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What You Need to Know about North Carolina for August 19, 2014

I don’t know about you guys, but it seems like we’ve had a more rainy summer this year. Not thunderous, like yesterday afternoon in and around headquarters, but flat out rainy. Hopefully, you’ve not been caught in it and drenched against your will. Or, if you like that kind of thing, you’ve enjoyed being rained on and cooling off with a more natural shower. And above all, a little less humidity. Anyway, here comes your daily shower of the North Carolina news:

News Across North Carolina for August 19, 2014

How a former High Point crack house has been reborn as an art gallery.

High Point’s city council agenda from last night and Greensboro’s council agenda for tonight.

The state unemployment rate went up, to 6.5%. However, the state is still experiencing job growth.

The Textile Heritage Center in Cooleemee will be updating its exhibits and facility.

Alcoa is planning to lower High Rock Lake to 14 feet below optimum operating level at the request of the state DOT, who needs to examine a broken bridge over the body of water.

The state DOT is also replacing several bridges in Western North Carolina.

Asheville has plenty of luxury homes, but homes for middle-class buyers are becoming scarce.

More families in Western North Carolina are using food banks.

People in Asheville aren’t using the bus.

And the type of people are using North Tryon Street are not who Charlotte leaders want,  so they hope a California planning firm will help with that.

Lake Norman residents want sidewalks.

People in Cornelius near Charlotte hope work on an interstate interchange doesn’t keep people from visiting their town.

Over one-hundred people protested a new chicken plant proposed in Cumberland County at the county commissioners meeting last night.

Downtown Fayetteville could get a 500-employee call center.

No new Walmart for Hope Mills, at least for now.

Harnett County gun owners are upset over a new ordinance passed by their county commission.

Columbus County commissioners are working on securing funds for a new county water project.

Robeson commissioners are working with the city of Lumberton to put a new roof on the county-owned community center there.

Film incentives could come back.

Less people are flying in and out of Wilmington’s airport.

Several neighborhoods in New Hanover County are set to receive fire hydrants.

Wilmington City Council is considering a policy change to deal with homes in disrepair.

The Brunswick County electrical cooperative has a new president.

The state division of coastal management is planning a seismic-survey off the coast this fall and wants public input on whether or not this will effect normal operations of fishermen and others who use the ocean.

Several Brunswick County property owners who own property in several managed beach communities are requesting a tax refund after paying too much in 2008-2010.

Pender County has resolved an issue it had with an auditing firm.

Durham’s city manager is responding to claims of racism by their police force.

A new task force has convened and offered steps for better rural health care throughout the state.

Wake Technical Community College has a record number of students this fall, 22,000 to be exact.

Test scores in Durham Public Schools are holding steady.

Meet the outgoing Durham district attorney.

We have a new chief justice for the State Supreme Court.

A state house leader says that the GOP-controled General Assembly is trying to wait until elections have passed to deal with coal-ash cleanup.

And finally, on Friday, either the millionth Wake County resident will move or be born there.

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