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Mar 25, 2019

NC Politics in the News

Your weekly North Carolina political news report.


Agriculture

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: A 145-year-old tobacco company gets into the CBD oil business in North Carolina
In a former tobacco warehouse in a city that once touted itself as the “world’s greatest tobacco market,” a company called Criticality has begun extracting CBD oil from hemp.


Economic Development

THE STANLY NEWS & PRESS: Company to create new jobs, invest more than $1M in Stanly
CT Commercial Paper Company, a manufacturer and distributor of paper towel and tissue products, will expand its business operation in Oakboro.


Environment

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: NC gets an ‘F’ grade for keeping lead out of school drinking water, new report finds
North Carolina is failing to protect children from drinking lead-contaminated water in schools, advocacy groups warn, prompting state lawmakers to push for testing at public schools and childcare facilities.


Healthcare

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: State Health Plan study bill set for House committee hearing
One of the more controversial bills of North Carolina’s 2019 legislative session — studying “the sustainability of the State Health Plan” — will get its first committee hearing Tuesday in Raleigh.


Government

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Mayor of North Carolina capital won’t seek 5th term
The mayor of North Carolina's capital city won't seek a fifth term. In a video Wednesday, Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane cited accomplishments on economic development and the arts — but also the current climate of divisiveness.


Transportation

NATIONAL PARKS TRAVELER: Blue Ridge Parkway Prepares for Interstate 26 Widening Project
The National Park Service has announced it intends to adopt the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Final Environmental Impact Statement for the widening of Interstate 26 in Buncombe and Henderson County, North Carolina.  

PORT CITY DAILY: NCDOT releases sea level rise assessment for Cape Fear Crossing
North Carolina Department of Transportation released its 2019 Sea Level Rise Analysis report on its Cape Fear Crossing project last week. The report, which factors in federal tide gauge projects, predicts potential sea level rise scenarios over an 81-year-period.


Technology

CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL: Passport partners with Charlotte, other cities on pilot that will charge e-scooter operators for parking
Charlotte is one of three cities participating in a pilot program to manage the use of electronic scooters. Passport, a mobile-payments firm based in Charlotte, is heading up the micro-mobility pilot with its own platform.