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Prosecutors: Duke Energy ignored warnings prior to ash spill

May 15, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Federal prosecutors said Duke Energy twice refused to spend $20,000 on internal video inspections of the 48-inch broken pipe that led to the massive coal-ash spill into the Dan River in February 2014. The Charlotte-based utility was sentenced Thursday and must pay $102 million in fines and for environment projects.

Rex Hospital manager steps down after investigation

May 15, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The director of the emergency department at Raleigh's Rex Hospital has stepped down following a federal investigation into the medical center's treatment of a violent, mentally ill patient.
Also: Rex borrows $150 million to build heart center

DOT says it will move forward with I-77 toll project

May 15, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

The N.C. Department of Transportation said Thursday the Interstate 77 toll project will not be delayed, despite concerns over a noncompete clause in the state's contract with a private developer that some local governments say wasn't made public. The noncompete clause means the state would have to compensate the developer if it decides to add free lanes to the road within the next 50 years.

Shipman to retire as CEO of Cardinal Innovations

May 15, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Pam Shipman will retire as CEO of Kannapolis-based Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions, which oversees government spending for behavioral health in 16 counties. Richard Topping, currently executive vice president, will succeed her on July 1.

Pinehurst to host U.S. Amateur Championship in 2019

May 15, 2015

(The Pilot, Southern Pines)

Pinehurst Resort and Country Club will host the U.S. Amateur Championship for the third time in August 2019, the United States Golf Association announced Tuesday. It will be the 10th USGA championship hosted at the club.
Related: Sure shots: North Carolina's top 100 golf courses, April

NC Research Campus forms educational partnership with Costa Rica

May 15, 2015

(The Independent Tribune)

Costa Rica and the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis will form a collaboration to advance research in food science. The agreement, which involves groups from N.C. State and N.C. A&T State University, will allow Costa Rican scientists to train and perform research at the NCRC.

Duke Energy in federal court today for sentencing

May 14, 2015

(WRAL.com)

In a federal court in Greenville Thursday, Duke Energy is expected to plead guilty to nine environmental crimes and will pay $102 million in fines and restitution.

Coca-Cola Bottling continues expansion

May 14, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte-based Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated, the largest U.S. independent Coca-Cola bottler, will expand its franchise territory to new markets in 10 states and the District of Columbia.

Randolph megasite taking shape

May 14, 2015

(News & Record, Greensboro)

Triad leaders hope a site of up to 1,800 acres will compete with other megasites in Chatham and Edgecombe counties. On June 1, Randolph County commissioners will consider spending $5.87 million to purchase 170 acres of land. The county paid $4.2 million for 255 acres earlier this year.

Asheville City Council cracks down on short-term rentals

May 14, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Members of the Asheville City Council want to toughen enforcement on short-term property rentals gaining popularity through websites such as Airbnb.com, saying the practice turns quiet, residential neighborhoods into noisy hotel districts and reduces affordable housing.