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Hagan has her own app

Sen. Kay Hagan has an app.

The application for iPads, iPhones and Androids will help the folks back home keep track of what she’s doing, according to her office.

The free app is supposed to make it easier to contact her office and provide videos, photos and updates. Her office says she’s only one of a handful of senators with their own app.

To download, search “Senator Hagan.”

UNC journalists launch new mobile politics site

Political junkies have a new fix with the UNC School of Journalism's launching earlier this month of a mobile-specific website, WhichWayNC.com. Touted as an exploration of “the emerging trend of two-way communication” and new technology in journalism, the site aims to take an in-depth look at the state’s politics.

It’s part of the school’s Reese Digital News Project, which launched reesenews.org in November 2010 with funding from a $4.1 million estate gift. Student journalists are encouraged to try new ways of reporting through innovative technology, according to the project. “WhichWayNC is filling a void in the conversation,” Sarah Glen, team captain for the project, said in a news release. “We are crafting stories that encourage engagement among users.”

Obama to discuss new job growth plans at Cree

President Barack Obama is scheduled to arrive in the Triangle this morning, hoping to find ways to accelerate job growth in an economy where high unemployment continues to be a drag on the recovery.

The president is scheduled to meet with his 26-member Jobs and Competitiveness Council – a group of mainly high-powered business executives – where he is to receive a “progress report”  for speeding up job creation.

The group is expected to release a set of recommendations today on how to spur both short-term and long-term growth in such sectors as manufacturing, construction, clean energy, health care and tourism.

“We have had 15 straight months of private sector job creation and seven straight quarters of growth” Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to the president, said in a briefing with reporters. “We are moving in the right direction. But the president is not satisfied with the pace of job creation."

Facebook may want to friend White House ex-spokesman Gibbs

Former White House press secretary and N.C. State alumnus Robert Gibbs is in talks to join Facebook, the New York Times reported, citing unnamed sources.

The social networking site is interested in hiring Gibbs for a senior communications role as it prepares for a possible initial public offering in early 2012, the paper reported. Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, who is often the public face of the company, may be interested in having help communicating his message to the media and investors.

Gibbs, who left the White House in February after two years on the job, had been planning to help establish President Obama’s re-election campaign before taking a private sector job, the Times reported.

Perdue receives tech award

The N.C. Technology Association recognized Beverly Perdue Thursday.

The lieutenant governor was given an Outstanding Achievement Award by the technology lobbying group at an awards dinner at the Embassy Suites in Cary.

She received the award for her work on initiatives extending Internet access to schools, offering online tobacco prevention and fitness training and providing telemedicine.

She was also recognized for chairing the Business Education Technology Alliance, which promotes technology in education.

Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand, state Sen. David Hoyle and Reps. Pryor Gibson, Margaret Dickson and Rick Glazier received public leadership awards at the ceremony.

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