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North Carolina: Top 5 for Obamacare Enrollment

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North Carolina outstripped all but a handful of states during the first few months of health insurance enrollment established under the federal overhaul law. Full story...
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Target finds data breach affected millions more customer than first thought

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videoA security breach at Target has affected tens of millions of consumers across the country during arguably some of the busiest shopping days of the year. Today Target said hackers have gotten a hold of more information then the retailer first thought. Full story...
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Economists forecast growth for 2014

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Economists from local and national levels met at the Wilmington Convention Center to discuss their economic forecasts for the new year. Full story...
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CFPUA cuts budget as water use declines

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videoThe Cape Fear Public Utility Authority today amended its operating budget to cut $1.2 million. The move comes after the authority reported a significant decline in water consumption, which also means lower revenues. Full story...
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Proposed insurance rates would mean big hike for some in SENC, cuts for others

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A breakdown of the new rates requested late last week by North Carolina insurance companies show many people in our area would see big increases if approved, while many others would actually see their rates go down. Full story...
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NC insurers ask for homeowner policy rate hike

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videoThe North Carolina Department of Insurance says it has received a request by insurers that could mean big rate increases for homeowners policies across the state. Full story...
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NC's 2013 average gas price lowest in past 3 years

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The AAA Carolinas motor club says gas hit its lowest average price in three years in 2013 in North Carolina, and the downward trend is expected to continue this year. Full story...
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2014 means lights out for incandescent bulbs

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videoCome tomorrow, the federal government is flipping the switch on the incandescent light bulb. By law, the production of the bulbs must stop across the country, so it's lights out for 60- and 40-watt incandescent bulbs. Full story...
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Target reveals gift card snafu

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Target is getting hit with another lump of coal this holiday season. The nation's second largest discount retailer says than an unidentified number of gift cards sold over the holidays were not properly activated. Full story...
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STYLE STOP: Last minute New Year's Eve fashion tips

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videoIn the latest installment of Style Stop, Jessica DeVault has tips on how to make your New Year's Eve a stylish success. Women should look for big, statement necklaces to update their look for the big night and men should consider pairing a favorite blazer with dark denim pants and a pocket square to make a splash. Full story...
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No surge in Charlotte conventions follow 2012 DNC

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The Democratic National Convention last year in Charlotte hasn't led to a rush of new business for the city's convention center, but local hotels are having a good year anyway. Full story...
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Target: 40M accounts may be involved in breach

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Target says about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been affected by a data breach. The chain said Thursday that the accounts may have been impacted between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. Full story...
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UNCW alum creates new eBooks service

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videoThis Christmas many of you will get a new tablet to use for reading eBooks. If so, a UNCW alum says he has the perfect way to load it up with reading material. Bryan Batten would take up to 200 fights for work each year. Full story...
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New natural gas power plant up and running

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videoThe new Duke Energy Progress natural gas plant is now up and running at the Sutton site on US 421 near Wilmington. The new plant replaced the retired coal plant Nov. 27. Full story...
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McIntyre reacts to Congress stalling on the Farm Bill

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videoIf lawmakers cannot agree on the Farm Bill by Jan. 1, products like milk, which costs about $3.50 a gallon now, could double to about $7 a gallon if Congress does not take action. Full story...
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