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Rebranding a Southern city with food to the fore

by Irina Zhorov Apr 26, 2019
Charlotte, North Carolina, wants visitors and potential residents to see it as a culinary capital.
A group of chefs from Charlotte, NC, cooked at the James Beard House in New York as part of a rebranding campaign for the city.
Clay Williams, courtesy of the James Beard Foundation

North Carolina is trying to lower health care costs for state workers by limiting how much the state pays some health providers

by Alexandra Olgin Feb 26, 2019
North Carolina is taking a step toward lowering costs for state workers.
The state is taking a step toward lowering costs for state workers by taking control of how much it pays for each visit to mental health and primary care providers.
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Hurricane means fewer North Carolina sweet potatoes

by Andy Uhler Nov 22, 2018
The state provides most of the nation's fresh supply; Florence wiped out 20 percent of the crop.
Jimmy Burch, owner of Burch Farms in North Carolina, said he lost about a third of this year's sweet potato crop because of rain from Hurricane Florence.
Andy Uhler/Marketplace

Repeated flooding leaves small North Carolina town looking for answers about its future

by Jay Price Nov 6, 2018
The Atlantic hurricane season officially has a few more weeks to go, but already this year has been deadly and destructive. The mainland U.S. took a hit from Hurricane Michael in October and Hurricane Florence the month before. Florence devastated…
A roadway is flooded by remnants of Hurricane Matthew on Oct. 11, 2016 in Fair Bluff, North Carolina. The town was devastated again by Hurricane Florence in 2018. 
Trade showdown

Weather and trade tensions worry tobacco farmers

by Andy Uhler Oct 23, 2018
Farmers in North Carolina face losses from recent storms and Chinese tariffs.
A tobacco field in North Carolina. China is the largest consumer of the state’s tobacco.
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Trade showdown

Weather and trade tensions worry tobacco farmers

by Andy Uhler Oct 23, 2018
Farmers in North Carolina face losses from recent storms and Chinese tariffs.
A tobacco field in North Carolina. China is the largest consumer of the state’s tobacco.
Travis HEYING/AFP/Getty Images

Strong demand for cleanup crews in North Carolina

by Andy Uhler Oct 18, 2018
After recent storms, residents are still struggling to get back to normal amid mountains of debris.
“This is heart wrenching, you know?” says Randy Campbell, who with his crew clears debris after disasters. “We just come in and help clean it up and make some money doing it.”
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Strong demand for cleanup crews in North Carolina

by Andy Uhler Oct 18, 2018
After recent storms, residents are still struggling to get back to normal amid mountains of debris.
“This is heart wrenching, you know?” says Randy Campbell, who with his crew clears debris after disasters. “We just come in and help clean it up and make some money doing it.”
Andy Uhler/Marketplace

U.S. cotton farmers are suffering from two years of depressed prices — China, weather and yoga pants are mainly to blame

by James Morrison Dec 29, 2017
The trendiness of synthetic fiber yoga pants is hurting American cotton farmers. But deep in the heart of North Carolina, cotton researchers are designing new fabrics to stay competitive.
NC Cotton Farmer David Dunlow in one of his fields.
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What it takes for one apparel company to make its clothes in the U.S.

by Marketplace Contributor May 29, 2017
"It’s almost like letting go of a child," the American Giant CEO says of sending the company's pieces to market.
American Giant CEO Bayard Winthrop at Carolina Cotton Works in Gaffney, SC examines fabric for his line of casual clothing. 
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