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Poll: Florida voters not happy with Crist or Scott — Voters don't trust Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist in what's turning out to be close race for governor, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. And that means Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie could be a spoiler in a race where voters aren't happy with their choice.
Jul 23, 2014

Poll: Florida voters not happy with Crist or Scott and has some turning to Libertarian candidate Wyllie.…

Raleigh ranked best place for business, careers by Forbes — Raleigh snagged the top spot on Forbes Magazine's annual list of the best places for business and careers. This isn't the first time the state's capital has occupied first place on the list. Raleigh was the best place for business nationwide in 2011 and from 2007 to 2009.
Jul 23, 2014

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Poll finds McCrory steady as voters want more effort on teacher pay — There's good news and bad news for Gov. Pat McCrory in the latest poll numbers. His approval rating is stable - the good news. But for another consecutive month, more people disapprove than support him - the bad news. The findings come in the latest Public Policy Polling survey set for release Wednesday.
Jul 23, 2014

RT @newsobserver: Poll finds McCrory approval rating is stable at 40%; voters want more effort on teacher pay: #ncpol

PR firm issues fake Raleigh press release touting mayoral announcement — Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane says she's not scheduled to make any announcement Wednesday morning in City Plaza - contradicting a news release sent to the media Monday with the city's public affairs letterhead. The news release - which came with a box of cookies - said that McFarlane would "make an announcement about a significant economic development and entertainment event coming to downtown Raleigh this fall.
Jul 23, 2014

Here's a lesson in what NOT to do in PR if you ever want a journalist to speak to you again.…

Historically black colleges face uncertain future — Three days before Payton Wilkins returned home to Detroit last May with a bachelor's degree, his cousin was arrested for selling heroin and crack cocaine. "Before I came to college I was hanging out with him so it's a really good chance I would be in prison right now," said Wilkins, 24, the first person in his family to graduate from college.