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Nov 16, 2020

NC Politics in the News

Agriculture

THE CHARLOTTE AGENDA: Most states now have legal medical marijuana, but N.C. lags behind
Marijuana won big this election, gaining legal ground in five states, but it remains illegal in North Carolina. That’s not expected to change with the state’s incoming legislature.


Economic Development

WRAL TECH WIRE: North Carolina ties Georgia for top spot in economic development ratings
North Carolina shares the top spot with Georgia in Site Selection’s widely followed Business Climate Ranking for 2020 after ranking just behind that state in 2019.

GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY: Virus Relief Grant to Help in Part With Broadband in N.C.
The Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments staff in North Carolina is using grant funds to address food insecurity, broadband inequality and the daily challenges senior adults face.

THE WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Initial unemployment benefit claims up slightly in N.C.
There was a slight uptick in initial and re-filed state and federal unemployment claims for Thursday, the N.C. Division of Employment Security reported Friday.


Education

NORTH STATE JOURNAL: Catherine Truitt becomes the second Republican in a row to lead NC’s schools
Catherine Truitt has become the second Republican in a row to become the state superintendent of schools after defeating Democratic candidate Jennifer Mangrum.

WCNC: No evidence opening K-12 public schools is a factor in NC's increase in virus cases, state health officials say
State health leaders said there have been cases in schools but it the number of cases isn't contributing to the state's rise in Coronavirus cases.

THE SALISBURY POST: NC State requiring COVID-19 test before return to campus
Students, faculty and staff at North Carolina State University will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before returning to campus in the spring.


Healthcare

WBTV: POLITICO: NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen being considered for Biden cabinet
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen is being considered for a spot in projected President-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet, according to a report from POLITICO.

WNCT: NC Medicaid launches website for beneficiaries to learn more about Medicaid managed care
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced the launch of NC Medicaid’s managed care enrollment website in preparation for the launch of Medicaid Managed Care scheduled for July 1, 2021.

ABC 11: 'It has the potential to be a perfect storm': Get a COVID-19 test or avoid large holiday gatherings, Duke health expert suggests
Before you spend time with loved ones this holiday season, a Duke health expert is encouraging the public to get a COVID-19 test or just flat out avoid gatherings this year.


Government

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: North Carolina may be headed for recount, but not in presidential race
North Carolina could be headed toward recounts in two key races where candidates held narrow margins over their opponents.

ABC 11: 'We've got to work together': Gov. Cooper says NC voters sent a bipartisan message to state, federal leaders
In a one-on-one interview with ABC11, Gov. Roy Cooper discussed his state of emergency stemming from flooding damage, a spike in COVID-19 cases in rural counties, and his takeaway from voters in the 2020 election.

FOX 8: About 10 county boards of elections in NC meeting to finalize 2020 election results, some counties correcting discrepancies
Around 10 county boards of elections in North Carolina will meet early this week to finalize their 2020 election results, and a few counties will correct discrepancies in election results discovered during the post-election canvass process, according to a statement released on Sunday by the North Carolina State Board of Elections.


Transportation

WWAY3: NCDOT receives $2.58M for Hurricane Florence-related road and culvert repair in Brunswick County
The State of North Carolina and FEMA has approved $2.58 million to reimburse the North Carolina Department of Transportation for Hurricane Florence-related road and culvert repair in Brunswick County.