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Economy

Gov. Bev Perdue promises to help small businesses and keep teachers

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video Gov. Bev Perdue is dealing with a budget deficit of more than $2 billion dollars so cuts will be made, but the question is what will face the chopping block? Full story...
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Area legislators preview Perdue's State of the State address

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Gov. Bev Perdue will give her biennial State of the State address Monday night in Raleigh. We spoke with two legislators from New Hanover County about what they predict the governor will focus on. Full story...
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Service sector expands at fastest pace in five years

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The US service sector, which employs nearly 90 percent of the work force, grew in January at the fastest pace in five years, a sign that hiring could pick up soon. Full story...
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McIntyre pushing balanced budget amendment

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Rep. Mike McIntyre says cutting federal spending is the main focus of the new session of Congress. Full story...
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Consumer spending up 0.7 percent in December

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Americans increased their spending sharply in December and consumer purchases for all of 2010 rose at the fastest pace in three years. Full story...
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NC's Dec. jobless rate edged up to 9.8 percent

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North Carolina's unemployment rate is climbing as fewer people are working. Full story...
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NC's unemployment rate for Dec. to be released

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North Carolina plans to release its unemployment rate for December. Monday's data from the Employment Security Commission will show the impact holiday hiring may have had on the jobless rate. Full story...
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Chinese delegation visits NC for investment pitch

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China's president is making a state visit to the United States and Chinese business and government leaders are making a side visit to North Carolina as both countries aim to increase trade. Full story...
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Economist predicts improved 2011 for area

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It's hard to know exactly what the future holds when it comes to the local economy, but now we have an idea. Full story...
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Rising rates discouraging for newly unemployed

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videoFor those coming in and out of the Employment Security Commission building in Wilmington, they say those new unemployment numbers are real as they try to keep their heads above water in this struggling economy. Full story...
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Lawmaker: Slow recovery will bring NC budget pain

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A North Carolina state senator says a slow economic recovery and a $3.7 billion budget gap means lawmakers won't have the luxury of phasing out programs to ease the pain for personnel and services. Full story...
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End of the year car sales

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video If you're in the market for a new car, New Years Eve is the last day to get a great end of the year deal before 2011. According to the website TrueCar.com, some of the best days to buy a new car fall in the final two weeks of the year, and the least expensive deals are on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Full story...
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Last call coming for Leland bar

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video Come New Year's Day JW's Place will close up shop for good. Regulars say this place is so much more than a bar. They say it's a bar where they made great friends and great memories. Full story...
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Holiday travel despite high gas and ticket prices

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video Airports and roads throughout the state are full of holiday travelers today. Even with the escalating airfares, and soaring gas prices, many people are still traveling this holiday season. Full story...
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Crunch time for last-minute shoppers

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video There are only two days before Christmas, and it's getting to be crunch time for those last-minute shoppers. Full story...
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