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 In The News, March 20, 2012 

GAS TAX

Move afoot to revise system for setting fuel taxes in N.C. A plan to change the way North Carolina calculates its fuel tax could tamp down price fluctuations, says a legislator behind the effort.

ENVIRONMENTAL

Study: Grid parity for solar in North Carolina. A new report offers the latest evidence of solar energy-generated electricity’s approach to cost parity with other forms of generation that send power to the grid.

Legalization of ‘fracking’ approved by the state. The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) issued a draft report Friday that recommends legalizing hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, in the state. 

State hearings begin today on fracking in N.C. A meeting today in Sanford marks the North Carolina public's first chance to hear from state officials about the controversial process of fracking, where natural gas is extracted from the ground with horizontal drillings, after rock formations deep underground are fractured with chemicals.

TRANSPORTATION

Perdue: Consider all options to pay I-95 improvement costs. Gov. Bev Perdue said people need to be willing to look at all viable options to solve the “I-95 dilemma” for North Carolina’s commercial and economic development.

VIDEO SWEEPSTAKES

Opinion: Video gambling ruling opens state’s door to other vices. If video gambling can be reduced to freedom of speech, surely prostitution can be reduced to freedom of association. If the First Amendment can be invoked to protect one, why not the other?

GENERAL

Two weeks left to vote for favorite N.C. main street. Time is running out to help choose the five best Main Streets in the state. The “Great Places in North Carolina” contest, sponsored by the N.C. Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NC), will recognize “Great Main Streets” in North Carolina’s mountain, Piedmont and coastal regions. Online voting ends March 30th at www.nc-apa.org/greatplaces.

Streets of glory. Towns large and small have main drags. And whether it’s called Main Street, Market Street, Broadway or Sunset Boulevard, the character of that main drag speaks volumes about a town’s history, prosperity and culture.