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2012 Legal Elite

Call it payback: Here’s what some of the state’s best lawyers are doing to make their communities a better place to live.

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Regional Report Charlotte January 2012

Chiquita Brands International Inc. is moving its headquarters  from Cincinnati to Charlotte this year.

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Regional Report Eastern January 2012

Two eastern North Carolina wind-farm projects are having trouble shooting the breeze.

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Regional Report Triangle January 2012

Rachel Weeks, 27, did something radical last year. The CEO of Durham-based School House Inc., which makes high-end college apparel, moved manufacturing from Sri Lanka to North Carolina — swimming against the current of companies moving production offshore.

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Regional Report Triad January 2012

The U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement threatens 10,626 textile jobs in the 6th Congressional District — more than any other district in the state — according to Public Citizen Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based consumer advocacy group

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State of the unions

Labor eyes public employees to bolster ranks that, though they are weak, still stir strong opposition.

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Water war

Alcoa battles government officials over hydropower on the Yadkin River, and Badin is caught in the middle.

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Hot Stocks 2012

A panel of pros pick the North Carolina stocks they think will perform best in 2012.

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Fuming over the gas tax

Mooneyham: Over the last decade, the clamor and downright demagoguery surrounding North Carolina’s gasoline tax rival that of any topic in state politics.

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Paper thin

Up Front: I have a special place in my heart for newspapers. I grew up the son of a newspaperman.

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The shovel-ready rate hike

Gearino: What’s the functional difference between a tax-funded federal stimulus program and Duke Energy Corp.’s recent rate-hike request?

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Bringing them to the table

Small Business of the Year Runner-up: Jill Marcus and Karen Teed juggled day jobs with cooking at night to get Something Classic Catering & Cafes Inc. going. In 2000, after working out of sometimes rented — and always cramped — spaces for 11 years, they borrowed $250,000. “We took a giant leap of faith and opened an 8,000-square-foot kitchen,” Marcus, 45, says. “We hocked our houses and our firstborn children.”

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Dear departed

Up Front: Though it barely touched upon business, last month’s column about my dog’s passing prompted the most reader response of any piece to appear in the pages of this magazine. You’ll find a sampling on page 6, but I thought I’d share this one here. It’s from Rufus Edmisten, the Boone native who was deputy chief counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee, North Carolina’s attorney general for 10 years, the Democratic nominee for governor in 1984 and secretary of state for two terms.

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Down in the trenches

Small Business of the Year Runner-up: In 2008 and 2009, Marvin Mercer scrapped for clients, calling on everyone he knew. Once, he heard two strangers talking about engineering in a restaurant, so he just walked up to the table and laid down his card. Nothing seemed to make a difference. Money was so tight that he and his wife, Wendy, who together own Mercer Design Group PC, were scrimping on paper and ink, and he had taken to nagging employees about turning out the lights. They even considered filing for bankruptcy. “We were probably within a week or two weeks of closing the doors,” he says.

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File and rank

Capital Goods: Every year, groups of all shapes and sizes rank state legislators. Liberal advocacy groups put together their lists; conservative advocacy groups compile theirs. There are rankings of the most effective, most business friendly, most consumer friendly, most environmentally friendly and so on.

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Occupy your mind

Fine Print: I’ve studied the Occupy Raleigh movement on a daily basis since the protest began but not exactly by choice. I can see the protesters from my desk in downtown Raleigh, and it’s not a matter of my having to take the trouble to look out the window. Thanks to the placement of my desk, I have to go to the trouble not to see them.

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Wait and seethe

2011 Top Contractors: Anxious for an upturn, top contractors keep their companies stoked with whatever work there is, wherever they can find it.

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Where the heart is

Feature: Two Tar Heels injured in Iraq prove charity starts at home by building and renovating houses for disabled vets.

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Sticking to his knitting

Small Business of the Year: In the early ’90s, after six years of playing bass guitar for a rock band, Shane Cooper became obsessed with bicycle racing. He didn’t excel as a rider, so he took to coaching, and his team from Hickory went on to win several regional and state championships. He also became obsessed with socks — bike socks.

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Regional Report Triangle December 2011

“When I grew up, tobacco was something you smoked or chewed or dipped.” — Gov. Beverly Perdue at the opening of Medicago USA Inc.’s headquarters and production plant in Research Triangle Park Nov. 14.

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