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Daily News for May 16, 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

The Guilford County School Board wants an 80% raise, while only giving teachers a 7% one.

The Model Farm of High Point, build post-Civil War to help people learn how to survive, will now be completely restored and become a modern sustainable agriculture training center, as well as a general counseling center.

Greeensboro’s small business leaders of the year, who were honored yesterday.

Local developers are bringing a Hampton Inn to a currently empty lot in downtown Greensboro.

The EPA has loosened the Triad’s summertime fuel standards, which may save customers gas money.

The chef behind downtown Greensboro’s Crafted was on Cuthroat Kitchen recently.

The Dixie-Classic Fair Farmers Market turns 40.

The Forsyth County manager proposes a county budget for this upcoming year with no tax increase.

In the Triangle

Crabtree Valley Mall is becoming North Hills, without the major teardown, thanks to this Texas development group.

Raleigh city council wants to double its number of crossing guards.

The Larinburg Institute, one of the last remaining black boarding schools in the country, will get a historic highway marker.

A Virginia conservation group may help the City of Durham purchase the Duke Beltline from Norfolk-Southern.

In the Charlotte Area

Efforts to rezone the Cherry district near uptown Charlotte are raising fears of gentrification.

The TSA has opened one of its Pre-Check offices in Charlotte.

In Asheville and Western North Carolina

Asheville’s annual Strive Not to Drive event kicks off today.

The City of Asheville has announced a comprehensive domestic violence plan.

How the Community Resource Council is helping prisoners in the Asheville area become more productive citizens.

In Fayetteville, Wilmington and Eastern North Carolina

BB&T has donated to the USS North Carolina campaign.

Fayetteville nonprofit groups split $62,000 in grants from the Women’s Giving Circle.

Leland will maintain a flat town budget over next year.

In lieu of sending out more ambulances and paying those costs, New Hanover Regional Medical Center has received a grant from the Duke Endowment to have paramedics make regular house calls to patients who regularly call 911 for injuries and disease flare-ups.

Pender, Brunswick and New Hanover are among the fastest growing NC counties.


The rules on protests at the General Assembly have been changed by the legislature.

A judge in the ongoing challenge case over voter ID has asked for correspondence from state lawmakers involved in crafting the bill.

State sea level rise potentials will be updated every five years and the projections will now cover a 30 year period.

The e-cigarette tax could be heard by the General Assembly as soon as next week.

A judge has ruled that NC lawmakers cannot ignore subpoenas.

3 state senators have introduced a bill making 51% of the state education budget go directly to teachers.

The state budget proposal adds staff at the DENR.

The governor’s budget request also sets money aside for fracking.

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