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May 3, 2021

NC Politics in the News

Economic Development

THE NEWS AND OBSERVER: NC research universities are helping to drive the Triangle's tech surge
Hope and confidence are on the rise as North Carolina celebrates several major economic development wins, paired with continued vaccine rollout. The state’s higher education system has long been a key economic driver for our communities. As North Carolina rebounds from the pandemic, higher education is uniquely positioned to advance the economy forward.


Education

WRAL: Wake County proposes tuition-free pre-kindergarten for lower income 3-year-olds
Wake County officials unveiled a plan Wednesday to expand tuition-free pre-kindergarten offerings to thousands of 3-year-olds living within 200% of the poverty line.

THE NEWS AND OBSERVER: NC may require some teachers to be fingerprinted, undergo criminal records check
People who want to work in North Carolina public schools could be required to be fingerprinted and undergo a criminal background check under legislation backed by some state lawmakers.


Government

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Audit: hurdles slowed COVID-19 grants to poor families in NC
Some low-income families in North Carolina missed out on getting coronavirus relief grants last year because of administrative and qualifying hurdles required by the General Assembly, a state audit concluded on Monday.


Healthcare

THE NEWS AND OBSERVER: Nearly 50% of people on a triangle county are vaccinated. How does yours compare?
Nearly half of all people in Orange County have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while just over a fifth of Harnett County residents have had a shot. The data for the Triangle and surrounding counties comes as the state Department of Health and Human Services reports that more than 38% of people in North Carolina are now at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19 and more than 31% are fully vaccinated.


Politics

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Rep. Ted Budd enters North Carolina U.S. Senate race
North Carolina U.S. Rep. Ted Budd announced Wednesday morning that he will seek the Republican nomination for the 2022 Senate election.