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    Meck County capital funds for Charlotte MLS stadium

    Charlotte Observer reports on the fledgling debate over Mecklenburg County using capital funds for the proposed Major League Soccer stadium—-should the Queen City be awarded and expansion franchise, that is: The county plans to spend $268 million for the park upgrades – including $100 million for stadium renovations for…
    Sam Hieb, May 25, 2017
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    Skip Alston and the GTA board

    Guilford County Commissioner Skip Alston is the type of guy to have his hands in a little bit of everything, but who know he was a “consultant” for Transdev, the private company handling the Greensboro Transit Authority’s bus system. Not one to let his influence go unused and unoticed, Alston…
    Sam Hieb, May 24, 2017
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    Bad News for Patent Trolls

      This morning, the Supreme Court handed down a ruling in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group. Walter Olson calls it “a landmark win for defendants in patent litigation” and adds:  A unanimous Court (8-0, Thomas writing, Gorsuch not participating) rejected the broad reading of a venue statute…
    Jon Guze, May 23, 2017
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    Sinking to New Lows

    From a report in the LA Times about Monday’s terrorist boming in Manchester in the UK: Ironically, the bomb appeared to have been detonated just around the corner from where the Irish Republican Army unleashed its biggest-ever bomb on the British mainland in 1996. Then, people were given 90…
    Jon Guze, May 23, 2017
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    Certificate of Need phase out in the Senate budget

    Tax cuts, prudent spending, saving more for a rainy day are a few of the good things in the Senate budget.  Phasing out NC’s egregious Certificate of Need (CON) laws is another.  What we know is CON limits access, increases costs and compromises the quality of health care. A complete…
    Becki Gray, May 23, 2017
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    “The state Senate took a chain saw to the University of North Carolina law school this month.”

    That’s the headline of an article in which the News and Observer chastises the NC Senate’s threat to cut funding to UNC Law School: The official explanation from the Republican-controlled Senate is that we have too many lawyers in North Carolina. But not even the teenaged pages in the…
    Jon Guze, May 22, 2017
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    Accuracy in Academia Showcases Carolina Journal Story About MIT Solar Facility in Currituck County

    From academia.org: Last year, MIT proudly announced that it was building a solar energy plant in North Carolina that it claimed would benefit both the bay and “tar heel” states. More than half a year later, those benefits are looking ever more theoretical with each passing month. “James…
    Donna Martinez, May 22, 2017
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    New contractor for Gboro performing arts center…

    News & Record reports negotiations between the City of Greensboro and Durham-based contractor Skanska-Rentenbach have broken down, meaning phase 1 work on the proposed Tanger Center for the Performing Arts will be delayed yet again: …(N)egotiations broke down between the city and the company earlier this month over professional…
    Sam Hieb, May 22, 2017