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State unemployment agency lays off 353

October 14, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A $25 million reduction in state and federal funding led the state agency that provides support to job seekers to lay off 353 workers over the past several months. The N.C. Division of Workforce Solutions spread out the layoffs between May and September to lessen the impact.

Lenovo still world's largest PC maker

October 11, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

China-based Lenovo, which employs 2,000 at a headquarters in Morrisville, maintained the top market share as the world's largest PC maker in the third quarter, ahead of Hewlett-Packard, which also posted sales gains. 

DHHS will resume funding WIC program

October 11, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state Department of Health and Human Services issued a statement Thursday that says it has secured additonal funds to continue issuing WIC vouchers to low-income mothers and young children, reversing a statement Tuesday that said the state would have to stop funding the program due to the federal shutdown.  

Raleigh office building will be converted to condos

October 10, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

White Oak Properties wants to renovate a 47,000-square-feet office building in Raleigh's Hayes Barton neighborhood, modernizing the building and converting it into 39 condominiums. The company will spend $5 million to $6 million on the conversion, and prices will range from $169,000 to $400,000.

State cuts funding for disabled workers amid shutdown

October 10, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state Department of Health and Human Services told 140 employment services agencies it has run out of grant money to pay their contracts, leaving workers with disabilities who are training for new jobs or work with assistants at home as of Wednesday.

Kerr Drug will lay off 84 as result of Walgreen merger

October 9, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Kerr Drug will lay off 84 workers at its current headquarters location in Raleigh when its merger with Walgreen Co. is complete. The layoffs will not take effect until August 2014. When the merger was announced last month, a Walgreen spokesman said the company expects to keep most of Kerr's 76 retail drugstores in the state open.

Legislators frustrated after DHHS meeting

October 9, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Legislators met with leaders of the state Department of Health and Human Services for about nine hours on Tuesday, but left without answers to questions about when problems with the Medicaid claims payment system would be fixed. Many legislators also seemed unsatisfied with DHHS Secretary Dr. Aldona Wos' explanation about recent hiring decisions including several McCrory campaign staffers.

State WIC program runs out of money due to federal shutdown

October 9, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Due to the partial federal government shutdown, North Carolina has run out of funding for the national WIC program, which provides food and nutritional benefits to women and children under 5 living near or under the povery line. About 80 percent of the 264,000 enrolled in the program have already received benefits for October and will not be immediately affected.

Wake County approves $810 million school construction bond

October 9, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Voters in Wake County approved an $810 million school bond that will allow the public school system to begin one of the biggest construction programs in its history, including 16 new schools and renovation projects at six existing schools. The bond will be financed by a property tax increase of 5.53 cents per $100 of assessed value.

President of Pinehurst Resort to retire

October 8, 2013

(The Pilot, Southern Pines)

Donald Padgett II, the president and chief operating officer of Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, announced yesterday he will retire effective Oct. 1, 2014. Padgett has served as president of the golf resort since 2004. Current executive vice president Tom Pashley will take his place. 

RTI International sells agricultural research center to chemical company

October 8, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

RTI International has sold its Center for Agricultural and Environmental Biosolutions to Philadelphia-based FMC. The chemical company made the announcement Monday, adding the acquisition is part of its expansion into biological insecticides, herbicides and fungicides. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

Legislative meetings in Raleigh today will address DHHS concerns

October 8, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Aldona Wos will discuss technology glitches in the new NC Tracks computer system and explain her hiring practices at an all-day meeting today in Raleigh. Health-care providers and technology-company representatives will be there to address problems with the new technology that has caused delays in medical services payments and food stamp delivery.

VP Joe Biden will fundraise for Hagan

October 8, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Vice President Joe Biden will be in Durham on Oct. 21 to speak at a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan. Hagan will seek re-election in 2014; four Republicans have already announced they are seeking their party's nomination to oppose Hagan.

Bluegrass festivalgoers pumped $10 million into Raleigh economy

October 7, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

According to the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, the World of Bluegrass festival held there Sept. 24-28 brought in an estimated $10 million in visitor spending. The festival attracted 84,000 from outside of the area in its first year held in Raleigh. The festival will return to Raleigh in 2014 and 2015.

Five manufacturing firms announce new projects, jobs

October 7, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Friday was hailed by Gov. Pat McCrory as "Manufacturing Day" in North Carolina as four companies announced expansions of existing locations in Candler, Lumberton, Mooresville and Shelby,  and another introduced plans for a new fiber plant in Thomasville.

First guilty verdict handed down in Moral Monday cases

October 7, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A labor organizer from Rocky Mount was the first demonstrator arrested during the Moral Monday protests to be tried and convicted of charges related to his arrest. Saladin Muhammad was arrested on May 13 and found guilty on Friday of second degree trespassing, failure to disperse on command and posting or displaying signs in violation of building codes.

AG Cooper talks of gubernatorial run in 2016

October 7, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper told Democratic Party activists in Asheville he is planning to run for governor in 2016, though he acknowledged it is too early to make a formal announcement. Cooper said he wants to restore the state's reputation as a progressive Southern state after policy changes made this year by state GOP leaders.

Xerox plans to cut 500 call center jobs in Cary

October 4, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Xerox Commercial Services announced it will cut 508 positions at a call center in Cary; about half of those employees affected will be rehired and reassigned to other Xerox clients. The jobs being eliminated are primarily entry-level customer-care assistants.

Charlotte's Ruffin Hall expected to be named Raleigh's city manager

October 4, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Charlotte Assistant City Manager Ruffin Hall is expected to be named Raleigh's new city manager today, replacing Russell Allen who was fired in April. Hall was a finalist for Charlotte's recent search for a new city manager.

WakeMed expects to break even in 2014

October 3, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The board of directors for Raleigh-based WakeMed has adopted a budget for 2014 which indicates the hospital system expects to break even next year. The company has had one of its worst financial years in its history, and will likely post an annual loss for the 2013 fiscal year which ended Sept. 30. WakeMed is searching for an interim chief executive after removing 10-year CEO Bill Atkinson last month.