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House urges Congress to ‘Keep Nine’ members of U.S. Supreme Court

May 7, 2021

by John Trump Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — The state House wants Congress to reject proposals for packing the U.S. Supreme Court. The House voted 68-44 Thursday to support a federal “Keep Nine” amendment to the U.S. Constitution. House Joint Resolution 286 urges Congress to propose the “Keep Nine” amendment, which would declare “The Supreme Court…

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Senate advances trio of health care bills aimed at reducing costs

May 7, 2021

by Andrew Dunn, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — The Senate is close to approving a trio of health care bills aimed at reducing costs and increasing transparency in the system. The bills would help curb surprise billing and ease restrictive laws that prevent health care companies from increasing supply. But they fall short of more substantial…

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NFIB Jobs Report: Small Business Job Openings Reach Record High for Third Straight Month

May 7, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 6, 2021) – A new NFIB’s jobs report for April shows a record 44% of all small business owners report having job openings they could not fill, 22 points higher than the 48-year historical average, and two points higher than the 42% figure from March. April is the third consecutive month with a record-high reading…

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Duke Energy announces dividend payments to shareholders

May 7, 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy today declared a quarterly cash dividend on its common stock of $0.965 per share payable on June 16, 2021 to shareholders of record at the close of business May 14, 2021. The company also declared a quarterly cash dividend on its Series A preferred stock of $359.375 per share payable…

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PPD Named “Best CRO” at Vaccine Industry Excellence Awards

May 6, 2021
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WILMINGTON, N.C. – PPD, Inc. (Nasdaq: PPD) was named “Best Contract Research Organization” at the 14th annual Vaccine Industry Excellence (ViE) Awards during the 2021 World Vaccine Congress. Accelerated Enrollment Solutions (AES), a business of PPD, received the honor of “highly commended” in the category of “Best Clinical Trial Network.” “When it comes to helping customers develop safe and effective vaccines, our dedicated…

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Inklanation Custom Tattoos & Piercings’ 5 year anniversary with the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce

May 6, 2021

The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce helped celebrate Inklanation Custom Tattoos & Piercings’ 5year anniversary in the Southport-Oak Island area business community on May 5. JD & Lori Shadduck are the owners of the full service custom tattoo and body piercing studio. They also took the opportunity surrounded by friends to introduced their team…

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Bills loosening, expanding alcohol rules advance in N.C. House

May 6, 2021

by John Trump, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — The N.C. House committee on Alcoholic Beverage Control moved several bills Wednesday, May 5, including measures to expand growler sizes, to allow alcohol service on charter buses, and to set up “social districts.” House Bill 781, Bring Business Back to Downtown, generated much discussion before moving to the…

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PS Solutions Grows Again: Welcomes Gabbi Plumez as Marketing Engagement Specialist

May 6, 2021

Wilmington, NC — PS Solutions is excited to welcome Gabrielle “Gabbi” Plumez to the team as a product marketing specialist. Plumez is a critical thinker who has a great reputation in the emerging ventures community. She has experience coordinating large-scale marketing efforts with University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. “Getting an…

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Isosceles Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Appoints William D. Humphries as its Chief Executive Officer

May 6, 2021

Seasoned pharmaceutical executive with more than 30 years of Commercial and Business Strategy experience WILMINGTON, N.C.,  — Isosceles Pharmaceuticals Inc. a biotechnology company dedicated to developing, commercializing, and marketing innovative non-opioid products for the treatment of mild to moderate pain and inflammatory diseases, today announced the appointment of William D. Humphries as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Humphries is…

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NFIB Opposes Anti-Small Business SB 477, ‘A Trial Lawyer’s Dream’

May 6, 2021

RALEIGH— NFIB will key-vote Senate Bill 477, legislation that would create a new cause of action against North Carolina’s small businesses. That means the state’s leading small business advocacy organization will record each legislator’s vote and report the results to NFIB members in their districts. “SB 477 may be called the Victims’ Fair Treatment Act,…

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Annual Tourism Spending Report Released

May 5, 2021

Raleigh, N.C. – Visitor spending in North Carolina dropped 32 percent in 2020, according to new research conducted by the U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics, a global travel research company. The spending report was commissioned by Visit North Carolina, the state’s tourism promotion unit, and is published on an annual basis. The new results bring to…

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NC Ranks Among Top States in Competitive Corporate Taxes

May 5, 2021

RALEIGH — North Carolina ranks among the nation’s best-performing states overall in a study comparing state corporate tax costs across the country, according to a Tax Foundation report released today. The Tax Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, produced the comprehensive Location Matters report in collaboration with the audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP. The distinctive study…

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Business Advice & Expertise

Tough Love for the Entrepreneurs Can Hack the Complacent Startup Ecosystem

March 12, 2021

The startup ecosystem is a living and growing organism that most cities are trying to add to their modern economic development strategy for job creation. The startup ecosystem is typically a very positive kumbaya environment. There are lots of smiles around town while people with rose colored glasses are selling more commercial and residential real…

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How Changes in Purchasing Decisions Could Affect Your Business

March 11, 2021

Yesterday I was a last-minute speaker for a business group, filling in for a planned speaker who was under the weather. I had to put on my thinking cap and come up with an interesting topic with little time to spare. Given that we are now at the one-year anniversary of COVID-19’s initial impacts on…

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Owned Media: Don’t Put All of Your Eggs in a Basket Controlled by Someone Else

March 5, 2021

When I first entered the public relations profession shortly after college, we typically heard about two types of media: earned media and paid media. Thanks to technology-driven changes, social media and owned media have become increasingly prevalent communication tools in recent years. Paid media refers to tools such as traditional advertising and direct mail. While…

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Opinion & Commentary

Opinion: Compensate victims of regulation

December 14, 2020

by John Hood As of November, North Carolina’s state government has some $4 billion in unreserved cash in its General Fund, plus well north of $1 billion in its rainy-day account and other reserves. Other states would dearly love to be in North Carolina’s shoes. They’re looking at large budget deficits with woefully insufficient savings to close…

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Opinion: Cooper blunders on rural broadband

December 4, 2020

by Joseph Coletti Local communities, legislators, and businesses are having a hard time understanding why Gov. Roy Cooper’s budget office pulled the plug on $32 million in grants for rural broadband projects that had attracted 70 applicants. Although some have raised concerns Cooper is redirecting the money to a pet project, the issue seems as…

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