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
A new bus contractor bid has solved the $2.5 million budget gap for GTA.
The Guilford County School Board gave itself a raise in the upcoming year’s budget.
Passenger traffic is down at Piedmont Triad International Airport, but not by too much, in comparison to this time last year.
Greensboro’s Grimsley High School has a new principal.
Reynolds American wants higher taxes on e-cigatrettes.
High Point city planners are set to study the viability of road diets on several city streets.
The City of High Point wants to know how High Point University plans to expand next.
Salem Academy and College opened it’s student center on Tuesday, its first new building in 32 years.
Davie County Schools wants $228,000 more in its budget this year.
In the Triangle
The International Bluegrass Festival will remain in Raleigh for three more years.
The Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary is urging Wake County Schools to maintain Yom Kippur as a teacher workday.
A new process is in place for Raleigh bar owners to deal with noise complaints.
The Town of Apex has unveiled its new electric car charging station.
Property taxes are going up in the City of Durham.
Orange County Schools superintendent has resigned.
In the Charlotte Area
Charlotte-Douglass Airport has added 24 new passport kiosks.
The Epi-Center has been sold to a California-based real estate group.
The Latin American Coalition plans to open combination laundromats/immigrant welcome centers.
A former professor is using his Charlotte area coffee shops as ways to train former students in entrepreneurship.
Kannapolis is planning to put in bike lanes.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg teachers are getting raises.
In Asheville and Western North Carolina
The City of Asheville is looking to add more sidewalks and greenways to the city.
Asheville holds it’s 17th annual Child Watch tour, which raises awareness of childhood poverty and other issues in the region.
What the new teacher tenure plan will cost Asheville-area schools.
The Asheville City Council voted in favor of the proposed Cambria Suites hotel in downtown Asheville.
In Fayetteville, Wilmington and Eastern North Carolina
Environmental groups and the state are in court battling over how to replace the Bonner Bridge, the only bridge currently connecting Hatteras Island with the mainland.
For the record, West Fayetteville does not officially exist.
Laurinburg residents want to get rid of sweepstakes businesses in the town.
All Cumberland County buildings will go smoke-free by September 1.
Cumberland County School Board is split over some principal contracts.
The Village of Pinehurst has amended its budget for US Open-related expenses.
The Wilson County Sheriff’s race colorful battle over a van, among other things.
Environmental groups want a public hearing over a potential pellet factory at the Port of Wilmington.
Walmart developers close on a property for a new store in Porter’s Neck.
Oak Island decided to cap the size of new homes.
New Hanover County schools plans to add Latin distinctions to graduates, similar to the ones at the collegiate level.
Only 11 of the 71 statewide applicants for new charter schools received approval.
Attourney General (and potential 2016 gubernatorial candidate) Roy Cooper is urging more action on teacher pay.