Triangle

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.

Highwoods to break ground on fourth GlenLake office building

October 3, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Highwoods Properties will build a new six-story office building at its GlenLake office park in Raleigh. The other three buildings at GlenLake, near Crabtree Valley Mall, are 100 percent leased.  The Raleigh real estate investment trust will begin construction on the $35.8 million project next month.

Sandhills MegaPark gets planning assistance from Duke Energy

October 2, 2013

(The Pilot, Southern Pines)

Duke Energy's Site Readiness Program is providing funding for the development of a master plan for the Heart of North Carolina MegaPark in Montgomery and Moore Counties. The 2,900-acre site would be developed over 20 years beginning with an initial phase consisting of 117 acres near Interstate 73/74.

Merck to lay off 8,500 workers

October 2, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based Merck & Co. announced it will layoff 8,500 workers from all departments. The pharmaceutical company employs about 1,800 people at plants in Durham and Wilson; it was not disclosed if any North Carolina positions will be affected.

Reactions mixed among NC residents as federal health exchange opens

October 2, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

North Carolina residents were able to see for the first time how much new health care plans under the Affordable Care Act will cost them and whether federal subsidies would be available to help offset the costs. While there were reported glitches and application delays as expected on the first day the online marketplace opened, the state's largest insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, said it provided about 20,000 insurance quotes.

NC Attorney General Cooper, Gov. McCrory spar over voting lawsuit

October 2, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory's decision to hire an outside lawyer to represent North Carolina in the federal lawsuit which challenges the state's new voter law has drawn criticism from Attorney General Roy Cooper, who calls it an "unnecessary expense." McCrory's chief legal counsel made the recommendation after Cooper criticized the voting bill earlier this year.