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Nov 25, 2019

NC Politics in the News

Agriculture

LAURINGBURG EXCHANGE: New federal rules could stifle developing hemp industry
North Carolina hemp farmers are bracing for an onslaught of federal regulation.

WXII 12: North Carolina's famed Cold Mountain is on fire, Forest Service says
North Carolina's famed Cold Mountain, located near Asheville and featured in a popular novel and an award-winning movie, is on fire.


Economic Development

BUSINESS FACILITIES: AkzoNobel Investing $55M In North Carolina Expansion
AkzoNobel is investing $55 million to expand its industrial coatings manufacturing site in High Point, NC. Announced in April, the extensive upgrade will include installing state-of-the-art production technology, as well as building a new raw materials warehouse, research lab and technical application center.


Education

WFAE: NC Education Official Weighs In On Istation Legal Battle
North Carolina school district officials are still not sure what program they will use long term in assessing kindergarten through third-grade students' reading skills. Jack Hoke, executive director of the North Carolina School Superintendents Association wants state education officials to make a decision soon, so teachers can be trained and data collected.


Healthcare

ABC 11: Medicaid transformation put on hold; legislators blame one another
A transformation in our state's Medicaid program is being put on hold.

ABC 11: Court allows lawsuit to proceed which could set major precedent for NC health care
A Wake County Superior Court judge is allowing a lawsuit to proceed that could dramatically change how doctors and hospitals operate in the open market.


Government

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Cooper ‘improperly’ used influence on pipeline, investigation started by GOP concludes
An independent investigation started by Republican General Assembly leaders into the state’s approvals for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline found that Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper “improperly used the authority and influence of his office” but did not personally benefit from those decisions.


Transportation

THE LAURINBURG EXCHANGE: NCDOT urges safety when traveling for holiday’
Predicting a busy Thanksgiving weekend, the N.C. Department of Transportation is suspending most construction activity along its major highways to keep lanes open for holiday travelers.

SPECTRUM NEWS: Two NC Airports to See Millions of Dollars in Improvements
Two airports in the Tar Heel state will soon see some improvements.