Economy

Business & Economy
7:46 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

How To Sell A Home? Let Someone Else Live There

Almost all of the furniture in this home belongs to Showhomes. Cora Blinsman only brought her own bed along.
Credit Eric Mennel / WUNC

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.

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The State of Things
12:33 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

How The World Cup Moves Stock Prices

Credit Flickr/Sonny Abesamis

Finance professor Diego Garcia talks about his research

    

As the 2014 World Cup draws to a close, all eyes are on Brazil. Historical data shows the effects of this tournament may go far beyond the walls of the stadium.

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Arts & Culture
7:53 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Plaque Honors Historic Significance of High Point Market

North Carolina will unveil a historic marker for the original High Point Market building.
Credit High Point Market Authority

The state Department of Cultural Resources has installed a North Carolina Highway Historical Marker at High Point Market.

Gov. Pat McCrory is scheduled to attend the unveiling ceremony there today.

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.

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Politics & Government
10:03 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

North Carolina Lawmakers Look At How To Tax Fracking Companies

A rig and gas well operation on the Marcellus Shale in Scott Township, Pennsylvania.
Credit WCN247 via Flickr

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.

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.

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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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The State of Things
11:56 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Republican Leaders Raise Starting Teacher Pay

Gov. McCrory speaks to the Emerging Issues Forum on Monday.
Credit Dave DeWitt

WUNC education reporter Dave Dewitt talks about the future of teacher compensation

After ongoing controversy about educator pay, Governor Pat McCrory 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.

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Politics & Government
5:26 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

County And State Workers Processing Food Stamp Applications Before Monday Deadline

Credit NC Department of Health and Human Services

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.

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Politics & Government
8:33 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Fracking Commission Seeks To Cut Water Contamination Liability For Drilling Companies

A rig and gas well operation on the Marcellus Shale in Scott Township, Pennsylvania.
Credit WCN247 via Flickr

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.

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.

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Politics & Government
1:25 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

It's True: Our Emotions Can Make Us Rich (Or Poor)

Are you a saver or a spender? It depends on your brain.
Credit Flickr user 401(K)2013

    

Many of us get a little emotional high when we're out spending money.

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?

Neuroeconomist Camelia Kuhnen knows the answer to that. She studies what goes on inside our heads when we make such decisions.

Here's what she told WBEZ earlier this year:

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Politics & Government
11:45 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Do Most Politicians Come From Money? Here's What The Research Says

Credit press.uchicago.edu

Money and Politics

Nicholas Carnes 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).

Carnes speaks with Frank Stasio on Tuesday January 7, 2014 about money and politics.

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