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UPDATED: NC Democrats want long-term jobless aid revived (access required)

RALEIGH — U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan said Monday she’s pushing North Carolina to rejoin the rest of the states to help the long-term unemployed with emergency unemployment benefits. But Republican legislative leaders – including one who wants to unseat her this fall – ...

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A look at 10 historic sites saved, 10 lost in 2013 (access required)

WASHINGTON  — Chicago’s Wrigley Field, New Orleans’ Saenger Theatre and a historic Los Angeles’ shipbuilding center have joined a list of sites being saved thanks to the efforts of historic preservationists in 2013. The National Trust for Historic Preservation compiled a list of 10 sites saved and 10 sites lost in 2013. ...

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Berkshire Hathaway owns 31 pct of wallboard maker (access required)

OMAHA, Neb.  — Warren Buffett’s company now owns nearly 31 percent of the world’s largest manufacturer of wallboard, USG Corp. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. filed an update with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday showing that it now owns 43.4 ...

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NC, SC populations keep growing (access required)

RALEIGH — North Carolina and South Carolina keep growing at a strong clip. The U.S. Census Bureau announced Monday its national and state-by-state population estimates. It projected North Carolina’s population at nearly 9.85 million people as of July 1. That’s an increase of almost 100,000 people compared ...

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NC firm hopes to improve blight with towers (access required)

CHAPEL HILL  — Chapel Hill-based Eco-Site Inc. wants to give blighted properties in urban areas a second chance as wireless communication tower sites. The approximately year-old company, which received an $80 million equity financing commitment last year, is looking to ...

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Average US 30-year mortgage rises to 4.48 percent (access required)

WASHINGTON  — Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages crept higher this week but remained low by historical standards. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on the 30-year loan increased to 4.48 percent from 4.47 percent last week. ...

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