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Archive for June, 2012

Raleigh lands $21M to begin downtown train station

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s capital city has secured a $21 million federal grant to begin work on a train station proposed for the downtown warehouse district.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the grant means the city can begin track and signal upgrades necessary for Amtrak trains to use the station. Work would transform a vacant Dillon Supply Co. building into a depot with a large waiting hall.

City, state and federal officials will formally announce the grant on Friday at the site of the future station.

The city asked for $60 million from the federal government as part of a joint application. The $21 million will go toward track improvements. Station renovations will come later.

The new building would replace Raleigh’s cramped Amtrak station on Cabarrus Street.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NC Legislature agrees to air toxic rule changes

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A bill that exempts industrial plants from certain North Carolina pollution rules if they already comply with similar federal restrictions is heading to Gov. Beverly Perdue.

The Senate approved 38-1 on Thursday changes to scale back the state’s authority over hazardous chemicals covered by both the state Air Toxics Program and a similar federal program. The House already agreed to the bill.

The Perdue administration said this spring she generally supports the changes, which were sought by groups representing manufacturing and chemical production plants and the North Carolina Chamber. Power plants, paper mills and chemical manufacturers are among those most likely to be affected.

The state environment department still would have authority to step in if a plant’s pollution is found to be an unacceptable risk to human health.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Leland looks to attract tourists

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Want to showcase town’s proximity to region’s attractions

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Rabon in the thick of toll road debate

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Push for competition could put toll transportation projects at risk

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Tax rate up, but not town revenue

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Board of Aldermen adopt revenue-neutral budget for 2012-13

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