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In Case You Missed It: News of Interest from Around North Carolina (Week of December 15, 2017)

NC in Focus: College Student Impact on Local Poverty Rates – Carolina Demography

“College towns tend to see inflated poverty rates: more off-campus students (as share of population) corresponds to higher poverty rates. In Boone, North Carolina, for example, off-campus students at Appalachian State University make up 57% of the local population* and the local poverty rate is 62%. Some of these poor individuals may be college students who are choosing not to work or working only part-time, relying instead on a combination of loans or grants, credit cards, and savings and parental assistance when it is available. Others may be college students for whom poverty is a very serious challenge. But many are not college students at all. Understanding the impact of college students on local poverty rates is vital for local leaders to fully understand and track the economic well-being of their population.”

A fight about growth in this town leads to name-calling, accusations and a strange election—News and Observer

“A familiar fight is playing out in this growing suburban town, where some people celebrate new neighbors, restaurants and stores while others bemoan traffic jams and crowded schools. But unlike many growth disputes throughout the Triangle that quickly fizzle, this one is bitterly dividing residents and reshaping the town’s governing board. The way it all plays out could set the tone for years to come in terms of new development and construction. “There’s another Civil War, but this time it’s within Holly Springs,” said longtime resident Kevin Adams, who volunteers with the town and manages a Facebook group that encourages discussion about local issues. During last month’s election, voters booted out two Town Council members who were considered pro-growth and replaced them with newcomers who want to slow the pace of growth so roads, sidewalks and schools can catch up.”

Virginia's Atlantic Coast Pipeline approval makes N.C. the project's last major hurdle – Triangle Business Journal

“Nearly two months after the feds green-lit the $5 billion project, regulators in Virginia have issued a critical approval for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. That makes North Carolina the only state yet to give the project permission to proceed. On Tuesday, the Virginia State Water Control Board approved a water quality certification for the project, a “very significant milestone,” says ACP spokesman Aaron Ruby. With the approval, the only state agency standing between Duke Energy and Dominion Energy and the pipeline is the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, which has issued repeated requests for more information before it will approve the 600-mile project. The federal approval ACP has already obtained for the pipeline is contingent on it getting all state permissions – including those being considered by NCDEQ…Ruby says ACP still expects to begin clearing trees “and other pre-construction activity” by the end of 2017.”

  • 18 December 2017
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