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Daily News for May 12, 2014

Welcome to Placebook’s Daily News. What’s going on in local and state government, the economy, transportation, and development and construction for this May day? Here goes:

In the Triad

NC DOT hopes to have storm debris on state roads in Guilford County cleaned up within the next 90 days.

A Winston-Salem musician is opening his basement arcade to the public.

Where the Dan River itself sits, months after the revelations of coal ash in its waters.

In the Triangle

The Raleigh City Council is divided over sign regulations.

Chapel Hill Town Council members will decide in June what the fate will be for the Glenn-Lennox mixed-use upgrade project.

A longtime News and Observer columnist reflects on the onetime goal of making Raleigh “The Athens of the South.”

Durham-based LED-lighting company Cree is set to break ground on a new production facility this summer.

Durham Urban Ministries receives its largest bequest in its history, from a longtime volunteer who recently passed away.

Cary’s city budget includes, like many others statewide, fee hikes, but no tax hikes.

Cary officially wants less dense development at NC 55 and High House Road.

Landowners in Wake County have approved a NC 54 bypass route near the airport.

In the Charlotte Area

A Charlotte-area farm is the only U.S. source of  Russian caviar.

Teachers are leaving Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, much like their colleges in public systems statewide and for the same reasons.

The new Charlotte Premium Outlets announces nine more of its stores.

A statute of Jane Wilkes, founder of two of the first hospitals in Charlotte has been placed near Charlotte’s Levine Cancer Institute, and is second of 20 statutes that will make up a Trail of History along the Sugar Creek Greenway.

Charlotte police will be getting body cameras.

In Asheville and Western North Carolina

More rural health providers are needed in Western North Carolina.

Buncombe County could be nurturing a new Democratic political machine.

BorgWarner is seeking incentives from the Buncombe County Commissioners to add potentially 124 jobs in Avery Creek.

Yoga could be coming to Western North Carolina prisons.

Local food sales are booming throughout Western North Carolina.

The Asheville City Council will hear debate over a proposed downtown hotel at their meeting this evening.

In Fayetteville, Wilmington and Eastern North Carolina

Wilmington’s city gardeners find creative ways to stretch a tight budget and keep foliage alive in city parks.

Developers are looking to build thousands of homes in Brunswick County.

The Wilmington Star-News’s staff editorial hopes for a strong tourism season in the region this year.

Wilmington’s former Carolina Farmin’ building set to become a wine and billiards bar, among other smaller businesses.

An inn damaged during Hurricane Hazel has been restored to new and is now taking guests again.

An oral history of the first feature film created in Wilmington and how it’s changed the city over the last 30 years.

Several Nash County businesses located at a flood-prone shopping complex have moved to other areas.

Fayetteville police defend the installation of downtown cameras.

The Lumber River Electrical Membership Corporation received federal funding this past week.


The SBI may move out of the hands of the attorney general.

A summary of what could be on the agenda for the General Assembly’s upcoming short session.

A profile of the new state controller.


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