Business & Economy http://wunc.org en Dirty Business http://wunc.org/post/dirty-business <p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">Former stockbroker Bernie Madoff and former&nbsp;</span><i style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">New York Times</i><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;journalist Jayson Blair share infamy for their unethical business decisions.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">A new <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24865577">report</a> considers the psychology behind these transgressions and shows that misdeeds tend to escalate into larger scandals over time.</span></p><p></p><blockquote><p>Life's difficult choices rarely present themselves in one dramatic question or one big decision. Instead, our most important choices in life, including ethical ones, present themselves in small baby steps.</p><p>-Jayson Blair&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:20:00 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 38742 at http://wunc.org Dirty Business Hurricane Arthur Damaged Hyde County Corn Crops http://wunc.org/post/hurricane-arthur-damaged-hyde-county-corn-crops <p></p><p>The path that Hurricane Arthur took last week hit an area of the state where a lot of corn is grown.&nbsp; And several farmers will be affected.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler and staff traveled by Forest Service plane to see the crop damage first hand.&nbsp; Ag spokesman Brian Long says a lot of the damage was in Hyde County, known for growing corn.</p><p>“There are parts of Hyde County where you can just look and you would almost think you were somewhere in the Midwest, because it’s just is corn, and corn, and corn," said Long.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:48:15 +0000 Leoneda Inge 38648 at http://wunc.org Hurricane Arthur Damaged Hyde County Corn Crops NC Economic Recovery Concentrated In Triangle http://wunc.org/post/nc-economic-recovery-concentrated-triangle <p></p><p></p><p>The latest North Carolina jobless numbers show a spike in county unemployment rates from Alamance to Yancey.&nbsp; But there has been some positive movement over the past year.</p><p>May jobless numbers released by the <a href="http://www.ncesc1.com/pmi/rates/PressReleases/County/NR_May2014CountyRates_M.pdf">NC Commerce Department</a> show 92 counties with a higher unemployment rate than the month before.&nbsp; But from this time last year, all 100 counties saw their unemployment rates drop.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:37:07 +0000 Leoneda Inge 38287 at http://wunc.org NC Economic Recovery Concentrated In Triangle Tropical Storm Might Send Holiday Travelers To The Mountains http://wunc.org/post/tropical-storm-might-send-holiday-travelers-mountains <p></p><p>AAA is forecasting the busiest July 4<sup>th</sup> travel weekend since 2001, in part because of a recovering economy. But with a tropical storm headed toward the Outer Banks, travelers might end up making other plans.</p><p></p><p>It's not yet clear whether Tropical Storm Arthur will make landfall in North Carolina, but Dare County is readying its hurricane action plan, just in case.</p><p></p><p>On the other side of the state, tourism is up already in Asheville this summer.</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:30:16 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 38289 at http://wunc.org Tropical Storm Might Send Holiday Travelers To The Mountains The New Hub For Hops: Western NC http://wunc.org/post/new-hub-hops-western-nc <p></p><p></p><p>In less than five years the number of craft beer breweries in North Carolina has more than doubled. From Manteo to the mountains - tasting rooms, tap houses and local seasonal drafts are pouring in. Asheville now has more breweries per capita than anywhere in the country.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:40:19 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 38222 at http://wunc.org The New Hub For Hops: Western NC Raleigh Considers Making Businesses Remove 'Ad Cars' From Roadside http://wunc.org/post/raleigh-considers-making-businesses-remove-ad-cars-roadside <p></p><p></p><p>The Raleigh Planning Commission wants to close a loophole in the city's sign ordinance. This morning, they'll present a proposal to the City Council that would force businesses to move vehicles emblazoned with company information away from the street.</p><p>The measure would require the vehicle to be parked behind the building or near the entrance to the business.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:58:16 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 38221 at http://wunc.org Raleigh Considers Making Businesses Remove 'Ad Cars' From Roadside Garbage Power: Landfill Generates Enough Energy For 4,000 Homes http://wunc.org/post/garbage-power-landfill-generates-enough-energy-4000-homes <p></p><p>The South Wake Landfill in Apex is putting its garbage to work. Wake County recently hosted an open house for its landfill gas power plant.</p><p></p><p>Solid Waste Director John Roberson said the plant is making money and producing electricity from the garbage that's decomposing inside the dump and cutting down on bad smells there.</p><p></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:46:02 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 38154 at http://wunc.org Garbage Power: Landfill Generates Enough Energy For 4,000 Homes [VIDEO] Alamance County Dairy Farmer Has Innovative Idea That Might Save Farm http://wunc.org/post/video-alamance-county-dairy-farmer-has-innovative-idea-might-save-farm <p></p><p></p><p>Randy Lewis almost lost the family dairy farm in 2009. The price of milk had bottomed out, and costs for feed, fertilizer and fuel had gone sky-high.</p><p>"It was either find some other way to make money or sell the cows and quit," he says.</p><p>But Randy had an idea that might just save the farm. He's bottling milk right on-site. Of the 150 dairy farmers in the state, only five bottle their own milk. And Randy's figured out how to do it without shelling out a lot of money.</p><p>Watch the story here:</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:18:17 +0000 Carol Jackson 37828 at http://wunc.org [VIDEO] Alamance County Dairy Farmer Has Innovative Idea That Might Save Farm Reynolds E-Cigarettes Go National http://wunc.org/post/reynolds-e-cigarettes-go-national <p>Reynolds American is now distributing its electronic cigarettes nationally. The Vuse&nbsp;vapor product had been widely available in only four states until now. It became the top-selling E-cigarette in Utah and Colorado last year. E-cigarettes heat a liquid nicotine solution in a disposable cartridge that is then inhaled. Vuse is a battery-powered, smokeless vapor product.<br /> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:17:09 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 37771 at http://wunc.org Reynolds E-Cigarettes Go National NC Has Highest Bill For 'Check Engine' Lights http://wunc.org/post/nc-has-highest-bill-check-engine-lights <p></p><p>Drivers in North Carolina pay more when the check engine light comes on than motorists in other states.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:58:03 +0000 Eric Hodge 37749 at http://wunc.org NC Has Highest Bill For 'Check Engine' Lights