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Amazon pays median worker $28K

Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc. reported that its median worker made $28,446 in total compensation last year. Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos brought home $1.68 million, 59 times more than the median worker. The Triangle is still in the running for Amazon’s HQ2, although it’s rumored that the company is currently leaning toward either Boston or D.C. locations.

More than 600 N.C. employers boast apprenticeship programs

More than 600 North Carolina employers have programs where they pay apprentices to learn specialized skills and earn certification through coursework. ApprenticeshipNC is part of the NC Community College System. Officials hope more employers will embrace the program in order to meet workforce needs. The Trump administration recently approved a $50 million increase in apprenticeship funding in the March omnibus spending bill.

Charlotte Observer publisher steps down, new publisher named

The Charlotte Observer president and publisher Ann Caulkins is stepping down from the position after 12 years; she will be succeeded by Georgia media executive Rodney Mahone starting June 4. The Observer is owned by Sacramento-based publisher McClatchy. Mahone will also serve as publisher for four other media organizations owned by McClatchy: The Rock Hill Herald, The Beaufort Gazette, The Hilton Head Island Packet and The State.

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