Food fight! Congress, consumers battle over GMOs

Controversial bill would block state and local laws requiring the labeling genetically engineered foods

Bill would instead establish voluntary ‘GMO-free’ certification process overseen by the federal government

Consumer groups warn bill is designed to keep Americans in the dark about what’s in their food

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Wake County drops two schools from building program

The Wake County Board of Commissioners voted Monday to drop the renovation of Vandora Springs Elementary School in Garner and the construction of a new elementary school in Holly Springs from the current construction program. Commissioners also discussed the potential closure of the community library at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh.

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Durham County

Sweating it out on the Eno another year

The two-day Festival of the Eno drew some 20,000 people for its 36th annual event over the July 4th weekend. The festival is a fundraiser for Eno River Association, which has spent nearly five decades working to protect the river’s water quality by buying land and conservation easements along its banks and tributaries.

Education

Wake County schools to open with TA jobs uncertain

Wake County’s 38 multi-track year-round schools are opening a new school year Tuesday amid uncertainty about how many teacher assistants they will be able to keep. School districts are waiting to see if North Carolina lawmakers will stop funding as many as 8,500 teacher assistant positions over the next two years.

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