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What You Need to Know about North Carolina for July 29, 2014

Happy Tuesday! We here at Placebook have decided that the news needs a bit of extra commentary. Otherwise, why pay attention to us giving it to you, when so many other people can. For those of you who are new, we provide this as a service free, so that people are informed about the transportation, government and building related decisions that affect North Carolinians, often behind the scenes. However, some of these things can become nuisances if not monitored or may be the reason why things are going well and you just didn’t know. If you are reading in email, please forward. If you are reading thanks to social media, please share. And for our loyal readers, thanks for coming back daily. Soon, we will get back to some North Carolina news explainers in this space, but for now, just the news:

News Across North Carolina for July 29, 2014

Charlotte’s Family Dollar is getting bought out by Dollar Tree.

Meet Greensboro’s College Hill neighborhood.

A popular Greensboro restaurant owned by a city councilwoman will close, partly due to being in the path of the new leg of the Greensboro Urban Loop.

As if Asheville can’t have enough restaurants, here are some new ones under construction.

After five years of debate and revisions, we have new state rules for stream and river buffers.

Bank of America is leaving some buildings and shifting employees around in Charlotte. It’s already sold some buildings to cut costs.

Forsyth County’s Central Library may be closed for up to two years for renovations. Go stock up on your library books now.

Residents of Pilot Mountain in Surry County hope that a replacement bridge over US 52 is built soon, as many businesses are suffering from the lack of connectivity.

Forsyth County’s new election director is a current Mecklenburg Board of Elections employee.

There are still holes in the charter school bill and one lawmaker, along with several other concerned citizens, are calling for a veto of the bill.

Pender County residents and leaders continue to discuss the specifics of what a 75 million dollar bond referendum would produce, if approved by voters in November.

The sales tax holiday could come back next year. Our pocketbooks and wallets are cheering.

A plan to calm traffic and make biking and walking easier along West Club Blvd. in Durham is still drawing complaints from bikers.

State budget director Art Pope’s company will buy the old Kroger in Southeast Raleigh, long known as a predominately black, low-income area, and put a Roses and a standalone grocery there.

Meet the second-oldest building in Wilmington, and consider going on one of the nighttime tours its caretakers offer.

Several Eastern NC towns will have their power shares bought out by Duke Energy Progress, which will get them out of debt and lower bills initially.

And finally, the 4th Circuit Court struck down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban. Our attorney general, thanks to the ruling’s inclusion of North Carolina, will no longer defend Amendment 1, the change in our constitution to not allow same-sex marriage.


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