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State senator says energy efficiency bill isn’t dead (access required)

State senator says energy efficiency bill isn’t dead <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

House Bill 201, a bill that would reinstate 2009 energy efficiency standards in commercial construction, appeared to be sailing through the North Carolina General Assembly in mid-June.Then, on June 24, it again was removed from the calendar and referred to a committe, casting doubt on whether the bill would receive a vote during this legislative session. But Sen. Andrew Brock said he thinks the bill will come out of committee and be back in front of the Senate within the next couple of weeks.

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Construction jobs increasing in Charlotte area (access required)

Construction jobs increasing in Charlotte area <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

The Charlotte metropolitan area added 1,000 construction jobs in May compared to May 2012, while North Carolina as a whole lost 5,000 jobs over the same time. A report from the Association of General Contractors issued in June shows that the Charlotte metro area gained by far the most construction jobs in the state in May over May.

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Behind the numbers: Home price comparisons vary based on methods used (access required)

Life would be easier if one of the leading monthly home-price indexes -- CoreLogic, Clear Capital, S&P/Case-Shiller and the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association -- were definitively right and the rest flawed. But more complicated than that.

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Renovation Report: Central Piedmont Community College City View Center (access required)

Renovation Report: Central Piedmont Community College City View Center <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

This fall, up to 40 students at Central Piedmont Community College will start their studies in the school’s new cosmetology program. But before any of the aspiring stylists can begin cutting hair, doing nails or giving facials, Central Piedmont and Shiel Sexton had to do several months of work to prepare CPCC’s City View Center to house the new program.

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The straight-shooting (really) president of Get the Lead Out (access required)

The straight-shooting (really) president of Get the Lead Out <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

At 32, Kathryn Hubicki has been around. Now she gets around, running the family's Charlotte business, Get the Lead Out, a lead paint-, asbestos-, radon- and mold-testing company, which takes her all over the Carolinas and the Southeastern U.S. for, among others, the Federal Aviation, Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development departments.

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Small building could be the start of big things for downtown Huntersville (access required)

Small building could be the start of big things for downtown Huntersville <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

It’s only a 17-unit building on a 0.64 acre lot, but it would add apartments to this fast-growing and rental-scarce suburb when multifamily vacancy rates are at historic lows. And it might even help revive the town of Huntersville’s desire for a denser and more mixed-use downtown at and around Old Statesville and Gilead roads.

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City wants subsidized housing in transit corridors, but developers haven’t responded (access required)

City wants subsidized housing in transit corridors, but developers haven’t responded <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/10/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

In 2001, the city made a policy suggesting that of all apartment units within a half mile – walking distance – of public transit stations, 20 percent should be subsidized and available to those making no more than 60 percent of the area median income. But in the years since the light rail began stopping at the four main stations in South End – Bland Street, Carson Street, East/West and New Bern – developers haven’t lived up to the city’s hope.

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