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Jul 27, 2020

NC Politics in the News

Agriculture

SPECTRUM NEWS: N.C. Announces Delivery of Personal Protection Equipment To Farmers
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is attempting to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks for farmworkers by delivering critical personal protection equipment to agricultural workers statewide.

WECT: N.C. issues warning about unsolicited seed shipments from China
North Carolina officials are warning residents not to plant seeds they received unsolicited from China or other foreign sources because it could introduce invasive species, insects, or plant diseases.


Economic Development

ABC 11: Amazon hiring 3,000 workers for new Garner facility
Amazon is ready to hire thousands of workers to run its new fulfillment center in Garner.

TRIANGLE BUSINESS JOURNAL: How North Carolina stands to gain as Florida loses key tax credit for job recruitment
One of North Carolina’s top economic development rivals has one less tool in its toolbox – perhaps positioning the Tar Heel state to win more job-creating projects in the future.


Education

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: With more autonomy, N.C. private schools plan more aggressive reopenings
Requiring families sign waivers, many private schools are gearing up to welcome students and staff back into their buildings.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Majority of NC public school students will start new school year learning from home
The majority of North Carolina public school students will start next school year continuing to learn from home instead of going back to school for face-to-face classes.


Healthcare

ABC 11: The breakdown of COVID-19 hospitalizations across North Carolina
As the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 continues to rise, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) began publicly releasing regional hospitalization data to show where in the state the virus is hitting hardest.

FOX 8: President Trump set to visit North Carolina, tour company involved in COVID-19 vaccine efforts
President Trump is set to visit a Morrisville company Monday that is doing crucial work in the ongoing effort to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.


Government

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: Cheers! Pandemic buying drove N.C. liquor sales to new heights
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic — or maybe because of it — North Carolina liquor sales jumped nearly 12% in the fiscal year that ended June 30, to a new record of nearly $1.37 billion.

WBTV: Mayor Lyles: Charlotte committed to host scaled-down RNC, no intention to expand
Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles says the city is committed to hosting a significantly scaled-down Republican National Convention in August and has no intention to expand the event.

WRAL NEWS: David Lewis, key leader in the NC House, announces surprise retirement
A top leader in the state House announced Friday that he plans to retire at the end of this term instead of seeking re-election as planned.


Transportation

NORTH STATE JOURNAL: NC treasurer calls for replacement of NCDOT COO and CFO
North Carolina State Treasurer Dale Folwell is calling for the replacement of two top officials at the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) in the wake of another critical state audit of the agency.