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News across North Carolina for January 19, 2015

While today is a day that some are spending at home and some at the office, it’s the first of many days we spend this time of the year honoring various leaders. Here at NCP, we are especially grateful for the sacrifices and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as his words inspire us to continue marching for freedom and to educate ourselves to get away from mental slavery and bondage. And with that, some news from across the state for today, so we can stay educated and informed:

News Across North Carolina for January 19, 2015

 

UNC System President Tom Ross has been asked to step down at the customary retirement age of 65, which he will hit next year.

The Greensboro City Council is torn about a proposed state historical marker for the 1979 Greensboro Massacre.

Two members have been pushed off the Downtown Greensboro, Inc. board.

Several public defenders gathered in a Charlotte park to protest racial and other disparities in the criminal justice system they serve.

While the High Point Road streetscape project is ready to start, several Greensboro leaders are disappointed that the improvements were not done in time for several recent events at the Greensboro Coliseum and the Koury Convention Center.

How Greensboro landed the U.S. Figure Skating Championship.

Meet Winston-Salem State University’s new chancellor.

The City of Winston-Salem is set to start renovating their old Union Station, starting with a roof replacement and potentially becoming a restaurant, ticket office, museum or whatever a potential tenant wants.

Some are critical of the piece of the state Medicaid bill that would strip the state Department of Health and Human Services of their oversight power. In addition, there are issues around another piece of Medicaid as it’s applied in North Carolina to disabled people and their families.

What’s next for the startup scene in Asheville.

N.C. State University has created a need for cockroaches, as microchip-outfitted first-responders in disaster areas.

UNC Wilmington will serve as a public health training hub for the surrounding region.

It’s now illegal to dig major holes and leave them, as well as jump off a commercial fishing pier in Carolina Beach, laws created to sync up with regulations in nearby beach towns.

And finally, Raleigh may add to its number of special taxing districts.

 

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