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Poll: Who is up, down and anonymous in N.C. politics
For those keeping score of who’s where in N.C. politics: a new poll by Hickman Analytics Inc. shows President Donald Trump down a little, Gov. Roy Cooper up a little more and that many voters have no opinion about our U.S. senators. The survey shows Trump just underwater with 47% of N.C. voters expressing a favorable opinion of the president and 50% expressing an unfavorable opinion. He carried the state in 2016 with 49.8% of the vote in what was a very close contest with former Secretary of State…

Reports: U.S. Supreme Court strikes down two N.C. congressional districts for...
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court's decision on Monday when ruling that two North Carolina congressional districts were unlawfully drawn using a racial bias. Multiple national media outlets reported on the Supreme Court's decision Monday, stating that the Republican-led legislature in North Carolina drew its 12th congressional district, which covers a swath of Charlotte, and first district, including a portion of Durham, after the 2010 census in such a way that disenfranchised African-American…

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly on passenger turbulence: 'I am worried our ...
Domestic airlines have been in the spotlight for the past few weeks based on their treatment of customers, starting with United Airlines booting passengers off a flight, followed by an American Airlines flight attendant getting into a spat with a mother, and Delta Airlines kicking off a family— just to name a few. Although Dallas-based Southwest Airlines' (NYSE:LUV) customer service hasn't been the subject of viral videos caught on smartphones, it was cause for concern at the annual shareholders…

Price cuts picking up steam in metro Charlotte's housing market
Price cuts are gaining momentum in housing markets across the nation, Charlotte included. That news — courtesy of residential real estate site Trulia — might come as a surprise since the Queen City continues to grapple with low housing inventory as well as soaring gains in sales prices. On the other hand, the pace of rent growth has shown signs of a cool-down in recent months. For the analysis, San Francisco-based Trulia reached inside its database to pull pricing information on both for-sale…

What’s different about Whole Foods' new south Charlotte store (PHOTOS)
This Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ:WFM) in south Charlotte will have its own personality. Picture a station to create your own sparkling or flat water, complete with choices of added vitamins or flavors. Creatively flavored marshmallows made in-house as well as kefir and two grocerants — or restaurants within that grocery store. “There is a familiar feel — then I think we add in the surprise and delight,” says Rachael Wilson, spokeswoman. That 40,000-square-foot store is located in the Waverly…

Union says AT&T strike could be largest in U.S. retail history
AT&T (NYSE:T) retail stores closed in more than two dozen states over the weekend as more than 37,000 workers walked off the job. The Communication Workers of America is calling it “likely the largest national retail strike in U.S. history.” The closed stores stretched from New York to California, although much of the southern part of the country was not involved. Closures were recorded in 27 states and Washington, D.C. The workers include AT&T wireless, wireline and DirecTV employees. About…

New poll shows broad — though slipping — support for Duke Energy’s Atlantic C...
Atlantic Coast Pipeline opponents may be making some headway as support for the proposed 600-mile natural gas pipeline dipped in North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. But majorities in each state still support construction. In North Carolina, a new poll commissioned by the pro-industry Consumer Energy Alliance found 52% of N.C. registered voters support the $5.1 billion pipeline. That is down from 55% in a similar CEA-sponsored survey in 2015. There is greater support for the project in eastern…

CLT expects big crowds as airport expansion continues
Good news, fliers: More parking is on the way at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Another 1,700 spaces will be finished in two phases later this year, CLT executives said Monday during a construction update and preview of the busy summer travel season. The parking capacity will grow by 850 spaces in the Long Term 2 lot in late June and be followed by another 850 in time for Thanksgiving travel in the fall. Jack Christine, CLT deputy aviation director, took reporters on a tour to view construction…

Barings embraces its new brand in global ad campaign
Barings, an asset management firm that now keeps its headquarters in Charlotte, launched a new global advertising campaign Monday. The campaign comes on the heels of the firm's rebrand to Barings from Babson Capital Management last year. The new advertisements, which emphasize themes of “adaptability” and “partnership,” will run through early December — in 10 languages —across the U.S., Europe and Asia. “Barings’ legacy is one of continuously adapting to meet the evolving needs…

