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Monroe is a city located in Union County, North Carolina. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 26,228. It is the county seat of Union County. (More Info and Source) Monroe Real Estate

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Union County school board to drop lawsuit against commissioners

The Union County Board of Education has dropped its funding dispute lawsuit against the Board of Commissioners.

The school board voted 9-0 to drop the lawsuit in a closed session meeting Friday morning.

In 2013, Union County Public Schools sued the county for millions of dollars it said it needed to fully fund the following year’s budget. A jury awarded the district $91 million in the case.

Channel 9 has not yet confirmed how much of the settlement the district received.

John Collins, the board chair, said that the decision to drop the case was in the interest of the district’s students.

“We’ve taken this step in hopes that we will strengthen our relationship with the county and work together to address the needs of our students,” said John Collins, Board Chair. “We still have unmet needs in our schools that require funding and we will continue to advocate for teacher raises, preventative maintenance and other initiatives to support UCPS students and staff.”

In 2014, a joint working group was formed to tackle Union County Public Schools’ capital needs. The group was formed after the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law that addressed required funding for the district’s current expense and capital funding. The group has met three times in 2015 to create a capital needs plan that covers multiple years, the district said.

“Because of the working group, I believe commissioners and community members have a better understanding of how school districts are funded and what we need to operate the sixth-largest school district in North Carolina,” Collins said.

Collins said the board has no plans to file another lawsuit regarding the budget or redistricting.

"I would like the public to know that the Board of Education has not directed legal counsel to gear up for any litigation regarding the 2015-16 budget, nor has the BOE had any discussions regarding redistricting in the foreseeable future" Collins said.

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Fri, 22 May 2015 09:14:35 -0400

World Trade Center gives awe-inspiring view of NYC

A window to the world, or at least New York City, has getting ready to open on top of 1 World Trade Center, giving an awe inspiring view of The Big Apple.

The trip to the new observatory costs $32 a person, but to be able to look out over the city that never sleeps may be priceless for some. 

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The New York Times got a preview before the May 29 opening, and found that unlike the original Windows on the World restaurant in the original World Trade Center's north tower, this obervatory does not have an open-air rooftop deck.

Despite being enclosed, the construction director for the project claimed you can see the curvature of the Earth on a clear day.

The Times negates that claim, saying you have to be higher than the 1,268 feet of the floor to see the curve.

But on a foggy day, you can rent an iPad for $15 to show you what you are missing.

But the Times said the public platform is on the 100th floor, while the 102nd is primarily an event space for rent.

Fri, 22 May 2015 08:57:04 -0400

Blue Ridge Parkway continues to attract visitors, tourism dollars

New numbers show the Blue Ridge Parkway continues to be an economic force for tourism in the North Carolina mountains.
The National Parks Service said overall the parkway generated close to a billion dollars in revenue last year.
It says in 2014, 14 million people visited the parkway.     
The park service found visitors spent the most on hotels, food and gas.  

Fri, 22 May 2015 08:22:28 -0400

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