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Daily News for May 6, 2014

Welcome to Placebook’s Daily News. Today is the primary election day in North Carolina. However, for many General Assembly seats, this is the only election day. Make sure that if you are registered (and you do have to be already registered now), that you get to the polls. If you need to find out where that is and also see a sample ballot, go here. Here’s a statewide voter’s guide. So many of these people being elected today have bearings on the news and views we share here at Placebook, so please make sure you get to the polls if you can. If you voted early! Great! So what else is  going on in local and state government, the economy, transportation, and development and construction today? Here goes:

In the Triad

High Point City Council voted down a loan for a new housing development on Monday.

The Children’s Home will maintain their farm.

A Winston-Salem neighborhood shut down a proposed apartment project.

Winston Salem’s app for reporting city maintenance issues has been fixed.

Apps that the entire Triad may find useful for government issues.

Guilford County officials are not sure what to do with the old downtown Greensboro jail.

And here’s the agenda for the Greensboro City Council meeting which will be held tomorrow because of today’s primary election.

In the Triangle

Popular chef and restaurant owner Ashley Christensen wins the James Beard Award, the highest award in culinary arts.

Aqua NC, the largest private water utility in the state, has won the right to increase rates.

Park West Village in Morrisville aims to be a destination for the Triangle.

Consultants urge Morrisville leaders to rethink their downtown plan.

Cary has reached a 5-year high in new townhome construction.

Two new age-restricted developments are underway in eastern Durham.

OnlyBurger, which started as a food truck, is opening it’s second brick-and-mortar restaurant in Durham.

In the Charlotte Area

Charlotte’s city budget for 2014-2015 does not include tax hikes, but most fees do increase.

The Charlotte City Council is also looking at changes to its ethics policies, in wake of the arrest of former mayor Patrick Cannon.

Mooresville will host food truck events.

In Asheville and Western North Carolina

UNC-Asheville swears in an interim provost.

Asheville City Schools swears in their new superintendent.

Chimney Tops Trail will be closed on the weekdays for the next few weeks for rehabilitation.

Neighbors are frustrated that nothing is being done at the CTS Superfund site in Asheville.

An artist and project has been selected for the 51 Biltmore Public Art project.

In Fayetteville, Wilmington and Eastern North Carolina

Information is limited about the exact amount for a bond referendum for New Hannover County schools.

Pender County commissioners have designated land for a new library.

Wilmington’s city manager is hoping to increase property taxes by one cent to deal with budget shortfalls.

UNC-Wilmington has received a $15,000 grant to start a health collaborative.

Irregularities were found in Fayetteville State University’s state audit and university officials are blaming staff turnover for the difference.

Cumberland County Commissioners agree on an $80,000 settlement for a former dentist for the county health department.

Columbus County Commissioners air out the disputes of the Lake Waccamaw fire department at their latest meeting.

The Wilson County Schools superintendent discusses the budget at a public meeting held Monday.


The NC DMV is getting better, but not fixed yet according to the Charlotte Observer.

The open school enrollment bill has been tabled.

A panel of lawmakers, educators and school officials all agreed at a panel on Monday in Charlotte that we  should pay teachers more, but don’t know how.

The News and Observer editorial board calls for more oversight of state fair rides.

And if you made it this far, pop on over to our sister site, The Black Urbanist, for our cars week. Read a letter to editor-in-chief’s Kristen Jeffers’s car and also the reasons why our cars get on our nerves. Have an awesome day folks! AND VOTE!

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