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December 05, 2016

NEW YORK — A fire at the gun shop next door never reached Kathy Laurienti's sausage and specialty food store, but the water and smoke damage was enough to shut her business down. Because Laurienti didn't have enough insurance, it's still closed — more than a year later.

Laurienti still…


Will Trump's economic policies work?

December 05, 2016

The voting is over, and we now know Donald J. Trump will take office next year as the 45th President of the United States in January.

A big part of the presidential political campaigns centered on the economy, with candidates talking about boosting economic growth, creating jobs and improving pay.…


Retail sales increase across area

December 04, 2016

A positive sign of growth for the local economy was the recent report of increases in retail sales in the Twin Counties.

Alan Matthews, director of business recruitment at the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with city of Rocky Mount, said the N.C. Department of Revenue reported…


Jobs report shows Trump to inherit solid but uneven economy

December 03, 2016

WASHINGTON — The U.S. jobs report on Friday made one thing clear: President-elect Donald Trump will inherit the same two-track U.S. economy that bedeviled his predecessor.

Hiring is solid and the unemployment rate low. But longer-term problems persist — especially a stubbornly high…