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Americans load up on candy, trick or treat – or not

Americans may not know if trick or treating will happen this year because of the pandemic, but they’re buying a lot of Halloween candy while they wait to find out. U.S. sales of Halloween candy were up 13% over last year in the month ending Sept. 6, according to data from market research firm IRI and the National Confectioners Association. That enthusiasm is good news for candy companies, which rely on the 10-week Halloween period for around 14% of their annual $36 billion in U.S. sales. But it's not clear if demand will fall in late October, when there's usually a rush to buy candy for trick or treaters.

Mars drops Uncle Ben’s, reveals new name for rice brand

The Uncle Ben’s rice brand is changing its name to Ben's Original. Parent company Mars Inc. is the latest company to drop a logo criticized as a racial stereotype.

Trick-or-What? Pandemic Halloween is a mixed bag all around

So many people look forward to Halloween, but this year is going to be vastly different for many.

Chick-fil-A testing new chicken sandwich in the Carolinas

Chick-fil-A is menu-testing a new chicken sandwich this fall in parts of North and South Carolina.

Aldi to sell beer, wine, and seltzer advent calendars in November

The discount grocery chain announced it will start selling a collection of more than 20 different advent calendars in November.

Lowe’s offers small businesses the ‘Shark Tank’ treatment

Lowe’s is offering small businesses, particularly those owned by minorities, the “Shark Tank” treatment.

Taco Bell is now selling its own custom wine

There's tons of cheese on Taco Bell's menu, so a wine to pair with it is a natural next step.

Amazon to hire 100,000 to keep up with online shopping surge

Amazon will hire another 100,000 people to keep up with a surge of online orders.

TikTok owner picks Oracle over Microsoft as US tech partner

Oracle said Monday that the Chinese owner of TikTok has picked the U.S. company to be its “trusted technology provider,” beating out rival Microsoft in a deal that could help keep the popular video-sharing app running in the U.S.

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New Hanover County health expert gives guidance on Halloween celebrations

On Tuesday the CDC released guidance on Halloween during COVID-19, discouraging families from trick-or-treating. Now a local health expert is weighing in.

Mother thankful for man who saved her 6-year-old son at Kure Beach

A day trip to Kure Beach nearly turned into a tragedy for one North Carolina family, but thanks to the quick actions of a good samaritan that wasn't the case. 

National Hispanic Heritage month and the Coronavirus

Every September 15-October 15, Americans celebrate Hispanic Heritage month, a time set aside to commemorate the histories, cultures, and contributions of the Latinx people. But this year, the Latinx community has had to adapt.

Judge hears lawsuit attempting to delay NHRMC sale

A judge is hearing the Save Our Hospital's request for a restraining order to delay the sale/partnership of NHRMC.