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What You Need to Know about North Carolina for August 20, 2014

Hello fine people! August is rolling on by isn’t it. Speaking of things that roll, we ran out of bread here at HQ last night, which required us to roll into a grocery that Kristen grew up going to, but hadn’t been to in at least a year or so. However, even though the store had been remodeled and looked a little bit different than it did the last time she came to it, her legs just naturally went to the bread aisle where it had always been and the bread was right there.

We say all this to say that we hope that we’ve become something you roll naturally too in order to find a good roundup of North Carolina news. Remember, we do this first at 7:30 a.m. eastern, so sometimes news happens and we miss it. Thanks to you guys who always send us tips and updates. As we get better, we will get better about updates. Keep reading and here’s your news for today:

News Across North Carolina for August 20, 2014

The latest in the restaurant and food scene in Greensboro.

What the Guilford County Commissioners will talk about this week.

When it comes to Medicaid cases, the Triad’s backlog isn’t terrible, but there’s still a backlog, just like it is statewide.

Rockingham County residents declare that fracking is not the way for their community to go. Other members of the general public CAN express their thoughts at today’s public hearing in Raleigh. The hearing starts at 10 AM.

What it’s like to use Uber in Greensboro, in the lens of a female News and Record reporter.

The state House and Senate have reached an agreement to order the closing of all coal ash ponds statewide.

The guy developing the Asheville Outlets, which are set to open sometime next year, explains why he’s building said outlets.

Buncombe County Commissioners will continue to fund Asheville’s Park Place, but at a different level.

A mill in Canton will not get $12 million in state incentives.

In fact, several other companies won’t get incentives either.

Asheville is working on turning back on a major power generator.

Another brewery is coming to Asheville’s Downtown Market.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has completed a $20 million security upgrade.

Eaton will close it’s Charlotte plant, and 84 people will lose their jobs.

The red-cockaeded woodpecker, a federally protected species,  is now peacefully co-existing with soldiers and others on Fort Bragg.

A Cumberland County firing range now has a court order from the State Court of Appeals that allows it to continue to operate.

Wilmington officials have approved the extension of urban mixed-use zoning.

Carolina Beach officials will convene to discuss rapid erosion of protective sand dunes at Freeman Park.

What the New Hanover and Brunswick school boards are talking about this week.

The state has expressed its commitment to a dredging project on Oak Island.

The City of Wilmington has received plans for the delayed River Lights subdivision.

Restrictions on Raleigh road races gained more support from several Raleigh City Council members.

Wake County’s school assignment plan for next year has hit the streets.

Several Triangle-area affordable housing projects have received federal grants.

The town of Selma wants to ban saggy pants.

A state judge will review the legality of our current state school voucher plan.

Just why North Carolina is so poor.

And finally, fade out to the voice and the stylings of the “Encyclopedia of the General Assembly” Gerry Cohen, an advocate for public transit and staff attorney for the state legislature for over 30 years, recently interviewed on WUNC’s The State of Things.

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