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What You Need to Know about North Carolina for December 17, 2014

Middle of the week folks, with Hanukkah in full swing and 7 shopping days to Christmas! Let’s get going with our news:

News Across North Carolina for December 17


The governor is pledging to help cities with revenue lost from the changes in privilege license laws.

The state is having trouble paying jurors.

Our governor and another fellow Southern politician received questionable payouts from a board they both served on prior to their current political engagements.

The Greensboro nightclub security measure has been tabled for now.

The British Parliament heard testimony from a group representing British tobacco companies, some who are supplied by tobacco farms in Eastern North Carolina, who are concerned about possible modern-day slavery in the fields with farm workers.

A Guilford sheriff wants to lead the Greensboro police.

The protests on December 4th and 5th have cost the City of Durham over $35,000. The Durham City Council is supportive of how the police have handled protests.

This Winston-Salem based Christmas tree charity will not be offering its free Christmas trees this year.

The head of North Carolina State Parks invites everyone to join in a new tradition of hiking on January 1. There are hikes planned in several state parks.

This group wants Duke Energy to not start building its proposed power plants. This was expressed in a filing to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

This Asheville executive is leading a push for propane to become widely used as heating fuel.

Senator-elect Thom Tillis has hired several members of his key staff.

The people who have announced their intentions for Asheville City Council this week.

Mecklenburg County is asking the General Assembly for help in fixing its property re-evaluation snafu, which has resulted in several erroneous and expensive tax bills.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ recently ousted superintendent did repay the school system for $3,000 of personal charges made on school credit cards over the last year.

A group is raising money to save sports teams slated for removal at UNC Wilmington.

Neighbors and leaders are coming together to create a new vision for the distressed Shaw Heights neighborhood in Fayetteville.

The continued saga over the proposed Sanderson Farms plant in Fayetteville.

And finally, These two brothers found that out live on C-SPAN that their political bickering would not be welcome at Christmas. And mom Joy Woodhouse has some interesting political thoughts of her own.

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