Lorillard Tobacco Company

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The Triad region was a case study for many of North Carolina's top news stories in 2015. Greensboro is part of the lawsuit against the latest round of redistricting in the state. The merger between Reynolds American Inc. and the Lorillard Tobacco Company rocked the local economy. Many of the effects of the 2015 events will carry into the new year. 

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With the completion of a $29 billion merger, the Lorillard Tobacco Company ends in Greensboro.

The tobacco giant that had roots in 18th-century New York and created the top selling menthol cigarette brand, Newport, has officially been absorbed by Reynolds American and Imperial Tobacco in a three-way deal.

Meanwhile, Greensboro is grappling with a bill in the legislature that would redraw city council districts and cut the number of members from nine to seven.