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9/11 Day of Service Attracts Record Number of Volunteers
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Last week’s 9/11 Day of Service was a great success that included a record number of volunteers to commemorate the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.“We’re thrilled with... [...]
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Bluegrass Festival Won’t Just Be About the Music
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Got To Be NC and Art Market Provide Something For Everyone [...]
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Carolina Capitol Roundup: Sept. 15-19
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This week marked the penultimate one in Congress before nearly a month off from session to focus on campaigns. [...]
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American Underground Collaborates with Red Hat to Offer Silicon Valley ‘Foxhole”
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Office Space in Mountain View Open to AU Teams Dropping in on West Coast   The American Underground is teaming with Red Hat to share space at the open source leader’s office in Mountain View with America Underground’s Durham and Raleigh tenants. Dubbed the American Underground Foxhole, the space may prove pivotal to startups as they demonstrate their products and expand their networks.   “We’re excited to be working with The American Underground to provide new and innovative companies with access to Red Hat’s Mountain View office, which provides a great working environment,” said Mike Werner, senior director, ISV and Developer Ecosystems, Red Hat. “Our teams have been flourishing in Mountain View for years; we believe that American Underground’s companies will find the space just as conducive to their own successes.”   The Foxhole will be available to all American Underground teams from its three locations: American Underground @ American Tobacco, American Unde [...]
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Total Merchant Services
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Total Merchant Services was founded in 1996 and is the fastest growing credit card merchant account acquirers in the nation. We have quickly become a leader in the merchant bankcard business by providing innovative and cost effective solutions to merchants who accept credit cards for the payment of their goods and services. We’ve established business partnerships with a number of leading vendors so that we can provide customers with the highest-quality and most reliable services available. • TMS will guarantee you the lowest rate, period. • TMS does not require any type of monthly, annual or multi-year contract. • TMS will reimburse your membership dues up to $250 annually; This is an annual benefit paid year over year throughout the life of your partnership with TMS. • There is no cost for the equipment ($795.00 value). You are not required to rent or purchase the equipment. Our processing equipment is high speed or dial up, secure and Smart card ready! • Pin Debit Capabil [...]
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BREW
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Coffee. Beer. People. BREW is a new Coffee & Beer Bar just north of Downtown Raleigh in the Seaboard Station area. [...]
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Wos watch continues in Raleigh
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by Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch and NC SPIN panelist, September 19, 2014. Another week, another set of problems identified at the state Department of Health and Human Services. This time it is a letter from the U.S. Department of Agriculture questioning DHHS oversight of the state’s food stamp program. The letter cited problems in the state’s employment and training program, lack of monitoring in the claim management process, problems with reporting and record keeping, and even potential fraud. That is quite a tight ship that Sec. Aldona Wos is running over there. The next thing you know she will be signing multi-million dollar, no bid contracts, offering personal service contracts to executives with her husband’s company and having key personnel flee the department and not be able to replace them. Oh wait. The letter from the feds came the day after Wos appeared before a legislative panel and boasted about the progress the department was making in many areas, including the a [...]
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Appeals court releases voucher money for hundreds of NC Students
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by Matthew Burns, WRAL, September 19, 2014. The state Court of Appeals on Friday released taxpayer money to hundreds of North Carolina families who had been awarded vouchers to send their children to private or religious schools. Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood last month declared the Opportunity Scholarship program unconstitutional and ordered a halt to any disbursement of state funds under the program. The appellate court left that order in place for anybody who was to receive money after Hobgood’s Aug. 21 ruling, but the court said the 1,878 students who had already accepted vouchers they had won in an earlier lottery should receive the money, pending the outcome of an appeal in the case. “Today’s historic decision allows nearly 2,000 students already enrolled in the Opportunity Scholarship program to continue to attend their new schools with confidence and security for this school year,” Darrell Allison, president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North [...]
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Six Kids? Are You Crazy? – Healthy Family Growth
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Yeah, before we got married, we thought we’d like to have no more than three children. I use to joke, ‘yep, one of each.’  But life sometimes takes you through little detours, “life’s little surprises”, or “father’s little dividend” if you’re old enough to remember the movie. Number four was unexpected as we know we … [...]
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Raleigh Second, Durham Third among Nation’s Most Educated
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WalletHub went in search of the most and least educated towns in America. It found Raleigh to be the nation’s second most educated. It found the city in the western part of the Triangle is the... [...]
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City Acquires Land for Fire Station Relocation
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The City of Raleigh is acquiring land on Harden Road for the relocation and replacement of Fire Station 14. The City Council voted unanimously at its meeting on Sept. 16 to purchase 1.63 acres... [...]
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2014 Candidates Meet & Greet
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Mark your calendar for the Chamber’s annual Candidates Meet & Greet on Oct. 13th. This will be an excellent opportunity for the public to meet the candidates they’ll be voting for in November. The candidates attending range from the U.S. Congressional race to District Attorney and every race in between. The event will be held from 6-8 pm at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks Street. Optional dinner tickets are available for $10 each. [...]
