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Apr 22, 2019

NC Politics in the News

Your weekly North Carolina political news report.


Agriculture

CITIZEN TIMES: U.S., Western North Carolina lost farms in latest Census of Agriculture report
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last week the results of the 2017 Census of Agriculture, and there's good news and bad news for Western North Carolina.


Economic Development

WHKY: Projects In Burke, Iredell Counties Awarded Grants As Part Of Dept. Of Commerce Allocations
According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) approved 17 grant requests to local governments totaling $7,068,625. The requests include commitments to create a total of 869 jobs, 623 of which were previously announced.

WRAL TECH WIRE: High-tech job openings surge across NC to more than 31,000
More than 31,000 high-tech job openings were posted across North Carolina in March, a huge 40 percent increase over the same month in 2018 and the highest figure reported to date in the report from the NC Technology Association.


Environment

ABC 11: Honey bee crisis: How a $2M investment at NC State could save apples, blueberries, melons, peaches, and more
The honey bee is an incredible ally of agriculture, but the bees are dying at an alarming rate. Charles Heatherly with the North Carolina State Beekeeper's Association is worried about the future of honey bees.


Healthcare

JD NEWS: N.C. Treasurer Folwell offers remedy for State Health Plan woes
State Treasurer Dale Folwell was in New Bern Tuesday to outline the Clear Pricing Project, a plan to keep North Carolina’s State Health Plan solvent beyond its projected fiscal lifespan. At current spending levels of nearly $3.3 billion per year, the plan is projected to run out of money in 2023.


Politics

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Dallas Woodhouse to leave his position at NC GOP
One of the most prominent voices of the North Carolina Republican Party plans to move on. Dallas Woodhouse, who has worked as executive director of the NC GOP since October 2015, will leave the position after his contract expires in June, he told McClatchy on Monday.


Transportation

WRAL: North Carolina transportation board OKs airport improvements
The state transportation board has approved grants that will help provide safety improvements to six North Carolina airports.