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News Across North Carolina for April 9, 2015

Could we see the sun again soon? Are we really dealing with thunderstorms already? Sigh. Anyway, here’s your news for today.

News Across North Carolina for April 9, 2015

The Greensboro Partnership, the key economic development group in Greensboro, has a new CEO.

Don’t forget that you can get your driver’s license renewed on site at this weekend’s Azalea Festival in Wilmington.

Speaking of festivals, these are the best ones in downtown Raleigh.

Students from Greensboro’s Dudley High got their 15 minutes of fame on the Today Show yesterday morning, on the fuel efficient car they are building in a competition. They have received full funding to attend the competition.

An interactive map of where startup companies are located in Raleigh.

Three more Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools have underground contaminants near or under their buildings.

The unemployment rate continues to fall statewide.

Former Senator Kay Hagan speaks out about her defeat and other things for the first time since her loss.

U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx now has a challenger in the GOP primary in that district.

There will not be a hotel on this empty downtown Asheville site. Citizens of a proposed Asheville redevelopment expressed their views in a recent public meeting.

The Charlotte City Council is facing up to a $21.7 million budget gap. Wake County Commissioners are balking at the budget request for Wake County Schools.

Duke Energy has donated $2 million to my alma mater (the one in Raleigh), to recruit engineering students and research renewable energy.

Down east: Wrightsville Beach addresses graffiti, Topsail Beach may raise property taxes and an upgrade to water and sewer facilities in New Hanover County was approved.

School testing went before a judge this week, in the ongoing case to maintain an equitable public school system throughout the state.

Meanwhile in Raleigh’s parks: Google will be giving hikers equipment to document hikes as they are actually made, and the governor wants to finalize a deal with the City of Raleigh for the Dix Hill property.

And finally, don’t count rail out for Raleigh and Wake County just yet.

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