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Panelists outline challenges, opportunities for women in business (access required)

While the federal government shutdown is not having a direct impact on Charlotte businesses, it is creating uncertainty in the business community, according to panelists at The Mecklenburg Times Women’s Business Breakfast Forum. “With the shutdown and debate about the debt ceiling, people are waiting to make decisions,” said Natalie Haskins English, senior vice president of public policy for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

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DOMA guidance could spur new litigation wave (access required)

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a statutory provision banning the recognition of same-sex marriages for federal purposes in June, business owners and their attorneys have been awaiting guidance from federal agencies as to how that ruling would change rules governing everything from tax exemptions to employment medical leave.

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New protections for struggling Nevada homeowners (access required)

A new Homeowner's Bill of Rights, SB 321, aims to eliminate the runaround some homeowners got from banks by requiring lenders to assign homeowners a single person to contact. It bans dual-tracking, in which a bank pursues a foreclosure at the same time a homeowner is working on a short sale. And it eliminates "arm's length" rules, in which banks barred people from buying distressed properties from their relatives or other close associates.

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FAA: Charlotte airport to stay with city – for now (access required)

FAA: Charlotte airport to stay with city – for now <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

A federal agency said Thursday it will stay out of the fight between Charlotte and North Carolina lawmakers for control of the nation's sixth busiest airport until legal issues are resolved in court. In a letter to the city, the Federal Aviation Administration said "who governs an airport is a local decision." But the agency has to ensure that airports "remain safe and financially self-sustaining."

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A home away from HOA control: Property owner wants to empower homeowners (access required)

Jim Lane is a man on a mission. The Huntersville resident wants to reform and improve homeowners associations, which he believes have run amok and are “too controlling of residents’ lives.” Lane said he’s petitioning all Charlotte area HOAs and homeowners to join his new organization, "Greater Charlotte Alliance of Homeowners Associations." Homeowners in disputes with their HOAs will get some relief from two laws passed by the N.C. General Assembly during this year’s session, one of which takes effect Oct. 1.

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District 6 candidates talk turkey about development (access required)

District 6 candidates talk turkey about development <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Three of them have extensive experience in development and construction, and the fourth is, as you will read, a lawyer who sounds as if she knows what she’s talking about, real-estate-wise. They are the candidates for the District 6 Charlotte City Council seat held by Andy Dulin, a Realtor for Cottingham Chalk Hayes who is walking away from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center dais after four terms.

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