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What You Need to Know about North Carolina for October 6, 2014

We had a great weekend around HQ. Although it started a bit rainy, that didn’t keep us from the First Friday food truck rodeo, put on by the Friends of Center City Park.


And if you missed out on that fun, get ready for next weekend, not only will there be a Better Block installation in downtown Greensboro (where Kristen will be holding down an information table), the NC Bike Summit is going on all-day Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Greensboro. The Better Block is just a small part of the sessions and keynotes geared towards building better bike infrastructure and advocacy (and the things around them). Kristen will be doing a session on advocacy at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The Better Block installation is free, but there’s a charge for the main bike summit sessions of $100. However, if you are a registered planner, there will be CEUs for you, so if you need credits, consider coming to the summit.

And with that, let’s get into something else that’s free, news from across the state:

News Across North Carolina for October 6


Greensboro’s Wesley Long Hospital has released plans for its new healing garden, which will open in phases over the next two years.

The Greensboro News and Record and the AP teamed to analyze the racial makeup of several Triad area police forces, in light of the recent incidents in Ferguson. Wilmington’s Star News did a similar analysis and found that their area forces were more representative. New Hanover County sheriffs’s deputies will also begin wearing body cameras.

A cousin of Kristen’s was honored this weekend for being a constant part of Mebane’s downtown throughout the last 55 years.

The gap in home internet connection is not just a rural problem, fairly urban Forsyth County has a number of disconnected households.

Fracking has become a key piece in several western North Carolina state senate races.

Once again, what the current state voting laws are and how they could affect you.

So the battle around the Raleigh modernist house isn’t quite settled yet.

Brunswick and New Hanover County school board members are some of the highest paid in the state.

Duke Energy has submitted groundwater assessment plans around its coal ash ponds to the state.

An assessment of the slate running for the US House in the coastal District 7.

Durham’s East End Connector is scheduled to start construction in February.

A breakdown of why and how we are seeing so many political ads for our U.S. senate race.

What our college football fandom looks like.

And finally, could Medicaid expansion be coming to North Carolina after all?


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