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Economy

Travel sites a threat to tax base

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Websites like Expedia, Hotels.com, Travelocity and Priceline can help us find hotels cheaper than booking through the hotel itself, but at the same time, these websites may be hurting our local tax base. Full story...
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Free markets help in tough economy

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The "Really, Really Free Market" runs from noon until 2:30 p.m. on the first Sunday of every month. Full story...
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Unemployment rises again in Wilmington area

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The unemployment rate is up again in our five-county metropolitan area. It moved form 10.2 percent in November to 10.6 percent in December according to the Employment Security Commission. Full story...
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Three stores and one restaurant to close in Mayfaire

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A number of national retailers are closing their store fronts at Mayfaire Town Center in Wilmington. Full story...
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Old criminal record haunts job seeker

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video It was a mistake he made when he was 18, hanging with the wrong crowd, and it's haunted him ever since. Full story...
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Slumping economy leads to record CFCC enrollment

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This semester a record number of students enrolled at the community college. With area unemployment back above 10 percent, many people are trading the briefcase for a backpack and heading back to school. Full story...
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Area unemployment up again

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The Employment Security Commission today said more than 18,000 people in the Wilmington metro area were out of work in November. Full story...
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Shellfishing ban threatens holiday oysters

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videoWhen it comes to the holidays, there are some things you just can’t do without. “Oysters are top of the list. We have to have oysters for Thanksgiving, it's a must.” Full story...
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Many Ogden eateries closing

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videoHighly visible restaurants in the Ogden area of New Hanover County shutting down and many are wondering if it is cause for concern or an opportunity for the innovative? Full story...
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Area businesses glad to see students return to campus

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videoIt's a wonderful time of year for businesses near UNCW. When students move back on campus, it's a big economic boost. Full story...
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UNCW study shows economy looking up

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The economic future is looking up, according to statistics released by a team from UNCW. The Cameron School of Business surveyed some 30,000 companies about their hiring plans for the next year. Full story...
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Visitor spending up in most areas, but not New Hanover County

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videoVisitors in the Tar Heel state spent almost $17 billion last year. The Governor's Office today released the visitor spending numbers from 2008 and they reflect some positive economic news for most of North Carolina. Full story...
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A day at the beach an economic trend

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videoFamily budgets aren't going as far as they used to, and neither are families when it comes to taking vacations. Full story...
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Workshop helps small businesses find their way

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From time to time we all need a point in the right direction. On Wednesday, local small business owners got the guidance they'll need to navigate towards recovery. Full story...
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Homelessness strikes some as economy staggers

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videoThe state of the economy is forcing people to make life changes they never thought they would have to make; in some cases, losing their jobs and their homes. Meghan Packer met a group who is trying to make ends meet - after trading in a house for a tent. Full story...
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