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 In The News, April 17, 2012 

ANNEXATION

Blog: City of Fayetteville says Gates Four is now in the city. The City of Fayetteville has decided that, since a recent N.C. Supreme Court decision went against Gates Four, the neighborhood is “in.” I’ll say right out I cannot follow all the legal reasoning.

General Assembly republicans target cities that sued over annexation. A Republican state lawmaker pledged to protect property owners from being annexed involuntarily into the five cities that sued the state over annexation reform legislation that passed last year. Supporters of the decision say the annexations at issue followed the law and that it was unfair for the General Assembly to allow property owners to undo them after the fact.

ENVIRONMENT

Water report leaves questions about direction of Asheville's system. Work on handing control over the region’s largest water system to a sewerage district that serves 51,000 customers likely would begin with a mountain of questions and few answers.

North Carolina doesn't give a frack. Hydraulic fracturing has gotten a great deal of local attention—but a recent poll shows North Carolina really isn’t that concerned.

New Bern pursues grant for new walking, biking trail. A plan is in the works that could give residents in New Bern a new place to go and enjoy the water, nature, walking and cycling.

TRANSPORTATION

N.C. DOT seeks input on 30-year plan. The public has until May 25 to comment on a draft version of the 2040 Plan, a 30-year long-range transportation plan update prepared by the N.C. Department of Transportation.

N.C. attorney general questions Perdue toll order. North Carolina's attorney general is questioning the legality of Gov. Beverly Perdue's executive order placing a one-year moratorium on new or increased ferry tolls that legislative leaders say they ordered in the budget, but Perdue isn't budging.  

GENERAL

N.C. coast among best places to dive. If you are looking to do a little Scuba diving, the North Carolina coast is a good place to be.

Mayor addresses police department elimination rumors. Town leaders in Navassa recently spent their Saturday prioritizing the town's "to-do" list, and one of the items at the top is the police department.