-old Melissa Gutierrez of Merrimack left her two children in the tub with the water running in 2011. The other child was 2 years old.

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