Why companies might be announcing new jobs ahead of Trump inaugural

The near-daily drumbeat of jobs announcements – on Tuesday it was the turn of General Motors and Wal-Mart – is not just about winning good headlines or a favorable mention from Donald Trump. All of these corporate behemoths will soon have business before the new administration, with make-or-break moves expected on mergers, trade policy, tax reform, defense contracts and regulation.

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Lighting the crown time-lapse

The Bank of America Corporate Center is testing their new lights atop the 871 ft. skyscraper in uptown Charlotte.Watch an evening test in this time-lapse video.
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