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Daily News for 4-07-2014: Know Your Voting Districts

Welcome to the new Daily News. As I’ve written in the process of moving Placebook to it’s own stand alone site, the goal is to get this out to you before noon and give everyone a chance to know what’s going on across the state in the areas of our the built environment and our government. If you receive the daily email, you’ll receive my daily essay that I publish on The Black Urbanist, plus the news links here all in one handy place. I want to thank everyone who’s been with me from day one, as I see opportunities to grow my writing and that of others, through new sites and platforms. Enough of the housekeeping, here is your news:

High Point’s Furnitureland South has taken to creating their own media channel to help promote the brand.

Is Asheville building too many hotel rooms? Also, the new theaters opening in Asheville.

As we prepare for early voting and the May primary election, how to find out what districts are you in, so you know for whom you can vote.

The National Forest Service wants to know more about what areas the public thinks should be wilderness. They are holding a public meeting in Asheville on April 17th to gather input.

Thanks to a push by an advocacy group, 370 Asheville businesses have signed on to pay an $11.85 minimum wage.

The gay marriage ban is looking shaky in the courts.

Rockingham County’s second Black county commissioner has died.

Meanwhile a current Black Guilford County commissioner encourages a fellow young black elected leader, a middle school student, at the recent commissioners meeting.

Charlotte now has four pro (two major and two semi-pro teams). How that’s affecting the city and the region as a whole.

Charlotte Children’s Theater has a new artistic director.

A new psychiatric hospital has opened in Davidson.

Dan Clodfelter appears to lead the pack for being appointed as the next mayor of Charlotte.

A judge has ordered a daycare in Indian Trailclosed.

Police in Charlotte are using a new tool for domestic violence cases.

Wake County Schools is expanding preK services.

The town of Bynum gathered this weekend to celebrate local son Clyde Jones with its 13th annual ClydeFEST.

Greenville is set to break down on a project its leaders are calling transformative.

The Brunswick County jail is overflowing.

A Wilmington man is told by the local planning commission to put away his spotlight.

Even though still rural, Harnett County is rapidly growing and the county services are becoming strained

Fayetteville hopes to add a lobbying coordinator. The council will also discuss a trail expansion and red light cameras at tonight’s meeting. One councilman still has questions about the recent sewer issues.

Cumberland County commissioners will meet today to discuss public transit.

The defibrillator purchased by Cumberland County Schools after a debate over it’s necessity, has saved a life.

Cary’s Downtown Farmers Market has moved.

The NCDOT is moving to its new  “data-driven” project ratings.

Expect delays in Morrisville for a road project that will also detour traffic.

A Fuquay-Varina thrift store expands job options to adults with autism.

Guilford County Commissioner candidates held a forum over the weekend. In addition ,the current Guilford Commissioners are holding several open forums for people to voice their opinions about ordinance changes.

And finally, Raleigh planning director Mitchell Silver’s exit interview with the Indy Week, as he moves on to the New York Parks Department in May.

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