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North Carolina-based Balsam Range raked in the second-most nominations for IBMA Awards Wednesday night.
Balsam Range

The International Bluegrass Music Association's 2013 award ceremony isn't coming to Raleigh until mid-September, but the excitement has already made it to town. Fans gathered at three viewing parties Wednesday night for live announcements of the IMBA Award nominees. 

An architect's rendering of American Underground's offices planned for Raleigh.
Alliance Architecture

A new hub for startup businesses in Raleigh is set to open this fall. 

Durham-based American Underground says it's opening space enough for 25 startups on Fayetteville St. in downtown Raleigh.  The company sells affordable commercial space to Durham entrepreneurs in exchange for connecting them with investors and providing other support.

The Cover of The Love Language's newest album, Ruby Red.
Tim Lytvinenko / mergerecords.com

They will be playing tonight at 9 p.m. at Cat's Cradle for their record release party.

Stuart McLamb, Jordan McLamb, Thomas Simpson, Eddie Sanchez, Andy Holmes and Autumn Ehinger join Frank Stasio in the studio today to discuss Ruby Red and The Love Language's upcoming performance.

A parklet in San Francisco.
Mark Hogan via wikipedia

The City of Raleigh is hosting a public meeting tonight on "parklets.”  They're like mini-parks and are popular in larger cities.

"A parklet is a temporary public space that is typically found by converting an on-street parallel parking space," Grant Meacci, of Raleigh's Urban Design Center, explains.

The cover of Michael Hurley’s book, 'Once Upon A Gypsy Moon'.
hachettebookgroup.com / Center Street

Michael Hurley’s life had fallen to shambles. His wife was divorcing him, he lost his job and faced big alimony payments. He decided that would be a good time to set sail on his 32-foot boat.

Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker and Mayor-elect Nancy McFarlane
raleighnc.gov

Today was the candidate filing deadline for several area mayoral races. Mayors in Durham, Raleigh and Greensboro will faces challenges in their bids for reelection.

In Durham, current mayor Bill Bell will be running for re-election with challenges from East Durham minister Sylvester Williams and Michael Valentine, a current member of the Durham Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

A woman is arrested at the state capitol as a part of a Moral Mondays protest.
NAACP

The cost of policing Moral Mondays is growing, and some aren't happy about who is picking up the bill.  Usually, protests on state property are handled by the State Capitol Police and the General Assembly Police.  But since a 2011 budget cut, state capitol police have been down 40 staff members—almost half the force.

State Police Chief Glenn Allen says the cut limits what his force can do.

Public Housing in Chapel Hill.
Town of Chapel Hill

Section 8 is a federal subsidy program that bridges the gap between people with low-income and market rentals. But this summer, Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Raleigh, all face cuts to their Section 8 Voucher Program.

John Anton

In early April, Mandolin bar manager John Anton hopped on a plane to Lima to meet up with seven other bartenders from across the country. Each had won a national cocktail contest sponsored by Campo de Encanto, the makers of an ancient Peruvian liquor called pisco. The prize was a trip to Peru to learn how the spirit is distilled. When the group stepped off the plane, they were immediately greeted by the owner of the company and a bottle of pisco. It was 4:30 a.m.

Pisco is an old drink, made in Peru since the 1600’s. It’s distilled from grapes instead of grains, and it’s traditionally aged in clay containers that impart no color. The result is a smooth, clear spirit that some liken to grappa. Similar to wine, Anton claims “you can really taste where it came from,” due to the quality that the grapes impart.

Seaboard Station building in Raleigh
Jmturner, public domain

William Peace University in Raleigh is using nearly two thirds of its endowment to buy out an adjacent shopping center.  The school submitted the offer worth nearly $21 million last week for the Seaboard Station retail center.  The owner of the downtown shopping center filed for bankruptcy more than a year ago. 

Peace president Debra Townsley says the move will make the university more attractive to those considering enrollment.

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