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Dec 16, 2019

NC Politics in the News

Agriculture

THE COASTLAND TIMES: Gov. Cooper honors Farm Bureau president Larry Wooten with Rural Leadership Award
Governor Roy Cooper announced that Larry Wooten will be the first recipient of the North Carolina Rural Leadership Award. Governor Roy Cooper and Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler presented Larry Wooten with the first North Carolina Rural Leadership Award at a reception in November at the Executive Mansion.


Economic Development

AREA DEVELOPMENT: Michael Aram Relocates Logistics Center to Goldsboro, North Carolina
Michael Aram, Inc., an internationally renowned luxury design company offering a wide range of craft-based jewelry, tabletop and home furnishings, will invest nearly $5.7 million to relocate its logistics center to a 234,972-square-foot facility in Goldsboro, North Carolina. The company plans to create 118 jobs in Wayne County.

SPECTRUM NEWS: Burlington Works to Attract International Businesses
Burlington is working hard to attract more international businesses to the area.


Education

WRAL NEWS: NC education agency debuts updated website
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction debuted an updated website Thursday night, a project that has been in the works for the past year, according to State Superintendent Mark Johnson.

ABC 11: 70K third-grade students promoted despite failing reading requirements, NC Superintendent says
North Carolina's superintendent of public instruction is alleging that more than 70,000 third-grade students have been wrongly promoted since 2014 even though they did not meet mandated reading requirements.


Healthcare

SPECTRUM NEWS: NC Officials Seek to Reduce Infant Mortality Gap
State health officials on Monday said they expect to have an update by April on efforts to reduce the gap between black and white infant deaths.


Government

THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Ex-Gov McCrory leading in GOP primary, poll shows. Now, he’s keeping door open to run.
With a poll showing him with a double-digit lead in a Republican primary, former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory suggested Wednesday that he’s keeping the door open to running for his old seat.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: A divided NC Elections Board narrowly approves newly ‘tweaked’ voting machines
North Carolina elections officials approved a new type of touchscreen voting machine Friday over the objection of outside advocates and two elections board members who said the machines haven’t been properly tested.

SALISBURY POST: County commissioners to hold public hearing on $45 million bond referendum
County commissioners will hold a public hearing Monday for a $45 million package to finance construction and equipment for an advanced technology education complex at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.


Transportation

THE DISPATCH: Davidson County’s transportation system sees large increase
Davidson County residents want — and in many cases need — public transportation, and recent numbers seem to back it up.

WCNC: Charlotte's shared bike-bus lane pilot program rolls out Monday
There will soon be a new shared bike and bus lane in uptown Charlotte.