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Major natural gas pipeline for eastern NC announced

550-mile pipeline coming to eastern North Carolina Just now via Duke Energy and its partners: Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas today announced the selection of Dominion to build and operate a 550-mile interstate natural gas pipeline from West Virginia, through Virginia and into eastern North Carolina to meet the region’s rapidly growing demand for […]

State offered Toyota $107 million in incentives

More information about the incentives package offered Toyota is surfacing. The state lost out to Texas on bid for a new North American headquarters for the company and is doing some navel gazing about how so much cash got turned down. Expect more of this since the legislature left town with some questions hanging on […]

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Study: Insect-infested ‘megalopolis’ to stretch from Raleigh to Atlanta by 2060

Urban areas in the Southeast will double in size by 2060 unless significant changes are made to the rate and style of development in the region, according to a new study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey and N.C. State University.

The researchers envision a future in which agricultural and forest lands are devoured by an urban “megalopolis” stretching from Raleigh to Atlanta…

NC school system hires private company to monitor students’ online activity

Jackson County Public Schools has hired a private company to monitor their students’ online activity in an effort to ensure student safety.

The education technology safety and security company Social Sentinel, Inc. will help the district to monitor publicly available social media activity for threats of harm or violence targeting other students, staff, or school sites in general, according to the JCPS press release…

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Raleigh Sexy Schoolgirl 5k race canceled

Organizers of a “sexy schoolgirl” themed 5k race in Raleigh have cancelled the event due to “community controversy” over the theme of the race as well as a lack of early sign-ups.

Via the News & Observer:

The Hillsborough Street race – which invited runners to “show off their inner schoolgirl and nerd sides” in a 5k and pub crawl – was first approved by the Raleigh City Council in March, but it was labeled “Runnin Dirty 5k” on the agenda…

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