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The Winners of ‘Coolest Things Made in NC’ Revealed

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The results of the annual contest ‘Coolest Things Made in NC’ was revealed last week. This year, the winners are a Compact Track Loader and an all-in-one beach umbrella. This year marks the third time the annual contest is held. The contest is a competitive one, during which A total of 46,000 votes were cast and three rounds of voting were held. 

As the winner in the category of medium-to-large business, Construction machinery and equipment manufacturer Caterpillar’s Cat 299D3 XE Compact Track Loader is made in Sanford. In the medium-to-large Business category, ranking from second place to fifth are HondaJet Elite S (Greensboro), Wolfspeed Silicon Carbide (Durham), Cook Medical Hemospray (Winston-Salem), and Wieland Copper Products Finned Tubes (Pine Hall). The beachBub All-In-One Umbrella System, the winner among small businesses, is made in Greensboro. Within the same category of small business, ranking from second place to fifth are CrabPot Christmas Trees by Fisherman Creations (Smyrna), George’s BBQ Sauce (Nashville), SOLOCART (Holly Springs), and Artisan Leaf Tables and Bartops (Wilson).

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

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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.