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What You Need to Know About North Carolina for May 11, 2015

What You Need to Know About North Carolina for May 11, 2015

Those of you who know me in real life know that trains are something I really, really like. No, I don’t model them, but I do like riding them and I have many friends who are at various stages of loving them.

Yet, what really makes me like them are that when at their best, they increase the number of places I can go and decrease the distance between family and friends.

Hence why I was excited to hear that on Friday, Raleigh broke ground on its new Union Station, which is probably the most prominent station upgrade in the Amtrak system that’s happened in the past ten years, outside of the one proposed for the DC Union Station.

Also, Georgia and South Carolina have decided to join with Virginia and North Carolina and consider spending more money to study high-speed rail.

As you can see, both of those things are economic development and policy issues, as states are still competing with each other for major corporations, and their urban professionals (many who clamor for public transportation options such as trains). Not only will this check off boxes for those officials who are needing re-election, I’ll finally have more of a transportation option I want. And you guys will have more news,right now:

Chapel Hill is giving free internet and computers to residents in its public housing.

There will not be a Volvo plant in the state.

One of the women who integrated Charlotte’s schools has died.

This longtime New Hanover County commissioner talks about her experience on the board.

Average pay is holding steady for the state’s workers.

And finally, Raleigh has established building height limits for its downtown and around N.C. State University.

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