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Hurricane Arthur moving toward NC coast

July 3, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The entire North Carolina coast is under a hurricane warning as Arthur was upgraded from a tropical storm early Thursday morning. Forecasters expect the storm to pass over the area Thursday evening and Friday morning without causing major damage. Conditions should clear by Friday afternoon in time for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Cape Fear area hopes storm moves on by July 4

July 2, 2014

(Wilmington StarNews)

Tropical Storm Arthur poses problems for coastal businesses expecting big hauls during the Fourth of July holiday.

'Tammy' boon for the East

July 1, 2014

(Wilmington StarNews)

Tammy, a new film to be released this weekend starring Melissa McCarthy, spent about $14 million in the state last year during its production.

Vidant, Belhaven continue squabble over hospital closing

July 1, 2014

(The Daily Reflector)

A Vidant Health official says Belhaven officials failed to live up to their end of an agreement to keep Pungo Hospital open.

Brunswick beaches try to hold on to small-town feel

June 30, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Five Brunswick County beach towns face challenges to remain family-friendly.

 

Charter schools benefit founder's companies

June 30, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

In 2013-14, Charter Day School Inc.'s three charter schools rented most of their material goods from for-profit companies owned by the founder.

Report shows potential impact of military realignment on Fort Bragg

June 27, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

A U.S. Army report shows that Fort Bragg could lose 16,000 soldiers and civilians under a worst-case scenario due to potential cuts necessitated by a shrinking defense budget. According to the projections, the region could lose 21,563 jobs and local governments would lose an estimated $11.3 million in sales-tax receipts. About 10% of the Army is based at Fort Bragg.

Publix looking at sites for Wilmington grocery store

June 27, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix Super Markets is looking at sites to build a store in the Port City, though a spokewoman from the grocery-store chain declined to comment about future locations. Publix currently has two N.C. stores, both in the Charlotte area.

Lenoir Memorial weighs three affiliation proposals

June 26, 2014

(Kinston Free Press)

Lenoir Memorial Hospital has received three proposals in its search for an operating affiliate. Brentwood, Tenn.-based Duke LifePoint Healthcare, Greenville-based Vidant Health and Winston-Salem-based Novant Health have proposed joint ventures or management agreements with the 261-bed hospital.

Efforts continue to unionize Mountaire Farms plant in Lumber Bridge

June 25, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

A local chapter of United Food and Commercial Workers union is continuing its efforts to unionize the Mountaire Farms poultry plant in Robeson County. About 700 of the plants 2,000 workers have signed cards in support of a union, which they say could lead to improved safety conditions and equipment at the plant. 

Construction to begin on 402-unit Wilmington apartment complex

June 25, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Charleston, S.C.-based Kassinger Development Group will begin construction of a 402-unit apartment complex in Wilmington on a property owned by Cameron Management. Gallery Park Apartments is the first phase of a 300-acre planned development that will include office and multi-family housing.

Duke Energy Renewables announces Eastern NC solar project

June 24, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Duke Energy Renewables will build a 52-megawatt solar project on three sites in eastern N.C. that will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 8,200 homes. Electricity will be sold to American University, George Washington University and GWU Hospital in Washington, D.C. The first 20-megawatt site will be built this year in Pasquotank County. 

Report shows improving U.S. 70 would lead to jobs growth

June 23, 2014

(Sun Journal, New Bern)

Improvements to U.S. 70 between Raleigh and the coast could lead to the creation of up to 1,900 jobs, according to a report released last week. Supporters of the project say the corridor needs a four-lane freeway system to connect the state capital to Port of Morehead City.

Whitfield promoted to head of business affairs at UNCW

June 23, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Rick Whitfield will become vice chancellor for business affairs at UNC Wilmington July 1. Whitfield, who has 35 years of experience in higher education, has been the university's associate vice chancellor of business affairs since 2010. He succeeds Charles Maimone, who accepted a similar position at UNC Greensboro.

Growth expected in coastal Hampstead

June 19, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The small coastal community of Hampstead in Pender County is on the cusp of experiencing significant commercial and residential growth once sewer and water lines are installed. 

Bladen County Smithfield plant still closed after ammonia leak

June 19, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Smithfield Packing in Tar Heel remains closed after an ammonia leak forced an evacuation of the plant's 2,400 employees on Tuesday.

Fayetteville's Family Foods sells 31 restaurants to Calif. company

June 19, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Fayetteville-based Family Foods sold its 31 Taco Bell and Long John Silver's restaurants to Calif.-based Flynn Restaurant Group for an undisclosed amount. Flynn operates 640 restaurants with $1.4 billion in annual sales.

Fayetteville airport terminal to get $25M renovation

June 17, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

The 45-year-old Fayetteville Regional Airport will undergo a $25 million terminal renovation. The project, which could begin in 2017, will be funded mostly by $20 million from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Fracking legislation attracts interest of energy companies

June 16, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

The chairman of the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission said three energy exploration companies have called him since the state General Assembly passed a bill to allow fracking in the state next year. Other companies are renewing leases in areas where there may be high concentrations of shale gas.

Fayetteville VA Medical Center gets $7.4M to expand services

June 13, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

In an effort to relieve excessive wait times for patients, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs approved $7.4 million for the Fayetteville VA Medical Center to extend hours and increase contracts with off-site providers. A nationwide audit recently revealed the Fayetteville VA has the longest wait times in the U.S.