PAMPLICO, S.C. (AP) — The land agent who arrived at Reatha Jefferson’s door in May, unannounced and unmasked in the middle of the pandemic, told her he was giving her one more chance.

The agent was there on behalf of Virginia-based utility giant Dominion Energy. He wanted to see if Jefferson would let Dominion run a new natural gas pipeline through the land her great-grandfather, a rural Black farmer, had bought more than a century ago in Pamplico, South Carolina.

Jefferson sent the agent away and in July, the utility served her with court papers in an attempt to use eminent domain to build the pipeline.

The proposed 14.5-mile-long (23-kilometer-long) gas line is small in contrast to projects like the recently canceled Atlantic Coast Pipeline, or even a 55-mile-long (88.5-kilometer-long) pipeline Dominion built recently in the state. But for Jefferson, it threatens to stain the land where her relatives once

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SEATTLE (AP) — Boeing said Thursday it will shut down the original assembly line for its two-aisle 787 jetliner near Seattle and consolidate the plane’s production in South Carolina as the airline industry tries to weather the global pandemic.

The move will begin in mid-2021. The company intends to keep assembling other jetliners — the 737, 747, 767 and 777 — in the Seattle area.

“Consolidating to a single 787 production location in South Carolina will make us more competitive and efficient, better positioning Boeing to weather these challenging times and win new business,” Stan Deal, CEO of Boeing’s commercial aircraft business, told workers in an email.

The company did not immediately say whether jobs would be eliminated in the move, but Rep. J.T. Wilcox, the Republican leader of the state House of Representatives, posted on Facebook following a call with the company that the decision would affect about 900

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Boeing Co.  (BA) – Get Report shares leapt to the top of the Dow Thursday after it said it would shift all of its 787 Dreamliner activity to South Carolina as it continues to consolidate its fleet production in the wake of demand changes brought by the coronavirus pandemic.

The stock pared some of those gains, however, after Washington Governor Jay Inslee said the move from suburban Seattle, where the current 787 production is based, could trigger a review of the planemaker’s “favorable tax treatment”.

Boeing said the move will be completed next year, starting with a previously-announced rate of six aircraft a year, although some production will continue at its Everett facility until the North Charleston, South Carolina move is complete. 

“The Boeing 787 is the tremendous success it is today thanks to our great teammates in Everett. They helped give birth to an airplane that changed

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Many have been waiting to get an unemployment check. Several people say, the check arrived, but cashing it is another story.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — After weeks of anticipation, some folks are starting to get their much-anticipated Lost Wages Assistance unemployment checks.

But some have  hit a snag with the money issued by the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce.

“It took me three days to get it cashed,” said an anonymous caller. “As soon as I got the check Saturday, I went to my bank, and they wouldn’t take it. I tried to go to whoever I knew cashed checks on Saturday, and even the check cashing places wouldn’t cash in my check.”

We reached out to the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce. Their spokesperson sent a statement saying.

“We are working with our banking vendor, Bank of America, to help individuals cash and deposit checks around

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has a reputation for being more of a game manager than a game changer. His role with the Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints and now the Panthers has been to get the ball into the hands of his playmakers.

Now the Panthers’ best playmaker — running back Christian McCaffrey — is out for four to six weeks with a high ankle sprain. It puts some pressure on Bridgewater to become more of a game changer to make up for the loss of the league’s best all-around running back.

“I’m definitely ready for whatever is expected,” Bridgewater said as he prepares to face the Los Angeles Chargers (1-1) on Sunday (4:05 p.m., Fox). “As long as they see I have that determination, my coming to work every day with that chip on my shoulder, everyone is going to elevate their game also.


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WAKE FOREST, N.C. (WTVD) — Pull up a chair at the dining room table in Latoya Nicole’s Wake Forest home.

Spread out are various journals, coloring books, and colored pencils, all of her own creation.

Latoya explains how Entrepreneurs Color Too came to be.

“I was at work. And I was frustrated and overwhelmed,” She said. So she pulled out a coloring book and coloring pencils. “And I started to feel calmer.”

After that, her business birthed.

“When I started researching, I noticed there were no other coloring books on the market that looked like me,” she said, “so I knew I had to create it.”

Her best seller – 24 Shades of Business – highlights women on the job throughout various professions.

Entrepreneurs Color Too even offers a mommy and me book – Me and My, which was created out of the pandemic as an idea for something parents

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Small business owners in North Carolina struggling during the pandemic can receive assistance through a new coaching program.


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The program, launched by economic development nonprofit Carolina Community Impact in partnership with affiliated nonprofit Consumer Education Services Inc., provides business and personal credit reviews, business plan critiques and assistance with business financial statements.

The program was developed in anticipation of the expiration of many programs that have so far kept people afloat during the pandemic.

“The reality of COVID still hasn’t really hit us yet— there’s been a lot of forbearance, there’s been a lot of deferment by creditors whether that’s on credit side or mortgage side or small business side,” said Mike Croxson, CEO of Consumer Education Services. “A lot of that is coming to an end now and more and more people are going to end up in a gig kind of job for a while or

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It may not sound like a great time to start a business, but for two people in the Carolinas, now was the time to find a new path.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Some good news — 1.4 million people went back to work in August and the unemployment rate fell to 8 point 4% according to the United States Labor Department.  

While the COVID-19 pandemic put millions of people out of work last spring, some of those people made the move to re-invent themselves and start a new business.  Sixty-nine percent of startups start their business at homes or in their garage.

Lauree Criss lives on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, she started “At Your Service Hilton Head”, a residential concierge for second homeowners who may not be able to get down to the island to service of check their properties.

“I came up with this idea because most of

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  • President Donald Trump on Saturday asked voters in North Carolina to cast a ballot twice, which is illegal, to make sure their vote got counted.
  • His tweet comes a day after North Carolina released an app to help voters monitor the status of their absentee ballots.
  • North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein refuted Trump’s message, advising voters to not “do what the President directs.”
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A day after North Carolina released an app to help voters track the status of their absentee ballots, President Donald Trump urged people in the state to vote twice, which is illegal.

“NORTH CAROLINA: To make sure your Ballot COUNTS, sign & send it in EARLY. When Polls open, go to your Polling Place to see if it was COUNTED. IF NOT, VOTE!” Trump wrote on Twitter Saturday.

“Your signed Ballot will not count because your vote has been

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CBS News is chronicling what has changed for the lives of Americans in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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It had been four months since Geek in Heels owner Shalisha Morgan’s electronic repair kiosk in the Hanes mall in Winston-Salem had been open when she returned in August. Though the mall reopened in June after COVID-19 closed it earlier in the year, Morgan, 39, didn’t feel it was safe to go back at the time.

a person standing in front of a window: Geek in Heels owner Shalisha Morgan reopened her electronic repair kiosk in the Hanes mall in Winston-Salem in August after having to shut down earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. / Credit: Provided by Shalisha Morgan

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Geek in Heels owner Shalisha Morgan reopened her electronic repair kiosk in the Hanes mall in Winston-Salem in August after having to shut down earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. / Credit: Provided by Shalisha Morgan

Many stores in the mall—including a competitor — permanently shut their doors during the pandemic, Morgan said. Though mall traffic has been slower because patrons are

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