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Outling received United Healthcare lobbyist contribution on day he stopped city contract from going to competitor

GREENSBORO, NC — City council representative Justin Outling acted in his official capacity to block the awarding of a city contract to Cigna and to steer it to United Healthcare, one of his law firm’s clients. On the day he acted, Outling received a campaign contribution from a state registered lobbyist for United Healthcare.

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Greensboro News & Record property up for sale

GREENSBORO, NC — The News & Record, which traces its roots to 1890, has operated on the Market Street site since 1976. From the early 1920s until 1976, the newspaper was on Davie Street. Beginning in October, the daily printing of the News & Record will move to the newly expanded BH Media Print Facility in Winston-Salem.
After the building is sold, News & Record officials plan to move into a new space in or near downtown Greensboro.

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Another gritty effort sends Hoppers to playoffs

GREENSBORO, NC — Officially, things ended this way: Greensboro in first place with a 38–30 record and a .559 percentage. West Virginia, which did win its game, finished second at 39–31 with a .557 percentage. Next up for the Hoppers is a best-of-three playoff series against Kannapolis. The first game will be played Wednesday at 7 p.m. at First National Bank Field. After a day off Thursday, Kannapolis will host the second game Friday and, if needed, the third game Saturday. The winner moves on to the championship series against either Greenville or Charleston from the Southern Division.

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State legislators are illegitimate and think we are stupid

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously determined that the North Carolina’s legislature is illegitimate, that our legislators repeatedly held fake elections by creating and forcing North Carolinians to use maps with unconstitutional voting districts for elections in 2012, 2014 and 2016. Now these same fake legislators are claiming that they finally have drawn fair maps with constitutional voting districts that would finally produce real elections and permit us to elect real, not fake, legislators in 2018. Yet, they didn’t even try to conceal the fact that one of their major goals was drawing the maps to rig elections so it would be easier to get themselves re-elected. They called it “incumbency protection.” ($$$ — fee may be required.)

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Hoppers in first with four games left in the season

GREENSBORO, NC — It comes down to the Hickory series after all. The final four games of the regular season will see the Hoppers playing at Hickory, the matchup that manager Todd Pratt has been talking about for some time. And a 4–0 win over Kannapolis Thursday night put the Hoppers exactly where they wanted to be and expected to be. The standings in the SAL’s Northern Division show a three-way tie for first place in the games behind column. But they also show the Hoppers on top because their 35–29 record has a percentage of .547 while Hickory and West Virginia, both 36–30, are at .545. So make no mistake, the Hoppers are in first place.

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What is the real story behind the removal of the MLK, Jr. bust from downtown?

GREENSBORO, NC — A city of Greensboro spokesperson said the Martin Luther King, Jr. bust was being removed from its central location for refurbishment because cars keep bumping into it. But that seems unlikely and, with another memorial set to replace it in the same location, nonsensical. Plans to move the bust were initiated by Downtown Greensboro Incorporated. How did those plans to move the bust across the street evolve to moving the bust out of the downtown business district?

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Hardister says he’ll move to avoid running against fellow Republican

GREENSBORO, NC — State Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Greensboro) plans on moving to eastern Guilford County to avoid having to run against a GOP colleague under the Republican-led redistricting proposal legislators are poised to adopt. In the new plan being finalized this week, Hardister and state Rep. John Faircloth (R-High Point) both live in Guilford County’s proposed state House of Representatives’ District 61. ($$$ — fee may be required.)

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