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NC unemployment rate up slightly to 9.7 percent

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North Carolina's unemployment rate ticked up to 9.7 percent in August with nearly 6,000 more people reported as jobless. The state Commerce Department said Friday North Carolina's unemployment rate rose slightly for a second straight month. Full story...
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Romney sees 'middle-income' as $200K to $250K and less, as does Obama

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Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are both promising tax relief for middle-income Americans. But what's the definition of "middle-income?" Full story...
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Bike paths attract bikers to Outer Banks

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Officials on the northern Outer Banks say five-foot bike paths along N.C. 12 are attracting visitors. Full story...
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Dalton campaign rolls out NC economic plan

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walter Dalton is trying to show he's the candidate most able to improve North Carolina's economy by laying out a plan he says would put people back to work and keep them employed. Full story...
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Charlotte leaders ecstatic about results of DNC

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After a year of planning for the Democratic National Convention, delegates, journalists and even protesters have left North Carolina largest city. Full story...
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US home prices rise in July by most in 6 years

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U.S. home prices jumped 3.8 percent in the 12 months ending in July, according to a private real estate data provider. The year-over-year increase was the biggest in six years, further evidence that the housing market is steadily recovering. Full story...
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Topsail Island economy showing signs of recovery

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video The Topsail Island businesses have had consecutive down years since the 2008 recession but business owners may now have more to smile about than the sunshine. Full story...
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Beach Business Booms at Oak Island

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video Tourism dollars can make or break a business at the beach. One Oak Island man took a risk and opened a restaurant in the heart of the recession. Thanks to a busy summer, that risk paid off. He's not the only one seeing dollar signs. Full story...
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Navy SEAL bin Laden book out-selling '50 Shades' on Amazon

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"No Easy Day," the controversial book by a former U.S. Navy SEAL and StarNews editor about the commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden, has stormed to the top of U.S. book sales on online retailer Amazon.com. Full story...
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National gas prices set Labor Day record, relief coming

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The U.S. national average for gas prices has beaten another record: highest average ever on Labor Day. The previous record, $3.69/gal in 2008, has been toppled, much to the chagrin of millions of travelling motorists this weekend. Full story...
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Labor Day deals and steals

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Analysts say Labor Day deals are actually better than Black Friday sales. See a list of discounts to look for today. Full story...
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Beach business strong this year

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video While we still get to enjoy another three weeks of summer, the Labor Day weekend marks an unofficial turning point here in our beach towns. Local business say they caught a wave of cash this year. Full story...
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UNCW study says school pumps $1 billion into local economy

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video For years, University of North Carolina Wilmington has been a key part of the community in the Port City. Today the university released a new study that puts a 10-figure price tag on just how big its impact is each school year. Full story...
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Romney says US energy independence is achievable

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The GOP presidential candidate says his plans for reaching that goal include increased offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Virginia and North Carolina. Full story...
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Wilmington-based ethanol-maker gets USDA backing for fuel plant

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A company that wants to turn grass grown on North Carolina hog farms into motor fuel is getting the federal backing it wants to build an ethanol plant. Full story...
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