A Wake County grand jury will convene Wednesday to determine if there is enough probable cause to hand up indictments charging three teens and a 20-year-old with felony murder of a 16-year-old in what police described as a drug deal gone bad late last month.
North Hills developer John Kane plans to modify his $150 million development proposal for Raleigh’s warehouse district after hearing resistance from residents of the neighborhood and from a city councilwoman who described his proposal as too vague.
City leaders on Tuesday night said they’re willing to work with a group of downtown business owners toward a compromise on recently-passed parking lot fees that are to begin Dec. 31. David Meeker, who owns Busy Bee Cafe on Wilmington Street, led a group of about six downtown business leaders in asking the council on Tuesday night to start the new $5 fees at 9 p.m. on nights and weekends, rather than 6 p.m.
The Cary Town Council tabled discussion on Alston Town Center, a proposed main street-style development at the intersection of NC 55 and NC 540 in northwest Cary. Officials said they feared the project wouldn’t deliver on the pedestrian-friendly atmosphere developers had promised.
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.
Private school enrollment, fueled by the new voucher program, increased for the first time in North Carolina since 2007, to 97,259 students. Home-school enrollment also increased 9 percent in North Carolina to an estimated 106,853 students.
The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina has a contract to buy the Raleigh Flea Market Mall on Capital Boulevard. Jennifer Caslin, marketing coordinator for the regional Food Bank, said the organization needs more room for all of its operations. The flea market’s last day of indoor operation was Sunday.
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.
On Tuesday, the Raleigh City Council will consider a rezoning request that could transform downtown Raleigh’s warehouse district and, if approved, usher in a new phase of high-density development outside of the Fayetteville Street corridor.
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