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Sep 3, 2019

NC Politics in the News

Agriculture  

THE ELKIN TRIBUNE: Wilkes County awarded agriculture grant
The success of a low-cost farm equipment rental program in Wilkes County and a growing need for additional equipment has led the Golden LEAF Foundation to award a $63,000 grant to the Wilkes Economic Development Corporation. 


Economic Development

THE MOUNTAINEER: North Carolina offers $1.2M in tax incentives to Carvana, governor says company will contribute more than $500M to economy 
North Carolina is offering $1.2 million in tax incentives to Carvana, a move that the Cooper Administration says will result in nearly $512 million for the state’s economy. The e-commerce car sales platform plans to open a new inspection and reconditioning facility in Cabarrus County. The Concord facility’s staff will inspect, refurbish and process vehicles for online sales.

AREA DEVELOPMENT: Policygenius to Locate Tech & Operations Center in Durham, North Carolina 
Policygenius, a fast-growing online insurance platform, will invest nearly $6 million to locate a technical and operations center in Durham County, North Carolina. The company plans to create at least 377 jobs over the next five years.


Environment

WLOS: Tracking Dorian: Evacuation orders in place for some in North Carolina
Evacuation orders continue to be put in place in North Carolina ahead of Hurricane Dorian's expected arrival. With confidence increasing that Dare County will see significant, life-threatening impacts from Hurricane Dorian later this week, officials say a state of emergency has been issued for all areas of the county including the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo and all unincorporated areas including Hatteras Island, Roanoke Island and the Dare mainland.


Healthcare

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Inside North Carolina's Big Effort to Transform Health Care
North Carolina seems like an unlikely laboratory for health care reform. It refused to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and ranks in the bottom third among states in measures of overall health. But the state has embarked on one of the country’s most ambitious efforts to transform how health care is defined and paid for.


Government

SALISBURY POST: Gov. Cooper vetoes Medicaid transition bill, signs pay measures
Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper responded to Republicans passing piecemeal legislation to break their budget impasse by signing four employee pay bills on Friday. But he vetoed a funding measure needed to stand up North Carolina’s forthcoming Medicaid managed-care system his administration will operate.


Technology

FOX 8: North Carolina school district using new app allowing parents to track their child's school bus rides
A North Carolina school district has installed technology into their school buses that allows parents to track their child’s bus ride to and from school. This school year, parents with kids in New Hanover County Schools can use the Edulog app to track their student’s bus, WECT reports.


Transportation

STATESVILLE RECORD & LANDMARK: North Carolina Department of Transportation up for top award over drone usage
Last year, the N.C. Department of Transportation broke new ground with its unprecedented use of drones in response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence. Now, those efforts are being recognized on the national level.

THE STATE: Gov. Cooper wants more electric vehicles in NC. Will NCDOT's plan make it happen?
Last fall, as part of his executive order on climate change and clean energy, Gov. Roy Cooper asked the N.C. Department of Transportation to develop a plan to significantly increase the number of zero-emission vehicles on the road in North Carolina. Now NCDOT is seeking the public’s feedback on its plan to promote electric cars and trucks before it goes to the governor on Oct. 1.