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Feb 10, 2020

NC Politics in the News

Agriculture

INDEPENDENT TRIBUNE: N.C. hemp farmers uncertain in countdown to new regulations
The clock is ticking on hemp licenses for North Carolina farmers.

DAIRY REPORTER: North Carolina digitizes environmental monitoring for dairy processors
A new online training course from North Carolina State University is designed for dairy processors. It helps improve their environmental monitoring programs (EMP) for better food safety and pathogen control.


Economic Development

WATAUGA TIMES: Golden LEAF launches $11M grant initiative in northwest NC
A 12-county area including Watauga, Ashe and Avery counties is targeted for an $11 million grant initiative designed to boost economic transformation in rural areas.


Education

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: State school board wants to put new limits on NC superintendent’s power and spending
The State Board of Education is trying to put new rules on Superintendent Mark Johnson following his controversial decision to award an emergency contract of more than $900,000 to use a testing program.


Healthcare

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Insurers remain on board, but keep close eye, on N.C. Medicaid reform delay
Insurers preparing to participate in North Carolina’s ambitious $6 billion Medicaid managed-care reform say they remain committed to the initiative.


Government

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Court ruling says NC is illegally segregating people with disabilities
North Carolina has been illegally segregating people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in institutions or putting them at risk of institutionalization, a court ruled Thursday.

WFMY NEWS: The state attorney general wants new laws to protect consumers from data breaches
Usually handling the fallout is your responsibility. These changes would put more pressure on companies.


Transportation

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: Transportation, IT Heads in NC Governor's Cabinet Changing
North Carolina's transportation secretary is leaving the job at the end of the month, and another member of Gov. Roy Cooper's Cabinet is moving over to succeed him.

THE FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER: Fayetteville replacing electric car chargers downtown
Electric car owners are elated at the city’s plans to replace downtown chargers. Three of the four are currently not working.