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BCR's Daily Fishwrap Report for July 30, 2009

  • As we noted in a Fishwrap a few days ago -- and as broken by the Triangle Tribune a couple of weeks ago -- Shaw University will in fact not be returning to Durham County Stadium this fall for its home football games, opting for Raleigh's Millbrook High instead. The news comes only a week or so after County officials said they still expected Shaw to return to Durham for this year's season. Shaw's interim AD tells the N&O: ""If we really try to engage the Raleigh community, it would be harder to engage them from in Durham... Raleigh is our home." (N&O)
  • The NC Turnpike Authority signed a contract yesterday with S.T. Wooten and Archer Western for the toll road highway; the Triangle Parkway will extend today's NC 147 Durham Freeway south through RTP (on land reserved for a half-century for the road) from I-40 to NC 540, then extend NC 540 all the way to Apex/Holly Springs near US 1. Surveyors will be on-site today and construction begins mid-August on the RTP section, the so-called Triangle Parkway; the road will be America's first all-electronic toll road, cash-free, with cameras grabbing your license plate and billing you that way if you lack a transponder. (N&O)
  • Hotel stays are down 14.4% in Durham year to date; business travel has been hardest hit by economic conditions, with the DCVB's Reyn Bowman attributing that to structural changes that have caused declines in business travel for some time. Durham's drop was greater than the 8% decline in room sales that's the national average. Leisure travel hasn't been impacted to the same extent. (H-S)
  • Durham wasn't selected for a share of $40 million in stimulus-funded police positions going to NC from the Federal government -- though since the positions they would have funded sat unfilled all last budget year, the hopes weren't high among City officials that Durham would qualify anyway. Durham has received some other law enforcement funding from stimulus dollars. (H-S)
  • A Teach For America veteran who became a "regional and national officer" in the organization is taking the helm at Maureen Joy Charter School in Durham as its new principal. (H-S)
  • South Durham's 11-12 y/o Little Leaguers fell in their championship play-in game against Charlotte's Coulwood-Oakdale team, ending their bid for the state title -- but the South Durham 15-16 year olds won the state title yesterday over Roxboro and will head to Florida for a chance at a berth at the senior Little League series in Bangor, Maine. (H-S)
  • Local Republican political activist Charlotte Woods saw charges against her dropped by her son, who had earlier accused the public meeting and op-ed page regular of stealing $2,000 in coins from him. (H-S)

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