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Daily News for May 19, 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

Saturday marked the 60th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision. How that impacted Greensboro.

Highlights of this year’s Preservation Greensboro Tour of Historic Homes.

A spotlight on the Triad-area projects in the state DOT 10 year plan.

What it means to have no textbooks in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

In the Triangle

Raleigh begins the process of rezoning 34,000 commercial parcels under its new unified development ordinance.

Two of the top “green” neighborhoods in the country are in the Triangle.

Wake County’s manager will present the schools budget to the county commissioners, who will then hold a work session and public hearings, before voting on the final budget in June.

Orange County mayors throw their support behind the same-sex marriage lawsuit.

Durham Public Schools is considering system-wide free student breakfast.

The City of Durham is hoping the school system picks up part of the check for a new gang prevention program.

In the Charlotte Area

The next 50 year Charlotte-area water plan has been released and it plans for conservation and rate hikes.

Union County continues its DSS overhaul.

The next time you are in Charlotte (or if you are already there and need something to do), take the Liberty Walk.

In Asheville and Western North Carolina

An energy-efficient house built by Appalachian State University students is on its way to compete in the  Solar Decathlon Europe.

Asheville and Buncombe County continue their battles over water, which have been going on since the 1930’s.

Here’s a timeline spelling out key points in that water battle.

Western North Carolina’s climate is changing, but not as harshly as other areas of the southeast.

A new space planned for Asheville’s downtown would be a climate change institute and draw researchers from across the country.

In Fayetteville, Wilmington and Eastern North Carolina

The Fayetteville Observer kicks off a six-day series on how fracking will affect Eastern North Carolina.

Meanwhile, The Wilson Times reports on the concerns Wilson leaders and the League of Municipalities have on the portion of the tracking bill that restricts cities from raising property taxes as a result of fracking profit windfalls.

Mystery signs around Fayetteville and Cumberland County are supposed to help with tourism.

Comfort puppies have arrived at the Wilmington Airport.

Seafood restaurants that traditionally sell hushpuppies are struggling over high costs and changing tastes in food.

Castle Hayne and North College Road intersection in Wilmington to get a roundabout.

Pender County’s new budget increases spending, but holds tax rate steady.


The first official Moral Monday protest of the year happens this afternoon.

How the state medical examiners office’s failures to examine bodies is now the subject of a lawsuit.


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