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Daily News for May 5, 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

A public meeting for aging services in Kernersville is scheduled for May 27 at the Piedmont Triad Regional Council.

The Winston-Salem GOP state senate candidate who is under a wave of controversy for having worked as a female impersonator will remain in the race.

Winston-Salem’s Arts on Sunday Trade Street festival series kicked off its 2014 season yesterday.

North State Aviation is revitalizing the Smith-Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem.

Tethering/chaining down animals without an owners presence is now illegal in Guilford County, but will not be enforced for another 14 months.

Forest Oaks Golf Course has now re-opened.

Faith Action International House held an immigration reform march and rally in Greensboro over the weekend.

Triad cities are finally nearing the end of storm debris clean up from the March 7 ice storm.

In the Triangle

Wake County Schools is considering not giving zero grades to students, but stoping at 60 for Fs.

Wake County Commissioners drop teacher pay increases from their agenda.

The Raleigh modernist house debate has made it to the Today Show.

The City of Durham promises to handle street closings better.

The Lincoln Hospital School of Nursing looks back on its past.

In the Charlotte Area

Charlotte’s weekend Jane’s Walk was also a success.

Mooresville is considering having food truck events.

More on the expansion of Lionel trains in Concord.

Catawba County officials will host an open forum on NC 150 road improvements.

In Asheville and Western North Carolina

The Asheville Citizen-Times clarifies  Asheville’s tax rate hike and for what it pays.

What the new Asheville City Schools superintendent hopes to bring to her job and to the school system as a whole.

Asheville’s Hendersonville Road traffic is expected to increase with the addition of a new grocery store and several new apartment complexes.

Learn more about the Pidsgah Astronomical Research Institute, a former NASA training facility in Transylvania County now open to the public and offering activities and educational opportunities.

Asheville has boosted its efforts to attract tourists.

In Fayetteville, Wilmington and Eastern North Carolina

Film workers, supporters, and area lawmakers from both sides of the aisle held a rally on Sunday in Wilmington to raise awareness for renewing the state film incentives. If the General Assembly does not renew the tax credit in the upcoming short session, then it will expire at the end of the year.

Local leaders in Wilmington may or may not be able to fill the gap if the state incentive packages are taken away.

A Wilmington area real estate agency is using Google Glass to help their business grow.

New Hanover County officials are working to extend the life of their landfill.

Yes, there are public mailboxes in Wilmington.

The Wilmington Star News editorial board pushes for a better road plan for Wilmington

…and a sales tax increase for Brunswick County.

The Star News also breaks down the Brunswick County schools budget and how much of it goes to charter schools.

Fayetteville residents and officials are happy with the success of the first All-American Marathon.

Hope Mills is revamping their website.

The state treasurer Janet Cowell visited two Fayetteville high schools on Friday.

The Fayetteville Observer editorial board calls for Moore County school and county leaders to agree on a schools budget.

Wilson area groups have banded together with the USDA to fight hunger.

After delays, Zaxby’s is coming to Wilson.


There are no plans in the country like the one the state  wants for it’s teacher pay.

In addition, according to a national report by the Center for American Progress, North Carolina is just about the national rate for teacher diversity under their methods for calculating teacher diversity.

We are slowly learning more about the NC Next Generation Network’s plans to work with AT&T to provide higher internet speeds. The start date is currently set for the end of the calendar year, but no word on pricing.

What to know about the voting process for tomorrow’s primary election.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued statistics on conditions at North Carolina’s nuclear power plants.

The News and Observer calls on the state to not mess with the auto insurance rate system.

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