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News across North Carolina for January 16, 2015

I heard there would be a minor heat wave this weekend! Awesome! Before you head outside though, check out today’s batch of North Carolina news:

News Across North Carolina for January 16, 2015

The General Assembly may have met this week, but they won’t be back until January 28th.

This long vacant old corporate campus in Southwest Guilford County will finally come back to life with a mixed-use component including a senior center.

Former Senator Kay Hagan will be a fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics.

Duke University announced, then rescinded, its plans to honor the Muslim calls for prayer via the Duke Chapel bell tower on Fridays. There were several threats of violence that caused the change in decision.

UNC Greensboro formed a committee to determine if Aycock Auditorium should be renamed. Several schools are in the process of or have renamed buildings once named after Charles B. Aycock.

The General Assembly is backing this change in our state’s Medicaid program.

Forsyth County will refinance some of their loans, saving them $12 million.

P.F. Changs is coming to Winston-Salem.

This Asheville leader is calling for those involved in downtown development to keep a local flair around downtown Asheville.

Buncombe County hopes to get rid of a long dilapidated home.

The all-girls class at Asheville Middle isn’t working as well as leaders thought.

Scroll down for a nifty chart of which Greensboro clubs have operated, where they’ve operated, when their last police incident was and how many times GPD has been called over the years.

Asheville’s Planned Parenthood is open, but not providing abortions yet.

An extra lane on I-485 in south Charlotte will remain closed for at least five years, to allow for expansion possibilities that may include tolls. Many feel the lane is needed now due to current traffic jams.

A small grocer could be coming to Charlotte’s Dillworth neighborhood.

Buses could stop being free in Chapel Hill.

Charlotte’s new city ID was explained and debated in a public forum last night at Central Piedmont Community College.

After learning no contract was signed, state DOT officials have stopped pressing a Lake Norman developer for almost $500,000 for improvements made to the land by the DOT on behalf of the developer.

Rowan-Cabbarus Community College will use some of its first bond referendum dollars to build an Advanced Technology Center.

Brunswick County Schools is creating a new book review committee to allow parents to submit books they deem offensive and provide a more comprehensive evaluation.

The governor wants all UNC System research innovations to become job-producing vehicles.

Wake County Schools construction budget is ballooning more than they expected.

Delta flights are one factor driving  passenger growth at RDU.

And finally, this is what the first bill of this session of the General Assembly addressed.


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