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News Across North Carolina for April 20, 2015

Trying a new format out this week. I think it’s perfect, because there are a ton of new things coming my way. More about those later. Here’s your news:

News Across North Carolina for April 20, 2015

Why Asheville is growing: newcomers. It’s the only region in the state that’s growing exclusively because of migrants and not due to births.

Well, they’re voting: What our U.S. Senators voted on recently.

Making an ask: The head of Downtown Greensboro Incorporated alleges she was asked to hire one of the city council members as its next CEO or lose city funding, which makes up the bulk of the organization’s budget.

Guess who’s baseball mascot is now famous: My hometown minor league Grasshoppers’ dog, Ms. Babe Ruth, gets her 15 minutes on the NBC Nightly News.

Right back: Some of the same folks pushing for the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s and 1980s were back at the General Assembly lobbying for the state to support the U.S. Constitutional change.

Stuck up: These people are stuck on a ride at Carowinds, the amusement park that straddles the state line between North Carolina and South Carolina. This is the third set of folks stuck the ride in the past three weeks.

Beloved teacher: A high school teacher of some members of the Greensboro Four at Dudley  passed away recently, at the age of 103.

Mad docs: These rural Western North Carolina doctors are not happy with how one of the major medical centers in the area operates.

Blight?: Asheville residents are questioning what’s happening to a popular commercial district.

Charlotte’s Next Mayor: Five factors that will be important in this year’s race.

Gifted, or not: How students are identified as gifted varies throughout the state. This article uses southeastern North Carolina to illustrate.

Another chance: This east Fayetteville grocer has become known for giving ex-offenders a chance at working.

Public comments: The Wake County Schools budget will be available for the public to offer their opinions this week.

Parking problems: This change in parking on Raleigh’s Glenwood Avenue could help businesses, but make things more congested during peak commuting times.

Bad Deals?: The state has a large contract workforce. Yet, some are questioning how efficient this is.

And finally, Obsessed: Can Charlotte get over its obsession with roads?

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