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Offshore wind turbines interfere with ships’ radar, ability to navigate, study finds 

Gov. Roy Cooper and the Biden administration want to make North Carolina carbon neutral by 2050, and President Biden’s ambitious plans to combat climate change lean heavily on offshore wind generation. The turbines could be a problem for fishermen. North Carolina’s fishing industry has largely been cautious in criticizing the wind turbines, saying it wants...

David Larson
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State’s solid economy means better rebound, post-pandemic 

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a huge blow at the economies of many states, with North Carolina falling about the middle of the pack; better than most, but worse than others. In a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Illinois, for example, has only recovered 70% of jobs the state lost during...

Theresa Opeka
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A highway runs through it: Farmers, landowners question effects of planned bypass  

Property owners in one of the few remaining rural areas of fast-growing Wake County are questioning plans to build a bypass for U.S. 401 that would dissect several long-time family farms.  The plan — orchestrated by the N.C. Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization — could expand the corridor to 19 miles of highway from Banks...

David N. Bass

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Media ignores study about harmful lockdowns. Color me surprised.

The mainstream media, and apparently academic-types, decided to cower from a study showing lockdowns had little consequence in curbing infections during the ongoing pandemic. Researchers, Carolina Journal reported, found lockdowns “have had little to no public health effects” while imposing “enormous economic and social costs” and should be “rejected as a pandemic policy instrument.”  Neither...

John Trump
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Small businesses, like Ashworth’s in Fuquay-Varina, struggling with inflation

Ashworth’s Clothing in Fuquay-Varina opened in 1937. It survived through some trying times, such as World War II, the Vietnam War, and the Great Recession. Owner Steve Ashworth says the current state of the world economy offers some unique challenges, too. “This is unusual, especially the government’s lockdown in 2020, which impacted us,” he told...

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North Carolina sets record for new business creation

North Carolina set another record for new business creation in 2021.  Roughly 178,300 new businesses were legally created across the state last year, up 40% from the year before — which was itself a record, according to the Secretary of State’s office. The figure is double the pace of new business filings from 2017. “The...

Andrew Dunn
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Cooper signs new order pushing state toward electric vehicles

Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order Friday, Jan. 7, that aims to reduce greenhouse gases to net-zero by 2050. Cooper also wants to transition all state vehicles to electric and to enhance goals for drivers to switch to electric and other zero-emission vehicles. Cooper, in a news release, said the action will help create...

Theresa Opeka
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Attorney general uses ongoing ’emergency’ in announcement on price gouging

N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein is using Gov. Roy Cooper’s never-ending state of emergency in encouraging residents to report so-called price gouging related to the coronavirus pandemic.  Stein, in a news release, says his office has heard, albeit anecdotally, that price gouging may be occurring when people look to buy at-home COVID tests.  “Filing a...

John Trump