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Archive for September, 2011

Auto parts supplier plans to add 140 jobs in Wayne County

Monday, September 26th, 2011

GOLDSBORO, NC (AP) — An automotive parts company plans to add nearly 140 jobs at a North Carolina plant by the end of next year.

Gov. Bev Perdue’s office said Monday the added jobs are part of an $18 million expansion by Cooper-Standard Automotive at a Goldsboro plant that makes rubber, metal and plastic seals and trim. The company has been promised state and local grants and tax credits worth more than $2 million.

The new jobs are expected to pay an average of nearly $32,000 a year, just above the Wayne County average of $30,000.

The company employs about 370 people in Goldsboro, one of 19 locations Cooper-Standard operates in the United States

Cooper-Standard announced a smaller expansion at its Spartanburg, SC, plant last year, months after emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Perdue campaign gives up questioned donation

Monday, September 26th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue’s re-election campaign has surrendered a small donation after worries the money may have been loaned to a donor by a family member.

Perdue’s campaign lawyer wrote to the State Board of Elections and enclosed a check for $500, equal to the Aug. 22 contribution. Campaign spokesman Marc Farinella says the governor’s political committee was concerned the donor may have received a loan from his grandparent to pay for an event, and the campaign decided to give
up the money in an abundance of caution.

Farinella identified the donor as Jarrett Culbreth.

A Polk County woman on Monday identified her son as Culbreth and forwarded a request for comment to his grandfather.

State law bars someone from giving a political contribution in another person’s name.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Cape Fear shrimpers savor a strong season despite fuel prices

Monday, September 26th, 2011

A dry summer and slightly higher-than-average market prices have helped contribute to a robust season for shrimping, area watermen said. But the success or failure of the day’s haul is largely dependent on where a shrimper chooses to drop his nets, according to officials with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.

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Report: NC retirement plan is sound, isn’t cushy

Monday, September 26th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The Legislature’s watchdog agency says North Carolina’s pension plan for teachers and state employees is well funded and is not considered lavish when compared with similar retirement systems in other states.

The Program Evaluation Division presented a study Monday to an oversight committee about the pension fund, which covers more than 500,000 participants and has at least $50 billion in value. Employees and government agencies pay into the plan.

The report says North Carolina’s pension plan benefits are average or less generous compared to other states.

The study also says it’s unclear whether it would make financial sense to move from a defined benefit plan to a defined contribution plan because the switch could make it more difficult for the state to recruit and retain workers.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Man’s body found in North Carolina school bus

Monday, September 26th, 2011

HIGH POINT, NC (AP) — Police are investigating the discovery of a man’s body inside a High Point school bus.

The body was found Monday morning in a bus parked outside High Point Central High School. A driver discovered the man’s body when getting ready to pick up students on the morning run.

Police think the man was homeless, and that he may have boarded the bus looking for shelter. They don’t suspect foul play in the death.

Police say they’ll release the man’s name once they’ve located relatives.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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