Barnes & Noble Education Reports Surprise Fiscal Q4 Profit

Barnes & Noble Education Reports Surprise Fiscal Q4 Profit

Barnes & Noble Education (BNED), a provider of educational products and services solutions for higher education and K-12, reported an unexpected profit in its fiscal Q4 as sales improved. EPS totaled $0.36 for the period ended April 28, compared to breakeven per share, in the year-ago period. Analysts had expected a net loss of $0.02 per share, according to Capital IQ data, but it’s unclear if this is comparable. Fiscal […]

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Pipeline opponents hold vigil outside governor‘s office

Pipeline opponents hold vigil outside governor‘s office

By Laura Leslie, WRAL Capitol Bureau chief Raleigh, N.C. — Opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have been staging protests outside Gov. Roy Cooper‘s office this week, saying work on the interstate natural gas pipeline is damaging homes and property. The small but determined group of protesters said Cooper‘s administration made a mistake by issuing the required permits for the 600-mile pipeline to run through eight counties in eastern North […]

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Bolton‘s super-PAC, Cambridge Analytica teamed up on pro-Tillis ads in 2014

Bolton‘s super-PAC, Cambridge Analytica teamed up on pro-Tillis ads in 2014

By Laura Leslie, WRAL Capitol Bureau chief Raleigh, N.C. — New super-PAC worked with British data mining firm Cambridge Analytica on targeted ads supporting Republican Thom Tillis in his 2014 U.S. Senate campaign. Cambridge Analytica, which has been roundly criticized for its , designed five versions of the same ad featuring Bolton that tailored toward different personality types. The ads ran on satellite television providers, which have the technology to […]

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Green Party gets NC ballot access; Democrats vote GOP official off local board

Green Party gets NC ballot access; Democrats vote GOP official off local board

By Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter Raleigh, N.C. — The Green Party‘s ballot access in North Carolina, stuck in limbo for months as part of a broader fight between Gov. Roy Cooper and the legislature‘s Republican majority, became official Tuesday afternoon. The newly constituted State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement voted unanimously to add the party, implementing a change in state ballot access laws that the General Assembly approved […]

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Dem mailers target eastern Republicans over pipeline fund

Dem mailers target eastern Republicans over pipeline fund

By Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter Raleigh, N.C. — The state Democratic Party has sent out mailers targeting Republican lawmakers from eastern North Carolina, telling voters they “raided” money that would have helped create jobs in the area. Unmentioned in the fliers: that the $58 million in question was reallocated to schools in eight eastern counties. There‘s also no mention of the controversy . It‘s unclear how many fliers went […]

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How you can help track political ads on Facebook

How you can help track political ads on Facebook

By Tyler Dukes, public records reporter Raleigh, N.C. — With allegations mounting that Facebook allowed a high-tech political advertising firm to steal and misuse data on millions of users, one question remains unanswered: How exactly are political campaigns wielding the power of social media platforms like Facebook to sway voters? The answer to that question is bigger than the accusations of misconduct against Cambridge Analytica, the company at the center […]

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State to step up rainwater measurements on GenX

State to step up rainwater measurements on GenX

By Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter Raleigh, N.C. — State researchers plan to install long-term rain catchers around the Chemours facility in Bladen County and in other far-flung locations around North Carolina in a stepped-up effort to isolate chemicals from the plant that are appearing in rain. The devices come on tripods that can be bolted to the ground. They‘ll replace the state Department of Environmental Quality‘s current method: black […]

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Dare lawmaker called out on credentials, Facebook post

Dare lawmaker called out on credentials, Facebook post

By Laura Leslie Raleigh, N.C. — Freshman Rep. Beverly Boswell, R-Dare, was asked last week by the North Carolina Board of Nursing to correct online claims that she is a registered nurse. Board staffer David Kalbacker spoke with the lawmaker by phone after it was called to the organization‘s attention that Boswell‘s campaign website and Facebook page claimed she is a registered nurse. According to board records, Boswell does not […]

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Division, intrigue, then acceptance as new State Board of Elections holds first meeting

Division, intrigue, then acceptance as new State Board of Elections holds first meeting

By Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter Update: Gov. Roy Cooper has selected Damon Circosta, executive director of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation, to be the board‘s ninth member. The announcement came at about 5:45 p.m., and the governor chose Circosta over Burley Mitchell, a former chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. RALEIGH, N.C. — Democrats got their choice for the new State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement‘s tie-breaking […]

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NC launches cyber security unit

NC launches cyber security unit

By Matthew Burns, WRAL senior producer/politics editor Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina has launched a unit in the State Bureau of Investigation to combat cyber attacks. “This new unit is critical due to the growing number of threats launched against our cyber infrastructure in recent years, Secretary of Public Safety Erik Hooks said in a statement. Thomas McGrath, who worked with the FBI National Computer Crime Squad in Washington, D.C., […]

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History or racist legacy: Lawmakers hear from public on Confederate monuments‘ fate

History or racist legacy: Lawmakers hear from public on Confederate monuments‘ fate

By Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter Raleigh, N.C. — A state committee mulling a move for three Confederate monuments away from the State Capitol will hold a public hearing Wednesday afternoon in downtown Raleigh. The state Historical Commission‘s Confederate Monuments Committee has set aside two hours for comment, with a third hour optional if there‘s enough interest. Participants will be asked to speak for a minute or less on a […]

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Outside experts looking for ways to make NC prisons safer

Outside experts looking for ways to make NC prisons safer

By Laura Leslie, WRAL Capitol Bureau chief Raleigh, N.C. — After a deadly year for the state prison system, the Department of Public Safety is looking to outside experts for advice on how to improve safety and security for prison workers. The new eight-member Prison Reform Advisory Board, which held its first meeting Tuesday in Raleigh, is made up of corrections experts who‘ve worked around the country, including several retired […]

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Tillis: ‘Deeply disturbing‘ if company accused of misusing Facebook data misled campaign

Tillis: ‘Deeply disturbing‘ if company accused of misusing Facebook data misled campaign

By Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter Raleigh, N.C. — U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis responded briefly to the Cambridge Analytica scandal Tuesday, saying in a statement that it would be “deeply disturbing” if the company, or any vendor, misled his campaign. Tillis, whose since accused of stealing data from Facebook users to build psychological profiles, described the company as a fairly minor player in his 2014 win over Democratic U.S. Sen. […]

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Duke Energy attorney compares rate hike to price of Big Mac, fries and Coke

Duke Energy attorney compares rate hike to price of Big Mac, fries and Coke

By Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter Raleigh, N.C. — Duke Energy customers facing a rate hike regardless of how much electricity they use shouldn‘t be too worried, because it‘s just the price of a McDonald‘s value meal each month, a company attorney said Monday. “One extra Big Mac, fries and a drink,” Duke Deputy General Counsel Bo Somers said during the company‘s ongoing rate increase hearing before the North Carolina […]

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Tillis may have benefited from Facebook data breach

Tillis may have benefited from Facebook data breach

By Laura Leslie, WRAL Capitol Bureau chief Raleigh, N.C. — The data firm accused of may have used that information to help U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis win his seat in 2014. North Carolina voters were among the first in the U.S. to be targeted by Cambridge Analytica, which boasted that its cache of “psychographic data” could be used to build personality profiles of voters and target political ads at them […]

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Cooper names 8 to new state elections board

Cooper names 8 to new state elections board

By Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter Raleigh, N.C. — Gov. Roy Cooper appointed mostly attorneys to the new State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement on Friday, acquiescing to legislative requirements for a bipartisan board even as in North Carolina law in court. That lawsuit is in its third iteration, and the fight goes back to before Cooper even took office, when the Republican majority voted to strip him of […]

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Cooper team traveled to Japan in failed bid for Toyota-Mazda plant

Cooper team traveled to Japan in failed bid for Toyota-Mazda plant

By Tyler Dukes, public records reporter Raleigh, N.C. — Gov. Roy Cooper and several administration officials spent more than $50,000 on a last-minute, four-day trip to Japan in December, part of a failed bid to convince top-level Toyota and Mazda executives to locate their new car plant in North Carolina. The two car companies ultimately chose Alabama as the site of their , despite a that included tax savings, direct […]

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