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BCR's Daily Fishwrap Report for July 9, 2010

NCCU Centennial: Thursday's celebration and dedication of a new campus garden and chapel marked the conclusion of NC Central's 100 year anniversary; Gov. Perdue appeared to help celebrate the date. The Herald-Sun notes a move to get more alumni engaged, with the total number of donors giving back to NCCU this year up from last year (a good sign) even as total giving fell after a major gift. Meanwhile, the N&O hearkens back to last month's HBCU and academics conference and ongoing speeches by still-new Chancellor Charlie Nelms as a sign of Central's growing national presence among the ranks of historically black colleges and universities. (N&O, Herald-Sun #1, #2)

Bond Issue Rolls Forward: City Council approved the next procedural step ahead of a $20m proposed street paving bond issue for the ballot this fall; the special meeting clocked in at less than 5 minutes, sez the N&O. A July 22 public hearing is next, followed -- assuming NC Local Government Commission approval -- by an appearance on the ballot this fall. (Herald-Sun, N&O)

600 Jobs at IBM: IBM is enlarging a lending processing service center and moving much of its operations from Charlotte to Big Blue's Durham-based campus within RTP. 600 jobs paying about $50,000 apiece will be created, with word on the street that hiring and training are already underway. State economic development grants, always controversial, are on the table for IBM despite the average wage being nominally below the $57k average wage in Durham County. (Herald-Sun, N&O)

Merck Cutbacks But Treyburn Plant On Track: Merck is joining its big-pharma brethren in announcing job losses and cutbacks, but the Treyburn vaccine plant in North Durham is expecting FDA approval this month to start shipping its vaccine stock, with a major manufacturing expansion on track for 2012. (N&O)

Durham Reps Mixed on Sweepstakes Cafes: The H-S notes that the relatively overwhelming vote in the state House this week to ban sweepstakes cafes didn't get a majority of Durham representatives' support. Larry Hall, Mickey Michaux, and Winkie Wilkins all opposed the outright ban; Paul Luebke supported it. The move comes as the General Assembly remembers the scourge of video poker's reputed influence, which ultimately brought down the administration of House speaker Jim Black. (Herald-Sun)

Duke, UNC #5 in Doctors: Durham's a bad, bad place to be a hypochondriac. The Durham-Chapel Hill MSA ranks fifth in the nation for doctors per capita, with 1,109 physicians for every 100,000 residents. Raleigh-Cary is in the middle of the pack out of nearly 400 MSAs, ranking 240th nationally. (TBJ)

Where's Waldo? In Court: Waldo Fenner -- who unsuccessfully fought to shut down Broad Street Cafe's nightclub operations before the Durham Board of Adjustment a few months back -- is suing the City and the BOA (pro se) for a total of nearly $4 million in damages in state and federal court. The Herald-Sun notes that Fenner's earlier $100 million suit against the City for civil rights violations has been thrown out; he has suits pending in job discrimination/employment suits against Durham County and the Umstead Hospital in Butner. The City is calling for the latest case to be thrown out since the plaintiff didn't follow the process of appealing the BOA decision in Superior Court as they say he was required to do. (Herald-Sun)


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