State Politics

NC agencies pay millions for contract work

NC hires hundreds of professionals every year on personal services contracts, sometimes at seemingly excessive rates to fill what are supposed to be temporary needs for more doctors, attorneys, engineers and the like. A legislative review has found that the contracts, which cost the state an average of $22 million a year over the past five years, have been so misused that they should be eliminated.

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Low-wage employers often pass along costs to taxpayers

A home health care worker in Durham; a McDonald’s cashier in Chicago; a bank teller in New York; an adjunct professor in Mayfield, Ill. They are all evidence of an improving economy because they are working and not among the steadily declining ranks of the unemployed. Yet these same people also are on public assistance.

Wake County

Classic cars draw thousands to State Fairgrounds

Thousands of car buffs have attended the Goodguys inaugural North Carolina Nationals at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh to see classic cars, hot rods and other vehicles. But on Sunday, spectators can become passengers on runs through the auotocross course for a donation to the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer.


Davis' late home run helps Orioles put away Red Sox, 4-1

BOSTON - The Orioles had runners on base throughout the early innings Saturday against Boston starter Clay Buchholz, but came away with little to show for it. They battered Buchholz for 11 hits over five innings, but plated just two runs against the Red Sox right-hander, opening the door for another drama-filled ending at Fenway Park.

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