Good morning folks! We are halfway through July! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading previews of Get Around North Carolina, the first travel guide coming from North Carolina Placebook. Originally scheduled for release next week, I’m pushing it back into August to make sure it’s jam-packed with everything you need to know about navigating the state, but not so much you feel overwhelmed. Look for previews of content to return next week, but please pre-order in the meantime. And now, your news:
According to BuildZoom, a website that helps people find licensed general contractors nationwide, Raleigh has the most solar installations in the state, with Charlotte not far behind in the nationwide ranking of installations.
Greensboro’s lawsuit against the state, over recent redistricting of the city council by the General Assembly and the loss of the ability to choose those districts themselves in the future, has a judge and will get a hearing next week.
In other voting related court news, a federal court lawsuit has found heavy involvement by a member of the State Board of Elections to get an early voting site removed from Appalachian State University in 2013. The board member is a registered Republican, the site produced a high number of votes for Democratic candidates.
Money magazine has listed three of our universities in its annual national listing of best value universities.
Four Seasons Town Centre, Greensboro’s remaining enclosed mall, has a new manager.
U.S. Senator Burr has raised $1.7 million in this quarter for his re-election bid.
The film industry exodus from the state continues.
A bill has passed in the General Assembly to study regulations on zip-line operations, after a string of recent deaths at such parks.
Asheville’s Moogfest will be held in Durham this year, after a few troubled years in its hometown.
Highlights from the Charlotte streetcar’s first day.
The U.S.[Golf] Open will be back in Pinehurst in 2024.
Some in Fayetteville want the Market House taken off the logo. The Fayetteville building is seen by some as symbolic of the slave trade, although no records can prove slaves were sold in that particular building, just nearby. The building served as the State House at one point and was where the US Constitution was ratified.
And finally, how the world gets cheap bacon at the expense of poor Eastern North Carolina residents, who aren’t swine farmers, but their neighbors are.