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Workers’ compensation 
lead to complications for Mecklenburg County code officials (access required)

In June, a new state law went into effect to stop unlicensed contractors from skirting the system. The goal is to crack down on contractors who solicit a property owner to apply for a permit for work they will do ...

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Legal aid available for nonunion Democratic National Convention workers (access required)

With all of the controversy over union labor and the 2012 Democratic National Convention, a group is offering free legal aid for nonunion workers who are forced from jobs during the convention next fall. The Springfield, Va.-based National Right to ...

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Through the mill: Rehabs haven’t been 
easy in the Great Recession (access required)

The former Premiere Manufacturing Knitting Co. plant in Morganton has a new lease on life, since it’s now home to City Hall and residential and commercial properties. About 10 years ago, the 100,000-square-foot Burke County building was a decaying hulk ...

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Feds sue 
mortgage broker, 
alleging 
lending fraud

NEW YORK — The federal government sued one of the nation’s largest privately held mortgage brokers this month, saying its decade-long fraudulent lending practices cost the government hundreds of millions of dollars and forced thousands of American homeowners to lose ...

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HARP plan not music to industry’s ears (access required)

The Obama administration rolled out revisions to a program last month designed to prevent some homeowners from going into foreclosure. But many question the Home Affordable Refinance Program’s effectiveness and say that it’s too narrow and limited to make an ...

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