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Lenovo quarterly profits exceed expectations

August 15, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Lenovo posted a 23% increase in profit in its fiscal first quarter ended in June, led by gains in the smartphone and PC markets. The Beijing-based computer maker employs about 2,200 at its North American headquarters in Morrisville.

McCrory defends handling of ethics filings

August 15, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory said he sold his stock in Duke Energy in April in response to media attacks that challenged his character, and that no rules were broken in the ethics filings regarding the sale. McCrory, a longtime employee of the Charlotte-based utility, issued the statement in response to the Raleigh News & Observer's front-page story that said he submitted incorrect filings earlier this year regarding his ownership of the stock.

Durham's BioCryst receives $4.1 million to develop Ebola treatment

August 14, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals was awarded $4.1 million to develop a treatment for the Ebola virus. The funds are part of a 5-year, $22 million federal research contract the Durham company was granted for a drug it is developing to treat Marburg, a related virus.

Cisco to lay off 6,000 workers

August 14, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco Systems will lay off 6,000 workers, or 8% of its workforce in a restructuring. The telecommunications-equipment manufacturer announced in June it will add 550 jobs to its existing 4,600 at its Research Triangle Park site. The company will receive up to $12.9 million in state grant money for that expansion.

 

Carthage wants to create 'visual history art gallery' with murals

August 14, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Carthage has commissioned up to 20 murals showcasing the town's history in an effort to boost tourism and economic development. 

Latest Dominion pipeline proposal omits Raleigh extension

August 13, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Richmond, Va.-based Dominion Resources has rerouted its proposed natural gas pipeline, omitting a Raleigh extension and bypassing Clayton. If built, the 550-mile pipeline would run from West Virginia to southeastern North Carolina along the I-95 corridor.

SAS announces collaboration with Amazon

August 13, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Cary-based SAS has partnered with Amazon Web Services to make it easier for its customers to use SAS software with Amazon's cloud service. 

Former Progress exec named CFO of Raleigh's Highwoods

August 12, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Highwoods Properties named Mark Mulhern chief financial officer. Mulhern spent 16 years with Progress Energy until his departure following the company's 2012 merger with Charlotte-based Duke Energy. He replaces Terry Stevens, who is retiring.

SAS to sponsor computer-science research projects at NC State

August 12, 2014

(WRAL.com)

Cary-based software company SAS formed an agreement with N.C. State University to fund joint research projects in areas including cyber security, big data and health-monitoring technologies. 

Sills named CEO of Mechanics and Farmers Bank

August 12, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Durham-based Mechanics and Farmers Bank named James H. Sills III president and CEO effective Sept. 1, replacing Kim Saunders, who stepped down in March. Sills has held leadership roles at MBNA America Bank, First Tuskegee Bank and Memphis First Community Bank.

Duke University hits fundraising record

August 12, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Duke University raised $441.8 million in fundraising during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 7.5% more than the previous year. The Durham-based university is in the midst of a multi-year campaign with a goal of raising $3.25 billion by June 30, 2017.

Duke researchers study fracking's effects on water quality

August 11, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Professors at Duke University are close to finalizing research that could show whether drilling for shale gas in other states has led to problems with water quality. North Carolina will begin public hearings this month on safety standards for the practice.

Argos Therapeutics wants Durham to open its wallet for expansion

August 7, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Argos Therapeutics has asked the Durham City Council for a $924,676 incentive for an expansion that could lead to the creation of 236 new jobs and a $41 million capital investment. Durham County commissioners approved a $925,000 incentive last week. The company says five other counties and several locations outside of North Carolina have expressed interest in the project.

ChannelAdvisor shares fall 30%

August 6, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Shares of Morrisville-based ChannelAdvisor fell 30% on Tuesday after the company released second-quarter results showing it added new customers at a slower pace than anticipated. The software company added 108 customers in the second quarter, compared with 136 in the first quarter.

ChannelAdvisor raises guidance after strong second quarter

August 5, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Morrisville-based ChannelAdvisor reported revenue of $20.8 million in the second quarter, up 30% from the same period a year ago and higher than analysts' projections. The e-commerce software company increased its guidance for the full year to between $86 million and $86.7 million, up from $85 million to $86 million.

Cary's Ignite Social Media loses major client, plans layoffs

August 5, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Ignite Social Media will lay off roughly half of its 110 employees after losing a major client. The Cary-based marketing agency lost its account with Chrysler Group, its largest client since 2011. Most of the job cuts will be in the agency's Detroit office.

Carolina Trace Country Club sold to Texas group

August 4, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Texas-based Escalante Golf, which owns and operates golf clubs across the United States, purchased Carolina Trace Country Club in Sanford and plans $2 million in renovations. The club had been member-owned since the mid-1980s. 

Quintiles down despite exceeding expectations

August 1, 2014

(News and Observer, Raleigh)

Quintiles shares closed at $54.93, down $1.89, despite the Durham pharmaceutical services company beating analysts' earnings expectations in the second quarter.

Teacher raises come at a price

August 1, 2014

(News and Observer, Raleigh)

The 7% pay increase for North Carolina teachers will cost $282 million, money the state will get by cutting funding to health and welfare programs and other state spending.

UNC Board proposes cap on financial aid

August 1, 2014

(News and Observer, Raleigh)

A committee of the UNC Board of Governors approved a plan to cap annual tuition increases at 5% and limit the amount of tuition revenue that could be diverted to financial aid at 15%.