🌱 Summary of city council and school board meetings + PNC donation

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Cloudy. High: 70 Low: 62.


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Here are the top five stories in Raleigh today:

  1. Tuesday, the Wake County City Council met and discussed two major topics which have been under discussion for some time.
    1. City leaders voted to continue allowing expanded outdoor dining, and discussed the recommendations of a “public domain study”. With this new vision, in just a few years companies will be paying to use the space. Fees will be delayed for two years to help business owners recover from the impacts of COVID. (SCS17)
    2. As Wake County residents demand more exotic animal regulations, it was a subject of discussion. After tasking the city’s Growth and Natural Resources Committee with making a recommendation for a new ordinance, they could not reach a consensus and referred the matter to the city council. The city has elected to discuss the issue at a later date when they can receive a full presentation on legal staff options. (WNCT9)
  2. Tuesday, Wake County Public Schools also discussed some of the likely changes to come.
    1. The Board of Education has approved permission for the district to apply for a federal grant to help transform two elementary schools into magnet schools. (WRAL)
    2. The school board discussed the potential of implement a social and emotional learning program for K-8 schools in an effort to address mental health issues. (abc11)
    3. He also discussed school mask mandates, and rejected adding children ages 2-4 to the existing rule. (WRAL)
  3. Raleigh woman wanted in Durham crash that killed her baby girl and seriously injured her 4-year-old daughter. The accident happened on January 18 and her 4-year-old daughter has since been released from hospital. On Tuesday, Durham Police announced several felony charges that Shanelle Johnson is facing in connection with the incident and are investigating her whereabouts. (SCS17)
  4. The PNC Foundation announced on February 1 that it had made a major investment in five historically black colleges and universities in North Carolina.. NCCU, Fayettville State, Elizabeth City State, Johnson C. Smith University and Winston-Salem University will all receive a portion of the money over three years to help introduce new programs, opportunities and cutting-edge technologies. (abc11)

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  • North Carolina residents can now get birth control and many other treatments without a prescription through House Bill 96 which came into effect on Tuesday. (Spectrum News 1)
  • the two new towers planned for Glenwood South will include apartments as well as a hotel. (SCS17)

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CJ Fullford

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