Business & Economy http://wunc.org en Battle Over A Dollar: Dollar Tree Buys Family Dollar http://wunc.org/post/battle-over-dollar-dollar-tree-buys-family-dollar <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>North Carolina-based <a href="http://corporate.familydollar.com/pages/history.aspx">Family Dollar</a> was opening hundreds of stores a year, until this year.&nbsp; Now it’s being <a href="http://www.dollartreeinfo.com/investors/global/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=862199">bought by Dollar Tree</a>, one of its biggest rivals.</p><p>There are several Family Dollar discount stores in Durham, but they aren’t new.&nbsp; In fact, Family Dollar announced earlier this year it would close 370 stores nationwide.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:37:13 +0000 Leoneda Inge 39779 at http://wunc.org Battle Over A Dollar: Dollar Tree Buys Family Dollar An 85-Year Family Tradition, Mobile Grocery Serves Raleigh’s 'Food Deserts' http://wunc.org/post/85-year-family-tradition-mobile-grocery-serves-raleigh-s-food-deserts <p>Willie Latimore has a really hard time getting fresh food. He lost much of his right leg to diabetes a few years ago, and he uses a wheelchair to get around. He lives at Carriage House Apartments in Raleigh, where the rent is based on income.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:48:22 +0000 Carol Jackson 39740 at http://wunc.org An 85-Year Family Tradition, Mobile Grocery Serves Raleigh’s 'Food Deserts' Child Poverty Rate Rising In North Carolina http://wunc.org/post/child-poverty-rate-rising-north-carolina <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px;">When children are living in poverty, it can have long-term consequences for their health, education and their own economic status.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 10pt;">But in many cases, their families don’t have access to social services, or know where to get help.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:50:36 +0000 Will Michaels & Frank Stasio 39609 at http://wunc.org Child Poverty Rate Rising In North Carolina How To Sell A Home? Let Someone Else Live There http://wunc.org/post/how-sell-home-let-someone-else-live-there <p>About a year ago, Cora Blinsman’s mom passed away. Needless to say, it was a really hard on her. She started taking stock of her own life. Cora had been a full-time, stay-at-home mom for 20 years, and she was feeling burnt out. She needed space. So … she got a lot of it.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:46:37 +0000 Eric Mennel 39336 at http://wunc.org How To Sell A Home? Let Someone Else Live There Downtown Chapel Hill Will Be Changing, Help Make The Plan http://wunc.org/post/downtown-chapel-hill-will-be-changing-help-make-plan <p>There are two informal gatherings this week in which the public is invited to share ideas about the future of downtown Chapel Hill, including the development of Rosemary and Franklin streets. The project is called <a href="http://www.townofchapelhill.org/index.aspx?page=2216">Chapel Hill Downtown Imagined</a>:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/100352539" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:35:16 +0000 WUNC News 39330 at http://wunc.org Downtown Chapel Hill Will Be Changing, Help Make The Plan Kid Finance http://wunc.org/post/kid-finance <p><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;">Children learn a great deal about money from their parents. But which aspects are parents wont to teach and which do they often conceal? Researcher </span><a href="http://communication.chass.ncsu.edu/faculty_staff/lkromo" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;">Lynsey Romo</a><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;"> sought to answer that in her new study, "</span><a href="http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08824096.2014.907147#.U8fri-NdWzI" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;">Money Matters: Children's Perceptions of Parent-Child Financial Disclosure</a><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;">".</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;">Meanwhile, an exhibit at </span><a href="http://www.marbleskidsmuseum.org/" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;">Marbles Kids Museum aims</a><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;"> to facilitate money talk in kids as young as five and the N</span><a href="https://www.ncbankers.org/" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;">orth Carolina Bankers Association</a><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;"> works with middle and high school students.</span> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:30:06 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 39149 at http://wunc.org Kid Finance Changing Industries in North Carolina http://wunc.org/post/changing-industries-north-carolina <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Reynolds American and Lorillard, two of the country’s biggest tobacco producers, announced a merger yesterday that is expected to reshape the tobacco industry.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:49:39 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 39089 at http://wunc.org Changing Industries in North Carolina Merger With Lorillard Would Beef Up Reynolds Tobacco Portfolio http://wunc.org/post/merger-lorillard-would-beef-reynolds-tobacco-portfolio <p></p><p>Reynolds American plans to acquire Lorillard as part of a $27 billion merger. The deal would bring together the second- and third-largest tobacco companies in America.</p><p></p><p>Reynolds owns the popular Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes, but now they stand to acquire Lorillard's iconic Newport brand.</p><p></p><p>Reynolds President Susan Cameron said she's had her eye on it for some time.</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:52:34 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 39079 at http://wunc.org Merger With Lorillard Would Beef Up Reynolds Tobacco Portfolio PSNC Considers Historic Barns, Gravesites In New Pipeline Route http://wunc.org/post/psnc-considers-historic-barns-gravesites-new-pipeline-route <p></p><p></p><p>PSNC Energy is taking feedback from property owners about plans to lay a natural gas pipeline. The company wants to extend an existing transmission line from Northern Wake County into Eastern Franklin County and south to Zebulon.</p><p></p><p>PSNC Spokeswoman Angela Townsend said the company is working to keep up with anticipated population growth in the area. She did not comment on the projected increase of customers or pipeline capacity. Townsend said the extension would be up to 29 miles long.</p><p></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:15:12 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 39020 at http://wunc.org PSNC Considers Historic Barns, Gravesites In New Pipeline Route Two North Carolina-Based Tobacco Giants To Merge http://wunc.org/post/two-north-carolina-based-tobacco-giants-merge <p></p><p>America's second and third-largest tobacco companies have announced the terms of a potential merger. Reynolds American Inc. will buy Lorillard for $27.4 billion. The Newport cigarette brand will follow Lorillard to Reynolds, where it will join Camel and Pall Mall, and VUSE (Reynold's e-cigarette brand).</p><p>Reynolds is based in Winston Salem, NC. Lorillard is located in Greensboro.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:26:46 +0000 News 39016 at http://wunc.org Two North Carolina-Based Tobacco Giants To Merge