A North Carolina furniture company closed abruptly Thursday just one year after it was hailed by President Barack Obama as an example of the recovering U.S. economy. Lincolnton Furniture Company operations stopped indefinitely and only a few people will remain employed moving forward, company financial officer Ben Causey said. Full story here.
More political headlines:
--North Carolina's congressional delegation is now firmly Republican after GOP redistricting redrew the political favor. Here's a look at Raleigh Republican George Holding's outlook as a freshman. He has one priority: cutting spending.
--For Raleigh-based state government workers who endured four years without a pay raise, the free bus pass was a nice benefit while it lasted. The state ended its funding.
--Gov.-elect Pat McCrory Commerce Secretary pick Sharon Decker.
--Sweepstakes parlors close as ban takes effect.
--The N.C. Association of Educators won its legal challenge of a state law prohibiting teachers from having association membership dues automatically deducted from their paychecks.
--North Carolina prosecutors contend that many financial and white collar crimes have gone undetected for years in the state.