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Jul 26, 2021

NC Politics in the News

Economic Development 

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE: Glen Raven selects Warren County for major expansion
Glen Raven, Inc., a leading provider of innovative performance textiles with widely recognized brands including Sunbrella® and Dickson®, will create 205 new jobs as it expands its Custom Fabrics operations in Warren County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest up to $82 million in Norlina.

WRAL TechWire: NC Commerce Secretary Sanders and Department defend new economic development plan
According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, economic development efforts have resulted in more than 73,000 new jobs and more than $19 billion in private business investment announced since 2018, with $6.3 billion announced in 2020.


Education 

THE NEWS AND OBSERVER: Many private colleges in NC mandate vaccines. Public schools don't, but do recommend it
Some private universities in North Carolina are joining the hundreds of schools nationwide requiring students to get a COVID-19 vaccine before returning to campus in August.

WRAL: UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke to provide more flexibility for staff returning to office
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill welcomed employees back to campus Monday after more than a year of remote work during the pandemic.


Government

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Cooper moves to end North Carolina's state wide mask mandate
North Carolina health officials and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday announced that they will eliminate the statewide mask mandate and ease masking requirements in schools.

WRAL: Overhaul of NC high school athletics continues to advance through state Senate
A new measure that would remove the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s authority to administer high school sports in the state continued its advance through the legislature on Thursday, passing a second committee in two days.

ASSOCIATED PRESS: North Carolina General Assembly holds abbreviated work week
The North Carolina General Assembly is slowing down this week as lawmakers prepare for budget negotiations and action on other measures during August.


Healthcare

WNCT: NC Health care systems need to fill hundreds of nurse vacancies amid shortage
Hospitals across the Triangle are looking for hundreds of nurses to fill vacancies amid an ongoing shortage and increased COVID-19 cases. Duke Health is recruiting right now for around 700 nursing positions to accommodate expansions and anticipated turnover.


Politics

WRAL: McCrory pushes for 3 GOP primary debates in Senate race
Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said on Thursday that he wants to participate in three televised debates ahead of the 2022 primaries, including one in late fall and two early next year.


Transportation

US NEWS: Successful Drone Trial Delivers Supplies to Ocracoke Island
North Carolina transportation officials say successful drone flights this week to Ocracoke have them hopeful that it may soon get easier to deliver vital supplies to the remote Outer Banks island amid bad weather.