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 In the News, August 24, 2010 

 

ANNEXATION

Fayetteville council OKs annexation agreement with Hope Mills  Fayetteville has taken another step toward potential annexation of several neighborhoods in western Cumberland County. The City Council approved Monday night an agreement with the town of Hope Mills that divvies up which unincorporated areas, including residentially developed subdivisions, would become part of either municipality.

BROADBAND

Fastest and cheapest US broadband systems are city run in the South  Opelika, Alabama is the latest community in the Southeast to move toward a community owned broadband network. Last week citizens approved a fiber-to-the-home network owned by the public power utility to expand telecom competition and invest in smart-grid services. Though major telecom companies have long argued that broadband has plenty of competition, many communities beg to differ.

ENVIRONMENTAL

Duke Energy axes North Carolina offshore wind pilot  Duke Energy has called off its efforts to develop a small offshore wind facility in a North Carolina lagoon. The company said almost a year ago it would build three wind turbines in Pamlico Sound to demonstrate offshore wind technology.

Onslow Bay looked at for first N.C. wind farm The federal government has received the first formal application for a potential wind-energy project off the North Carolina coast, and it's not too far from some New Hanover and Pender county beaches.

STATE BUDGET

NC faces $3B hole  A looming $3 billion hole in the state budget could mean that temporary tax increases put in place last year won't be so temporary after all. State legislators haven't said yet whether they will extend the taxes as they try to balance a budget without the benefit of federal stimulus money that is set to run out next year. But it's a political strategy that has worked in the past. How to balance the budget -- with spending cuts, taxes or both -- is sure to be a major issue in the coming election season.