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Wake County Landfill Tour Shows You What Happens After the Can
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Wake county’s Solid Waste Management Division will provide free landfill tours on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South Wake Solid Waste Facility located at 6300 Old Smithfield Road, Apex, NC 27539. Participants will ride through a Convenience Center, a Household Hazardous Waste Facility, a Multi-Material Recycling Facility and a Landfill Gas-to-Energy Facility. Participants will have the opportunity to learn what happens to their household garbage after it is collected from the curbside. In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to learn what common household items are banned from the landfill and how Wake County is turning household garbage into a renewable power source. The tours are open to Wake County residents, but space is limited. To register and learn more about the tours, visit surveymonkey.com/s/SouthWakePublicLandfillTours.  [...]
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Learn How to Spot Storms with Free Training
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The Apex Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will host a Skywarn weather spotter training on Thursday, October 2nd at 6:30 pm at the Halle Cultural Arts Center. This training is free! If you would like to attend, please contact apexnccert@gmail.com. [...]
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Poll: NC voters want ability to decide gay marriage
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A new American Insights poll on gay marriage shows that the tide has turned on the issue for North Carolina voters — somewhat.But they don’t want the courts deciding whether legal gay marriage becomes a reality. [...]
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British American Business Council and Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics Hosts Panel Discussion on The Business of Sport
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Featuring Top Executives and Athletes Discussing Global Success for Triangle Organizations The Triangle/Eastern N.C. Chapter of the British American Business Council and the Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics will host a special Business Exchange event on Wednesday, Sept. 24 focusing on “The Business of Sport: Global Success for Triangle Organizations.” Also participating will be the Canadian Business Association of North Carolina. The event will be held in the Geneen Auditorium at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, 100 Fuqua Drive in Durham. Moderated by ABC11 Sports Director Mark Armstrong, the program will feature prominent speakers from the Triangle business and collegiate sports communities with outstanding national and global success in business endeavors related to sports. The panelists will discuss how to meet and exceed organizational goals through actions that are both highly productive and highly ethical, while delivering on stakeholder expectation [...]
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TV Show American Pickers is Coming to Town
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Cineflix Inc. produces a documentary series called “American Pickers” which explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’. The fourth season premiered in December 2011 on the History Channel.  And now they’re coming to North Carolina! The high profile show follows two of the most skilled pickers in the business ‘Mike Wolfe’ and ‘Frank Fritz’ as they embark on an epic road trip across the US. The show offers a fascinating insight into what it’s like to be the men on the ground who are on the frontlines of the antique industry.  The show follows the pickers in their truck as they go on a mission in search of America’s most fascinating and valuable antiques – treasures that have been long forgotten in junkyards and barns across the country. The team tracks down unique and interesting items from motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia.  The series follows the highs and lows of the trade as our team gets th [...]
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Prime Mortgage Lending
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Robert Courts (NMLS#116120) and Cindy Prince (NMLS#117820) are excited to share with you that The Straight Talk Team has joined Prime Mortgage Lending, a locally owned mortgage lender licensed in six states, for our home loan practice. As mortgage loan officers, this expands our depth by allowing us to now offer North Carolina Housing Finance programs, rehabilitation loans, and much more!   Prime Mortgage Lending’s main office is in Apex, NC so underwriting and closing are right down the street helping us to ensure closing date integrity. Prime Mortgage Lending, Inc. is a lending institution founded in 2005 by John Rodgers, an Air Force veteran.  Prime Mortgage Lending employs more than 34 people across the country and prides itself on providing high quality financial services to the public anchored right here, in Wake County, NC!   Robert B. Courts, NMLS#116120 can be reached at (919-812-5063)  and RCourts@goprime.com Cindy Prince, NMLS#117820 can be reached [...]
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Voter irony
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by Gary Pearce, Talking About Politics, September 18, 2014. The Old Wise Leader (OWL) chuckled over coffee about Republicans’ voter-suppression drive: “They should beware the Law of Unintended Consequences.”   I enjoy talking with OWL. He reads a lot, and he thinks.   Two things caught his eye: The story about Senator Berger’s voter-confusion ad and a mailing that a friend got. The mailer read: “Important Voter Registration Information Inside.” Inside is a “North Carolina Voter Registration Application.” The headline says, “Register to vote today!” It tells you to fill out the form and mail it in the pre-addressed envelope to the State Board of Elections. (“Postage will be paid by addressee.”)   Here’s the odd part. It came from an outfit called the “Americans for Prosperity Foundation.” And it went to a voter who not only is already registered, but also is a regular, long-time voter. A Democrat.   “I smell a rat,” OWL said. “Looks to me like t [...]
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After SPIN! 09/14/14 – “What can be done to help rural North Carolina?”
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After Spin for episode airing 09/14/14 – Question to John: The changeover to a private economic development effort is causing great concern in rural North Carolina, the areas with the highest unemployment, poverty and declining population. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker says the new model may be even better than the old regional partnerships. Do you agree? What can be done to help rural North Carolina? [...]
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Active Healthcare Wins a 2014 HME Excellence Award
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Active Healthcare, Inc., a premier, community-minded provider of medical equipment, won a 2014 HME Excellence Award last Monday. The Home Medical Equipment (HME) Excellence Award is presented annually to the nation’s leading providers of home medical equipment, home respiratory therapy and rehabilitation supplies. [...]
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