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What You Need to Know About North Carolina for May 28, 2015

What You Need to Know About North Carolina for May 28, 2015

Bike Month continues to pedal along nationwide. While I’m a bit sad that I won’t get to participate in a Critical Mass ride originally scheduled for tomorrow here in Greensboro, I of course have many more rides to look forward to as  I settle in my new role of bike/ped advocacy in Kansas City.

Meanwhile, our friends at Walk Score put out a new set of Bike Scores this week. While no North Carolina city made the top ten, many of our cities still have measurable scores and several neighborhoods in our cities have decent scores on their own. The metric is often used to determine where to purchase a home or an apartment. Click here to look up your city and neighborhood and see how you did (and yes, your neighborhood is named that. I know we don’t always get neighborhood specific around here, but somebody did at one point).

And that today is what you need to know about North Carolina. That and all these things too:

Greensboro City Council is looking to change up how it governs, on its own.

Shale gas drilling has started after all.

The bill against factory farm whistleblowers is now on the governor’s desk. Also headed to the governor’s desk pending a final vote, the bill exempting magistrates from performing marriages they deem immoral.

Unemployment was up again last month statewide.

The state NAACP will begin a stronger push for environmental justice, in light of issues surrounding fracking and the recent coal ash spills.

A consultant has told Charlotte leaders they should push for a 4-year medical school in the city.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has adopted a shorter school calendar for 2016-2017.

The City of Wilmington has released this list of ways they are saving on energy.

And finally, more murals are coming to downtown Raleigh.

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