Strong demand for cleanup crews in North Carolina

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

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

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.

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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North Carolina repeals 'bathroom law'

Mar 30, 2017
The law was projected to cost the state more than $3.76 billion over dozen years.
North Carolina is about to repeal its controversial bathroom bill.
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Boeing workers defeat union plans in South Carolina

Feb 16, 2017
The state has the lowest unionization rate in the U.S. Why?
A new Boeing 787 Dreamliner being built for Air India is seen on the production line at a Boeing facility in North Charleston, South Carolina.
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In Charlotte, it's especially tough to climb the economic ladder

Dec 21, 2016
Research shows low-income children in NC have just a four percent chance of rising to the top
Voters outside a polling place in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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North Carolina's "Bathroom Bill" appears headed for the toilet

Dec 19, 2016
The law requires trans people to use bathrooms corresponding to their sex.
A unisex sign and the 'We Are Not This' slogan are outside a bathroom at Bull McCabes Irish Pub on May 10, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. 

 
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Some NC small businesses feel effects of the state's new 'bathroom bill'

Oct 31, 2016
Along with vanished revenue at restaurants and hotels, the cancellation of events has hit caterers, transportation services, linen rental shops, pesticide companies, even banks and credit unions that handle payroll for many of these contractors.
Ghassan's, a quick service Mediterranean restaurant in Greensboro, NC. Operations Manager Ziad Fleihan said the restaurant has lost $20,000 in revenue since the North Carolina General Assembly passed HB2, and a series of events were cancelled in the city.

 
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In North Carolina, an old mill town reinvents itself

Oct 27, 2016
Textile manufacturing defined Kannapolis for decades, but those days are gone.
A rendering of what Kannapolis' new downtown will look after its revitalization.
Courtesy city of Kannapolis