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North Carolina building permits: November 2018

North Carolina issued 4,571 building permits for privately owned housing during November, according to data obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE SENATE: Strong Support in North Carolina for Term Limits on Congress

U.S. Term Limits (USTL) praises Sandy Smith, North Carolina candidate for U.S. Senate, for signing the pledge to term limit Congress.

Analysis: Duke University ranks 13th best for medical research in the nation, study finds

Duke University finished in a tie for 13th in a ranking of best medical schools for research by U.S. News that examined 120 campuses around the nation.

Analysis: IRS audit rate for Edgecombe County residents is highest in North Carolina

Edgecombe County residents were audited by the Internal Revenue Service at a greater rate than similar jurisdictions in North Carolina, according to an analysis by the website 24/7 Wall St.

Analysis: Which college baseball program grossed the most in the U.S.

East Carolina University, Wake Forest University and Duke University top the list of highest grossing college baseball programs nationwide in 2016

ASHEVILLE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: The Omni Grove Park Inn tackles food insecurity in WNC

The Omni Grove Park Inn is hard at work tackling the challenges of food insecurity in our region.

As trade agreement with China nears, Citizens for the Republic exec offers support for Trump on his stance

As an agreement to end the trade war between the U.S. and China edged closer Thursday, the impact of any deal on the country's largest pork producer, Smithfield, will likely to be worked out in the weeds.

Grassley's earlier 'concerns' about ag merger continue to surface

In 2013, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) expressed his concerns about Chinese company Shuanghui International, now known as WH Group, purchasing Smithfield Foods.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren objects to foreign-run farms in the U.S., Grassley says Smithfield purchase 'concerning'

Foreign-owned food production and agriculture companies have provoked the ire of U.S. lawmakers.

U.S. Rep DeLauro said Smithfield purchase by WH Group is 'highly consequential merger' that warranted scrutiny

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) saw the handwriting on the wall spelling out trouble almost six years ago when the Obama administration first seemed inclined to allow Chinese-owned Shuanghui International Holdings, now known as WH Group, to acquire American flagship company Smithfield Foods.

Lawmakers say foreign owners of American farms could threaten national security

When China’s Shuanghui International Holdings purchased Smithfield Foods in 2013, experts showed concerns about how the deal would affect national security.

Analysis: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill medical school ranks 1st best for primary care in the nation

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill finished first in a ranking of best medical schools for primary care by U.S. News that examined 120 campuses around the nation.

Mecklenburg County exports up 30.8% since 2013

Mecklenburg County exports increased 30.8 percent in the five-year period from 2013 to 2017, according to the International Trade Administration (ITA).

Mexico is the top destination for Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC metro area exports in 2017

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC exported $5.5 billion to Mexico in 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration (ITA), an increase of 22.9 percent from $4.48 billion in 2016.

Analysis: North Carolina posts 16th highest foreclosure rate in first quarter

One in 927 properties in North Carolina started the foreclosure process during the first quarter of the year -- the 16th highest foreclosure rate in the nation, according to an ATTOM Data Solutions analysis of property data.

Union County exports down 9.7% since 2013

Union County exports decreased 9.7 percent in the five-year period from 2013 to 2017, according to the International Trade Administration (ITA).

Mecklenburg County exported $2.15 billion worth of goods in 2017

Mecklenburg County exported $2.15 billion worth of goods in 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration (ITA), unchanged from 2016.

Which U.S. metro areas exported the most to Belgium in 2017?

San Juan-Carolina-Caguas, PR metro ranks first in trade with Belgium with exports of $2.43 billion in 2017, according to the International Trade Administration (ITA).

Which U.S. metro areas exported the most to Honduras in 2017?

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC metro ranks first in trade with Honduras with exports of $407.15 million in 2017, according to the International Trade Administration (ITA).

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