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Oct 7, 2019

NC Politics in the News

Your weekly North Carolina political news report.


Agriculture

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Trump approves one of NC's requests for disaster assistance in Dorian recovery

Governments in parts of North Carolina affected by September’s Hurricane Dorian are now able to receive federal money to aid with disaster relief, according to a release from N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper’s office. Friday, President Donald Trump approved Cooper’s Sept. 13 request for a major disaster declaration for Public Assistance in 14 counties.


Economic Development

TRIANGLE BUSINESS JOURNAL: Aerospace firm plans to add more than 100 jobs at NC facility

“Project First Sunrise,” unveiled Friday to be an aerospace manufacturing company, just picked North Carolina over Florida for a $2.8 million manufacturing expansion.

THE SAMPSON INDEPENDENT: Statewide Conference Focuses on Rural Workforce Pipeline

Local economic developers and civic leaders from counties across North Carolina will gather Oct. 8-9 in Sanford to discuss strategies to retain, attract and develop workforce in the state’s rural communities.


Education

WRAL: Lawmakers confirm three to State Board of Education

The General Assembly confirmed three State Board of Education appointments Wednesday, filling two vacancies and re-upping a member the Republican majority had declined to approve last year. The vote, taken in a joint session of the House and the Senate, was unanimous for the Senate and 97-8 in the House.


Government

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: NC legislators' new district maps in judges' hands, but debate continues over process

At least two North Carolina lawmakers had access to political data during the recent redistricting process, despite a court order banning its use, according to a new legal filing in Wake County Superior Court. But the brief casts doubt on whether they used the information, and the lawmakers tell The News & Observer they never looked at it.


Politics

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Rural NC Republicans to GOP legislators: Reject 'national party stance' on Medicaid

These days, support for Medicaid expansion in North Carolina varies from Republican to Republican. Republicans in the state House are working on a proposal to expand the federal coverage program for the poor. Republicans in the Senate say they’re not interested in Medicaid expansion. Meanwhile, some Republicans in rural North Carolina feel neglected as they await solutions.


Transportation

WFAE 90.7: Gov. Cooper's Climate Council Announces Plans For Electric Vehicles; Costs Not Known Yet

State officials are proposing electric vehicle tax credits and an expanded network of charging stations on state roads as part of their efforts to reduce carbon emissions — but they’re still not sure how much it will cost or how to fund their plans. The proposals are part of the North Carolina Climate Change Interagency Council, which met last Friday.