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Here’s what’s happening now:

While this is a hyperlocal newsletter, yesterday's breach of the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters is unprecedented in modern history. The president only now committed to a peaceful transfer of power, after yesterday's violence. Congress certified President-Elect Joe Biden's win this morning, though seven of North Carolina's elected officials objected to the results of some states, without evidence, the News & Observer reports. Senator Thom Tillis affirmed Biden's win, INDY Week has more.

When can you get your shot? You may have heard friends or family in other parts of the state can sign up for a vaccine if they're in the 75 and older Phase 1b group. That's not yet happening in Wake County, which is still in Phase 1a. [our guide]


What else to know:

🦠The rollout of the vaccine in North Carolina so far: [NC Health News]

🦠 Current restrictions, including the 10 p.m. curfew, are extended for 3 more weeks and more updates. [RaleighConvergence.com]
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Art in Bloom returns: The North Carolina Museum of Art's popular exhibition of floral design and fundraiser is coming back for 2021. It was canceled last year due to the pandemic and will be later this year, in June instead of early spring, and include two weekends. Tickets will go on sale April 7 (members) and April 14 (nonmembers) for the June 3-6 and 10-13 dates. [info]

Downtown South update: Developers purchased the final parcel of land in late 2020, the Triangle Business Journal first reported, and construction could begin in late 2021. ICYMI, this came after developers obtained the requested rezoning in December from the Raleigh City Council.

In Tuesday's city council meeting, council members briefly discussed the requested tax increment grant (TIG) requested by developers; city staff are still gathering information and the conversation will continue in February.


Saint Augustine's University launched its first graduate program, a Master of Public Administration program, which will be entirely online. [more info]

Let it snow: We could get "trace to 1 inch" of snow on Friday, WRAL's weather team says. ❄️
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