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NC panel eyes unannounced fracking inspections

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Hearing officers who studied public comments on fracking in North Carolina are recommending that rules be revised to allow unannounced inspections of hydraulic fracturing operations. The report was prepared by three members of the state Mining and Energy Commission for the full board to consider at meetings starting Thursday. Full story...
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NCDOT recommends sponsoring highway clean-up

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A study by the N.C. Board of Transportation is suggesting sponsorship for highway litter removal and rest areas, as well as increasing certain fees as a means of easing the burden on taxpayer funds for services it provides. The recommendations were released on Wednesday after the NCDOT study which was directed by the N.C. General Assembly. Full story...
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Two NC ski resorts open on heels of weekend snow

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Two out of North Carolina's half-dozen ski resorts are open for business and fun after an early snow hit parts of the state's mountains. Sugar Mountain Resort and Cataloochee Ski Area opened Sunday for their winter season Sunday. Full story...
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Duke Energy will not bill customers for taxes

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Duke Energy says it will not charge customers for corporate income taxes that it does not have to pay. Full story...
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Happening all week: Pleasure Island Arts & Entertainment Week

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videoCAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- Every day this week you have the chance to get involved and have some fun at Pleasure Island during Arts and Entertainment Week sponsored by Island Local. Events include making your own art, farm-to-table cooking demos, open market art sales, beer and wine tasting and Jack-O-Lantern painting for the kids. The event is to showcase all that Pleasure Island has to offer and support local artisans, craftsmen and businesses. Full story...
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Container volume up at Port of Wilmington

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Container volumes are up at the Port of Wilmington. According to a news release the Ports closed the first quarter with an overall increase of 20 percent in container volumes. Full story...
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NC State Fair presents new fried food offerings

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The vendors at this year's N.C. State Fair have found something new to drop in a fryer. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the Ragin' Cajun booth will be selling deep-fried bananas Foster, the classic New Orleans dessert where bananas are sauteed in rum and brown sugar and served with vanilla ice cream. Full story...
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Two months after announcing cuts, Dosher now hiring

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videoAfter announcing the layoffs of dozens of employees in late August, officials with Dosher Memorial Hospital said they have a new announcement -- they're hiring. Full story...
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Columbus County OKs nearly $2 million for railroad

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Columbus County commissioners have agreed to spend nearly $2 million in tax incentives over the next decade to get the Carolina Southern Railroad rolling again in North and South Carolina. The Fayetteville Observer reported that the board voted Monday night to approve $1.8 million in tax incentives for an unnamed buyer of the line that serves Columbus County, as well as Horry and Marion counties in South Carolina. Full story...
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Drug companies announce NC expansions, new jobs

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Two pharmaceutical companies already in North Carolina say adding several hundred jobs in the state through the rest of the decade. Gov. Pat McCrory announced Friday a business unit of DPx Holdings will create 488 more jobs at its Greenville location by the end of 2019 as part of a $159 million capital investment. The subsidiary is called Patheon and provides contract development and manufacturing assistance to the pharmaceutical industry. Full story...
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