Business & Economy

Business & Economy
5:50 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Duke Energy Board Members Testify

There were signs early in the Duke-Progress Energy merger process that Bill Johnson would not have a long tenure at the combined company.  Ann Gray is the lead director on the Duke Energy board of directors.   She told the North Carolina Utilities Commission today the board did not have a good impression of Johnson at one of their first meetings in 2010.

Ann Gray:  He did describe himself as being an individual who likes to learn but not be taught. That was an expression that stayed with our board and we watched for that to develop.

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Business & Economy
9:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Ousted Duke Energy CEO Bill Johnson Speaks

The North Carolina Utilities Commission spent hours yesterday questioning ousted Duke Energy CEO Bill Johnson.  The former Progress Energy leader says he was stunned by the controversial turn of events that transpired once the two companies merged.

Edward Finley:  There were no issues with respect to who would be the president and who would be the CEO.

Bill Johnson:  No, there were a lot of interesting questions and issues in the hearings, but that was not one of them.

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Business & Economy
6:40 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Highly Skilled Immigrant Workers in Demand in Durham

A new study from the Washington DC-based Brookings Institution finds highly skilled immigrant workers are in high demand in Durham.

Asma Khalid: The Brookings study compares requests for H1-B visas in metro areas across the nation.  Jill Wilson co-authored the report.  She says Durham's population may be small but its demand for IT workers from abroad certainly is not.

 Jill Wilson: So it's really high, in terms of its request for 1,000 workers it ranks third in that measure.

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Business & Economy
6:25 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Durham Revitalization Project on Southside

The City of Durham has struggled for decades to revitalize a section downtown near the Durham Freeway.  Today there is a groundbreaking to celebrate new plans for the area. 

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Business & Economy
6:13 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

North Carolina #4 State in the Nation for Business

North Carolina is the fourth best state in the country for business, according to a new survey from CNBC.

Asma Khalid: According to the CNBC study, North Carolina performed particularly well in the transportation and workforce categories.  Lew Ebert is the president of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce.

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Business & Economy
6:30 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Duke Energy CEO Defends Leadership Change

State regulators had some tough questions for Duke Energy’s CEO at a hearing in Raleigh yesterday. They wanted to know why the company switched CEOs as soon as its merger with Progress Energy was completed.

Ed Finley: Mr. Rogers, if you'll come around and be sworn please.

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Bankers List Foreclosed Properties

The down economy has brought with it a lot of foreclosed properties. The North Carolina Bankers Association has developed a website to help get this real estate sold. 

Leoneda Inge:  The new website is called REO Deed Wagon dot com. REOs are real estate owned properties owned by the lender, in this case, a bank.  Brandon Wright is a spokesman for the North Carolina Bankers Association.  He says their goal is to have as many as two thousand properties listed by the end of the year.

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Business & Economy
3:55 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Duke Energy Finalizes Merger

Duke Energy is now the largest utility in the country. But the company is moving forward without its expected leader.

Gurnal Scott: Duke Energy held a conference call with reporters to mark the merger's completion. And board member Anne Maynard Gray had another announcement.

Anne Maynard Gray: Bill Johnson has resigned as president and chief executive officer of the combined company by mutual agreement with the board.

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Business & Economy
5:14 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

NC Test Site for Walmart Express

Danielle Palmer is store manager at Walmart Express in Snow Hill, NC.
Leoneda Inge

There are five new Walmart stores in North Carolina that might make you do a double-take.  They’re mini Walmarts popping up in rural communities, miles away from the nearest Walmart Supercenter.  They’re called Walmart Express and some say they are designed to compete with your corner “dollar” stores that are shining in this down economy.

Leoneda Inge:  We all pretty much know what a Walmart “Supercenter” looks like, aisles for days.  Well, Walmart Express stores run 10 to 15-thousand square feet.   That’s one- tenth the size of a supercenter.

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Business & Economy
2:03 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

State Utilities Commission Approves Duke Energy Merger

North Carolina utilities regulators have approved the merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy, the last major hurdle to creating the largest American electric company. North Carolina Utilities Commission Chairman Edward Finley Jr. said Friday the deal was the best possible in an environment of energy industry consolidation. Finley says it was preferable for the two North Carolina-based companies to combine rather than be bought up by a company elsewhere. Conditions to the merger include the companies passing along at least $650 million in savings to customers.

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