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Apr 29, 2019

NC Politics in the News

Your weekly North Carolina political news report.


Agriculture    

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: NC State wants to help feed the world. Here’s how the college plans to make it happen
By 2050, the world’s population will near 10 billion. By 2100, that figure will climb to more than 11 billion, according to United Nations projections.


Economic Development

TRYON DAILY BULLETIN: Tryon receives third consecutive National Accreditation
On April 25, The North Carolina Department of Commerce announced that the National Main Street Center designated 46 North Carolina communities as accredited Main Street America programs for 2019. The Town of Tryon was among those selected to be a part of the Main Street America program; this is the third consecutive year that Tryon has been selected for the program. 


Education

ABC 11 NEWS: NC teachers prepare for Wednesday’s rally in Raleigh
A group of teachers spent Sunday afternoon at the North Carolina Association of Educators headquarters in Raleigh making signs, practicing chants and packing lunches for students who will be missing class ahead of Wednesday's rally.


Environment

NORTH CAROLINA HEALTH NEWS: Pending bills speak to water pollution concerns in North Carolina
Although many are destined to die, the large number of environmental bills pending in the North Carolina General Assembly stand testament to the severity of water contamination in this state and legislators feeling the urgency to do something about it.


Healthcare

NEWS & RECORD: Health insurance for as many 650K North Carolinians caught in political debate
The possibility of expanding Medicaid to between 450,000 and 650,000 North Carolinians has become perhaps the most contentious issue facing the state legislature this session. The program serves 2.14 million North Carolinians, representing about 21% of the state population. About 1.6 million will be enrolled in managed care under a federal waiver.

WECT6 NEWS: Neighborhood healthcare provider reopens after Hurricane Florence
A healthcare provider that has served one area for more than 20 years has reopened seven months after Hurricane Florence.


Government

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: NC budget proposals out, with new taxes on Uber rides, school safety improvements and more
Key state budget proposals began rolling out Friday morning, giving the public an initial look at how legislators plan to address education, pollution, public safety and other issues in the next two years.


ABC

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Another round on me, bartender? Not in North Carolina, unless this bill passes
Bar customers could order up to four drinks at once, and liquor stores could open on Sunday afternoons under a wide-ranging alcohol regulation bill that’s getting a big push from the hospitality and retail industries.


Transportation

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: If your car or truck uses electricity, NC legislators want you to pay more
The idea of charging owners of electric vehicles higher fees in lieu of gas taxes has now spread to the state House, where budget writers proposed Friday hiking the annual fee to $200 by 2021.The budget also calls for establishing a new annual fee on plug-in hybrid vehicles that would start at $87.50 next year and rise to $137.50 in 2022.