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News across North Carolina for January 7, 2015

Greetings from Hoth North Carolina! Once again, unless you are a polar bear, make sure you find a way to stay warm, keep warm and out of major accidents despite this polar vortex and what your school system and job tell you. And while you sit by your literal or imaginary fire, with a hot beverage, check out what I think you need to know about North Carolina for today:

News Across North Carolina for January 7, 2015

You can help this Chapel Hill independent movie theater stay open, by donating to their drive to get a new projector.

You can learn Chinese, Swahili or Arabic for free at this Greensboro college.

One of my favorite Greensboro haunts is coming back alive, with new ownership and a full menu.

The Greensboro City Council voted unanimously and became the first in North Carolina to add protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in housing and real estate, along with any city properties or activities.

Two members of the North Carolina U.S. House delegation voted against Rep John Boehner being named Speaker of the House.

Former speaker of the N.C. house Thom Tillis was sworn in as the state’s newest senator.

These Elon Law students are helping the City of Greensboro and other housing advocates clean up derelict properties. High Point leaders are also calling for more attention on some of their disheveled properties.

Our governor, along with other governors on the National Association of Governors Executive Committee, met with President Obama this week.

After losing a lawsuit, a Christian flag and a statue will be removed from a veterans memorial in the town of King.

A ordinance allowing for street buskers in Winston-Salem is under discussion.

Davie County’s manager is retiring after 40 years of service.

Many homeowners are upset that the City of Charlotte was allowed to write off a building loan from Bank of America and Wells Fargo, when many continue to struggle with mortgages and could benefit from similar grace granted to them.

The Charlotte Observer‘s Uptown site has a buyer and a redeveloper.

Mercedes-Benz USA will move their headquarters to Atlanta and not to North Carolina.

The state ports authority wants nine buildings at the Wilmington port to be exempt from the city’s land use ordinance.

Another new apartment complex is coming to Wilmington.

The City of Wilmington picked four finalist development firms to compete for work at the parking deck redevelopment it is pursuing.

Cumberland County’s District Court has a majority of non-white judges for the first time in history.

The Cumberland County School board may purchase land in north Fayetteville for a new elementary school.

The N.C. Utilities commission will not change how it calculates solar energy payments to solar panel owners.

Wake County Schools may set a 95% high-school graduation goal for itself.

And finally, Triad City Beat profiles this week people who make the Triad a region, simply by living in one city, and doing business in another.

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