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Wake County News

Gov. Perdue rejects Sen. Berger's tax hike debate

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North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue has dismissed an invitation by legislative leaders to debate her sales tax increase proposal, calling it a political stunt. Full story...
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ElectriCities CEO says selling shares could take repaying debt off backs of residents and businesses

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The head of a trade association managing an electric power agency serving eastern North Carolina says selling shares in power plants the agency owns is still being considered if it means getting rid of debt towns and cities must repay. Full story...
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Unemployment remains political football in NC

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The head of North Carolina's unemployment benefits office found herself in an unusual spot before a General Assembly committee - subpoenaed by legislators to talk about money owed to the federal government and how jobless data is shared with the governor. Full story...
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Chuck Amato joins Akron coaching staff

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Former NC State head football coach Chuck Amato will be back on the football field this fall. He's going to be joining the coaching staff at Akron. Over the last two seasons the Zips only won twice. Full story...
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Businessweek names Raleigh best place to live

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It appears 2012 will not be the year when list-makers get over their Raleigh crush. Bloomberg Businessweek has ranked Raleigh the best place to live in the U.S. Durham also made the magazine's list, coming in at No. 37. Full story...
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Perdue media team used confidential data to spin jobs reports

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Since as early as January 2011, and perhaps before then, Gov. Bev Perdue’s press office has received access to confidential employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics hours if not days before its scheduled release, quite likely in violation of federal law. The governor’s staff used its early access to massage the monthly employment press release that reported jobs data to the public. Full story...
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Trooper zaps trainee in buttocks

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Ouch! A State Highway Patrol training officer horsing around at the magistrates office in the Wake County Jail last month accidentally stunned a trainee in the buttock with a Taser. It happened in the early morning hours of Nov. 27, when the training officer pulled the trigger of his Taser without a cartridge loaded. That makes a loud popping noise, but doesn’t fire the weapon. Full story...
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Feds mark NC vaccine plant ready for flu outbreak

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A North Carolina vaccine plant is ready to gear up to fight a flu pandemic should one strike the United States. Full story...
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Protesters interrupt speech by Wells Fargo CEO

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Protesters in North Carolina disrupted a speech by the head of one of America's biggest banks, and at least a dozen were escorted from the talk. Full story...
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Grand jury indicts three with ties to Perdue campaign

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A Wake County grand jury has indicted former campaign workers and a donor of North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue as part of an investigation into previously undisclosed flights leading up to her 2008 election victory. Full story...
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