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News Across North Carolina for March 25, 2015

Hey everyone! It’s the first hump day of spring! So many trees blooming, much like our graphic below. (Don’t forget, the dogwood’s really a tree) Also, don’t forget this is the last week of my reader’s survey and of course, there’s always news to share:

News Across North Carolina for March 25, 2015

At the General Assembly: the House approved a bill that would get rid of protest petitions for homeowners who want to stop zoning decisions, a cancelled House committee meeting that would have discussed the Rockingham County School Board changes , the Senate adds money to the incentive pot and historic tax credits make it through a House committee.

Prison guards could get a pay raise. State jails will also lessen the use of solitary confinement.

Meredith College has released a report on the status of women in North Carolina politics.

Duke Energy will appeal the fine for their coal ash spill in Wilmington.

Meet the new COO of Greensboro’s civil rights museum.

Guilford County Schools’ budget process begins. This is what Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is proposing.

Davidson County will hold a referendum on alcohol sales next year.

Asheville’s city council is calling for a police department overhaul and has appointed two new school board members.

Mecklenburg County Commissioners are reviewing the current building code, permitting and inspection processes.

The CEO of a freight rail company coming to Wilmington is calling for more infrastructure and favorable legislation before he begins operations.

The popular octopus sign in Carolina Beach has a new, legal, home. Meanwhile, others hope for the restoration of this weather and information buoy off Wrightsville Beach.

This Vietnam Veteran has made it his duty to keep Fayetteville’s All American Freeway clean.

And finally, Durham has hired a new police public affairs officer.

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