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April 18, 2018

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s highest court is deciding whether a clean-energy advocacy group illegally sold solar power to a church as part of its plan to undercut the monopoly of the state’s electric utilities.

The state Supreme Court listened Tuesday as lawyers offered differing…


Jobless rate dips in area

April 18, 2018

The unemployment rate dropped in most counties in North Carolina in February as a PNC economic outlook reports business owners around the state are optimistic about the state economy, national economy and their own company’s prospects.

According to the N.C. Department of Commerce, 74 out of…


Retail sales rebound in March

April 17, 2018

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers bounced back in March and bought more cars, furniture and appliances after three months of declining retail sales.

The Commerce Department said retail sales rose 0.6 percent last month, the largest increase since November. Auto sales jumped 2 percent, the most in…


Retailers hope for certainty as high court hears tax case

April 16, 2018

NEW YORK — Retailers are hoping for a resolution this year from the Supreme Court, which hears arguments Tuesday in a decades-old dispute: Whether companies must collect sales tax on items sold in a state where they don’t have a store or other building.

If the court backs government…