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Cold crowd gathers for hot discs on Record Store Day

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videoBig box stores were not the only spots with lines out the door this Black Friday. Gravity Records on Castle Street in Wilmington featured limited edition music that drew a crowd for what is called Record Store Day. Full story...
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NC labor activists protest low wages at Walmart

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North Carolina labor activists say they're protesting the social cost of Wal-Mart's low prices. Protests aimed at getting the retailing giant to pay more are planned Friday at Wal-Mart stores in Raleigh and nearby Clayton as holiday shoppers crowd in looking for bargains. Full story...
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Black Friday frenzy at Independence Mall

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video It’s Black Friday and retailers are pulling out all the stops to get shoppers in the stores and a jump start on holiday shopping. Full story...
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Black Friday shoppers share their secrets of success

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video According to shoppers on Black Friday if you’re not first, you could be last. Full story...
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Expert advice for your Black Friday shopping

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videoAs we celebrate today as a day to give thanks, some will be giving thanks for great deals. But how do you know where to find the best deals without having to pitch a tent and wait all week? We asked the senior editor of Consumer Reports Jim Willcox for some expert advice Full story...
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$7 milk a possibility as Congress heads home for Thanksgiving

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videoA trip to the super market could cost a lot more next year unless Congress gets to work soon. Congress left for Thanksgiving break without passing the Farm Bill. If Ccongress does not pass the bill before Jan. 1, it may cause prices of staples like corn, soybeans and wheat to soar. Full story...
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Big Gals say narrow focus a key for small biz to compete

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videoSmall Business Saturday is a chance for local stores to go up against the big box stores that get packed on Black Friday. We swung by Big Gals Boutique on S. Kerr Ave. in Wilmington to see how they are preparing for the holiday shopping season. Full story...
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Duke Energy Progress rates to drop slightly

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Duke Energy Progress says its customers in North Carolina will pay less for electricity starting Sunday. Full story...
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Congressmen hear from NC opponents of health law

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Opponents of the federal health care overhaul testified before congressional Republicans at a North Carolina hearing that the law's supporters called a political stunt. Full story...
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DOJ agrees to allow US Airways-American merger

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videoThe Justice Department says it has reached an agreement to allow the merger of US Airways and American Airlines. The agreement requires the airlines to scale back the size of the merger at key airports in Washington and other big cities. Full story...
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Final Energy Star tax-free holiday this weekend

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video Appliance retailers are hoping to cash in on North Carolina's last tax-exempt weekend for qualified Energy Star appliances. Retailers say since this program was introduced five years ago, this has become one of their busiest weekends. Full story...
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NC regulators uphold Duke Energy rate hike

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North Carolina regulators are again approving a 7 percent rate increase for Duke Energy Carolinas customers. Full story...
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Amazon.com raises free shipping minimum to $35

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videoAmazon.com customers will need to spend more money on the site in order to qualify for free shipping. The online retailer raised the minimum order size needed for free shipping to $35 from $25. Full story...
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Shirt jacket is hot for men's fall fashion

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video Layering, cuffing and backpacks are trends for men this fall. Michael Vincent of Bloke Apparel in Wilmington has five important things that are a must for men's fall fashion. Full story...
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5 fall fashion essentials for women

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video Kelly Oliver steps away from her boutique, Oliver, to share the 5 'must haves' for the fall season. Full story...
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