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What You Need to Know about North Carolina for August 11, 2014

It’s Monday again! I know many of you have had awesome weekends. We spent part of ours jumping in a bouncy house at a wedding and hanging out with these ladies at a graduation celebration lunch.


Both of these experiences were brought to you by North Carolina farmland. You may have glanced upon this article in the New York Times yesterday, a classic rant/call-to-action against the status of the food movement and how it’s continuing to leave young farmers poorer. This weekend, we were on a farm converted to a “rustic event space” and a winery, which technically is still a farm, since grapes are grown on site and these ladies above provide their milk and cheese. These are rural income models that are sustainable. However, just like that article states, we want all farmland to be profitable. Farmland is our breadbasket, much like forestland and waterways provide us with oxygen and other pieces of our ecosystem. You may love the city and all its trappings, but we are nothing without farms. Don’t forget that. And now your news:

News Across North Carolina for August 11, 2014

The front page of the Sunday paper here at Greensboro HQ talks about what’s next for the city’s economic development, as two major leaders step down and their positions are combined into one.

Meanwhile, Guilford County employees won’t be getting the raises they expected, but they are still getting raises.

The owners of Boston’s House of Jazz, the nightclub and restaurant formerly in downtown Greensboro, where the new performing arts center will be, are happy in their new spot in East Greensboro.

What exactly drones can and can’t do in North Carolina.

A judge failed to stop the new voting laws, meaning the new restrictions on early voting and provisional ballots will be in effect for the November elections.

Two more Little Free Libraries have appeared, this time in Rockingham County.

An additional analysis of the new North Carolina budget.

The new I-40 and I-77 interchange won’t be as elaborate as planned, due to a reallocation of state DOT funds to other projects.

The financial management of our state Medicaid program has now been outsourced to a management firm, as debate continues on how the entire enterprise should be run. Oh and there was no formal bid process for this firm, who also requested and received double the original contracted amount.

The largest private employer in Davidson County continues to grow.

The g-word (gentrification that is), has come to Asheville and has area residents asking if neighborhoods can be affordable and in demand.

Several Asheville restaurants are working hard to avoid the curse of the failed businesses that they replaced.

This rookie Charlotte police officer is working to improve the troubled neighborhood he patrols.

Now that film incentives have changed, people in the industry are adjusting in different ways.

How a Charlotte adult products business has survived ordinances and attitudes about what it sells around its South End location.

A wood pellet operation is set to change the skyline of Wilmington.

Wilmington leaders are considering making a section of Market Street two lanes, down from four narrow ones.

The full vision of transit and transportation in the City of Raleigh.

Could this research on fracking change the minds of supporters?

If you can get there, the state doesn’t mind and actually wants you to explore the Mayo River.

This Johnston County church is moving. Literarily, the building is being moved across the street.

The city of Durham has been asked to spend money on a set of apartments popular with those who use Section 8 vouchers.

North Carolina has four of the largest growing poor populations. All four of these areas are our three major metro areas (Greensboro and Winston-Salem are separated by the Census as two distinct metro areas).

What will come of the Outer Banks, which are being threatened by all kinds of climate change.

And finally, before some of these places disappear, here’s what you should see on the Coastal Plain.

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