Business

GSK, Novartis exchange assets in $21B deal

March 2, 2015

(WRAL TechWire)

GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis have completed a $21 billion deal that makes London-based GSK the world's largest vaccine supplier. Under the terms of the deal, Novartis is acquiring GSK's oncology drug pipeline while GSK acquires Novartis' global vaccine business.  

Sierra Nevada boosts beer tourism in Western NC

March 2, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

The opening of Sierra Nevada's Mills River brewery has led to increased beer tourism in the Asheville area. A brewery spokesman said there's a two-day wait for weekday tours and a monthlong wait for weekends. Other breweries in the area have reported an uptick in visitors as well.

Fayetteville proposes free downtown Wi-Fi

March 2, 2015

(The Fayetteville Observer)

The city of Fayetteville could partner with Time Warner Cable to provide free Wi-Fi Internet service for much of the downtown area. Under the proposal, Time Warner would allow its subscribers free access in the designated area while nonsubscribers would get one hour of free Internet access per day.

Lowes Foods to roll out store upgrades

March 2, 2015

(News & Record, Greensboro)

Winston-Salem-baesd Lowes Foods is accelerating plans to remodel all of its stores over the next four years. New elements include the Beer Den, which features a selection of craft beers, and Pick & Prep stations, where employees cut shoppers' fruits and vegetables for them while they shop.

ABC series shot in Wilmington premieres Sunday

March 2, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The ABC TV series "Secrets and Lies," which was shot in Wilmington in 2014, premiered Sunday evening. The drama, which stars Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis, filmed at EUE/Screen Gems Studios and in the Porters Neck area.

Developer revives plans for Beaufort golf community

March 2, 2015

(Carteret County News-Times)

Work is underway on a 6,000-square-foot clubhouse at the Beaufort development previously known as North River Club. Raleigh-based DeWitt Carolinas bought the troubled golf course and adjacent homesites – the project is zoned for more than 1,500 lots – in 2014. The new clubhouse is expected to open in late May. 

BB&T receives subpoenas over FHA-backed loans

February 27, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

BB&T received subpoenas from the Department of Justice regarding an audit of government-backed mortgage loans. The Winston-Salem-based bank said it was notified of the audit last June and has set aside $85 million to comply with the issue.

FCC ruling will allow Wilson to expand broadband network

February 27, 2015

(WRAL TechWire)

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday in favor of municipal broadband providers, a move that will allow the city of Wilson to expand its Greenlight Internet service beyond the city limits. The ruling overrides state laws that had restricted growth of the municipal networks.
Related: Tillis moves to overturn FCC ruling on local broadband

Report: $651.9M spent on clean-energy projects in 2014

February 27, 2015

(The Daily Courier, Rutherfordton)

A new report commissioned by the NC Sustainable Energy Association shows that investment in clean-energy projects in the state was $651.9 million in 2014, nearly 38 times the $17.3 million invested in 2007.

Two BofA board members leaving

February 27, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Chad Holliday Jr. and Clayton Rose will not seek re-election to the board of directors at Bank of America. Holliday was named chairman of Royal Dutch Shell in October; Rose will become president of Bowdoin College in Maine. Also stepping down is Chief Accounting Officer Neil Cotty. Rudolf Bless, deputy chief accounting officer, will replace him.