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Lowe’s names senior vice president (access required)

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) announced today that Michael P. McDermott will join the company as senior vice president and general merchandising manager- building and maintenance, a new position. McDermott will be responsible for the Lumber & Building Materials, Millwork, Hardware & Tools and Rough Plumbing & Electrical divisions.

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Stronger economic reports push stock market higher (access required)

The stock market rose Thursday as investors weighed positive economic reports against worries about Syria. The Dow Jones industrial average added 81 points, or 0.6 percent, to 14,906 in midday trading, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index was up 11 points, or 0.7 percent, at 1,646.

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Jobs for highly paid McCrory staffers never posted (access required)

Gov. Pat McCrory says a pair of 24-year-old campaign staffers landed senior-level jobs in his administration because they were the most qualified applicants, beating out older candidates. But the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, where Matthew McKillip and Ricky Diaz got big promotions and raises after only a few weeks of government service, has been unable to provide any evidence their positions were ever advertised to other potential applicants or that other candidates were considered.

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