- N.C.'s House Finance Committee ended up voting to support the bill currently in the General Assembly that would provide a local-option transit sales tax for the Triangle -- one method (along with property tax, vehicle registration, land development deals and the like) that would help to fund a transit system for the region, if all three counties' voters go along with it. (If only some go for it, those counties get to start on their own transit priorities, though in any event funds need to be spent proportionately with where they're raised.) Even Paul Luebke voted in favor; has anyone checked his sweet tea? (N&O, H-S)
- Duke will start again making $300k annual payments to Durham to help defray the cost of fire service, something that public universities are required to do by statute, but which Duke has done voluntarily as part of a 2001 deal with the then-city manager. The payment looks to have been missed during last summer's city manager transition. (H-S)
- Durham DA Tracey Cline appeared before court this week, after defense lawyers alleged that the prosecutor may have held back evidence from the defense through the application of a witness protection order in a 2006 case. Cline insisted the protection order was needed to prevent gangland retribution from creating mayhem for witnesses. Oh, good, more prosecutorial misconduct allegations. (N&O)
- The annual job growth ratings at NewGeography.com -- a decent site, if you can get past Wendell Cox's asinine suburban claptrap posts -- find Durham-Chapel Hill ranked #4 among mid-size metros and #19 among all MSAs for job growth in '08. Raleigh-Cary, which did very well last year, dropped from #1 to #8 among large metros. (TBJ)
- "Fireball" White's property company, still in bankruptcy, gets 90 more days to try to fix up abandoned properties on Boone St., before the City will be allowed to demolish them. (H-S)
- A subsidiary of Durham's Square 1 Bank has raised $35 million out of an intended $100m for its new venture capital fund. (TBJ)
- Rays phenom David Price pitches for the D-Bulls tonight at 7:05pm against the Gwinnett Co. Braves. (We're still not sure whose bright idea it was to dump Richmond for exurban Atlanta, though the stadium in RIC was in pretty bad shape.) (N&O)
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