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North Carolina Leads In Jobs Lost

By JOHN HOOD RALEIGH — There are about 300,000 fewer jobs in North Carolina today than there were in February, before the start of the...

Sparks Fly In State Treasurer Debate

By JOHN HOOD RALEIGH — The person who manages most of state government’s financial assets — the $107 billion pension fund for state and local...

You Decide: How Will The Virus Affect Economic Development?

By Dr. Mike Walden Although Covid-19 is still with us, there’s been a recent shift in the kind of attention given to the virus. For...

COVID Shapes Debate On Worker Safety

RALEIGH — For 16 years, former state Rep. Cherie Berry has served as North Carolina’s labor commissioner. Now she’s retiring, and another Republican state...

Ticket-Splitting Still Shapes Elections

By JOHN HOOD RALEIGH — North Carolina, like most of the country, has become increasingly polarized in our political thinking and behavior. But what does...

Virtual Learning Continues, But Schools Too Important To Stay In Limbo

By: Becki Gray I spent several days with three students who are, by mandate from the governor and the Mecklenburg County school board, learning at home....

Social Security Matters – About the Mystery of Spousal Benefits

By AMAC Certified Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor Association of Mature American Citizens Ask Rusty – About the Mystery of Spousal Benefits Dear Rusty: From what I’ve researched,...

Take A Walk On The Sunny Side

By JOHN HOOD RALEIGH — In this seemingly endless year of disease, destruction, dissension, and despair, what’s an optimist to do? This is no hypothetical question...

Candidates Clash On Reopening Schools

By JOHN HOOD RALEIGH — When Democrat Jen Mangrum and Republican Catherine Truitt first filed to run for state superintendent of public instruction, neither could...

You Decide: Recession, Recovery or Something Else?

By Dr. Mike Walden When I speak to groups – virtually for the last six months – I perceive two concerns. One is fear about the...