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Another clownshow do-over

GREENSBORO, NC — The city will tear up a $55 million contract it signed in March to run its bus service and start the bidding process all over again. On Tuesday, the Greensboro Transit Authority board voted unanimously to rescind its three-year deal with Transdev, the French company that manages the city’s bus service. The reason? City staff members determined that a Transdev consultant, Melvin “Skip” Alston, violated the “no contact” rule by talking to GTA board members during the bidding process.

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The Supreme Court Finds North Carolina’s Racial Gerrymandering Unconstitutional

The two districts in question, District 1 and 12, were drawn in 2011 after the last Census and the 2010 midterms, as part of a nationwide and well-funded push by Republicans to reshape electoral maps and solidify a partisan advantage. In North Carolina, the state and federal congressional redistricting efforts also played part in the state’s ongoing conflicts over voting rights, and both sets of maps eventually found their way to state and federal courts.

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Clownshow Do-over

GREENSBORO, NC — What a farce. After Greensboro City Council acquiesced to the idea of separating expenditures for construction of the Tanger Performing Arts Center into two phases, and after rushing to approve expenditures for “phase 1” even though there was no contract and the actual costs were not known, and after backers staged a farcical ground breaking less than 24 hours after council approval of the non-existent contract, we now learn that negotiations with the only contractor under consideration for phase 1 have broken down. Margaret Moffett of the News & Record reports that the search is now on for a new contractor.

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Grandmother to be deported after decades in U.S.

GREENSBORO, NC — Juana Ortega has lived in the United States for more than 20 years. She came here to escape violence in Guatemala and received asylum status. She married a US citizen and now has two children and grandchildren who are citizens. Last month Ortega was told she would not be allowed to stay and is getting deported.

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