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State senator says energy efficiency bill isn’t dead (access required)

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House Bill 201, a bill that would reinstate 2009 energy efficiency standards in commercial construction, appeared to be sailing through the North Carolina General Assembly in mid-June.Then, on June 24, it again was removed from the calendar and referred to a committe, casting doubt on whether the bill would receive a vote during this legislative session. But Sen. Andrew Brock said he thinks the bill will come out of committee and be back in front of the Senate within the next couple of weeks.

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Construction jobs increasing in Charlotte area (access required)

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The Charlotte metropolitan area added 1,000 construction jobs in May compared to May 2012, while North Carolina as a whole lost 5,000 jobs over the same time. A report from the Association of General Contractors issued in June shows that the Charlotte metro area gained by far the most construction jobs in the state in May over May.

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Behind the numbers: Home price comparisons vary based on methods used (access required)

Life would be easier if one of the leading monthly home-price indexes -- CoreLogic, Clear Capital, S&P/Case-Shiller and the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association -- were definitively right and the rest flawed. But more complicated than that.

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