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Daily News for May 28, 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

How state grants have transformed a number of sites in Greensboro from brownfields to profitability.

The push to hire NC teachers in the Houston district has a deeper Guilford County and North Carolina connection.

Residents of Winston-Salem public housing are protesting new regulations.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office wants positions added back into the county budget.

A couple of entrepreneurs in Winston-Salem hope to start a downtown golf cart shuttle service.

High Point parents and supporters hope to continue the process of changing an old Catholic School building into a magnet public school.

In the Triangle

Raleigh’s new zoning maps have debuted.

Raleigh may also change its rules for road races and street festivals.

The latest on the efforts to appoint a committee to review the new controversial sign rules in downtown Raleigh.

Wake County is hiring more building inspectors to keep up with demands of new construction.

The Durham Board of Adjustment has postponed a vote on adding 300 new beds to the Durham Rescue Mission.

Wake County students and parents will have to request school bus service earlier in the year, or risk not being about to get on the bus on the first day of school.

In the Charlotte Area

The Charlotte Douglas Airport tarmac was the scene of a protest today, of two violinists who were not able to carry-on their instruments to a small plane. After filming a YouTube video, they were able to carry on the luggage after all.

The Statesville Town Council has voted for new rules on trash collection and trash cleanup on private properties.

Charlotte-Douglass Airport will rebid their controversial taxi contract.

The Charlotte Mecklenburg school board approved the 2014-2015 calendar and two new school construction projects.

In Asheville and Western North Carolina

The roof was demolished on the old Biltmore Square Mall, one of the first steps of it’s transformation into the Asheville Outlets.

Several west Asheville neighborhoods have become hubs for green houses.

Asheville will get a new middle school.

In Fayetteville, Wilmington and Eastern North Carolina

Wilmington will hold a hearing to work on making breweries a legal business type in the city code, to help more craft breweries come to Wilmington.

Uber is testing the waters in Wilmington.


Fracking has made it out of the NC House.

The privilege license tax change bill, along with a couple other tax code changes, has left committee in the NC Senate.

A group of House members has filed a bill calling for more regulations on coal ash.

Moral Monday protesters staged a sit-in in speaker of the house Thom Tillis’s office this week.

A debate has risen over solar powered cleaning devices that would help clean up Jordan Lake’s water for drinking.

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