An economic boost is coming to York County. Stanley Black and Decker, one of the worlds largest tool and storage companies, is breaking ground on a new facility in the Lakemont Business Park.
It's set to bring 500 new jobs to the area. According to the York County Economic Developer David Swenson, the company has had its eyes on York County for about a year. Now that the decision is permanent. The 345,000-square-foot facility will sit on 30 acres of land at the intersection of Carowinds Boulevard and Pleasant Road.
2. 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' is finally here
The next chapter in the intergalactic space saga hits theaters Friday, as Star Wars fans welcome back Luke Skywalker, new hero Rey, villain Kylo Ren, and a host of new characters. Critics seem to have mixed reviews about The Last Jedi — not that it will stop fans traveling in droves to catch the eighth Star Warsfilm. But before you go, make sure to catch up on what happened to each characterduring The Force Awakens.
Friday is the last day for people in most states to enroll in Obamacare insurance plans for 2018, and enrollment has been brisk this year despite a shorter sign-up period, negative press and higher premiums. As of last Saturday, about 4.7 million people had signed up for Affordable Care Act health plans. That’s about 650,000 more people than at the similar point last year, but it will still be a challenge to beat 2016's overall numbers. The enrollment numbers undermine the contention that the administration is undermining enrollment, said Christopher Condeluci, a former Senate Finance Committee Republican counsel who helped draft the ACA. People can sign up for plans on healthcare.gov.
A local girl with a rare blood disorder had her wish come true. Carrie Wilson knows what it's like to be a child in the hospital. The 14-year-old has sickle cell anemia, but her visit to Novant Health Presbyterian Thursday wasn’t about her disorder. It was about her dream. Carrie hopes to become a NICU nurse when she grows up.
“Some babies have problems,” Carrie told NBC Charlotte. “I want to be there to solve those problems.”
She got to tour the NICU and talk to the doctors and nurses caring for the tiniest of patients. There was also another surprise for her. She now has her own Reborn doll. They are incredibly lifelike baby dolls, and Carrie has been wanting one to help her prepare for her future career. It was an emotional experience for both Carrie and her mom, but Carrie says it only makes her more determined to pursue her dreams.
5. GOP lawmakers expected to reveal final tax plan bill
The House-Senate conference committee working to mesh competing tax plans is expected to release its final bill Friday amid a cloud of uncertainty. On Thursday, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said he would oppose the tax bill unless the child tax credit is expanded further to help working-class families. Other Republican senators are also undecided, including Mike Lee of Utah, Susan Collins of Maine and Jeff Flake of Arizona. Both chambers have to pass an identical bill before it can go to President Trump for a signature. As it stands, the GOP controls the House, 240-194, — with one vacancy — while holding a narrow 52-48 margin in the Senate. Votes on the bill are expected early next week.