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NC Small Businesses Feel Gas Tax Crunch

Jan 18, 2006

(1/13/06) North Carolina's increased gas tax has been in place for nearly two weeks and the state's small businesses aren't happy about it. From WFAE's Carolinas Business Bureau, Siomone Orendain spoke with Gregg Thompson who is a statehouse lobbyist with the National Federation of Independent Business.

Hickory Regional Airport Update

Jan 13, 2006

(1/13/06) On January 22nd, Delta Airlines is scheduled to make its final flight out of the Hickory Regional Airport. The airline set-up shop in the Uni-Four last spring to much fanfare from city leaders. But the ventrue soon fizzled and now those same city leaders are looking for a carrier to replace Delta. To find out how that search is going, WFAE's Scott Graf spoke with Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright.

(1/10/06) More than 400 U.S. companies operate subsidiaries in Denmark. During a recent visit to Charlotte, U.S. Ambassador to Denmark James Cain spoke with WFAE's Mark Rumsey about efforts to further strengthen Danish-American business and economic ties.

Assessing Charlotte's Skyline

Jan 10, 2006

(1/10/06) In Charlotte Wednesday, a discussion will be held that deals with the city's architectural identity. The so-called "Towers" forum is co-sponsored by the Charlotte Region Civic Design Forum and the Levine Museum of the New South. WFAE's Scott Graf spoke with Tom Low, Design Forum member and an organizer of the event.

NASCAR Hall of Fame Update

Jan 9, 2006

(1/9/06) NASCAR announced Thursday that two cities it had previously considered for its new hall of fame, have been eliminated from the selection process. That leaves Charlotte, Atlanta and Daytona as the three finalists. WFAE's Scott Graf spoke with the NASCAR beat writer for the Charlotte Observer, David Poole.

Hispanics' Impact on NC Economy

Jan 4, 2006

(1/4/06) A study released Tuesday shows Hispanics in North Carolina have a nine-billion-dollar-plus impact on the state's economy. The study was commissioned last year by the North Carolina Bankers Association. From WFAE's Carolinas Business Bureau Simone Orendain spoke with study author and UNC-Chapel Hill management professor John Kasarda.

SB Economic Forecast for 2006

Jan 3, 2006

(1/3/06) The National Federation of Independent Business says overall, small business conditions in North Carolina are good. And the group's chief economist says for small business across the country conditions are expected to remain that way in 2006. From WFAE's Carolinas Business Bureau Simone Orendain spoke with NFIB Chief Economist William Dunkelberg about the shape of small business in general.

Bidding For The Coliseum

Dec 20, 2005

(12/20/05) The bidding process for a high-profile piece of Charlotte real estate has been off-and-on in recent weeks. From WFAE's Carolinas Business Bureau, Scott Graf examines the game that's paused for now, but could soon heat up after the first of the year.

Duke Power Names New President

Dec 20, 2005

(12/20/05) Duke Power Monday announced Group Vice President Ellen Ruff would head its new company once a pending merger is completed with Cinergy Corp. WFAE's Simone Orendain talked with Ruff.

Trends in Senior Care

Dec 16, 2005

(12/16/05) More adult children are honoring their parents wishes to live independently at home, forgoing nursing homes and long-term care facilities. More options in stay-at-home care mean easier decisions for adult children and their aging parents. From the Carolinas Business Bureau, WFAE's Jaime Bedrin reports.

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