Business & Economy

Business & Economy
8:34 am
Thu March 6, 2014

The Fight Over Counsel For The Unemployed

This is the back door of the Division of Employment Security offices in Raleigh where attorneys can pick up copies of appeal hearing notices.
Credit Leoneda Inge

For ten years, North Carolina attorneys have had access to a daily list of unemployed workers who are scheduled for appeal hearings.   Most of these people had their unemployment claims denied and are appealing the decision. 

But last week, the Division of Employment Security said it would no longer provide a daily list of these hearings.  A Durham attorney is fighting back and has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Commerce and its employment division.

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Business & Economy
8:55 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Durham-Chapel Hill Light Rail Project: Where Those Rails Might Go

Federal regulators have given the Triangle Transit Authority the green light to begin developing a light rail line between Chapel Hill and East Durham.
Credit Triangle Transit Authority

The Federal Transit Authority (FTA) has given the green-light to begin the first steps of a 17-mile light rail project connecting Durham and Orange Counties.

The decision authorizes Triangle Transit to begin development on the project, by studying the potential environmental impact of two proposed rail routes.

Triangle Transit has put together this video "fly-through" of the proposed light rail route:

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Development
1:25 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Pittsboro: Planning Consultant Says Chatham Park Plan Lacks Vision

The Chatham Park project could boost Pittsboro's population to 60,000 people
Credit Screen shot from online video / Preston Development Company

Preston Development Company has big plans for Pittsboro, but an urban planning consultant says it isn't very clear what they are.

The Chatham Park project is meant to turn thousands of acres into full neighborhoods of residences and office space just 15 miles from Chapel Hill. It could turn the town into a sizeable city. The project is controversial, and Pittsboro hired the Lawrence Group in Davidson to review its master plan.

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The State of Things
11:31 am
Tue February 25, 2014

NC WARN And The John Locke Foundation Team Up For Electricity Competition

Power plant in Goldsboro, NC.
Credit http://www.flickr.com/photos/dukeenergy/11441208065/

Jim Warren, NC WARN's executive director, and Jon Sanders, the John Locke Foundation's director of regulatory studies talk about Duke Energy's monopoly on electricity
NC WARN, a progressive environmental non-profit, is teaming up with an unlikely partner: the John Locke Foundation. The two organizations share a desire to increase competition in the power industry and challenge Duke Energy's monopoly on electricity in the state.  
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Triangle Transit
5:23 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Triangle Transit Is Filming A Soap Opera On Its Busses

A still from the online soap opera, As The Bus Stops

Erika dashes on to the 36-seat passenger bus. She's exasperated, but remarkably well put together. She's young, and afraid.

"Prescott... I'm late," she says, her hand gripping a rail for balance.

"... No you're not." He replies. "With the GoLive Real-Time Arrival System, you'll never be late for the bus again!"

"No..." she says. "I mean... I'm late."

Also, Prescott has an identical twin, Sebastian, who might be the father.

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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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