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News across North Carolina for February 26, 2015

Again, we have snow (and some ice). Be safe as you go about whatever you HAVE to do today. And take a moment to read the news:

News Across North Carolina for February 26, 2015

The EPA is investigating if the NC Department of Natural Resources for potentially not enforcing regulations on hog farms, when the neighbors of the farms were people of color.

VF Jeanswear will establish a jeanswear research center at Greensboro’s Gateway University Research Center Park.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners, stating that they or others cannot push lower-cost, non-dental competitors out of the business of teeth whitening.

More than $1.2 million has been spent on downtown Winston-Salem since 2000.

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction is looking into offering an alternate diploma program for high school dropouts.

This merger of two of the state’s health managed care organizations has been called off.

Davie County has a new chief technology officer.

A website called Matador is the latest to name Asheville as the coolest city in America.

Residents in Asheville are insisting their next police chief addresses a racial divide in police protection. Greensboro is also soon to name a new police chief.

The history of public housing in Winston-Salem.

The Charlotte City Council is considering changes in the city’s water rates.

The state senate passed the resolution to allow magistrates to refuse certain marriages based on religious convictions. These two senators voted against their party in the resolution.

Wilmington and New Hanover County will not combine their fire departments.

A community coalition has helped bring 1 million pounds of food to Fayetteville’s food bank.

The N.C. Department of Revenue has sent out 43,000 incorrect tax forms.

More progress has been made in the proposed replacement of Raleigh’s “Tiny Town”, a remaining pocket of affordable housing in downtown Raleigh.

Several adjunct professors across the nation, including those at UNC-Chapel Hill, held a demonstration to raise awareness about salaries and other issues surrounding their work conditions.

And finally, a month after controversy arose on the use of Duke Chapel by Muslim students, campus faith leaders gathered to discuss future uses of the building.

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