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If you’ve joined the Do Not Call Registry like millions of other North Carolinians, you probably get a lot fewer calls from telemarketers than you used to. While the Registry has helped cut down on unwanted calls, telemarketing scammers continue to try to find new ways to steal your money and your personal information.

One of the best ways to fight fraud is to help you learn how to avoid it. Below are some of the latest tricks we’re seeing telemarketers use to try to scam unsuspecting consumers.

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What does 2011 hold for farmers? The nation’s chefs, in a poll by the National Restaurant Association, cited locally sourced meats, seafood, and produce as the number one restaurant trend for next year. The USDA’s 2007 Census of Agriculture showed that direct market opportunities for farmers — sales to restaurants and consumers — are increasing. Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) estimates that more than $30 million of local food was sold in 2010, a number that’s up three-fold from years past and is expected to continue to rise.

To ensure farmers have the information they need to thrive during this time, ASAP is holding its eighth annual Marketing Opportunities for Farmers (MOFF) conference Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, on the campus of Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, N.C.

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$26 billion transaction will create nation’s largest utility

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) and Progress Energy, Inc. (NYSE: PGN) announced today that both companies’ boards of directors have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement to combine the two companies in a stock-for-stock transaction. The combined company, to be called Duke Energy, will be the country’s largest utility, with:

• Approximately $65 billion in enterprise value and $37 billion in market capitalization

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published: 10/18/2013
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