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What You Need to Know About North Carolina for July 13, 2015

What You Need to Know About North Carolina for July 13, 2015

Greensboro is a train city. No surprise that there was and still is a major operations yard for freight there. Major freight operations yards don’t always guarantee that there will be a nice passenger station to compliment said operations these days.

In Greensboro, there is. Introducing the J. Douglas Galyon Depot. Built originally in 1927 as a Southern Railway Outpost, the current station services three Amtrak lines, Greyhound buses, Greensboro Transit Authority buses and also has cabs waiting for people who want that option. Or, visitors could always just walk to one of two hotels in Downtown Greensboro, or call a shuttle to either the O’Henry or the Proximity and experience a couple of other mildly walkable areas in the city.

Enough about what you can do on the ground, what about what time you can arrive or depart? Let’s start with one of the most far-flung points that has a direct rail connection to Greensboro: New Orleans, via the Crescent. After boarding there at 7:00 a.m., you chug into Greensboro at 3:37 a.m. Going the other way? Hop on in Greensboro just after midnight and you’ll end up in New Orleans just after 7:30 p.m. local time, enough time to start indulging on all that city’s famous food.

Want to learn more about how to navigate from Greensboro via train, car, bus, etc. This is why you want Get Around North Carolina, the $5 e-book that will launch in the next few weeks. Pre-order now and look for a surprise later.

And now, your news:

Charlotte’s streetcar predictably already has some development promised around it.

Meanwhile, another rail line is in the works for Charlotte, this one serving Union County.

The federal court case on voter rights, prompted by a number of state and federal law changes seen as voter suppression efforts,  begins today in Winston-Salem.

The latest on the potential state tax changes being discussed in this year’s state budget.

What Charlotte’s city council race looks like so far. Hint, it’s a crowded field.

Cities in New Hanover County want to offset property taxes by paying some of their bills with fund surpluses, but may run into issues with the money because of the loss of sales taxes as a result of lowering the property taxes.

And finally, after a lawsuit, religious and political events can happen in Wake County libraries.

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