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Daily News for May 2, 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 Piedmont (Triad, Triangle, Charlotte)

Greensboro will host the National Folk Festival for three years starting in 2015.

The president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers spoke in Greensboro yesterday and claims that over 600,000 manufacturing jobs in this area are going unfilled thanks to lack of training.

Forsyth County has opened its new sheriff’s office.

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools are asking for 25 million dollars to synchronize technology throughout the district.

Bruton Smith wants to improve Charlotte Motor Speedway, with state money.

A new 190 million dollar project in Charlotte’s South End will put a Publix and a Harris Teeter a half-mile apart.

The NCSU Bear was hit by a car, then brought onto campus.

In Asheville and Western North Carolina

Buncombe County Schools may build a school on a potentially contaminated site.

Asheville may change where residents put their city-issued trash cans.

In Fayetteville, Wilmington and Eastern North Carolina

Cumberland County Schools hope to increase the use of technology, including mobile devices, in schools.

Why an elevator in Wilmington’s Second Street parking deck has been out of service.

Despite complications with flooding throughout the area, downtown Wilson will host it’s inaugural dog walk on Saturday.


Over 357,000 North Carolinians are on the national healthcare exchange.

All of Duke’s Energy’s board members were reelected by their shareholders.

How the proposed open enrollment plan for state public schools could effect high school sports, among other things.

The State Labor Deparment released a report detailing how the Vortex ride at the state fair malfunctioned last year.

A new state of the art DMV office opened in Huntersville and will serve as a model site for other offices statewide.

Just how much money the film industry generates nationwide.

Why the future of the NC Film Office is tied to film incentives.


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