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Archive for March, 2013

Freight logistics company to expand in Mecklenburg

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A company which provides a variety of freight management services is planning to expand its national operations center in Mecklenburg County.

Gov. Pat McCrory’s office announced Tuesday that XPO Logistics plans to create 287 new jobs in North Carolina by the end of 2014 and invest $688,000 in its Charlotte location.

XPO Logistics provides freight management, expedited transportation and freight forwarding services. XPO serves its customers by using a network of relationships with ground, sea and air carriers to provide the best transportation solutions for shippers.

The company employs 245 people in Charlotte and has additional locations across the country and in Canada.

Compensation will vary by job function, but total payroll is estimated to be $14.8 million plus benefits. The average annual wage in Mecklenburg County is $57,144.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Woman provides lifetime of love, support for Colombian ‘daughter’

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Joan Shaw Moffett created an environment of kindness and giving as a long-distance mother for children on three continents.

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Supporters and opponents of gay marriage watch Supreme Court case closely

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

As both sides of the issue clashed outside the Supreme Court, supporters and opponents in Wilmington are watching the case closely.

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NC sheriff’s office raids video gambling cafes

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in Cumberland County have raided video gambling sweepstakes cafes still in operation since they were declared illegal by the N.C. Supreme Court.

The Fayetteville Observer reports (http://bit.ly/14mXeIJ ) that teams of deputies went into the cafes Tuesday to arrest the owners, cite players and seize gaming terminals.

Many of the cafes stayed open, despite a court ruling in December. The owners argued that they changed their games to make them comply with the letter of North Carolina law.

Despite industry protests, sheriff’s attorney Ronnie Mitchell said the law enforcement agencies concluded they are illegal.

Sweepstakes cafes have been popular and have proliferated statewide since the mid-2000s. Critics say the outlets prey on people’s gambling addictions and draw crime. Others say they provide entertainment for adults and are an economic benefit.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NC House OKs making permit records confidential

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina House has voted to bar the public from reviewing the detailed records of concealed weapons and pistol permit holders issued in the name of safety.

The House voted 97-20 on Tuesday in favor of making confidential lists of people purchasing pistols or who received concealed weapons permits from local sheriffs and their identifying information. The information is currently a public record, meaning anyone can access them.

Bill proponents argue permit information can help potential thieves figure out who has weapons they want to steal or wish to avoid while seeking targets.

Gun rights advocates also have been angry over media outlets obtaining permit records and posting some or all of the information.

The bill now goes to the Senate, where a similar bill has been considered.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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