GREENVILLE, S.C. – Duke Energy announced today it has deposited $5 million into Optus Bank, a Black-owned bank based in South Carolina, furthering the company’s support for diverse and minority-owned businesses, individuals and low income communities. The transaction was completed at the end of 2020. One of approximately 20 banks designated as Black or African…

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By David Bass, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — COVID-19 and the ongoing fallout from the pandemic will likely dominate the 2021-22 session of the General Assembly. On tap for lawmakers is crafting a new budget for the biennium plus drawing new legislative and congressional maps for the next decade based on fresh census data. A divided…

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SOUTHPORT – Dosher Memorial Hospital has hired Linda Conner to assume the role of Patient Accounts Manager.  Ms. Conner, a Virginia Native, has worked in healthcare for the majority of her career and was the Manager of Patient Financial Services and Patient Access for Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital prior to joining Dosher. “We have tremendous…

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by Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service Lawmakers are returning to Raleigh, and they have a loaded agenda.  The legislative session begins Wednesday, Jan. 13, when lawmakers will deal with the pandemic, pass a budget, complete redistricting, and tackle needed reforms. Republicans remain in control of both chambers, but they lack the numbers to override…

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Wilmington, NC — Wilmington attorneys Devlin Horton and Nick Mendez have established Horton & Mendez, PLLC, a Wilmington law practice focused on personal injury and wrongful death. Having worked together for a large firm representing insurance companies, the partners bring valuable insight to their clients’ cases, with critical understanding as to how insurance companies investigate, evaluate…

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RALEIGH – North Carolina’s publicly owned airports contribute $61 billion to the state’s economy each year and support 373,000 jobs, according to a report released by the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation. Airports and aviation-related jobs also provide $15 billion in personal income and contribute $2.5 billion in state and local tax revenues…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), issued the following statement on behalf of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center Executive Director Karen Harned following Isabel Guzman’s nomination to lead the Small Business Administration: “This has been a challenging year for small businesses and the government has relied upon the Small Business Administration to facilitate financial assistance…

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By Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — As he stood on his porch, watching the flames consume his studio, Brant Barnes wasn’t thinking about the fire. Barnes was remembering an old neighbor of his, a man who had died the night after just such a fire. He was thinking about the man’s bitterness,…

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The North Carolina Economic Investment Committee (EIC), the North Carolina Economic Development Accountability and Standards Committee (EDASC), and the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority have released upcoming meeting dates for 2021. All meetings will be conducted by teleconference only, for the foreseeable future, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Teleconference instructions for joining…

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