Western NC sees more international tourists

August 31, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Asheville business owners are noticing an uptick in the number of international tourists. About 1.2 million international travelers visited the state in 2013, the latest year statistics are available, but tourism officials expect a significant increase in 2014 and 2015.

AT&T, CenturyLink to expand rural broadband

August 31, 2015

(WRAL TechWire)

AT&T and CenturyLink agreed to expand rural Internet access to more than 50,000 homes and businesses in North Carolina using funds provided by the Federal Communications Commission. AT&T will receive $3.5 million annually for three years to expand broadband service; CenturyLink will receive more than $10 million annually.

Novant Health posts increase in excess income

August 31, 2015

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Novant Health reported excess income of $125 million for the first half of 2015, a 23% increase compared with the same period a year ago. The Winston-Salem-based health care system employs 25,000 people across four states.

'A Chef's Life' begins new season on PBS

August 31, 2015

(Kinston Free Press)

"A Chef's Life," the award-winning PBS series featuring Kinston chef Vivian Howard ("Recipe for recovery," October 2014), begins airing its third season on Thursday. Filming for season four is underway, though Howard, who runs two restaurants with husband Ben Knight, says it will likely be the last for the popular documentary.

Henderson County businesses concerned over power lines

August 31, 2015

(Hendersonville Times-News)

Summer camps and apple orchards are among Henderson County businesses concerned over the impact of transmission lines Duke Energy plans to install to connect a new Asheville power plant to a substation in South Carolina.

Mayne Pharma plans $65M expansion, 110 jobs in Greenville

August 28, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Mayne Pharma plans to invest $65 million in a manufacturing plant and add 110 jobs to its existing 350 in Greenville. Average annual salary will be $60,000. The Australian drugmaker acquired Greenville-based Metrics in 2012. Mayne's products include treatments for acne, fungal infections and bacterial infections. The new plant will also provide contract-manufacturing services.

Bissell plans 10-story spec building in Charlotte's Ballantyne

August 28, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

The Bissell Corporation plans to build a 10-story, 287,500-square-foot office building in Charlotte's Ballantyne area, which is almost 95% occupied. Construction could start as early as next week and should be complete by November 2016. A 150-room hotel is also planned.

LabCorp ordered to pay part of $50M fine

August 28, 2015

(The Times News, Burlington)

A Washington state court ruled this week that LabCorp and Valley Medical Center near Seattle must pay $50 million to a Washington couple whose son was born with birth defects. A subsidiary of the Burlington-based company processed a test designed to detect a rare genetic disorder during pregnancy, but the couple said the doctor who submitted the results did not include important family history information.

Wilmington's Live Oak Bank adds new lending niche

August 28, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Live Oak Bank, named the best bank to work for by American Banker magazine, will begin offering SBA loans to independent insurance agents. The Wilmington-based lender raised about $82 million in its public debut in July.

Lenovo's Jay Parker resigns

August 28, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Jay Parker, who became senior vice president of Lenovo's enterprise business in March, has resigned. Parker joined Lenovo in 2007 and was previously president of North American operations. The No.1 PC-maker's North American headquarters are in Morrisville. The company announced this month it was laying off 3,200 workers worldwide, including 230 in the Triangle.