Business briefs

May. 24, 2013 @ 06:45 PM

Bayer CropScience to break ground for Bee Care Center

DURHAM -- Bayer CropScience will hold a groundbreaking Wednesday on its North American Bee Care Center in the Research Triangle Park.

The company is building a research hub to promote bee health, according to a release from the company.

It’s meant to help educate scientists and the public on the importance of honey bees to agriculture and their role in meeting the growing demand for an adequate global food supply.

The company, a subsidiary of the German company Bayer AG that works on crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and genetically determined traits, makes products in a class of pesticide that was linked in two studies published in the journal Science this year to harmful effects on bees.

Orange County paving scammer ordered to stop

RALEIGH — N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper announced Friday that an Orange County man is under court order to stop performing driveway paving services.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard E. Manning Jr. approved on Thursday Cooper’s request for a temporary restraining order against the Hillsborough owner of companies including Orange Paving, Ace Paving, Power Black Top Paving and Big Time Paving. 

Cooper asked for the order based on four complaints filed with his Consumer Protection Division. He is seeking a permanent ban against the owner’s driveway work, civil penalties and refunds for consumers.

Cooper alleges in the complaint that owner Jimmy Stevens’ practice is to approach homeowners, especially seniors, and offer to pave their driveways at what he claims is a discount using leftover materials from a nearby job. But the paving material never hardens, and he doesn’t return.