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What You Need to Know about North Carolina for October 1, 2014

Welcome to October folks! We have a few announcements as we get the month started. First is that Kristen’s set a date for her book launch! That special project we’ve been hinting at, this is part of it. Pre-order it here. There will be a special surprise coming soon for all pre-orders. Also, be sure to  check out Kristen’s latest thoughts on voting, neighborliness and gentrification.

And shout out to these folks, Internet mavens from the Republic of Moldova. I hope y’all learned a little something , or at the very least, saw that there are more young mavens doing public advocacy on this side of the ocean.


And with that the news:

News Across North Carolina for October 1


We have several new laws and taxes that go into effect statewide today.

Montgomery County’s Economic Development Corporation director will become a project manager for the Wake County Economic Development Corporation.

Want to learn more about the half-cent sales tax on the ballot for schools in Guilford County? There’s a public forum for that tonight.

This is Winston-Salem State University’s new chancellor. Also, NC A&T is now the largest HBCU in the country, with an enrollment of close to 11,000 students this year. And UNC-Greensboro has received a $7.7 million grant to train teachers for STEM classrooms.

Six more old warehouse buildings in Winston-Salem are getting a facelift, this time from a former NFL football player.

The economic impact of Greensboro’s Union Square at South Elm development could reach $500 million. The adjacent Downtown Greenway just received $3.5 million in federal funds to aid in its completion.

North Carolina’s infant mortality rate is down.

The governor’s legal bills are growing in the Voter ID federal court case and he’s also launching a new workforce development initiative.

This development off Stafford Road in Winston-Salem could jumpstart more development in that area.

The Carolina SciQuarium in Greensboro has debuted two penguin chicks.

Davie County Schools has broken ground for its new, but controversial central high school.

The state’s Booze It & Lose It Program celebrates 20 years.

Up to three new charter schools could be coming to Western North Carolina.

Mooresville has revamped its food pantry, so that it resembles a normal grocery store, allowing people to choose the food they need.

Even though an advocacy group has filed legal action to get them on the grounds, the state agriculture commissioner will not allow guns, even concealed, at the state fair.

Even a magnet designation isn’t helping the performance at these New Hanover County public schools.

Brunswick County is reviewing 25 of its ordinances in order to streamline the development process in the county.

A Wilmington skateboarder hopes to get the ban on downtown skateboarding overturned.

NC DOT unveiled changes to the US 301 corridor between Hope Mills and N.C. 87 in Cumberland County yesterday, to little turnout.

The Cumberland County Civic Center Commission has voted to reduce its number of members.

Wake County may give tenure back to its teachers.

Durham’s LongMeadow public pool needs just over $100,000 of work in this offseason.

Durham’s entertainment industry leaders have united to build a common business and political agenda.

And finally, Durham Public Schools has introduced paid teacher and principal mentors back into their system.


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