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News across North Carolina for January 28, 2015

Wednesday. As some of you shovel under snow humps, some of us are shoveling over the proverbial humps of the regular work week. And there’s North Carolina news, always North Carolina news:

News Across North Carolina for January 28, 2015

The Obama administration is considering lifting  restrictions on offshore drilling off of the Atlantic Coast south of the Chesapeake Bay down to Savannah.

Charlotte-Douglas Airport is set to break passenger records again. So is the Asheville airport.

The statewide unemployment rate is now down to 5.5 %. Yet, this disclaimer about the numbers.

Freshman U.S. Representative Mark Walker has already passed a bill and became the first freshman lawmaker to pass a bill this year. The bill pushes for training and aid for Homeland Security to better detect sex trafficking operations.

These members of the Triad-area General Assembly delegation will have new leadership roles in this session.

A World of Beer and the first legal distillery will open in Greensboro soon.

The YMCA will build a new camp in Swain County.

Despite the changes in film incentives, Asheville has been named as the best place for moviemakers.

The Asheville Premium Outlets will open on May 1.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has named an interim superintendent.

Several Charlotte business groups are combining to increase protections for LGBT workers.

Charlotte’s immigration task force is asking that Charlotte police stop issuing deportations under the federal 287(g) statute, which allows deportations to start with non-violent offenses.

The son of a slave turned Union solider has died at the age of 97.

What Habitat for Humanity of Fayetteville and the rapper J. Cole have planned to help with affordable housing in Fayetteville.

Also in Fayetteville, the secretary of cultural resources, in an effort to convince the General Assembly to restore the historic tax credit back in the budget.

Starting in July all mopeds will need to be registered with the state and have a license plate.

A coalition has formed to convince Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Durham Public Schools to run their facilities on solar power.

And finally, the sisterhood of the North Carolina food industry.

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