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RALEIGH – Not so long ago, the high unemployment numbers in North Carolina led to a single, consistent refrain.

It's Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue's fault, claimed the missives from the state Republican Party and its various policy allies.

Then Republicans took control of the North Carolina General Assembly, and the unemployment song became louder and rather discordant.


Attorney General Roy Cooper is offering tips to help parents get their children back to school safely and ready to learn as the traditional school year begins.

“Giving our children a safe and successful school year means more than buying the right pencils and backpacks,” Cooper said. “A few simple steps can give parents some peace of mind so they can focus on helping their kids learn.”


Last year, soon-to-be state House Speaker Thom Tillis began sporting a wrist ban reading, “Think Jobs.” The wrist ban was actually part of a campaign from the state's top business group, the North Carolina Chamber.

After the recently completed legislative session, Tillis and business leaders had something to crow about on the jobs front.

The Republicans now in charge of the legislature had kept a pledge to allow a two-year tax hike to expire on time. They had passed bills to change the state agency regulatory process, to limit medical malpractice awards against doctors, and to adjust the state’s workers compensation system.


I hope that last weekend’s Mountain High BBQ, hosted by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce did well. Economic times being what they are, any boost in revenue for the community is greatly appreciated.

Kathy from Myrtle Beach was more than glad to pay the $5 admission fee for an event that would cap a two-week business stay in the area. What she wasn’t prepared for was the $213 ticket issued for parking along the road adjacent to the Macon County Fairgrounds. The actual fee for the citation issued by a State Trooper was only $25. However, the special bonus feature of $188 for court costs is what she took issue with. And, here I thought that shipping and handling charges for products sold on TV were a scam.


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