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What You Need to Know about North Carolina for August 28, 2014

Does anyone else feel like us and feel like fall is in the air? Kristen’s noticed that some trees are looking colorful already, there’s a bit of a chill in the morning air and of course next week is Labor Day. Anyway, one more dispatch of news before the long weekend and we’ve got some goodies in the links today.

News Across North Carolina for August 28, 2014

Bell House, a Greensboro facility for those with cerebral palsy, will close at the end of October, due to loss of funding.

Apparently there aren’t enough skilled workers in Guilford County, according to a report by the Greensboro Partnership.

Most of Guilford County’s approved transportation spending involves building out the rest of the Urban Loop by 2020, the proposed runways and bridges at the airport and other road spending, but there’s room for another section of the Downtown Greenway and sidewalks too.

Meanwhile, the US 52 paving project has been delayed.

More people are riding the Amtrak train in North Carolina. We might be a little excited about this one.

North State, the smaller telecommunications company in Guilford County that mainly services High Point, will offer gigabit internet countywide and is already offering the service for the new Greensboro co-working space and the Greensboro Grasshoppers.

The changes among Guilford County department heads, including one position you could apply for if you have the right skill set.

Two-hundred furniture jobs are coming back to North Carolina.

A number of gay rights advocates have delivered petitions to the governor for changes in laws around same-sex marriage.

The EPA believes North Carolina’s air is getting cleaner.

In addition to the normal political ads, we now have ads thanking lawmakers for fracking laws.

The Citizen-Times of Asheville has asked the question that all of us watching neighborhoods and small cities and towns with an abundance of grocery stores in one concentrated area are asking, will the bubble burst?

Meanwhile, this strip of road in Fayetteville is a food desert.

Asheville’s tourism board has approved a renovation of the Asheville Art Museum, set to begin next year.

Asheville also has the lowest unemployment rate in the state right now.

Here are the state’s unemployment numbers coupled with the national numbers.

Outside auditors have found several instances of lax financial oversight at the Charlotte-Douglass airport.

Where the New York Times thinks you should go if you have 36 hours to visit Charlotte, assuming a 3 p.m. Friday start-time to the visit.

The UNC Wilmington Seahawk statue had “flown away” from campus. It has now returned.

A committee has approved re-routing US 17 onto Wilmington city streets.

For some reason, Wilmington paper phone books (yes they still exist) were missing the residential section.

The city of Wilson, one of the few cities that provides its residents with telecommunications services, wants the state to waive current laws against municipal broadband, so they expand their service to six surrounding counties in eastern North Carolina.

More on the citizen pushback against fracking and how the policy could ruin natural resources throughout the state. The city of Sanford has also pushed back against having fracking operations in its area.

Several people held protests on NC State’s campus over the potential sale of Hoffmann Forest.

We talked a small bit about how much we like a certain indie bookstore in yesterday’s Book, here’s another article that shares our sentiments on indie stores in the Triangle.

Our State has a great profile on the history of what is now UNC Greensboro, in the eyes of one student who came of age through its transitional phase.

Our friend, the modernist Raleigh house, has been tweeting for its life for the last few months and we missed it. This Twitter is not operated by its owners (and yes, it has used some salty language on occasion).

And finally, as incomplete as this love letter to the state is, we have to say we still love it, since we love the state too.

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