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Judge finds NAACP leader guilty of Moral Monday-related charges

December 5, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Rev. William Barber, head of the state NAACP, was found guilty by a Wake County district court judge on Wednesday of second-degree trespass and violating a Legislative Building rule during the summer's weekly Moral Monday protests. Eleven other demonstrators also were charged.

McCrory voices support for offshore drilling, fracking at energy conference

December 5, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory, who previously worked for Duke Energy, spoke at an energy conference in Durham this week about his involvement with the Outer Continental Shelf Governors Coalition, which supports offshore drilling. McCrory also repeated his support of shale gas exploration, but questioned the costs of subsidizing renewable resources including solar and wind.

Hearings set for proposed Alamance County distribution center

December 4, 2013

(The Burlington Times-News)

City councils in Graham and Mebane will hold public hearings next week regarding what is being referred to as Project Swordfish, which involves the construction of an unnamed distribution center and at least 450 jobs for the area. City managers say the name of the company will be revealed at the meetings.

Group opposed to NCSU's Hofmann Forest sale will appeal ruling

December 3, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A group including conservationists, forestry professors and a nearby landowner says it will appeal a judge's recent decision to dismiss their lawsuit to block the sale of N.C. State University's Hofmann Forest to a group it says plans to clear much of the land for homes, businesses and cropland.

Former UNC-CH African studies chairman accused of felony

December 3, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The former chairman of UNC Chapel Hill's African studies department has been indicted by an Orange County grand jury. Julius Nyang'oro is accused of a felony for accepting payment for a class he did not teach in the summer of 2011.

State Medicaid office names new director

December 3, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Dr. Nancy Henley has been appointed the new medical director at the state Medicaid office within the Department of Health and Human Services. Henley is currently an associate professor of medicine at UNC and a health care consultant; she previously worked at the DHHS in the early 2000s.

Republic Wireless' low-cost phone service gets positive reviews

December 2, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Republic Wireless, a division of Raleigh-based Bandwidth.com, introduced its new low-cost phone service last month to positive reviews. The new service, which costs between $5 and $40 a month with no contract, is a hybrid which uses Wi-Fi as its primary network with cellular as a backup.

Charles & Colvard says Zales, Gordon's no longer carry its gems

December 2, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Just five days after announcing it would sell its moissanite gemstones on Zale's and Gordon's Jewelers' websites, Morrisville-based Charles & Colvard released a statement that the stones are no longer available on those websites.

Pittsboro delays vote on massive Chatham Park development

November 27, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The Pittsboro Board of Commissioners voted to delay a rezoning decision for the proposed 7,100-acre Chatham Park development after a five-hour meeting that drew a crowd of about 200, both for and against the project. The board decided to hire an independent consultant to study the project before voting on it early next year.

Blue Cross gets rate increase approval for reinstated plans

November 27, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The Department of Insurance has approved rate hikes for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina's individual health insurance plans that are being extended for 2014. The increases will range from 16.4% to 23.6%, depending on the plan.

Governor's staff charging fees for access to public records

November 27, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Media outlets and others requesting North Carolina public records have been assessed service fees by McCrory staffers, who have been demanding payment for requests taking longer than 30 minutes to process.

UNC researchers create mapping tool to predict housing growth

November 26, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Researchers at UNC Chapel Hill have developed a mapping tool that could help state officials and local communities manage future growth by estimating historical housing growth patterns and projections from 1940 through 2050.

Raleigh diagnostic company signs agreement with California health system

November 26, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Raleigh-based LipoScience has made a deal with Scripps Health to make available to customers in California its diagnostic tool that measures heart disease risk. Scripps is a nonprofit health system based in San Diego with about 13,000 employees.

Zales and Gordon's Jewelers to sell Charles & Colvard gemstones

November 25, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Charles & Colvard signed distribution agreements with Zales and Gordon's Jewelers to sell its Forever Brilliant moissanite gemstones on the companies' websites. The Morrisville gemstone company recently signed a similar agreement with Kohl's.

Charlotte, Raleigh commercial mortgage firms to merge

November 25, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Charlotte-based Capital Advisors and Raleigh-based Dickinson, Logan, Todd and Barber are merging and will be headquartered in Charlotte.

WakeMed determined to remain independent

November 22, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Raleigh's WakeMed Health & Hospitals, which posted a $10 milllion operating loss this year, says it will remain independent and will not consider takeover attempts by competitors. WakeMed fired former CEO Bill Atkinson earlier this year and expects to hire a new leader this summer.

Quintiles CEO sold $9 million in stock

November 22, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

John Ratliff, who is resigning as president and chief operating officer of Durham-based Quintiles in December, recently sold $9 million of the company's stock. According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Ratliff sold 212,140 shares at $42.55 each. 

Rural Center denies former leader Hall special severance payment

November 22, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

In a closed-door meeting on Thursday, leaders of the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center voted against a $242,000 severance payment for former agency president Billy Ray Hall. Hall led the center since its inception in 1987, but resigned this summer when questions arose about the agency's handling of grant money.

Northwood Ravin sells seven properties for $323.9 million

November 21, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Northwood Ravin, a real estate developer with offices in Charlotte and Raleigh, is selling seven of its properties to Ohio-based Associated Estates Realty Corp. for $323.9 million. The apartment complexes, which include four still under construction, contain 1,606 units, making the average price per unit just over $200,000. 

Blue Cross rates to increase as much as 24% on reinstated health plans

November 20, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will extend individual health insurance plans it offered in 2013, but the company said Tuesday it will raise premiums by an average of 16% and as much as 24%.