Business & Economy

Business & Economy
8:58 am
Mon June 23, 2014

NC Has Highest Bill For 'Check Engine' Lights

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Drivers in North Carolina pay more when the check engine light comes on than motorists in other states. 

That's according to a survey from the organization Car M.D.  The annual state-by-state ranking found the average car repair cost came out to about $426 in the Tar Heel State.

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Business & Economy
1:46 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Man Opens Shooting Range Next To Cat Refuge: Internet Gets Angry

The Goathouse Refuge in Pittsboro, NC is currently home to more than 200 cats.
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Siglinda Scarpa walks me through the main house at The Goathouse Refuge, when a golden yellow cat that looks a lot like all the other 200+ cats starts rubbing against both of our legs, purring the way cats purr.

"Hey, Mimi," says Scarpa (presumably this is the cat's name), "What do you say? Stop that shooting range!" Scarpa chuckles.

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Business & Economy
9:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Durham Cuts 4 Jobs From Solid Waste Department

Durham has cut landfill costs by boosting recycling measures in recent years. Now, the city has cut the waste reduction coordinator job to make up or a budget shortfall.
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Durham's Solid Waste Department is cutting four jobs to make up for a $1.1 million budget shortfall.

Director Donald Long said his department is very expensive to run. Its $16 million budget is about the same size as last year, and Long said one of the only places to cut costs is personnel.

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Business & Economy
6:15 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Durham Fund Raises $26 Million For Start-Ups

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Tech start-ups in the Triangle received welcome news this week. Durham-based Bull City Venture Partners plans to invest some $26 million in projects throughout the mid-Atlantic.

The group began raising funds more than a year ago and has already invested in one Raleigh-based digital media initiative. Co-founder David Jones says the mid-Atlantic is an area ripe with innovation, but investors often need convincing.

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Tue June 10, 2014

The Future Of Community Newspapers

Saving Community Journalism book cover
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Community newspapers and new technology

The advent of the internet forced many industries to adjust, and newspapers were no exception. To deal with new competition and the changing face of advertising, community papers are reaching across platforms. A new book, "Saving Community Journalism: The Path to Profitability" (The University of North Carolina Press/2014) seeks to assist local papers in that transition.

 

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The State Of Things
12:03 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Meet NC Budget Director Art Pope

Host Frank Stasio and NC Budget Director Art Pope
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NC Budget Director Art Pope

In 2012, Governor Pat McCrory selected Art Pope to serve as the state’s budget director.

Pope has a long history in North Carolina politics and government. The attorney and businessman served in the legislature before launching several charitable organizations and think tanks centered on libertarian principles.

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Business & Economy
11:49 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Durham NC Man Among First To Test Paper Airplane Drone

The PowerUp 3.0
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A Durham man is among the first in the country to test a new type of drone that can be made out folded paper. The device has a plastic propeller, an attached rudder, and is directed by an iPhone app.

The drone is called the PowerUp 3.0. It was created by Shai Goitein, a former Israeli Air Force pilot.

Goitein took his engineering idea to the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter last fall. He asked for $50,000 and received $1.2 million dollars.

Here's the original concept:

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Business & Economy
8:21 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Raleigh Controls The Writing On The Wall

The second-floor Rockford restaurant in Raleigh could have to paint over its sign because it doesn't comply with the city's sign ordinance.
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The Raleigh City Council has created a task force to review the city's sign ordinance. The measure determines what signs certain businesses can have, what they look like, and where they put them.

Raleigh recently overhauled its planning code, but didn't change the sign ordinance much. Local businesses and associations have complained that the rules are too restrictive. This week, Raleigh appointed 11 business people and residents to study the issue.

Planning and zoning administrator Travis Crane says he's looking forwards to what the task force finds.

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Business & Economy
11:34 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

NC Regions Release Statewide Economic Development Blueprint

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For the first time, North Carolina’s 16 regional councils of government have come together to create a blueprint for statewide community and economic development.  

The report is called “North Carolina Tomorrow, Building Communities for Tomorrow’s Jobs.”  It focuses on the competitive advantages of each region, like Tourism and Energy.  But also give attention to emerging technologies like video modeling and gaming.

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Business & Economy
6:39 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Small Business Model Helps Young Adults With Autism Find Work

Patrick Eden is an integral part of the EV Laundry Service in Chapel Hill.
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It is high school graduation season and most young adults are preparing for life in college or in the workplace.  Landing a job in this economy continues to be hard for millions of people.  But what if you have autism?

There’s a community in Chapel Hill that has come up with several small business models that ease young people with autism into the adult world of work and self-sufficiency. 

If you talk to a parent who has a young child with autism, the conversation will eventually lead to “The Cliff.” 

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