Kill Devil Hills faces lawsuit challenging restrictions on ‘itinerant vendors’

A coastal N.C. town faces a new lawsuit over rules that block an entrepreneur from selling local artists’ goods outside a traditional brick-and-mortar store. Ami Hill filed suit Tuesday morning in Dare County Superior Court against Kill Devil Hills. With help from the Pacific Legal Foundation, Hill is challenging the Dare County town’s restrictions for...

CJ Staff

N.C. Senate approves medical marijuana, but questions remain on labeling, limited licenses

In a vote Monday evening, the N.C. Senate gave final approval to legalize use of medical marijuana in North Carolina. The Compassionate Care Act lays out a system of limited licensed growers, distributors who must be associated with those growers, and two boards to regulate the new industry made up of industry experts, doctors, and pharmacists, all appointed by N.C. lawmakers and the governor.

Donna King

Steve Forbes laments Biden administration’s poor response toward inflation

Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media, discusses his new book, “Inflation: What It Is, Why It’s Bad, and How To Fix It,” co-authored with Nathan Lewis and Elizabeth Ames. Forbes pans the Biden administration’s approach toward today’s inflation problem.

Mitch Kokai

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Ending North Carolina’s ABC system

The general tendency of the marketplace suggests that the more open a market is, the more that can be made, traded, or sold. When a company begins manufacturing or even just setting up ordinary operations, it must call upon other companies and individuals to acquire or handle all that is needed. This includes office supplies,...

Joshua Glawson

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Jon Sanders

How Fed’s rate hike could affect NC’s hot real-estate market

After a historic period of rock-bottom interest rates and equally historic infusions of cash into the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates yesterday by a half of a percentage point and announced plans to reduce their $9 trillion balance sheet. Both of these moves are aimed at fighting rising inflation,...

David Larson

Some missing workers are really lost

North Carolina’s labor markets are healing — slowly. As of March, our state’s headline unemployment rate was 3.5%, comparable to where it was before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020. More importantly, while our labor-force participation is still significantly below the pre-COVID rate 59.2%, it is improving. It was 57.7% in March, up...

John Hood