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2 hrs ago | Business Journal

Oxford's Union Bank expands with new branches in Cary, Raleigh

Union Bank , the Oxford-based bank that's been gaining a toehold in the commercial lending market in the Triangle, is moving forward with plans to open its first two bank branches in Wake County. Union Bank will open the first in spring 2015 at Bradford in Cary, the $80 million apartment and retail complex at the corner of Davis Drive and High House Road that will also be anchored by the region's first Publix supermarket .

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Related Topix: Raleigh, NC, Cary, NC

Tue Sep 16, 2014

CBS 3 Springfield

Durham judge calls parents 'idiots,' jails mom for outburst

The Wake County Board of Education will meet Tuesday night to make some key decisions on a plan to deal with classroom overcrowding. The Wake County Board of Education will meet Tuesday night to make some key decisions on a plan to deal with classroom overcrowding.

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Related Topix: Fuquay Varina, NC, Holyoke, MA, Springfield, MA

WLOS

NC: 2,757 Labor Day drunken driving arrests

State officials say nearly 2,800 people were arrested for drunken driving during North Carolina's "Booze It & Lose It" Labor Day campaign. A statement from the N.C. Department of Transportation says the arrests were made between Aug. 15 and Sept.

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Related Topix: Guilford County, NC, Mecklenburg County, NC, Robeson County, NC

JD Supra

A (Somewhat) Brief History of Local Sales Taxes

Though usually a sure-fire cure for insomnia for anyone other than a policy wonk or local government finance officer, local sales taxes have been a hot topic of debate recently in three high-profile news stories. In June, the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners voted to move forward with a referendum on increasing the local sales tax rate in the county from 2.5% to 2.75%.

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Related Topix: Mecklenburg County, NC, Healthcare Law, Law

Business Journal

CFOs say minimum-wage boost would result in 'immediate layoffs'

Andrea Padilla of Raleigh chants along with other protesters in front of the Old Wake County Courthouse along Fayetteville Street on May 1. Padilla, who has worked in the service industry, came together with about 75 other protesters to protest the minimum wage, workers' rights and fair access to education on May Day, which is an international day to recognize workers' rights and in most countries considered a holiday. Chief financial officers in the United States say a minimum-wage increase to between $10 and $15 per hour would cause immediate harm to the economy.

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Related Topix: Life, Holidays, Beltaine, May Day, Duke University

Mon Sep 15, 2014

The Charlotte Observer

Wake district attorney weighs dismissal of hundreds of ‘Moral Monday’ cases

A General Assembly police officer arrests a demonstrator at the North Carolina State Legislative Building Monday, July 1 2013, during a "Moral Monday" act of civil disobedience opposing the Republican legislature's agenda. Demonstrators are arrested during "Moral Monday" demonstrations, an act of civil disobedience opposing the Republican agenda, at the N.C. Legislative Building in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, July 22, 2013.

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Related Topix: Raleigh, NC, Durham, NC

WRAL.com

Cary photographer charged with possessing child porn images

Investigators said they found photos of children as young as three-years-old engaged in sexual activity on the computer of David Earl Maney II, 43, of 104 Arbor Way in Cary. Detectives believe the photos were exchanged over the Internet and do not appear to be local victims.

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Related Topix: Cary, NC

Business Journal

Xellia Pharma promises $100M investment, 50 jobs for more Wake County incentives

On Monday, the Wake County Board of Commissioners approved a $1.05 million business investment grant to a Danish pharmaceutical firm that has committed to expanding its manufacturing operations in north Raleigh. Xellia Pharmaceuticals in July acquired the 84,687-square-foot, former Fresenius Kabi USA plant at 8900 Capital Blvd. for $7.5 million, according to Wake County records.

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Sun Sep 14, 2014

The Charlotte Observer

Farm Aid event in Raleigh benefits area farmers, nonprofit groups

Musicians Dave Matthews, left, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Willie Nelson applaud a farmer during a press conference held before the Farm Aid concert at Walnut Creek Amphitheater in Raleigh. Willie Nelson joins a Native American dance troupe in the Lord's Prayer to open the Farm Aid event held at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh.

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Related Topix: Raleigh, NC, Willie Nelson, Country, Agriculture, Science, Knightdale, NC

Sat Sep 13, 2014

Examiner.com

Illegal aliens are much more of a threat than ISIS

On Monday, police in Raleigh arrested Edgar Jovito Velasquez-Mendez , 31, after an investigation reportedly determined that he has been molesting multiple girls since 2008. The latest sexual assault took place on the day of his arrest, according to court documents.

