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327 out of 524 cities in the state responded to a North Carolina League of Municipalities survey on 28 types of ordinances. Most common were zoning for manufactured homes and vicious dogs, while least common were those pertaining to AIDS.
TNR stands for trap-neuter-return, a program to decrease stray and wild cat populations. Wake County Board of Commissioners approved a TNR ordinance in June to deal with feral animal populations, cats specifically because they are the most prevalent.
Durham is enforcing new restrictions in the city’s panhandling ordinance. Advocates for the homeless are concerned since many cannot pay the tickets issued or afford the cost of a lawyer if they get jailed. The rules are also confusing to many and the police have said to have been telling panhandlers conflicting rules each time they are stopped. Critics of the ordinance say the city should focus on helping those panhandling rather than punishing them for their misfortune.