WILMINGTON, NC – The Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College marked its fifth year beginning in October of 2020. The Wilson Center recently received a unique and special gift to celebrate this milestone – a sculpture by renowned artist and activist Dorothy Gillespie. This new addition to the main lobby – entitled Festival of Sound – joins…

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by John Hood RALEIGH — I’ve never really been a victim of cancel culture. But that’s not to say my critics haven’t tried to make me one. I began my syndicated column in 1986. It ran initially in a couple of newspapers in eastern North Carolina, then spread to dozens of others over the ensuing…

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by John Hood RALEIGH — When North Carolina Democrats are in power, their go-to source of new revenue is to raise sales taxes. Oh, I realize you’ve probably read or heard something different during recent election cycles. Left-wing politicians, activists, and editorialists have claimed that the GOP-controlled General Assembly increased North Carolina’s sales-tax burden by…

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Southeast Energy Exchange Market (SEEM) members filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today for approval of an automated, intra-hour energy exchange that aims to lower costs to customers and optimize renewable energy resources. The FERC filing and approval process will provide an opportunity for the members of SEEM to demonstrate the benefits of…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Equality of Opportunity Initiative, in partnership with the Chamber’s Discover & Deliver campaign, will host the ” Equality of Opportunity in Action: Bridging the Racial Gap for COVID-19 Treatments and Vaccines” event on Tuesday, February 16 at 1:00 PM ET.   While Black Americans represent 13.4% of the U.S. population, those populations…

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Wilmington, NC – Serving the community has always been built into Deputy Sheriff Santos Pagan’s DNA – that’s what attracted him to law enforcement in the first place. “I’ve always been one to help people. Growing up standing up to ‘bullies’ and standing up for what I thought was right. Helping the less fortunate and those…

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by Andrew Dunn, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — The state budget may be spared economists’ worst fears from the COVID pandemic, according to a new tax revenue forecast. New estimates for the current fiscal year are $4.1 billion rosier than the prediction made in May, says the new consensus revenue forecast released Thursday, Feb. 11, by…

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by David Bass, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Following President Biden’s proposal to increase the minimum wage nationally to $15 an hour, a handful of Democrats in the N.C. legislature have introduced a bill that would set that same earnings benchmark for noncertified public school employees. Rep. Terence Everitt, D-Wake, introduced House Bill 5 that would…

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RALEIGH, N.C. and NEW YORK,  — First Citizens BancShares, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCNCA) (“First Citizens”), the parent company of First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company, and CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT) (“CIT”), the parent company of CIT Bank, N.A., jointly announced that, at their respective special meetings of stockholders held today, First Citizens and CIT received the stockholder approvals for…

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