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News Across North Carolina for March 31, 2015

Here we are at the end of March and hopefully the end of cold weather. In the meantime, we are not at the end of the week, nor the end of news:

News Across North Carolina for March 31, 2015

According to PayScale.com, these are the colleges and universities that provide the best return on investment.

The Outer Banks community of Corolla will build a paved bike path in an area where a recent bike accident fatality happened.

Rep. John Lewis will be giving the speech at NC A&T’s spring commencement.

Greensboro’s Renaissance Co-op has asked the Guilford County Commissioners for funding help.  Brunswick County’s Commissioners will start meeting twice-a-month.

At the General Assembly: The Senate has filed a bill further clarifying existing building inspection laws. The proposed Senate religious freedom bill; A House bill to shrink Trinity’s city council; a Senate bill to consolidate the state’s mental health managed care organizations; the House approved a bill to require public notices to be printed online and in print newspapers at the same price; the first budget bill goes to the governor’s desk; a House bill to give Fayetteville’s public works commission more authority; approval from both houses of the chamber on the final provisions of the new gas tax rates.

The governor will not support the religious freedom bill, if it comes to his desk. He also doesn’t plan to support the sales tax redistribution bill. And he appointed a fellow Charlottean to the state DOT board slot for that area and this Fayetteville resident to his Crime Commission.

Duke Energy’s CEO has lost $600,000 in compensation over the coal ash spill.

Volvo could be bringing its first U.S. car plant to North Carolina.

The N.C. NAACP will protest the delay in confirmation of U.S. Attorney General nominee and North Carolina native Loretta Lynch.

The art of the Piedmont Triad International Airport.

A bear boom is expected for the Asheville area this spring.

After having her car tires stolen in the employee parking lot of Charlotte-Douglas Airport, this flight attendant will be taking the bus to work.

School systems in the Southeastern part of the state are finding benefits from having GPS systems on buses.

Details of the renovation of the Carolina Beach boardwalk.

Apartments could come to the area of the Whole Foods shopping center in Raleigh, where two restaurants currently stand.

An Apex town council member wants state lawmakers to support a proposal for a municipal solar farm, similar to one recently installed in Cary.

And finally, Durham is studying again the possibility of changing how traffic flows on its downtown loop.

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