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Aug 10, 2020

NC Politics in the News

Agriculture

CBS 17: Some question face mask enforcement at State Farmers Market in Raleigh
There are questions about mask enforcement at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh, including what’s required and why some vendors aren’t wearing face coverings. 


Economic Development

THE WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: North Carolinians running out of unemployment benefits faster than most of U.S.
Unemployed and furloughed North Carolinians are exhausting their state unemployment-insurance benefits much faster than most Americans, according to a report released Friday by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.


Education

ABC 11: Wayne County Public Schools votes to open most schools under remote learning for 3 weeks
Wayne County Public Schools announced its decision for almost all of its schools to open under Plan C for remote learning for the first few weeks of the coming semester, the latest in a growing list of schools making similar decisions.

WBTV: N.C. high school sports season pushed back again due to Phase 2 extension
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association announced the start of fall sports will be delayed beyond September 1, in a statement by the commissioner on Thursday.

WCNC: Countdown to the classroom: North Carolina students head back in one week
Students and teachers in North Carolina will start a new school year 1 week from Monday. Some will be heading into the actual school building while others will learn online from home.


Healthcare

FOX 8: NC health officials to ease gathering restrictions for GOP convention
North Carolina will ease gathering restrictions for the Republican National Convention in Charlotte this month after a push by the national party for the state to be more accommodating.

WCNC: One projection shows N.C. could need second shutdown in October, state's top health official weighs in
It's one of the last things anyone wants to hear: the possibility of a second stay-at-home lockdown. However, an independent health research group said it could be necessary, if its current projections play out.

WRAL NEWS: NC reaches PPE distribution milestone
State health officials say they've distributed 8 million masks and other supplies to schools, health care and adult care facilities and agricultural operations around North Carolina.


Government

TRIANGLE BUSINESS JOURNAL: Gov. Cooper extends Phase 2 reopening in NC for 5 more weeks
As North Carolina moves closer to some schools reopening for in-person instruction, Gov. Roy Cooper has extended the current Phase 2 restrictions for another five weeks, citing concern about promoting too much activity too quickly.


Transportation

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Big DOT raises will bring pension costs that NC agencies and school systems must pay
Big pay raises for state transportation workers that were recently criticized by the state auditor will soon have big ramifications for the state pension plan, State Treasurer Dale Folwell said.

THE SALISBURY POST: ‘Hanging on by a thread’: County pleads for restriction relief at NC Transportation Museum
The N.C. Transportation Museum is a major economic force in Rowan County, with more than 100,000 visitors from across the region coming to the facility every year. Those visitors account for nearly 10% of all tourism dollars spent here, according to the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.