Economy http://wunc.org en How The World Cup Moves Stock Prices http://wunc.org/post/how-world-cup-moves-stock-prices <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the 2014 World Cup draws to a close, all eyes are on Brazil. <a href="http://faculty.london.edu/aedmans/SteelJF.pdf">Historical data</a> shows the effects of this tournament may go far beyond the walls of the stadium.</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:33:48 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 38711 at http://wunc.org How The World Cup Moves Stock Prices Plaque Honors Historic Significance of High Point Market http://wunc.org/post/plaque-honors-historic-significance-high-point-market <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The state Department of Cultural Resources has installed a North Carolina Highway Historical Marker at High Point Market.</p><p></p><p>Gov. Pat McCrory is scheduled to attend the unveiling ceremony there today.</p><p></p><p>The original market building was constructed in 1921 with 249,000 square feet of show space. Now the market offers 11.5 million square feet, and contributes more than $5 billion dollars to the state economy every year.</p><p></p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 11:53:21 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 34568 at http://wunc.org Plaque Honors Historic Significance of High Point Market North Carolina Lawmakers Look At How To Tax Fracking Companies http://wunc.org/post/north-carolina-lawmakers-look-how-tax-fracking-companies <p>North Carolina lawmakers are beginning to look at how they would tax the shale gas drilling companies for extracting gas from the ground in the state.<br /><br />Members of the legislative commission that handles laws on energy heard Tuesday afternoon about how states that allow fracking charge companies for removing gas from the ground.<br /> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 03:03:30 +0000 Jorge Valencia 31526 at http://wunc.org North Carolina Lawmakers Look At How To Tax Fracking Companies Raising The Minimum Wage http://wunc.org/post/raising-minimum-wage <p></p><p></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;">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.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:21:34 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 30740 at http://wunc.org Raising The Minimum Wage Republican Leaders Raise Starting Teacher Pay http://wunc.org/post/republican-leaders-raise-starting-teacher-pay <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5;">After ongoing controversy about educator pay, Governor Pat </span>McCrory<span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5;"> announced a plan to increase salaries for new teachers yesterday. Under this plan, the base pay for the state’s beginning teachers will increase to $35,000 over the next two years, bringing North Carolina starting teacher pay in line with that of border states like Virginia, Tennessee and South Carolina.</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:56:53 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 30388 at http://wunc.org Republican Leaders Raise Starting Teacher Pay County And State Workers Processing Food Stamp Applications Before Monday Deadline http://wunc.org/post/county-and-state-workers-processing-food-stamp-applications-monday-deadline <p>Officials with the state Department of Health and Human Services say they've made great strides in reducing a backlog of food stamp recipients who weren't receiving their benefits. The USDA had issued the state a warning that unless it reduced the backlog of claims before a Monday deadline, North Carolina could lose 88 million dollars' worth of funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 22:26:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 30241 at http://wunc.org County And State Workers Processing Food Stamp Applications Before Monday Deadline Fracking Commission Seeks To Cut Water Contamination Liability For Drilling Companies http://wunc.org/post/fracking-commission-seeks-cut-water-contamination-liability-drilling-companies <p>The head of the commission appointed to write North Carolina’s rules for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas asked lawmakers Tuesday to halve the area for which drilling companies would be responsible in case of water contamination.<br /><br />James Womack, chairman of the state’s Energy and Mining Commission, asked that drilling companies be held liable for contamination up to 2,500 feet from excavation sites. Under Senate Law 143, which was signed in 2012, mining companies are liable up to 5,000 ft.<br /> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 13:33:21 +0000 Jorge Valencia 30054 at http://wunc.org Fracking Commission Seeks To Cut Water Contamination Liability For Drilling Companies It's True: Our Emotions Can Make Us Rich (Or Poor) http://wunc.org/post/its-true-our-emotions-can-make-us-rich-or-poor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Many of us get a little emotional high when we're out spending money.</p><p>Now take that idea, and apply it to broader financial decisions. If you are a worrier are you more or less likely to invest money?</p><p>Neuroeconomist Camelia Kuhnen knows the answer to that. She studies what goes on inside our heads when we make such decisions.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/are-some-people-hard-wired-take-more-risks-others-108913">Here's what she told WBEZ earlier this year:</a></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 18:25:57 +0000 Carol Jackson, Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 28856 at http://wunc.org It's True: Our Emotions Can Make Us Rich (Or Poor) Do Most Politicians Come From Money? Here's What The Research Says http://wunc.org/post/do-most-politicians-come-money-heres-what-research-says <p><a href="http://people.duke.edu/~nwc8/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Nicholas&nbsp;Carnes</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Duke University and author of "White-Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making” (University of Chicago Press/2013).</span></p><p>Carnes&nbsp;speaks with Frank&nbsp;Stasio&nbsp;on Tuesday January 7, 2014 about money and politics.</p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 16:45:00 +0000 Carol Jackson 28497 at http://wunc.org Do Most Politicians Come From Money? Here's What The Research Says N.C. Unemployment Rate Drops, But Don't Get Too Excited http://wunc.org/post/nc-unemployment-rate-drops-dont-get-too-excited <p></p><p>In the never ending story that is "so-so" economic news, North Carolina's unemployment rate took a sharp drop in November, but that doesn't necessarily mean there are more people employed.</p><p>Here are the numbers up front:</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 23:41:28 +0000 Eric Mennel 27794 at http://wunc.org N.C. Unemployment Rate Drops, But Don't Get Too Excited