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What You Need to Know about North Carolina for October 15, 2014

Cue the camel. It’s the middle of the week and the middle of the month. And there’s always news:

News Across North Carolina for October 15

After a number of complaints and investigations, several state lawmakers are calling for the state medical examiners office to clean itself up. State lawmakers are also suspicious of the projected DHHS budget.

So the GOP leadership that wanted to challenge the same-sex marriage court cases, can challenge them after all.

Not that we keep up with all the crimes of current and former city leaders, but the Charlotte mayor’s going to jail for 3 years and 8 months.

The City of Winston Salem will owe OSHA, the federal agency that governs workplace safety, $6,500, after finding several violations at, of all places, the fire department.

There are no more bedbugs at the Forsyth County DSS building.

Asheville is the home of the only US manufacturing plant for this particular jet engine part.

For now, Tim Moffitt won’t become the next speaker of the NC House, when it convenes again.

What’s making it harder to be a public school teacher in North Carolina.

The City of Asheville has approved three new “innovation districts.”

Monroe’s new city manager has started work.

Cabarrus County now has a legal moonshine distillery.

Many North Carolina hospitals that are subject to Medicare penalties for readmissions of patients, have been cited financially for them.

This year’s New Hanover County commissioners race has been centered on economic development.

NC DOT is considering a car-free Ocracoke Island ferry. They have also released a statement showing both ridership and revenue growth on the state-operated Amtrak trains, that continues to break records.

Meanwhile, a barely-used rail spur, that’s a key piece of the completion of two popular Greensboro greenway trails, has been sold to a private development group and decommissioned.

A Southern Season will be getting its Hickory Farms on this holiday season, opening two pop up shops, one in Raleigh’s Cameron Village and the other in Charlotte at the Village of South Park.

RDU is asking for state incentives to attract more international flights.

Thomas Crowder, the recently resigned Raleigh city councilman, has succumbed to the illness that caused him to resign. His wife has taken on his seat on the board.

And finally, the four new lion cubs at the zoo now have names.

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