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News across North Carolina for January 13, 2015

Greetings from our nation’s capital! Learning a lot at the Transportation Research Board 94th Annual Meeting. A highlight of yesterday was live-tweeting the main plenary speech of and audio recording a media session with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, former mayor of Charlotte, proud North Carolinian and Indiana Jones fan (you had to be there). Here’s a picture of the session poster:


I’ve also enjoyed meeting fellow transportation writers, researchers, company owners and the like from North Carolina and beyond.

Yet, as I said before, news still happens back home, so here we go for Tuesday, January 13, 2015:

News Across North Carolina for January 13, 2015

Progress NC Action filed an ethics complaint against the governor, related to the ongoing controversy around funds received for his service on the board of LendingTree.

Meanwhile, an assessment of the governor, at the halfway point of his term.

The governor also called Charlotte the state capital in a speech on Monday.

A legislative committee has started the process of ending the policy that allowed utility companies to charge customers to pay their extra taxes.

The CEO of Greensboro-based, national specialty grocer The Fresh Market has resigned. Meanwhile, Earth Fare, a competitor based in Asheville, has a new CEO.

A licence plate agency in Stokes County has been shut down for improper conduct. In-person license plate agencies in North Carolina are independent state contractors.

A N.C. House representative is leaving his post already, to go work for the state treasurer. However, he’d already served many house terms.

This shopping center may get more city funding from the City of Winston-Salem.

A run-down building in Asheville’s River Arts District may see a brewery and bakery when it’s brought back to life later this year.

Buncombe County debates the merits of restrictions on dog-tethering and when it infringes on an owner’s property rights.

Puppies at NCSU have shown promise for spinal cord restoration in not just their fellow canine friends, but humans too.

Further cleanup coming to a Waynesville Superfund site.

The State Clean Water fund announced funding for several Western North Carolina projects.

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department urged the city council to grant them $7 million for police body cameras at Monday night’s city council meeting.

The Charlotte City Council also approved the write-off of debt incurred by the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Charlotte’s food-truck rules loosened, but some operators still have concerns.

Now confirmed, gas is at its cheapest since 2009.

This stadium in Charlotte is closer to becoming a pro soccer stadium.

The latest bout of winter weather could see icing as far south as Pender County tomorrow.

Pender County’s schools are moving ahead on a new teacher pay plan.

Wilmington’s housing market strengthened in 2014.

This soybean plant will be part of Fayetteville to receive water and sewer service from the city.

Hoke County commissioners have relieved their county manager of his duties.

The Fayetteville Regional Airport received federal funding for a proposed renovation.

Community college officials in the Sandhills are skeptical that the proposed federal plan to aid community college students will work.

Triangle Transit has added new four new express bus routes to its already popular set throughout the region.

Raleigh’s downtown Marbles Kids Museum is looking at expansion options.

Police in Rocky Mount will host a citizens rights forum.

The City of Raleigh finalized the sale of the entire Dorthea Dix property from the state for $52 million.

The mayor of Pittsboro is not fond of the new development that will more than double the size of his town.

And finally, check out what the News and Observer says we should expect from this session of the General Assembly.

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