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Here’s what’s happening now:

State guidance for schools no longer includes requiring outdoor masks. That's expected to prompt Wake County Schools to no longer require masks outside. [News & Observer]

Kyron Hinton's family didn't know the circumstances around his death. Now, two years later, the Wake County District Attorney told INDY Week how the Raleigh man died. [INDY Week]
Raleigh Convergence Memberships: 

It's Small Business week! Our Contributing and Sustaining individual members can give a shoutout to their favorite small local business for Friday's newsletter! And PS: If you're not a Contributing or Sustaining Member, you can become a member or upgrade your membership before noon today and participate! [join]
Converging Stories:
Converging Stories is returning to in-person events!

We are thrilled to announce that our live storytelling series is scheduled to be in person on July 12 at Transfer Co. Ballroom!

Our first event sold out the Transfer Co. Work Hall in February 2020. Then, the pandemic. The four events since have been virtual.

The July 12th in-person event will be themed Distance + Exploration (previously scheduled for June 7). Tickets will go on sale at a later date.
We're looking for storytellers now!

About the series: Converging Stories is a true, first-person storytelling series in which community members — your neighbors — are coached to share a story for insight around a theme. Each night of storytelling has a different theme.

Anyone connected with the Raleigh and Wake County community can submit their story idea on the theme!

How to submit an idea for July 12th's event:
🎙️ Send a short, 100-word idea to editor@raleighconvergence.com around the theme of Distance and/or Exploration. It doesn't need to be polished or complete.
🎙️ Submit your idea no later than 11:59 p.m. May 16.
🎙️ Storytellers (usually 5) will be selected for coaching to tell their story live at the Converging Stories event.

Learn more: 2021 themes + wrap up of the 2020 season.
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Briefly, 

The Raleigh-Cary metro area is 8th highest
among metros 500,000 people or more for population growth, according to the NYTimes' Upshot analysis of 2019-2020 Census data. Our area grew 2%, compared to No. 1 Austin's 3% and No. 10 Charleston's 1.8%. [NYT]

More Apple analysis: More coverage on the state incentives, including a not-widely-reported property tax break, is mentioned in INDY Week's report. The Assembly's story examines how a global company will shape the state's future. 

At the Raleigh City Council meeting Tuesday, nearly 300 affordable housing units were approved. [WRAL]

It's Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Heirloom Brewshop is donating $1 from each char siu pork belly rice bowl to Stop AAPI Hate coalition. All music at their location in the Warehouse District in May will be from artists with AAPI heritage. [@heirloombrewshop]

A Greenway project, the Trenton Road Connector Project, is a proposed trail "between the bridge over I-40 and the William B. Umstead State Park Entrance at Reedy Creek Road." It also includes three pedestrian crossings in the area west of NC State near the state park. See a presentation and/or join a virtual open house at 6 p.m. Tuesday, with details on the city site.
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