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What You Need to Know about North Carolina for August 5, 2014

It’s Tuesday folks! Not a lot to say up here, but some interesting news has come across our desks this morning. Oh and for the Scrabblers out there, 5,000 new words are coming to the game. Get excited. Oh and the next Millienial Trains Project starts this week. Bon voyage to all travelers, including one very special friend of Placebook who’s on his second trip with the group.

And with that, the rest of your North Carolina news:

News Across North Carolina for August 5, 2014

Durham County commissioners may pass a resolution calling on the state Attorney General to examine the Comcast/Time Warner merger.

A nice little history on the old Winston-Salem Twins minor league team.

It has been confirmed that the new downtown Greensboro brewery across from Deep Roots will be owned by friends of Placebook. We wish them congratulations as they start their new venture. Look for both the brewery and the new Crafted restaurant attached to it sometime next year.

North Carolina gets a nod in this Vox feature on what the US would look like without gerrymandering.

Good progress is being made on improvements along the Piedmont Amtrak line, North Carolina’s singular intrastate Amtrak passenger line. Here’s more detail about what the project will do and what should be online for us by 2017, namely another set of Raleigh to Charlotte (and vice versa) trains.

A very heated debate ( which we at HQ observed in real time via the Twitters of certain reporter friends), happened at the Greensboro City Council meeting last night over the recent granting of neighborhood code enforcement to a longtime outspoken community activist.

Legislators think the education provisions in the budget are awesome. Teachers, not so much.

The Forsyth County DSS board will select a new director next week.

Thousands attended this year’s Mountain Moral Monday in Asheville.

Asheville is also one of the few friendliest cities in the Southeast, according to Condé Nast Traveller‘s Reader’s Choice Survey of the ten most friendly cities in the US. Last year in this survey Asheville was #4. This year its #10, but still on the list.

Goodwill of the Southern Piedmont (the Charlotte branch of the organization), will build a $20 million dollar headquarters campus, which will open in 2016.

Our state troopers have finally gotten a raise.

Mecklenburg County may ban outside smoking on government grounds and in county parks.

People are vandalizing the historic mill village used as one of the sets in the Hunger Games movies.

More details on this whole “skeleton session” deal at the General Assembly.

Oh and State Senator Tom Goolsby, a Republican from New Hanover County, has resigned.

A baseball field in Brunswick County was shut down by the state after coal ash was found on it.

The battle to build an Embassy Suites hotel adjacent to a downtown hotel building in Wilmington will continue in court.

Pender County officials and citizens are still reeling from the resignation of the county’s financial director.

14, 800 gallons of wastewater escaped into a tributary of the Intercoastal Waterway in New Hanover County on Sunday, but was stopped before going any further.

The Lumbee Tribal Council is in meetings to determine its budget for 2015, which it has to adopt by October 1.

The Fayetteville Outer Loop segment that was under construction has officially opened.

Wake County Commissioners have rejected a potential ballot referendum to raise sales taxes by a quarter cent to give more raises to Wake County Schools teachers.

And finally, Cary and Knightdale have pulled their red light cameras off the streets.

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