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Easley moves up construction projects to stimulate
12:00 pm
Wed November 26, 2008

Easley moves up construction projects to stimulate economy

Gov. Mike Easley is putting more than $700 million in education and public safety building projects on the fast track in hopes of stimulating the state's economy.
Economists estimate that every $1 million dollars spent on construction projects in North Carolina generates $2.5 million for the state's economy. And 36 new jobs.
So that's why even in a tight economy, Gov. Easley is pushing the accelerator on 27 building projects. A $57 million dollar Energy Production Infrastructure Center at UNC-Charlotte is on the list.

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Humpy Wheeler seeks to help laid-off racing
12:00 pm
Wed November 26, 2008

Humpy Wheeler seeks to help laid-off racing workers

It's estimated that more than 700 people, most from the Charlotte-area, have recently lost jobs in the racing business as team sponsorships dwindle.
Humpy Wheeler, the former President of Speedway Motorsports, has created a task force to help unemployed fabricators, welders and other skilled laborers find jobs.
The industry group plans to distribute information about unemployment benefits and job re-training to those laid off.

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Proposal to lower graduation requirements moves
12:00 pm
Wed November 26, 2008

Proposal to lower graduation requirements moves ahead

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After 8 years of being homeless, Charlotte man has
12:00 pm
Wed November 26, 2008

After 8 years of being homeless, Charlotte man has a home on Thanksgiving

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Green Remodeling
12:00 pm
Tue November 25, 2008

Green Remodeling

Green Remodeling
We'll take a look into a new trend... "green" remodeling. Given the state of the economy and the real estate market, many people are choosing to stay put and remodel their homes- and they're doing it in an environmentally friendly way. We'll get some tricks and tips on making your home green and look into some other remodeling trends.

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Business leaders to Perdue: No new taxes
12:00 pm
Tue November 25, 2008

Business leaders to Perdue: No new taxes

Charlotte-area business leaders on Tuesday gave Governor-elect Bev Perdue their opinions on how to improve the economy and warned against hiking taxes to shore up a budget deficit.
The meeting included some heavy-hitters. Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers and Charlotte Bobcats owner Bob Johnson were among them.
The group asked Perdue to appoint people with business know-how to top positions and urged her not to raise any taxes.

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Council approves taco truck restrictions, curfew
12:00 pm
Tue November 25, 2008

Council approves taco truck restrictions, curfew

Despite a year of appeals to the City Council, taco trucks will not be allowed to stay open past 9 p.m. in Charlotte.
The council vote was unanimous in support of keeping the 9 p.m. curfew for the trucks and requiring them to stay 400 feet from each other and residential areas.
Councilman John Lassiter cited the need to balance the concerns of truck owners and residents who complain about their noise and mess.

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Judge hears arguments in challenge to
12:00 pm
Tue November 25, 2008

Judge hears arguments in challenge to Wachovia-Wells Fargo deal

In negotiations between Wells Fargo and Wachovia, the companies traded a small number of stocks with each other. As a result, Wells Fargo received 40 percent of voting shares, which gives it a significant voice in next month's vote.
If Judge Albert Diaz decides to block the vote, Wells Fargo could potentially walk away from the deal.
But if Diaz lets it take place, Attorney Chet Waldman says this would open the floodgates to companies making such deals.

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The Boomer Burden
12:00 pm
Mon November 24, 2008

The Boomer Burden

Monroe mum on what to do about degree
12:00 pm
Mon November 24, 2008

Monroe mum on what to do about degree

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe still isn't saying how he plans to resolve controversy over his tainted degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Four weeks ago, Monroe had a press conference to say he wanted to end the controversy surrounding his bachelor's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. At the time, Monroe said giving back the degree and going back to school were two options.

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