2008-08

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And once again

In one of the three straight years that Ed Martin won the Alliance of Area Business Publications gold medal for best body of work by a magazine reporter, the judges wrote: “His biggest talent? Telling a story. The concept sounds simple, but all writers — and especially business writers — seem to have a great trouble doing it. Martin knows reporting is the key to good storytelling and brings an intense level of investigation to stories.”
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Bill Johnson

In October 2007, Bill Johnson went from chief operating officer to interim CEO to CEO of Progress Energy in the course of a week. It happened when Bob McGehee, his predecessor at the Raleigh-based utility, died from a stroke.
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Chuck McGrady

Chuck McGrady is used to getting weird looks when people find out he’s an environmentalist and a Republican.
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Count down

As the nation celebrated its 232nd birthday, many public companies around the state seemed locked in some kind of free-market limbo contest, with share prices dropping and lots of folks wondering how low they could go.
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Dhiaa Jamil

Dhiaa Jamil has seen plenty of change in his 27 years in the energy industry but admits he and other long-timers have been pleasantly surprised by the recent softening of attitudes toward nuclear power.
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Frank Tursi

For more than 30 years, Frank Tursi chased the news as a reporter and editor for newspapers such as the Miami Herald and the Winston-Salem Journal. But in 2002, he became Cape Lookout coastkeeper for the North Carolina Coastal Federation, a Newport-based nonprofit.
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I read the news today, oh boy

One of North Carolina’s highest-profile industries is deeply troubled, shedding jobs and watching revenue melt away like ice in August. Who mourns for this industry? Not thee. Not me. We don’t have to. The newspaper industry mourns for itself so loudly that we can barely get a word in edgewise.
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Mary Price Harrison

She’s only been a member of the legislature since 2005, but Democrat Pricey Harrison has signed her name to more bills than colleagues with four times her tenure.
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Muzzling the tax bite

Seven years ago, North Carolina lawmakers were starved for cash. A slowing economy put the state budget temporarily in the red, leaving a shortfall exceeding $1 billion. Legislators responded by turning the dogs loose on tax scofflaws.
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Peak performance

Barrett Freeman steers a Toyota Tundra up the side of a mountain east of Boone and Blowing Rock, crunching along a steep gravel road whose sides are shored against erosion. This is the resort development of Laurelmor, and the terrain underscores its wildness and size.
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Readers Write

G.D. Gearino’s article on Spirit AeroSystem’s coming to the Global TransPark (Fine Print, July) was a sobering reminder of the millions of tax dollars flushed during the past two decades into this money pit in Jim Hunt’s backyard.
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Regional Report Charlotte August 2008

Durham native Robert Steel, 56, former vice chairman of Goldman Sachs and undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Treasury, became CEO of Charlotte-based Wachovia in July. He has a big mess to clean up. The bank expected to lose nearly $3 billion in the second quarter. What kind of leader did it get?
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Regional Report Eastern August 2008

First it was the faltering economy, then the birds, specifically nesting plovers, an imperiled species that prompted the closing of some popular Cape Hatteras National Seashore fishing beaches. Together, figures Carolyn McCormick, managing director of the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, they cast a pall over tourism. Then came a real pall, a fire at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge that wafted smoke over Eastern North Carolina.
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Regional Report Triad August 2008

Linda P. Brady, 60, replaces Patricia Sullivan as chancellor of UNC Greensboro this month. For the past two years, she’s been senior vice president and provost at the University of Oregon. Before that, she was dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at N.C. State University for five years. The New York native has three degrees in political science — a bachelor’s and a master’s from Rutgers University and a doctorate from Ohio State University.
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Regional Report Triangle August 2008

Last summer, Raleigh-Durham International Airport was flying high. Its 243 daily departures in July represented a 9% increase from the previous year. Since then, it has lost altitude, giving back all it gained and then some. This July, RDU had just 219 daily departures, and some of those are scheduled to end soon.
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Regional Report Western August 2008

Virginia has one. Texas has a bigger one. North Carolina wants another one. Why are inland ports popular? Supporters say they’re worth millions in trade and can create hun- dreds of jobs to prepare containers for shipping. Proponents who persuaded legislators to appropriate $50,000 to study one for western North Carolina say it doesn’t matter that Wilmington, the state’s largest seaport, is 360 miles away.
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