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What You Need to Know about North Carolina for August 25, 2014

Happy Monday folks! Be excited that there won’t be a Placebook next Monday because we’ll all be on holiday. Look for some special things when we come back next Tuesday.

Oh, and speaking of folks no longer on holiday, today is the first day of school in many communities across North Carolina. For your information, we are posting the illustrated school bus stop law below (and the NC DOT press release here). We wish all of our public Pre-K-12 students, teachers, parents and staff members a wonderful school year and hope you continue to learn and teach and grow despite the challenges. If we have any other advice to give, it’s to just be yourself, don’t be afraid to ask questions and learn and have fun.


And of course, other news from across the state:

News Across North Carolina for August 25, 2014


Some of the condo owners of Greensboro’s Heritage House are speaking out. This is the complex the city shutdown thanks to code violations three weeks ago.

The longer Hatteras to Occracoke ferry route will be made permanent. Federal officials were unable to justify the dredging needed to maintain the shorter route.

Check out a good use for coal ash developed on the campus of NC A&T State University.

And that nail polish that changes color when it comes in contact with date rape drugs is a NC State University innovation.

The first African-American to lead the N.C. Highway Patrol has died.

A good profile tying together a lot of the recent news on high poverty, nonprofit support systems and job and housing issues in Greensboro.

A conversation with Guilford County’s new Department of Health and Human Services head.

The state is now hearing testimony in a case involving a poorly constructed motel room, which was the cause of three deaths over two periods of time from carbon monoxide.

A Winston-Salem area historic country church is trying to save its building from termites.

How retirements are changing court benches, legislative seats and daily governance throughout the state.

Hunger is a growing issue in Western North Carolina as well.

Western Carolina University is celebrating it’s 125th anniversary.

A West Asheville block rebuilds itself.

Recycling is very popular in Asheville and leaders are pushing for more recycling options.

Charlotte has seen the number of shooting ranges rise within the last few years.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has a new grading system that allows for test retakes.

They also want their principals to stay in their positions for at least three years.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s police is also not diverse enough for the area’s makeup of citizens.

Charlotte will celebrate its 3rd annual Yard Art Day on Labor Day.

Several Wilmington area film industry workers gathered for a mass photo to raise awareness about the changes in their industry here in the state.

The Coast Guard’s 50-year-old ship Diligence is getting a makeover.

The head of Brunswick County Schools is calling for charter schools to be transparent about their operations.

New Hanover County Schools is starting its new year with a new security system.

A well-known and historic, but crumbling house in Fayetteville is getting the renovation it needs.

How Wake County will handle busing students this year.

An on-demand lawn mowing app has launched in Durham.

Apex comes to terms with being in the path of sprawl in Wake County.

And finally, there will be a Moral Monday march each day this week, with a different theme in Raleigh. Details on Sunday’s march.

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