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News across North Carolina for February 19, 2015

So the ground isn’t as white, but the air is quite cold. Please be careful and make sure you are covered properly if you have to venture outside. In the meantime, here’s your news:

News Across North Carolina for February 19, 2015

An appellate court has blocked NC DOT’s ability to reserve land indefinitely. In other words, if you own land and they say a highway might be coming, but it’s not coming officially yet, you can sell or develop on the land, until the state is ready to build the road on it.

How slumlords are racking up fees in Greensboro, but the city and other nonprofits are working to keep more houses habitable.

I’ll be supporting a friend whose family’s restaurant is 40 and getting a special nod from the new Ethnosh program next Tuesday night and supporting friends who still may not be getting that co-op grocery in their neighborhood after all next Monday night.

More commentary on what the Greensboro city council redistricting means for Greensboro. Here’s the city council  resolution passed last night in favor of giving citizens the choice of whether or not to change the composition of the council.

One-hundred million dollars is the current magic number for what the coal ash spills have cost Duke Energy. This is the cost they are paying to settle criminal charges related to the spills.

This High Point convenience store is expanding past it’s normal fare into providing food and community for Himalayan refugees in the area.

Three of the UNC System’s centers have been eliminated and 13 others are still under review. This and this are some formal reactions to the news.

Three of these “startups that are changing the world” are based in North Carolina.

Nearly 560,000 people have signed up for health insurance in North Carolina under the Affordable Care Act.

The governor will wait for a decision about the entire health care law, before he makes his own decision about Medicare expansion.

The Forsyth County Commissioners are considering across-the-board raises for all staff in it’s next fiscal budget.

A new shopping strip has opened in Asheville.

A former congressman in the 10th Congressional District, which covers the Western part of the state, has died.

As light rail comes to Charlotte’s University City area, new development is being planned along with it.

The Charlotte Housing Authority is making an effort to mitigate gentrification in the Cherry neighborhood by developing some homes of its own with income restrictions.

NCDOT could speed up the I-485 toll lane construction by six months.

Controversy is building over a proposed water treatment plant in Brunswick County.

Pender County will consider revisions to its temporary sign ordinance.

A new business incubator is coming to Rocky Mount.

A study has found that higher education adds $63 million to the state’s economy.

Nine North Carolina affiliated chefs and bakers are among the semi-finalists for this year’s James Beard Foundation awards, considered the Oscars of the food world.

Linda Coleman has announced her intention to run for lieutenant governor again.

A new state Democratic leadership means a staff shake-up at the party office.

And finally, the NC Museum of Natural Sciences is getting a noted paleontologist on staff.


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