Just in time for your Monday mid-morning coffee break, here is a brief review of last week’s local and regional news from the Tar Heel State: The system for designating economically “distressed” counties in North Carolina is in for an overhaul. . . The state’s medical device manufacturers may benefit from a planned tax freeze. . . Charlotte is anticipating huge population growth (but is currently contending with weak growth in small businesses). . . Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery from our neighbors to the north in Virginia.