May 29, 2024 6:14 am
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Biden administration touts NC investments to kick off “Infrastructure Week”

The Biden administration’s significant infrastructure investments are transforming North Carolina, highlighted by projects such as the $110 million replacement of the Alligator River Bridge and the $1 billion high-speed rail line connecting Raleigh to Richmond. However, with only 17% of the allocated $1.1 trillion spent to date, the administration faces challenges in demonstrating these impacts to voters before the upcoming November election.

Raleigh City Council approves $5 million for new pilot program to address homelessness

The Raleigh City Council has approved a $5 million pilot program to provide direct rent assistance to unsheltered individuals. The “Unsheltered Homelessness Response Program” allocates $1.9 million for direct subsidies to help individuals move into permanent housing and $2 million to expand housing options, including repairs to city-owned rental units and affordable housing.

Development pressures, higher taxes threaten to displace Black homeowners in SE Raleigh

On a sunny spring afternoon, a predominantly Black crowd gathered at Martin Street Baptist Church in Raleigh to learn about appealing their property taxes, which have soared due to rising property values. With property values in Wake County increasing by 56% from 2020 to 2024, many long-time residents on fixed incomes are struggling to keep up with the higher taxes, leading to widespread concerns about systemic inequities and displacement in historically Black neighborhoods.

Hundreds of faculty and staff members call on UNC-CH to dismiss charges against student protesters

More than 750 faculty and staff members at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have signed a letter urging administrators to drop charges against students involved in a peaceful protest at Polk Place. The faculty criticized the administration’s decision to involve the police, arguing it contradicted the university’s commitment to free expression and created a militarized atmosphere that traumatized students.

Person County residents suing commissioners over rezoning for Dominion LNG plant

Residents of Person County are suing their county commissioners, alleging that a rezoning decision to permit a large liquified natural gas facility was made arbitrarily and could significantly harm the local environment and their quality of life. The lawsuit claims the facility, which would sit on approximately 485 acres near Timberlake, would increase pollution, destroy rural character, and pose risks to water resources and endangered species.

Report finds long-term Investment in rural areas improves resources

A new report highlights the impact of investing $100 million in rural North Carolina through the Healthy Places initiative, improving access to health, food, and recreation resources over a decade. Adam Linker of the Reynolds trust emphasizes the importance of community-driven efforts, noting significant improvements and active engagement with local leaders to enhance services like snow removal in underserved areas.

NC Gov. Cooper presents his budget as the legislative “short session” begins

Governor Roy Cooper’s recent budget proposal emphasizes strengthening public education in North Carolina, featuring an average 8.5% raise for teachers and the restoration of master’s pay, amidst rising teacher turnover. In contrast to expanding Republican-backed private school vouchers, Cooper’s budget aims to refocus on public schooling by freezing voucher funding and increasing support for child care and preschool initiatives.