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 In the News, March 27, 2017 

Charlotte Wants to Open its Streets to GM's Self-Driving Cars. Charlotte wants to be a pioneer in self-driving cars, and is in early talks with General Motors about the car maker testing new autonomous vehicles, most likely in University City. The city has wanted to be a test site since it applied for the U.S. Department of Transportation's Smart Cities program in early 2016. That was a frantic, three-month competition between cities as to who could best solve congestion issues.

Splash pad coming to Frost Park in Maysville. Spring is finally here but the Town of Maysville has summer on its mind. The town recently learned it learned that its request for Connect NC bond grant funding for a splash pad at Frost Park was approved. Details are still being finalized but Town Manager Schumata Brown said they are anxious to see people splashing around at the park as soon as possible. “Hopefully we can do something by summer,” he said.

Seagrove vying for Top 10 Craft Town. The Seagrove Area Potters Association has entered American Craft Week’s online contest to be named one of America’s Top 10 Towns for Craft Lovers. Alexa Modderno of the Seagrove Area Potters Association said the group has participated in American Craft Week, promoting crafts by allowing people to do hands-on activities such as putting teapots together. A check of the voting Friday morning showed Seagrove to be in a solid fifth place, just a few votes behind Asheville. Anyone can vote once a day through April 16.

Carolina Beach relaxes summer rules for dogs. Carolina Beach will have more paw prints in the sand this summer. The town has changed a long-standing rule banning dogs from the beach April 1 through Sept. 30. Leashed dogs will now be allowed on the sand between 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. during the tourist season. The Pleasure Island town had previously allowed leashed dogs only from Oct. 1 to March 31. Mayor Dan Wilcox said officials are following the lead of other tourist spots like Topsail Beach, Oak Island and Myrtle Beach in becoming more dog-friendly.