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Feb 4, 2019

NC Politics in the News

Your weekly North Carolina political news report.


Agriculture

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT: First Round of Relief Checks Going to North Carolina Farmers
North Carolina's agriculture commissioner says the first round of relief checks are going to farmers affected by tropical weather.


Economic Development

THE LAURINBURG EXCHANGE: Panel rejects Cooper administration push to raise debt ceiling
The state panel that determines how much money North Carolina can prudently borrow over the next 10 years rejected an appeal Wednesday by Gov. Roy Cooper’s budget director to triple the state’s debt ceiling from $2.03 billion to more than $6 billion.

NC DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE: Work Opportunity Tax Credit Helped More North Carolina Employers Hire in 2018
The North Carolina Department of Commerce issued more than 75,000 Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) certifications to more than 2,500 employers in 2018, the department’s Workforce Solutions division announced today. Both figures represented increases from 2017.


Elections

ABC11: Gov. Roy Cooper appoints 5 new members to State Board of Elections
On Thursday, Governor Roy Cooper appointed five new members to the State Board of Elections.


Environment

NEWS & OBSERVER: 21 counties in NC now eligible for assistance for Tropical Storm Michael damage
Some three months after Tropical Storm Michael caused damage in North Carolina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has declared 21 counties eligible for federal aid.


Healthcare

WRAL: Big changes coming for Medicaid providers this week
Whether to expand Medicaid in North Carolina is one of the biggest issues state lawmakers are taking on this legislative session. This week, several insurance and health care providers may be able to change how they pay for and treat Medicaid recipients.


Government

THE ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Private liquor sales on table for Asheville, rest of North Carolina, Sen. Edwards says
Republican N.C. Sen. Chuck Edwards told a conservative business group Friday he was open to privatizing government-controlled liquor sales and that a committee he is chairing has some sway over the issue.


Transportation

SPECTRUM NEWS: Greensboro Launches State’s First All-Electric Bus, Plans for More in Works
The City of Greensboro is working towards a cleaner environment. It's a new era of transit technology in Greensboro, as the city unveiled its first all-electric rechargeable bus.