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What You Need to Know About North Carolina for December 2, 2014

Happy Tuesday! As your trees and lights appear, I hope you are getting in the holiday cheer. Here’s some of the news you need, with cheery animals and new leaders:

News Across North Carolina for December 2

Two baby penguins are set to make their debut at the Greensboro Science Center.

Several new county commissioners were sworn in in several counties across the state. In addition, the Rockingham County board of commissioners found out they had a good audit. And New Hanover’s new commissioners are still waiting to be sworn in. Asheville and Charlotte have interesting choices for their chairs.

This Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school has a new playground.

The City  of Asheville School Board wants more control of its academic calendar. The Buncombe County school board swore in its new members last night.

The Forsyth County Board of Elections has dismissed the protest of an election result that they’d been investigating.

The Winston-Salem city council has approved an ordinance extending the number of days that temporary homeless shelters can be open to 150, to line up with the state’s building code.

CenterPoint, the coalition of social service partners in the Western Piedmont area, will tentatively merge with another Western North Carolina social services provider.

The new state rules for abortion clinics have been released, after last year’s decision by the General Assembly that they be treated like outpatient surgical centers.

Charlotte residents are fighting cankerworms in their trees.

The new state economic development partnership has a leader.

A new bar/music venue, the National, will open soon in Asheville.

Asheville city leaders and other members of the state General Assembly are starting to get along better.

Charlotte leaders are hiring a independent investigator to look into charges of wiretapping and whistleblowing used by the Charlotte Mecklenburg police department.

Duke Energy and DENR are protesting new regulations on power plant emissions from the EPA.

Area planners are urging approval of the first major hotel in western Lincoln County.

This fish at the aquarium at Concord Mills was named after a local band.

Pender County has a new county manager.

The Wilmington city council is taking up the newly renovated Muni Golf Course on its agenda this week.

Fayetteville leaders boost a neighborhood safety program at their city council meeting this week.

Durham officials are renegotiating with the people who run the city’s convention center.

This popular Durham microbrewery is getting even bigger.

And finally, the UNC Board of Governors is considering relaxing out of state tuition for students who live in border counties for certain institutions, namely Elizabeth City State and UNC Pembroke.


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