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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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Carowinds plans $50 million expansion (access required)

The Ohio company that owns Carowinds says it will spend $50 million to expand the theme park on the North Carolina-South Carolina state line. Cedar Fair Entertainment officials told the Charlotte Chamber on Monday the company will add rides and attractions, upgrade food locations and make infrastructure improvements.

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