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Oct 18, 2021

NC Politics in the News

Agriculture

CBS17: 2021 NC State Fair reports low attendance numbers after a canceled year due to COVID-19
As the North Carolina State Fair enters its first weekend following a canceled fair last year, attendance numbers appear low.


Economic Development

AP: German plastics manufacturer bringing jobs to North Carolina
Pöppelmann Plastics USA LLC is investing more than $19.2 million to expand its manufacturing campus in Claremont in Catawba County, Gov. Roy Cooper said Friday in a news release.


Education

WITN: Judge getting update on North Carolina school funding equity plan
A North Carolina judge wants an update on why a funding roadmap designed to reduce public education inequities among students hasn’t been carried out so far.

Superior Court Judge David Lee scheduled a court hearing for Monday in the long-running “Leandro” school funding case.

WFAE: Staff shortages hobble NC schools' pandemic recovery as teachers quit and subs are scarce
Teachers are quitting in what one Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools official calls staggering numbers. Substitutes can't be found. Just getting kids to school requires elaborate strategies to find drivers.


Environment

COASTAL REVIEW: NC awards $1.1 million for public water accesses
More than $1.1 million has been awarded to seven towns and two counties to improve public access to coastal beaches and waters.

AP: North Carolina gov signs major energy law
Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina signed a milestone energy bill into law Wednesday that aims to sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the state’s power plants by 2030, celebrating the legislative accomplishment with Republican lawmakers.


Government

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: NC’s governor signs major energy bill, laying the groundwork for a budget compromise
Cooper’s signing of the energy bill Wednesday indicates that this year, top Republican lawmakers and the governor might be able to stand next to each other once again in the coming weeks if the two parties work out a mutually beneficial state spending plan for the first time in Cooper’s more than four years as governor.


Healthcare

WINSTON SALEM JOURNAL: Governor signs 'No Patient Left Alone" bill into law; goes into effect Nov. 1
Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law Friday a state Senate bill that addresses patient visitations during a statewide emergency.


Politics

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Beasley again the top fundraiser in NC US Senate race
Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley was the top third-quarter fundraiser for candidates in next year’s U.S. Senate race in North Carolina, according to documents filed at Friday’s financial reporting deadline.


Transportation

AP: Company found negligent in bridge collapse that killed man
A contractor’s failure to follow established safety procedures led to the collapse of a section of a bridge linking North Carolina’s mainland to Hatteras Island, killing one worker and injuring another, according to federal regulators.