News archive from 3 October 2014

Deadline to register to vote for general election Sunday

Alaskans who wish to go to the polls in the Nov. 4 general election must be registered to vote by Sunday, Oct. 5. Oct. 5 is also the deadline to update existing voter registration records with new information before the election. All Division of...

 
At Bank of America, mobile strategy evolves in competitive space

At Bank of America, mobile strategy evolves in competitive space

Mobile banking is a fast-growing and highly competitive segment of the financial services industry. At Bank of America, it's David Godsman's job to make sure the bank is keeping pace. Godsman joined the Charlotte-based bank in 2011 after overseeing...

 
Economy gains 248,000 jobs as hiring rebounds

Economy gains 248,000 jobs as hiring rebounds

The labor market rebounded sharply in September as employers added 248,000 jobs, but wage growth remained weak despite a tightening supply of workers. The unemployment rate fell to 5.9% from 6.1%, lowest since July 2008, the Labor Department said...

 

Lincoln man sentenced to 95 years in child sex abuse case

A Calhoun County judge on Friday sentenced a Lincoln man to 95 years in prison after being convicted in September of sexually abusing a child related to him. Circuit Judge Bud Turner sentenced David Wayne Snelling to 75 years for his conviction on...

 

Airlines say steps taken to ensure passengers are safe from Ebola

Airlines are following precautions and trying to ease fears of travelers and employees since it’s now known that the first person in the United States diagnosed with Ebola flew on a U.S. airline. Despite repeated statements by public health officials...

 
Maternity leave and termination

Maternity leave and termination

Earlier this year, I had a baby. Over the next few weeks after returning from maternity leave, my boss claimed my production was down and I wasn't meeting my job description. Both of these were false, and records I kept of my work support that. But...

 

N.C. voter registration deadline is Oct. 10

Not registered to vote in November? You still have a chance. And after this week’s federal court ruling, there are two ways. Oct. 10 is the traditional 25-days-before-the-election deadline. Forms are included in voter guides being mailed to...

 

Disaster drill at Charlotte Douglas airport scheduled Sunday

Charlotte Douglas International Airport plans to hold a simulated aircraft disaster exercise Sunday morning, and officials are telling people they shouldn't be alarmed if they see a big emergency response. The exercise, which the Federal Aviation...

 
U.S. House candidates Young and Dunbar tangle in Kodiak debate

U.S. House candidates Young and Dunbar tangle in Kodiak debate

In a fiery debut, a young Democratic challenger to U.S. Rep. Don Young asked voters at a fisheries debate in Kodiak to oust the congressman from his long-held seat, saying Young has lost his clout because of a past ethical violation and is no longer...

 

New program reduces absences at Calhoun County schools

MONTGOMERY — Some Calhoun County Schools saw a sharp drop in absenteeism in the 2013-14 school year, after school officials decided to take part in a program to address the needs of students struggling with poverty, state statistics show. State...

 

Farmersville to host annual Old Time Saturday

Old Time Saturday will be held downtown from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Proceeds from the 35th annual event will benefit the senior center, civic center and library. The Eastern Star Pancake Breakfast will start the festivities at 7 a.m. Saturday at...

 

U.S. unemployment rate falls to 6-year low of 5.9 percent

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added 248,000 jobs in September, a burst of hiring that helped drive down the unemployment rate to 5.9 percent, the lowest since July 2008. The Labor Department report Friday also showed that employers added a combined...

 
Disney's vast kingdom can still bring magic to your portfolio

Disney's vast kingdom can still bring magic to your portfolio

Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) stock, up 17 percent year to date, isn't the bargain it was in January, but it's likely to keep growing for long-term investors. Disney has a knack for making the most of big content acquisitions. It spent $7.4 billion on Pixar...

 
Family sues Comcast after near-fatal home invasion

Family sues Comcast after near-fatal home invasion

After their teen son was nearly killed in a brutal home invasion in Kirkland, Wash., last year, a mother and father are suing Comcast. KIRKLAND, Wash. — A couple is suing Comcast after they say their home security system failed when intruders nearly...

 

The apostle of the pipa brings world of music to Charlotte

Some revolutions begin with wars. Hers started with love. Wu Man, who comes to Charlotte this week for four concerts, has done for the pipa what Andres Segovia and Ravi Shankar did for the guitar and sitar: taken the instrument beyond her native land,...

 

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