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Regional Report Eastern November 2009

Residents of Eastern North Carolina might be skeptical about an ivory-tower institute in Chapel Hill taking on the work of a homegrown foundation formed to boost the largely rural local economy.

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Regional Report Triad November 2009

For a company that keeps up with every package it handles, Memphis, Tenn.-based FedEx Corp. has a hard time saying when it will deliver a fully operational sorting hub to Piedmont Triad International Airport, near Greensboro.

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Regional Report Triangle November 2009

Scott Custer knows how it looks to outsiders when a subsidiary of a big bank announces that its 52-year-old CEO is retiring and will be replaced by someone from corporate.

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Regional Report Western November 2009

Bears didn’t boogie in the woods, but the yearlong 75th-anniversary celebration of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park hasn’t been a bust.

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What ails doctors

He walks in minutes before closing time Friday, a rangy, white-haired man in green golf shirt and khaki Bermudas. “I could make an appointment for you Monday,” the receptionist volunteers.

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All a Twitter?

Here goes, another refrain from The Old Fart’s Lament: It was different back then, 41 years ago when I started in this business.

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Dwelling on the bottom

With a bedroom as the office and his garage the warehouse, Bob Luddy started what became Captive-Aire Systems Inc. 33 years ago in Raleigh.

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Made from scratch

My dad bought an interest in a bakery in Burlington in 1941, so we moved there from Greensboro. The bakery had a retail store and about a half-dozen wholesale routes. The first Christmas there I worked setting up carryout boxes.

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Mall change

Heat shimmers from the pavement, and shards of a Bud Light bottle glint in the gutter. The few dozen cars school in shoals of shade cast by gingko trees growing in concrete islands amid a sea of asphalt

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Regional Report Charlotte October 2009

GMAC Inc. is based in Detroit. It says so on the automobile lender’s Web site. It says so in its regulatory filings. But CEO Al de Molina lives and works in Charlotte.

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Regional Report Eastern October 2009

When commercial fishing and seafood processing foundered in the mid-’90s, industry hunters turned to another traditional maritime trade to help buoy the coastal economy.

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Regional Report Triad October 2009

At first glance, it might seem far away and of little consequence to North Carolinians: US Airways Group Inc. wants to swap 125 round-trip slots at New York’s LaGuardia Airport for 42 that Delta Air Lines Inc. owns at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.

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Regional Report Triangle October 2009

Three years ago, David Joyner got into his car and went to see some mayors in western Wake County about making a planned bypass around Raleigh’s west side a toll road.

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Regional Report Western October 2009

Anglers cast for rainbows and brownies, but the trout in western North Carolina waters are all green: Fishing for them has an economic impact of $174 million a year, including motel rentals, guide fees and tackle sales, a state Wildlife Resources Commission study estimates.

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Sleeping with the enemy

So much for government not negotiating with terrorists. A decade ago, Bruce Marks billed himself a “bank terrorist,” and he hasn’t backed away from the label.

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The realities of realty

On Sept. 17, 2007, a for-sale sign was jammed into the front yard of my home, which I had bought just 2 1/2 years prior (which is to say, near the peak of the housing market). Thus began my education in real estate.

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A say on pay

After the lackluster year Bank of America Corp. had in 2007, Kenneth Steiner figured it was time shareholders had a say in executive compensation.

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Bad news travels fast

You never know how many friends you have until tragedy strikes. Well, tragedy might be a bit strong. “Some woman backed into me,” my wife whimpers over the phone.

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Economic outlook

Recession has hit North Carolina’s job market harder than most. The gap between the state’s unemployment rate and the nation’s widened late last year, and Matthew Martin says the U.S. economy will recover quicker than North Carolina’s

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Figuring a return on incentives

Whenever some big-name company takes the bait — the big money the state uses to lure them — it seems to happen. The governor and secretary of commerce grin widely as they announce how North Carolina landed the trophy with tax breaks, grants and other financial incentives.

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