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What You Need to Know About North Carolina for June 2, 2015

What You Need to Know About North Carolina for June 2, 2015

Good morning folks, lots to share, so let’s get right to it:

The Senate has voted to change rules for abortion statewide and overrode the marriage law change veto.They also approved a room tax hike in Buncombe County.

There’s now a Republican challenger for attorney general.

NC A&T has created a new partnership for its nursing program, with three community colleges. Students will attend the community college for the first three years, then finish their last year at the new Union Square Campus. Meanwhile, A-B Tech in Asheville will cut jobs and staff. The UNC system may expand the North Carolina School of Science and Math, the statewide magnet high school for high-achieving juniors and seniors in the state.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of N.C. is seeking a higher rate for those on its Affordable Care Act exchange plans from the state insurance commission.

The last of four statewide public forums soliciting ideas for the next UNC system leader was last night in Charlotte. Attendees wanted a leader who speaks to the community.

The troubled Union County DSS has made lots of changes to protocol and procedure in the wake of 2013 misconduct in the department.

The Randolph County Board of Commissioners has voted to give money for its part of the Guilford-Randolph manufacturing megasite.

There’s a new book out about Winston-Salem’s architectural heritage.

Wilmington City Council, city staff and residents are set to hear the results of a citizen’s survey drafted by a consultant over the last few months. The measure will give the city grades on its services and present an overall citizen perception of the city.

Raleigh downtown bar and restaurant owners are upset over proposed changes to the outdoor seating ordinances. How each section of downtown Raleigh is functioning these days.

And finally, former mayor Chapel Hill, planning advocate (and friend of the sites) Jonathan Howes has passed away.

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