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UPDATE: President signs spending bill to end government shutdown

The House approved the bill, 266-150, hours after the Senate backed it, 81-18. President Donald Trump is expected to quickly sign the measure to fund government operations through Feb. 8.

Consumers expected to spend more this holiday season

The NRF's holiday spending forecast predicts that November and December retail sales will be between $678.8 billion and $682 billion. 

US consumer spending up slightly, inflation at 4-year high

U.S. consumer spending rose at a sluggish pace in January, despite signs of growing optimism about the economy.

Report: US spending 75% of billion-dollar IT budget on aging computer systems

A troubling new report from the Government Accountability Office has found that the US government last year spent 75 percent of its technology budget to maintain aging computers, including one system for US nuclear forces that is more than 50 years old.

Early-session spending bill gets final NC legislative OK

Legislation filed early this session to locate funds for an academic standards panel and to adjust other parts of North Carolina state government spending is finally heading to Gov. Pat McCrory's desk.

More changes from NC House for NC clean-up spending bill

The Senate's cleanup spending bill for the remainder of North Carolina government's fiscal year is making its way through the House, but not without more changes.

Early-session spending bill approved by NC Senate

The state Senate supports making spending changes to help a panel reviewing public school academic standards do its work and so a rule-making body can defend itself in a lawsuit against the State Board of Education. The chamber voted Wednesday in favor of a bill that locates $275,000 to operate the committee recommending changes by the end of the year to Common Core. The vote was 38-11.

NC Senate budget-writers roll out early spending bill

Top Senate budget-writers have written an early-session spending bill that in part seeks to ensure a panel drafting new academic standards for North Carolina's public schools has money to perform its work. The bill filed Monday directs the Department of Public Instruction to transfer $275,000 to help the panel, which was created last year.

Study says teen choose food over fashion

videoTeens these days are forking over the cash for food instead of clothes. Tacos over tees, pizza over pants, and drinks over dresses. For the first time in more than 13 years, teens choose food over fashion. That's according to a study released earlier this month by Piper Jaffary.

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