by Johnny Kampis, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Less than a year after an audit of the N.C. Department of Transportation found massive overspending, a blue-ribbon panel is recommending the department get a 40% budget hike. The N.C. First Commission recently suggested that state transportation should get an additional $2 billion annually to deal…

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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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The following highlights noteworthy business news from across North Carolina. Atlantic Natural Foods to Donate 75,000 Meals to Food Banks throughout the U.S.: Nashville, N.C.-based Atlantic Natural Foods, LLC (ANF), which describes itself as “the leading shelf-stable, plant-based manufacturer of award-winning Loma Linda® and TUNO™ brand foods,” is kicking off a nationwide effort to help deliver relief for hungry families in need, starting today with…

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