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What You Need to Know about North Carolina for October 3, 2014

It’s First Friday people! We will be attending among other things, a food truck rodeo, a brewery grand opening and of course, seeing the best of art and culture downtown Greensboro has to offer us tonight. Come on down if you are in the area and if not, keep up by looking at Kristen’s Instagram. And now, your news:

News Across North Carolina for October 3

A well known developer has purchased the land that the Carousel Cinemas in Greensboro sits on. It’s not really that far out of left field, as he owns and operates several other businesses in the vicinity. The theater will operate normally for now.

NC DOT has combined its Triangle and Triad traffic operations center into one office in Raleigh, which also monitors traffic issues in Eastern North Carolina.

Also consolidating, the state’s regional mental health associations. There will now be four instead of nine.

Winston-Salem’s former GMAC building complex will be getting a mixed-use makeover.

So Winston-Salem’s Green Street pedestrian bridge over Business I-40 is not going anywhere after all.

Bell Partners, Greensboro-based but with apartment complexes across the nation, has completed  a $1.2 billion sale of some of those properties, but will continue to manage them.

Of course, the state is fighting the 4th Circuit Appeals court’s ruling on voting rights. We are now at the Supreme Court level folks. No word yet on if they will take the case.

Experts and policy analysts on both sides of the aisle are concluding that it’s too soon to see if the changes brought by the conservative-leaning General Assembly and Governor have had a major economic impact on the state.

High schools are going to a ten-point grading scale after all.

This is what Charlotte’s next Uptown tower will look like.

Thanks to a $2 million dollar donation, UNC Charlotte may have a marching band next fall to go with its football team.

A Charlotte business organization is studying the types of LGBT polices Charlotte businesses have in place.

The state DOT is demolishing four buildings in Wilmingotn’s historic district in order to build a multi-modal transportation center in their place. The buildings have been deemed unsafe and un-restorable.

Signs are marking where other transportation related improvements are happening in the Wilmington area.

The Belville Riverwalk project is getting started just two years after it was proposed.

A flood map revision may lower insurance premiums for some.

Wilmington community leaders have gathered to address youth violence in the city.

Wilmington’s next set of apartments have been approved by its planning board.

Driver’s ed funding statewide is still dicey.

Now there’s a lawsuit around the proposed Hope Mills Walmart, near Fayetteville.

Because it’s deer season, Fort Bragg’s All American Trail will be closed.

Robeson County has the most residents enrolled in Affordable Care Act health plans.

Among investors of public funds, namely pensions, our state treasurer has been named #18 in a international poll of the top public investors.

One of the beloved red-wolves at Durham’s Museum of Life and Science has died.

A Durham city report has found racial disparities in its police traffic stops in 2013.

Durham’s Scrap Exchange is expected to jump start a vibrant, but still lacking Durham neighborhood.

And finally, $52 million is the magic number for the purchase of the Dorothea Dix property from the state by the City of Raleigh. However, there’s still no clear answer to how much of the property will actually be a city park.

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