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What You Need to Know About North Carolina for July 31, 2014

Hello folks! So we didn’t mean to wait until way past dinner eastern time to get you the news last night.

However, we here at HQ have been thinking about this idea for a while to bring you the emails when you actually read them. In addition, if you are reading for the first time here on the web, know that we tend to be right here by8:30 eastern on non-holiday weekdays, pending no flukes like yesterday.

One thing you can do for us today, is comment, share or reply back to the 12:00 eastern time email that comes to let us know if you’d like to get the email at say 7:30 a.m., noon or 10:30 p.m. eastern.

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We write this email not just for our neighbors to get a sense of what’s going on in their backyards, but for many of you who are considering moving to the state, who used to live here and want to keep up or who keep reading those New York Times articles or some other stories from national and international publications and want to know what’s really going on.

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And now what you are here for, the news from across North Carolina for July 31, 2014.

News Across North Carolina for July 31, 2014


An old mill in Greensboro is getting a nice facelift, thanks to a nonprofit dedicated to economic empowerment for low-income people.

And for those of you who’ve enjoyed Grass-Fed and the Creamery in downtown Greensboro, they are both evolving again, this time into 310 BBQ.

A bike company that’s Dutch-inspired and woman-friendly will be carting their bikes around during First Friday in downtown Greensboro and have opened a warehouse there as well.

If you didn’t get enough of “I’m so wherever” last week, Greensboro’s been in the works with a similar campaign that you can continue to use on social networks. This is millennial-focused, but I’m sure anyone with a social media account will enjoy it.

Who doesn’t know a story of a seedy motel and the neighborhood that wants it gone. Witness this latest Winston-Salem version.

Speaking of seedy buildings, the Heritage House in Greensboro, which we have learned started as a fancy hotel, is now empty. People are still seeking permanent shelter, but do have temporary shelter.

And this is how redoing Business I-40, right now one of the creepiest highways in America, will go down. In two years, when it reopens, it should be safer.

Another road that could be smaller, North Main Street in High Point. However, city officials seem not to think so.

We are still waiting for the NC General Assembly to finalize the Appropriations Bill, you know, the one with the teacher salary increases in it.

We are also waiting on a Medicaid reform bill, but the longer we wait, the better the bill gets.

And no, this is not the longest the General Assembly has ever been in “short session.”

Meanwhile, two of our favorite indie bookstores get love from a one-time Greensboro resident who gushed about them in The Daily Beast as crusading against Amazon.

Zoning and spending are top of mind for potential voters and candidates for the Buncombe County Commission.

What’s next for Asheville’s Park Place after the city stepped in and demanded management changes.

According to an Asheville lawyer who’s filed a lawsuit against it, this particular downtown Asheville hotel, if built, will block light and air.

Charlotte’s first inclosed mall in 10 years, the Charlotte Premium Outlets, makes it’s debut today to customers.

Despite merging with Dollar Tree, Family Dollar insists that jobs currently in the Charlotte area, will stay there.

Film industry advocates make their final pitches for keeping film incentives as they are in the state budget.

Oh and historic preservation credits stand to disappear out of the state budget as well.

Wilmington’s planning commission continues to debate changing restrictions on microbreweries.

Fayetteville’s city hall is getting a makeover.

One time where raising bills is preventing bad things from happening, this Wilmington area utility is reporting less wastewater spills due to higher utility bills.

And finally, the latest official labor force statistics for North Carolina.


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