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Daily News for May 13, 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

I let this slide through the Placebook cracks, but this was a wonderful story about my high-school buddy, who just won the NC House District 60 seat and how his mom was a major piece in his success.

A great story vis-a-vis this one, about Asheboro resident, former state Secretary of Commerce and candidate for the US House District 2 seat, Keith Crisco, who fell at his home yesterday and died. He was 71. He’s being remembered in both the mainstream media and also my newsfeed for being a great public servant.

A more fun, slid-through-the-cracks-story, is on the retirement of the owner of one of my favorite restaurants and hangout spots, Cafe Europa here in Greensboro.

Forsyth County may be one of the first municipalities to add prayers back to the beginnings of their council meetings.

The Guilford County health and social service departments may merge, as a result of the food stamp crisis from earlier this year.

A Dollar General is moving across Randleman Road in Greensboro.

Despite the use of the highest end technology, most of the coal ash will remain in the Dan River.

A new mural  on a thrift store in High Point has become a community focal point.

Home Meridan is set to build a new office building and expand in High Point.

In the Triangle

New traffic phone apps Waze and INRIX Traffic are helping both commuters and state traffic officials navigate the traffic backups caused by the lane closures on the I-440 Beltline. Also helping, #beltlinejam, the official hashtag of the Beltline issues.

Wake County expects their property tax increase to be smaller than expected.

A Franklin County hospital run by Novant Health has won approval to move an operating room to a facility closer to the Wake County line  but is drawing concerns from those who feel the rest of Franklin County is being left behind healthwise.

The last solar panel has been laid at a new solar facility in Durham County by a Chapel Hill company.

Durham Public Schools has adopted its new budget.

Sprint customers in Durham County can now text 911.

In the Charlotte Area

Charlotte city council members seem uninterested in allowing more cabs to operate at the airport.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has allotted more funds to hire more school counselors.

Former Charlotte mayor and current Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has come out supporting same-sex marriage.

Johnson C. Smith University will close it’s education school.

Charlotte’s Carolina Theater is closer to being renovated.

In Asheville and Western North Carolina

Although not set to be built for years, people expressed their concerns over the I-26 connector at a public meeting in Asheville yesterday.

A conservation group is pushing for the conservation of 76 acres of Coggins Farm as homes are built on other parts of the area.

An alcohol treatment center was evicted from a local property owned by the local coalition of churches that operate several other shelters in town for non-payment of rent.

In Fayetteville, Wilmington and Eastern North Carolina

The local end of the Chinatown bus has been sited for unsafe conditions, but just like others statewide, it continues to operate.

Lumberton officials are set to ban video gambling.

Moore County names its next school superintendent.

Fayetteville to get a new Chick-fil-a in June.

Wilson’s Imagination Station museum gets an interactive globe exhibit.


Political signs should be coming down soon or the campaigns could face fines. I saw a woman removing the signs for her candidate as I was leaving work yesterday, more folks should be out soon to do the same.

A ruling could come as soon as Friday on remaining pieces of the teacher tenure court case.

Arts organizations statewide are reconfiguring ticket prices based on the new ticket tax that recently went into effect.

The governor wants to solidify state laws requiring people to show ID to get jobless benefits.

The state treasurer wants to hold off on a decision regarding the state pension investment board.


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