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What You Need to Know about North Carolina for December 31, 2014

Today is the last day of 2014. But you knew that already. I hope that whatever you do tonight, it’s safe, fun and gets you ready to embrace an awesome New Year. But before we go silent until Friday, here’s some North Carolina news you should know:

News Across North Carolina for December 31, 2014

Triad City Beat (also celebrating one year in business) has launched what I hope will be a annual appraisal of its Triad 100.

The state unemployment rate has fallen to 5.4%. Take a look at county-by-county and city-by-city numbers here.

The latest on the Little Raleigh Radio, launched online and waiting for it’s own low-powered FM license.

Boone can make its own zoning decisions: for now.

The latest on the troubled UNC Greensboro university relations department.

The town of Swansboro has lost several staff members over the past few weeks.

North Carolina is once again third in the country for health insurance exchange sign-ups.

The North Carolina Board of Opticians is running out of money.

Duke Energy will build three more energy substations in Asheville.

Current, appointed Charlotte mayor Dan Clodfelter has expressed his intent to run for Charlotte mayor in the next election.

Charlotte hopes to change its reputation for being one of the worst cities for pedestrians.

Meet your North Carolina doctor of the year.

The New Hanover County Commissioners will consider whether to purchase a site for a new library branch at their next meeting.

This 57-year-old Fayetteville diner is closing.

The state gas tax, as well as toll rates on the Triangle Expressway, will increase tomorrow.

This former U.S. Justice Department official claims that voter suppression claims in the state are a myth.

This is why Raleigh cabbies are going on strike tonight.

And finally, this goat will be leaving the Durham Animal Shelter and spending 2015 and beyond at an animal sanctuary.


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