Business & Economy

The State of Things
10:21 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Raising The Minimum Wage

President Barack Obama talks about the importance of raising the minimum wage.
Credit Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy

Professors Jeffrey Dorfman and Bill Lester discuss the effects of raising the minimum wage

President Barack Obama signed an executive order last week to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 per hour. He is pushing for Congress to pass a bill that will do the same for all Americans. 

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Sat February 15, 2014

[PHOTOS] Zoos, State Parks - What's Open & Closed

Patches the Polar Bear
North Carolina Zoo

The North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro will be closed Saturday and Sunday. Zoo staff must clear more than 5 miles of walkways inside the park. The facility will likely reopen Monday.

In addition, the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources reports:

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Business & Economy
5:28 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

'Perfect Storm' Could Put Damper On Valentine's Day Sales

Woman in downtown Chapel Hill shows off her Valentine's Day gift.
Credit Leoneda Inge

Florists across the state are working overtime to make sure the snow storm doesn’t wipe out Valentine’s Day sales.

A steady stream of customers in Chapel Hill made their way through the slush of melting snow to grab some flowers.

Charles House owns University Florist and Gifts on Franklin Street.  He says the snow and ice couldn’t have come at a worse time.

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Snowstorm 2014
2:03 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Stranded At Southpoint, Employees Make The Best Of It

The Streets at Southpoint Mall served as a shelter for some during the snowstorm.
Credit Dave DeWitt

A normal Wednesday night at the Streets at Southpoint mall is a swirling mass of activity. Shoppers. Diners. Teenagers on escalators. But this Wednesday was not a normal night.

“Everybody seemed fine until they realized, oh shoot, it’s really coming down,” said Maureen White, an employee of the mall. “It came on so quick.”

Maureen proved pretty quick herself. About 1:30 in the afternoon she called the hotel across the street and booked a room.

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The State Of Things
12:11 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Happy Employees Are Key to Success At SAS

SAS CEO Jim Goodnight
Credit SAS

One of the state’s largest and most successful tech companies is the Cary-based SAS. CEO and co-founder Jim Goodnight says the success of the global business analytics company is rooted in policies that keep employees happy. Benefits like on-site childcare, health clinics and flexible work hours keep SAS at the top of many lists of the best places to work. Host Frank Stasio talks with Goodnight about his work and his workplace philosophy

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Sun February 9, 2014

Are Internet Sweepstakes Gambling? Wake County Says Yes

Credit Pete Labrozzi via Flickr, Creative Commons

Gambling is illegal in North Carolina. But there is a gray area: It's called an "Internet sweepstakes." And contrary to it's name, such sweepstakes are often not on the Internet. They are operated in small shops, often in strip malls, across the state.

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

NC Farm Bureau Applauds New Farm Bill

Strickland Farms has been growing tobacco for generations in North Carolina.
Credit Leoneda Inge

The North Carolina Farm Bureau is applauding the passage of the new Farm Bill.  Leaders say it provides stability and certainty to the state’s largest industry.

Larry Wooten is President of the North Carolina Farm Bureau.  His family farms tobacco, corn and soybeans in Pender County.

“Very thankfully this extravaganza of a piece of legislation that took over two years to bring to fruition is finally passed the Senate and it’s headed to the President’s desk to be signed into law.”

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Heating Bills
2:00 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Fayetteville Residents Look For Help With Heating Bills

The Salvation Army Logo
Credit The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army in Fayetteville administers two funds for those in financial need. The first, know as CIP (Crisis Intervention Program) is there to help people whose electricity could be cut off at any minute.

The second, known as LEAP (pronounced "lee-app") is a seasonal fund to help cover higher-than-usual heating bills. After a polar vortex and an uncharacteristically heavy snowfall, LEAP is being put to the test this week.

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Ferry Tolls
5:00 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Five Things You Should Know About NC's Proposed Ferry Toll Hikes

The proposed rate structure for new ferry tolls
Credit NCDOT

The NC Department of Transportation is holding hearings this week on whether or not to raise the cost of riding the state's ferries (even in places where it's currently free). Here are five things you should know about the plan.

1) Nearly everyone would pay a little more; Some would pay a lot more.

There are four ferry routes at play here. Two of them don't currently charge passengers at all. Under the new structure, rates would go up anywhere from $0.50 to $28, basically everywhere, depending on your route and the size of your vehicle.

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Business & Economy
1:18 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Big Changes On The Way For Research Triangle Park

Josh Dunbar and Zachary Lyon of Falcon Engineering look at new plans for RTP.
Credit Leoneda Inge

The Research Triangle Foundation has announced plans for a major expansion - its first mixed-use development project since the park opened. In a matter of weeks, 100 acres of prime real estate in RTP became available. The Research Triangle Foundation scooped it up at a price tag of $17 million dollars.

Bob Geolas is President and CEO of the foundation: "Look it's a big idea, it's a big vision. As RTP was itself 50 years ago." Geolas says that big idea will become Park Center - a mix of residential, cafes, business and retail.

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