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Daily News for May 20, 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

This came out no sooner than I hit send on yesterday’s ‘Book, but the Belk at Four Seasons Town Centre is closing next year.

A craft beer store opened yesterday in downtown Greensboro.

Tonight’s city council meeting agenda.

More details on the state DOT’s road spending for Greensboro.

The City of Greensboro has drafted a new public records policy, and will hold a public hearing on it this Friday.

More details on the vote to defund High Point’s The City Project, which has also ignited some passions around the upcoming city council race.

A company who lost their bid to run the Greensboro’s bus system is protesting the process.

Winston-Salem door-to-door salesmen will be required to wear badges per an ordinance passed last night by the city council.

In the Triangle

The train portion of a Washington Post series on taking the train, plane and car from there to Raleigh.

The News and Observer’s Tar Heel of the Week is an urban farmer and a passionate cooperative extension service agent.

Former Umstead Hotel chef set to bring two new restaurants and a grocery store to the Nash Square area of downtown Raleigh.

The full scope of Wake County’s budget proposal.

The city of Durham’s budget includes a tax hike.

In the Charlotte Area

How the City of Charlotte is choosing to regulate Lyft and Uber.

The Charlotte City Council approved the zoning request for a new 25 story hotel in the Midtown Morehead area…

…and a 25 story office tower, the first of its type in Uptown since the end of the recession, will begin construction in the fall.

The Bobcats are the Hornets again, and all the signage on the arena says so.

Mooresville wants a taller NC 150 bridge.

The Charlotte Tree Canopy Action Summit met yesterday.

In Asheville and Western North Carolina

Asheville may build a fire station at Montford instead of at the airport.

A mural at Asheville’s historic Kress building tells the story of Asheville.

Verizon has expanded the capacity of its network in Asheville.

An Asheville Citizen-Times reader wonders if the city’s smoking ban is enforced.

In Fayetteville, Wilmington and Eastern North Carolina

People who own land ripe for fracking no longer have control of the resources on their lands

…and how landowners can learn what they do control when it comes to natural resources on their land.

Pender County has collected $300,000 in delinquent taxes.

Brunswick officials are waiting on final schools numbers before they present their final budget draft.

New Hanover County’s budget will increase teacher pay.

North Water Street will remain open to cars, but will still receive a road diet.

The new Wilson Food Network seeks to address food security issues in the region.


Yesterday’s Moral Monday march in Raleigh was a silent protest on the grounds of the Legislative Building, with no mass arrests.

The APA’s named their greatest main streets in North Carolina.

More on the efforts in the General Assembly to limit how localities generate their tax money.

Some companies that were looking to frack are pulling out of the state.


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