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Related Topix: US News, Illegal Immigration, Fuquay Varina, NC, Gastonia, NC

Fri Sep 12, 2014

BroadwayWorld.com

Burning Coal Theatre and NC State Dance Program to Present State of Dance, 11/6-8

Burning Coal Theatre Company and NC State Dance Program will present State of Dance , the world premieres of six new dance pieces created by six of the most exciting young, emergent dance makers in North Carolina November 6 - 8, 2014. The works will premiere at Burning Coal Theatre's Murphey School Auditorium , Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 6 - 8 at 7:30pm.

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Related Topix: Arts, Dance, Raleigh, NC, Modern Dance, Cary, NC

Business Journal

CFOs say minimum wage boost would result in 'immediate layoffs'

Andrea Padilla of Raleigh chants along with other protesters in front of the Old Wake County Courthouse along Fayetteville Street on May 1. Padilla, who has worked in the service industry, came together with about 75 other protesters to protest the minimum wage, workers' rights and fair access to education on May Day, which is an international day to recognize worker's rights and in most countries considered a holiday. Chief financial officers in the United States say a minimum wage increase to between $10 and $15 per hour would cause immediate harm to the economy.

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Related Topix: Life, Holidays, Beltaine, May Day, Duke University

WRAL.com

Wake County among the hot spots on the legislative map

"There's just a lot of mistrust and feeling that they're not getting the full story," Crawford said, pointing to conflicting messages over teacher pay as one source for the skepticism. Barefoot, too, said he's meeting voters who don't feel like they're getting the truth - many who say negative ads criticizing his votes on natural gas drilling have turned them off.

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Thu Sep 11, 2014

WRAL.com

Authorities involved in two vehicle pursuits in Wake County

The first pursuit started when a Durham County Sheriff's Office deputy attempted to stop a motorcycle on Angier Avenue, authorities said. It ended after the motorcycle pulled into a Shell gas station near Chapel Hill Road and Airport Boulevard in Morrisville and stopped, authorities said.

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Related Topix: Durham County, NC, Morrisville, NC

WRAL.com

Business owners volunteer at Raleigh community center in remembrance of 9/11

11 has transitioned from a day of mourning to a national day of service. This year, a husband and wife served their community one day early in the hopes of motivating others to do the same.

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Business Journal

Fuqua-Varina vies for 130 new jobs as U.K.'s A-Safe charts expansion

Fuquay-Varina is quickly becoming a front-runner on a short list of communities vying for the first manufacturing facility in the U.S. for a company that makes fixed, polymer safety barriers used in warehouses, airports and distribution facilities around the world. The town's economic development director, Jim Seymour , earlier this week issued a release that the U.S. executives of UK-based A-Safe had opened a 10,000-square-foot office on Division Drive in Fuquay-Varina for its temporary corporate, administrative, warehousing and assembly operations.

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Related Topix: Fuquay Varina, NC

HeraldSun.com

DPS has more success filling teaching posts

In fact, one official said DPS has had one of its better years filling teaching posts, hiring 401 teachers between June and August. By comparison, the district hired only 207 new teachers over the same span last year and struggled to fill vacancies late into the fall.

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Related Topix: Chapel Hill, NC, Education Etc., Durham, NC

The Times-Tribune

Namedropper, Sept. 11, 2014

Katie Nebzydoski and her horse Maeve won second place honors in the Beginning English Pleasure Division at the Wayne County 4-H Horse Show. Members of Prince of Peace Parish, Old Forge, Social Concerns Committee, who planned a Strawberry Tea Party to benefit local charities, include, seated from left: Pat Kee and Mary Ann Jones, and standing: Mary Lou Montella, Sheri Reviello and Joanna Reviello.

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Related Topix: Belmont Abbey College

Wed Sep 10, 2014

Business Journal

Rankings: Best Triangle high schools

In 24 of the Triangle's 42 public high schools, more than half of all students do not meet the college and career readiness standard. In only seven Triangle high schools - four in Wake County and three in Chapel Hill/Carrboro - 70 percent of students or more meet that standard.

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Related Topix: Carrboro, NC, Chapel Hill, NC

Business Journal

Image of the day: The morning pick-me-up

Darren Morey, pictured left, co-owner of The Cookie People, completes a transaction of a chocolate chip cookie with Erin Graber at the Downtown Raleigh Farmers' Market on Sept.10.

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