N.C. manufacturers disclose 200 layoffs in a week
A pair of manufacturers are shuttering their operations in North Carolina, notifying the state of about 200 layoffs combined in the past week: Alamac American Knits and the already-reported Olympic Steel(NASDAQ:ZEUS). Alamac Investors, which does business as Alamac American Knits, blamed its plant closure in Lumberton on Hurricane Matthew in a notice it filed with the N.C. Department of Commerce. “The closure of Alamac American Knit and the resulting layoff of its employees is largely due to…

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Airport officials: Get ready for record-breaking crowds at Charlotte Douglas ...
Officials at Charlotte’s airport are warning travelers this summer to get ready for record-breaking crowds starting as early as this weekend, as bookings for local flights appear strong for the … Click to Continue »

Chemical maker Clariant, which has Charlotte hub, to merge with Huntsman
Swiss specialty chemicals maker Clariant and Texas’ Huntsman Corp. will attempt to join and create a company with a market value of $13.8 billion, the latest proposed deal in a … Click to Continue »

Rick Siskey fraud case shows why this type of retirement account can be a red...
The unraveling of an alleged Ponzi scheme run by Charlotte businessman Rick Siskey highlights a risk with a type of investment typically seen as safe and conservative: Individual Retirement Accounts, … Click to Continue »

Charlotte and Raleigh both continue to grow, but in very different ways
Contrary to popular perception, the United States is continuing to become more suburban and at a faster rate, with a few exceptions, according to an analysis by The New York … Click to Continue »

Why the Wall Street dealmaker who bought Charlotte’s Belk is betting on retail
At a time when it’s almost impossible to find anyone willing to take a chance on America’s ailing retailers, Stefan Kaluzny is all in. Like many in the world of … Click to Continue »

Investment scammers don’t just target the rich. Got a 401(k)?
A red-hot stock market gives the impression that anyone can make big money these days. But if you’re convinced that you just spotted a sure-fire way to trade complicated options … Click to Continue »

Several Charlotte museums to offer free admission to military personnel this ...
Several Charlotte museums are offering free admission to military personnel now through Labor Day. The Charlotte Museum of History, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Levine Museum of the New South, … Click to Continue »

Climate change taking toll on clarity of Lake Tahoe water
Climate change is causing Lake Tahoe to warm sooner in the spring than it has historically, disrupting the normal mixing of shallow and deep water and undercutting gains made in … Click to Continue »

AP source: Magic hire Weltman to head basketball operations
A person familiar with the negotiations says the Orlando Magic have agreed to hire Toronto general manager Jeff Weltman as the new president of basketball operations. The person, speaking on … Click to Continue »

Trump seeks reconsideration of sanctuary cities ruling
The Trump administration filed court papers Monday aimed at getting a judge to reconsider his ruling blocking the president's executive order to cut funding from sanctuary cities that limit cooperation … Click to Continue »

The Latest: GOP leader says budget may not be done on time
The Latest on the last day of the Minnesota Legislature's regional session for 2017 (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says the Legislature might not be … Click to Continue »

Spending on Louisiana Medicaid expansion boosted $368M
Louisiana lawmakers Monday added $368 million in federal funding to the health department budget to keep from running out of money for the state's Medicaid expansion program, which has grown … Click to Continue »

Zack Snyder exits 'Justice League' after daughter's death
The recent death of director Zack Snyder's daughter has driven the prominent filmmaker to step away from finishing the ensemble superhero movie "Justice League." A source close to production who … Click to Continue »

Students, districts fight back against school sex assaults
A pair of Oregon school districts were intent on identifying warning signs that students might be contemplating a campus shooting when they stumbled on a threat far more pervasive yet … Click to Continue »

Lawsuit: Fyre music fest more 'Hunger Games' than Coachella
Litigation is piling up like bonfire kindling against organizers of the Fyre Festival that flamed out in a fiasco. Angry participants had lashed out on social media with the hashtag … Click to Continue »

CLT Concourse A expansion continues
Construction heats up on Charlotte Douglas International Airport projects … Click to Continue »