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BCR's Daily Fishwrap Report for August 24, 2010

New DATA Operator: Triangle Transit's board is selecting the new private-company operator for DATA, and it won't be current controversial manager MV Transportation, whose bid was disqualified over staff concerns on the financials. The top choice, Veolia Transportation, withdrew over pension concerns, leaving second-place First Transit as the likely selectee. First Transit operates Durham's paratransit service that, as the H-S' Ray Gronberg astutely remembers, stranded a couple of riders during DPS graduation ceremonies this spring, something the operator and officials say is a thing of the past. (Herald-Sun)

More Roadwork Speed-Bumps: From the account in this morning's paper, NCDOT division officials got a rougher reception at the BOCC meeting last night than they did from the City Council on August 2. Division 5 engineer Wally Bowman appeared to discuss the challenges inherent in repaving very old streets in downtown while dealing with everything from utility repairs to trolley tracks to bad foundations underneath to activities accommodating the new courthouse construction. See our Monday article for more details. (Herald-Sun)

Red Lobster Troubles: The beleaguered Red Lobster on 15-501 near the bypass turnoff can't catch a break; after a deadly shooting outside the restaurant some weeks back, three armed men held up the place robbing the business and customers on Sunday night. Law enforcement continues to investigate; the perpetrators appear to have fled to Chapel Hill where a chase was discontinued by our baby-blue colleagues to the south. (Herald-Sun)

Carter to Durham: Former Pres. Jimmy Carter will be at The Regulator bookstore on Ninth on Sept. 28, signing copies of his new book based on entries he kept in a diary during his White House years. (Herald-Sun)

Rain, Flooding Today: Heavy rains are expected for the region; in Chatham Co., there's been nearly three inches of rain since 3 this morning along the heavily-traveled commuter road NC 751. (NBC 17)

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