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The Morning Roundup: Clinton Surrogates Hit the Triangle, HB 2 Hits Charlotte (Again), and Google Fiber Hits the Road

Posted by on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 at 9:22 AM

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Good morning, everyone. Your news: 

1. Clinton surrogates in the Triangle. Elizabeth Warren headlined a rally at Meredith College in Raleigh last night. (Deborah Ross and Dan Blue also spoke.) From the N&O
During the rally, Warren called Trump a “bully,” “a small, insecure money-grubber” and “a selfish little sleazeball.”

“I’ve got news for Donald Trump and Richard Burr – nasty women vote in North Carolina,” said Warren.
Earlier in the day, Bill Clinton's bus tour stopped in Rocky Mount, Goldsboro, and Greenville. The N&O reports
“I’m a white southerner – I know what ‘Make America Great Again’ means, and all of you of a certain age know exactly what it means,” Clinton told a mostly African-American crowd gathered in a Rocky Mount parking lot. “I didn’t fall off this truck yesterday, I’ve heard this song a long time. It means first, I’ll give you the economy you had 50 years ago, and second, I’ll give you the society you had 50 years ago: I’ll move you up and move somebody else down.”
2. Charlotte loses out on a whole bunch of jobs due to HB 2. A real estate data research company called CoStar Group has chosen Richmond for its new research operations center, a move that CoStar says will create 730 jobs in the Virginia city. Sources told the Charlotte Observer that Charlotte lost out on the project due to HB 2:
CoStar officials had earlier focused their search on a new office tower under construction at 615 S. College Street in uptown Charlotte, where it would have been an anchor tenant, said the sources, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. But the company’s board rejected the location because of HB2, which limits protections for LGBT individuals, the sources said.

CoStar on Tuesday confirmed it had been considering Charlotte as a finalist for the expansion, along with Richmond, Atlanta and Kansas City.

“We will not comment on Charlotte. We will affirm LGBT rights and the rights of every one of our employees and those in the community are a very high priority and core to our firm’s values,” CoStar said in a statement provided to the Observer.
3. Google Fiber pausing its expansion. All does not appear well with the superfast Internet provider. A blog post from the company yesterday announced the CEO of Google Fiber is stepping down, and the company will halt expansion in several cities. This does not include the Triangle, per WRAL's Tech Wire:
In the Triangle and North Carolina, a spokesperson for GF pointed out: "Our blog post speaks for itself."

GF not only will continue in Morrisville and Charlotte but also remains committed to start accepting signups in six other Triangle communities, the spokesperson adds.

However, there also will be some layoffs.

"In this handful of cities that are still in an exploratory stage, and in certain related areas of our supporting operations, we’ll be reducing our employee base," Barratt said. He did not specify where cuts would be made.

GF does have a group of managers and other employees based in the Triangle.
Tech site The Information recently reported Google Fiber has been falling short of its financial goals and is under increased pressure within the larger Google universe. 

4. $29 for a case of bottled water. Price gouging continues in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, and the attorney general's office continues to investigate. Four subpoenas were issued yesterday to businesses, WNCN reports
According to [attorney general's office spokeswoman Noelle] Talley, the four businesses being subpoenaed by officials are:

*Enterprise Leasing Company-Southeast LLC of Raleigh, for allegations that rental car rates were increased from about $30 per day to about $60 per day at the company’s locations in Fayetteville, Lumberton, Raleigh, Elizabeth City and Boone.

*The Komegay Company LLC of Charlotte, for allegations that its Sleep Inn at 203 NC Highway 55 West in Mount Olive was reportedly charged as much as $150 a night for rooms that typically are less than $90.

*Circle K. Stores Inc. of Raleigh, for allegations that its Kangaroo convenience store at 6605 Raeford Road in Fayetteville charged $29 for a 24-pack of water.

*JSR3 Inc of Gastonia, for allegations that its Budget Inn at 800 West Franklin Street in Gastonia charged storm evacuees as much as $300 a night for a room.
In all, 183 price-gouging complaints have been filed thus far. 

That's all for now. Enjoy your day. 

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