Business & Economy

Business & Economy
4:30 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

New Master Plan For RTP

Research Triangle Park leaders have rolled out a new master plan to transform the business center into a more community-friendly atmosphere. 

Gurnal Scott: You may not realize that RTP has been around 53 years. Its foundation says it must look beyond its original vision of business innovation to grow in the next half century. CEO Bob Geolas says job growth is still a top priority.

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Fighting Bank Walk-Aways In Durham

Protest signs on abandoned house on East Geer Street in Durham.
Credit Leoneda Inge

There are neighborhoods in many urban areas across the country with empty, dilapidated houses. Chances are the down economy got the best of the owner resulting in foreclosure.  But in thousands of cases foreclosures have gone wrong like at a house on East Geer (gear) Street in Durham.   For years no one took responsibility for the defaulted mortgage.  That means, the foreclosure was not completed, the structure could not be sold, resulting in blight.  It’s called a “bank walk away.”

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Business & Economy
4:00 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

TE Connectivity To Layoff More than 600

A manufacturing plant in High Point will close by the end of next year and more than 600 people could lose their jobs.

Business & Economy
12:50 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

WUNC Marketplace Event - No Horse No Race

The Rialto stage just before the broadcast.
Credit Anne Kendrick / WUNC

Kai Ryssdal and Tess Vigeland  hosted the Marketplace election, no-horse, no race road show live from the Rialto Theater in downtown Raleigh.  This was recorded in front of an audience and portions also broadcast on Marketplace.

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Business & Economy
9:55 am
Mon October 29, 2012

NC Economic Forecast Brings Optimism

The mood was a bit more up-beat at this year’s Economic Forecast Forum in Research Triangle Park.  In recent years, the gatherings have been more about the recession than the recovery.  But, yesterday’s annual forecast forum and luncheon brought out a mix of “optimism” and “reality” that seemed easier for state leaders in politics, banking and business to swallow.

Hundreds of people sipped on iced tea and nibbled on carrot cake as the speeches began  beginning with Governor Bev Perdue.

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Business & Economy
9:59 am
Thu October 18, 2012

North Carolina’s Negative Advertising

Negative political advertising has become a mainstay of national and local campaigns, but it wasn’t always this way. North Carolina had a unique role in shaping the evolution of attack advertising. News & Observer political reporter and columnist Rob Christensen talks about North Carolina’s rancorous political ad past with host Frank Stasio.

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Business & Economy
4:20 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

BB&T Adding 1,700 Jobs in Greensboro

BB&T plans to bring 1,700 jobs to Greensboro in the next five years.

Business & Economy
6:35 am
Fri October 12, 2012

What's the Status Of North Carolina Women?

Women in North Carolina vote more and have higher levels of education than men, but a new report shows there are still major struggles.

Numbers from the latest “Status of Women in North Carolina” report were presented yesterday in a Nursing Assistants clinical lab at Wake Tech, where most of the students are women.  This is Hope Marr’s second week in the program. The 24-year-old single mom was in Business Management at NC-State, but had to drop out.

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Business & Economy
4:03 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

NC Fish House Inventory Shows Promise

Workers head shrimp at O'Neal's Sea Harvest in Wanchese, NC.
Leoneda Inge

The past decade has been especially hard on one of North Carolina’s most treasured industries.  Since 2000,  the coast has lost 36-percent of its fish houses. That’s where fishermen sell and deliver their catch for wholesale distribution.  A new fish house inventory funded by North Carolina Sea Grant shows the rate of closings has slowed.  Changing Economy Reporter Leoneda Inge visited a fish house on the Outer Banks that has worked to turn its business around.

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

AC Problem At Harris Nuclear Plant

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will check the Harris nuclear plant near Raleigh to ensure Duke Energy has fixed an unreported problem.

Progress Energy ran the plant before this year's merger with Duke Energy. An air conditioning system at an emergency operations facility was not in top working order starting in 2009. The utility fixed the problem two years later. Duke Energy spokeswoman Julie Milstead says the utility thought the issue was over. She says, "We did not report that to the NRC because we did not think it met the criteria for reportability."

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