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What You Need to Know about North Carolina for December 16, 2014

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News Across North Carolina for December 16

Winston-Salem’s historic Union Station will be something again, even if it’s not yet a passenger rail station.

Be mindful on the roads, the NC Highway Patrol has a new way to catch texting drivers.

A primer on Guilford County’s historical train stations.

An organization here in Greensboro that’s near and dear to my heart, has turned things around and continues to help those in housing transition throughout Guilford County.

This Greensboro-based substance abuse center just received approval from the state to expand the number of beds and to build new facilities. The state regulates how many substance abuse center beds they can have.

Winston-Salem’s Samaritan’s Kitchen has opened its new home. The Piedmont Opera also has a new home thanks to donors.

Check out this “mystery” science center in the Pisgah National Forest.

The impact that the recently approved urban interstate loops will have in the Triad area.

An additional financial issue has surfaced at the International Civil Rights Museum and Center.

Thoughts on whether or not calling the Triangle the Triangle makes real sense these days.

In addition to the city’s Christmas tree, Greensboro’s Center City Park will feature a LEGO menorah.

Guilford County will hire 12 new social workers, thanks to an allotment of more state funds. They are also interviewing candidates for the deputy county manager position.

After several groups have lobbied against their demise, the governor is now supporting the restoration of historic building tax credits.

Greensboro’s City Council meets this evening.

A new wildlife habitat has been established in Onslow County.

The commission currently working on rewriting state public school math and English standards, will get operating funds in  January. They’ve been operating without them since starting in September.

Winston-Salem’s city council will work with Winston-Salem State University to do an environmental study on Bowman Gray Stadium.

The Forsyth County Commission will revisit their prayer policy this week.

The demand for parking in Asheville’s city parking decks and lots is breaking records.

Gas will go up at least one cent in January, a result of the increase in gas taxes.

January also brings nine public hearings statewide by the wildlife commission, to hear feedback on potential regulation changes.

The US Supreme Court has upheld a law allowing for “reasonable searches” by police, a case that originated in North Carolina.

Ground has been broken on the first official Uptown Charlotte office tower since the recession began in 2009.

This Charlotte area construction project has been delayed and this one has been rejected outright.

This popular bird on the Atlantic Coastline is now an endangered species and that could hinder several future beach expansions.

There will also be a new nature park at Holden Beach.

The long troubled Prince Charles Hotel in Fayetteville has sold in auction for $200,000.

How a new pipeline is sending “silky pork” from Eastern North Carolina to Tokyo.

Durham is participating with officials from New Orleans, Cleveland and Detroit to make the cities more inclusive in their economic development efforts.

And finally, Wake County Schools wants to do away with the traditional A-F grading system.

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