Triangle

Duke University survey reveals Obamacare will curb hiring

December 12, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

About 10% of leading corporate executives say the Affordable Care Act will cause layoffs at their companies, according to an economic survey conducted by Duke University and CFO Magazine. Overall, companies reported they still plan to increase employment in 2014, but at a slower pace than they would without the law, and will hire more part-time employees.

Textile-maker expanding in Roxboro

December 11, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Israel's Spuntech Industries will expand its Roxboro textile-manufacturing plant, investing $35 million and creating 60 jobs there. Average annual salary for the jobs will be $43,010, higher than Person County's average of $33,717.

Raleigh semiconductor company sells RTP lab

December 10, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Raleigh-based semiconducter company Ziptronix has sold its development lab in Morrisville to Tezzaron Semiconductor Corp., which will use the lab for development of its memory chips, for an undisclosed amount.

Audit reveals 3,200 defects in NC Tracks since July introduction

December 10, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

According to a state audit released Monday, NC Tracks, the state's Medicaid claims system, has had more than 3,200 defects since July 1, with more than 600 still uncorrected by Nov. 5, near the end of the audit period.

Xerox announces 139 jobs cuts in Cary

December 9, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Xerox Commercial Services announced it will cut 139 jobs at a Cary call center, down from 168 cuts the company previously reported, due to changing needs of one of its clients. A company spokesman said some of the affected workers will be re-hired to work for other clients.

Raleigh entrepreneur brings back Peach Buds candy

December 9, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A Raleigh woman with no previous business experience has revived Butterfields candy company, previously based in Nashville and famous for its Peach Buds and other fruit-flavored hard candies. The candy is available at various Triangle-area retailers and through its website.

Philadelphia firm buys Sony Ericsson campus in RTP

December 6, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Philadelphia-based Rubenstein Partners acquired the former Sony Ericsson campus in Research Triangle Park for $26 million. The corporate campus, which includes nearly 67 acres and two buildings which Rubenstein plans to renovate before leasing, has been unoccupied since Sony Ericsson opened a regional office in Atlanta.

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.