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What You Need to Know about North Carolina for October 16, 2014

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News Across North Carolina for October 16

The irony of the “business community” not supporting something the “business community” wants, in this case, the 1/2 cent sales tax that’s on the ballot in Guilford County.

The federal officials who will oversee this year’s elections have been named.

Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools has dipped into its savings accounts to keep schools running.

State revenues (what you know as tax collections) have been slightly lower than expected in the  first quarter of the fiscal year (which started in July). Meanwhile, a court ruling has allowed state utilities to keep some of the money collected in the name of their taxes.

The Triad-area’s first Publix will start construction late next year.

This poll has the US Senate race at a dead heat.

CenterPoint, the provider of health services for Medicaid members in several Triad counties, may have to look for other options for its merger, after a potential merger with a western North Carolina service provider stalled.

Buncombe County is now dealing with this sinkhole on one of its properties, thanks to the recent heavy rains.

Issues with their radar guns  caused Asheville police to issue erroneous tickets.

Yet another Hilton hotel is coming to Charlotte.

Meetings are starting to hear commentary around the Mecklenburg County quarter-cent sales tax for education.

Charlotte’s new Lincoln Heights park gets dedicated today.

The governor decided he needed to tell the French ambassador how to not package tobacco.

The Wilmington charter school scandal continues.

More of I-140 will open today.

The pass for cars to enter Carolina Beach’s Freeman Park has increased in price.

Outgoing US House Rep Mike McIntyre was voted one of the least partisan representatives by the Washingtonian‘s annual survey of congressional aides.

Wilmington’s newly renovated Muni Golf Course is a big hit thus far.

This turkey plant in Fayetteville could be changing hands instead of closing.

A Fayetteville principal who was removed from her post after her punishment of several students who failed to wear their uniforms was deemed too harsh, has been officially demoted. And this school administrator in Wake County has embezzled from their school.

It’s been 60 years since Hurricane Hazel hit our shores.

How this teeth-whitening case that started in a North Carolina courtroom, could govern policy far beyond dentistry nationwide.

Could this guy be the new sheriff in town in Wake County?

Now that the state fair is actually open, this is what the News and Observer thinks you should be doing there.

A noise ordinance could be coming to Raleigh’s Glenwood South.

North Carolina’s teen pregnancy rate is now down to 11%.

Greenville’s revitalization has exposed some historic elements .

Appalachian State University will be getting an early voting site after all, thanks to the N.C. Superior Court.

The first endowed center in N.C. State’s history will go not to an engineering or technology initiative, but to the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies, which will be an international center for studying Lebanese immigration, the worldwide diaspora of Lebanon, and continue work at the university to study the impact of Lebanese immigrants on North Carolina.

And finally, a North Carolina analysis of politics in the New York Times, with voices of real North Carolinians, in both the byline and in the body of the article.

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