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DEQ Orders Additional PFAS Reductions by Chemours

August 14, 2020

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality is ordering significant additional actions by Chemours to prevent PFAS pollution from entering the Cape Fear River as the next phase of the ongoing cleanup of the contamination at the Fayetteville Works Site.  These actions address more than 90% of the PFAS entering the Cape Fear…

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Tillis and VA Secretary Wilkie Discuss Work to Help Veterans

August 14, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released a video with North Carolina native and U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie discussing their work to improve the VA and help ensure veterans receive the benefits they need and deserve.

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Financial Technology Company to Expand Headquarters, Adding 300 Jobs in Mecklenburg County

August 14, 2020

Retirement Clearinghouse, LLC (RCH), a leading national name in retirement plan services, will create 300 new jobs in Mecklenburg County. The company will invest more than $4.1 million to expand their headquarters and corporate office in Charlotte.  “North Carolina continues to attract innovative technology companies like Retirement Clearinghouse,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “This Mecklenburg County…

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Poll: Biden and Cunningham have slim leads in NC

August 14, 2020

RALEIGH – With the election 82 days away, the North Carolina electorate appears split between President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden in the race for the White House. With 15 electoral votes, North Carolina is considered a key battleground state in the 2020 presidential election. In the latest Civitas Poll, 600 North Carolina likely…

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Tillis & Feinstein Urge Japanese Government to Resolve All Remaining International Parental Abduction Cases

August 14, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recently, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) sent a bipartisan letter to Japanese Ambassador Shinsuke Sugiyama encouraging the Japanese government to act in good faith and resolve all remaining international parental abduction cases of American citizen children who have been abducted to Japan. “While the Japanese Government has improved…

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SBI Agents Arrest Stokes County Board of Elections Member

August 14, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. — On Wednesday, August 12, 2020, special agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s (SBI) Northern Piedmont District office arrested Harold Lester Mabe, 63, at his home in Stokes County at approximately 6:45 am.  Mabe is a member of the Stokes County Board of Elections.  He has been charged with 12…

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Carolina Journal politics week in review, Aug. 10-14

August 14, 2020

Each week, staff at Carolina Journal looks back at the week in N.C. politics and chooses several interesting, relevant stories you may have missed. Dropped lawsuit: Lt. Gov. Dan Forest has dropped his lawsuit against Gov. Roy Cooper over the governor’s COVID-19 executive orders. Josh Stein, N.C attorney general, tweeted the news Thursday, Aug. 13.…

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Governor Cooper Appoints Members to Board of Transportation

August 14, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. — Governor Roy Cooper has appointed members to the North Carolina Board of Transportation: As new members: Melvin M. Mitchell of Rocky Mount as a representative of the fourth transportation division. Mitchell is the President and Proprietor of the Melvin Mitchell Agency, Inc., an Exclusive Agency with Allstate Insurance Company. Mitchell serves as Secretary on the…

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Marine Fisheries to issue North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Tournament citations for flounder

August 14, 2020

MOREHEAD CITY – The Division of Marine Fisheries will issue North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Tournament citations for flounder catches that weigh 5 pounds or more during the recreational flounder season, which begins Sunday. Anglers who wish to apply for a flounder citation will need to use a new, online form. The fish must still be…

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New Grant Program Accepting Applications to Help Businesses and Nonprofits Hurt by COVID-19

August 14, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. — Businesses and nonprofit organizations in North Carolina that have experienced interruption due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic could qualify for up to $250,000 from a new state grant program, Governor Roy Cooper announced this week. The Department of Commerce is now accepting applications for the Job Retention Grant Program (JRG) through the agency’s…

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Opinion

Opinion: Extending unemployment benefits in N.C., and the president’s offer

August 14, 2020

by Joe Coletti President Trump signed a number of executive orders to circumvent a congressional impasse over another round of government relief and stimulus. Yuval Levin and Adam C. White provide a detailed critique of this return to Obama-era policymaking without regard to the constitutional issues. Their critique does not let Congress off the hook…

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Opinion: Pols Can’t Be Daydream Believers

August 12, 2020

by John Hood RALEIGH — North Carolina’s state and local governments will likely overspend their projected revenue this year by billions of dollars. So far, few public officials seem panicked about the prospect. Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration ordered some modest cost-saving measures but hasn’t moved nearly as aggressively as previous governors did during past recessions.…

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Opinion: Children, parents must have opportunity to choose

August 10, 2020

by Amy Cooke A save-the-system-not-the-student mentality is at the center of the “left-leaning” N.C. Association of Educators’ lawsuit to thrust a dagger into the heart of our state’s school choice options.  “Vouchers for private schools are an affront to a state that has a long and cherished history of public education,” the NCAE posted to Twitter. Those “vouchers,”…

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Opinion: Homicides Spiking in Carolina Cities

August 5, 2020

by John Hood As if the COVID crisis and economic recession weren’t bad enough, here’s some more bad news to process: homicide rates are spiking in many North Carolina communities. Through the end of July, 32 people in Greensboro have been the victims of homicide so far this year, up 52% from the count during…

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Opinion: BLM’s perverse plan for the black community

August 4, 2020

by Ken Raymond I recently completed a deep dive into Black Lives Matter’s webpage to learn more about the organization’s true goals and objectives, and what our nation is really dealing with. Those of us who measure BLM’s actions against their words know that the chaos and destruction inflicted upon cities across America is not…

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Opinion: County races turn on governance

August 3, 2020

by John Hood As the fall homestretch of the 2020 election approaches, you’re probably not spending much time considering the implications of county commission races in North Carolina. But I am. I’m just that weird. Our state boasts some of nation’s most-watched electoral contests this year. North Carolina is a likely a must-win for President…

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Opinion: N&O editorial asking Cooper to get ‘heavy handed’ is irresponsible, shameful

July 31, 2020

by John Trump I’m tired.  Tired of the lecturing from Gov. Roy Cooper and his cohorts. Tired of waiting for his edicts. Tired of his pedantic lecturing. I’ve written about that. All of it. I’ve written about it probably way too much, as a colleague mentioned to me this week. “How often can you write…

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Opinion: Going viral — Cooper, Cohen spread data; officials, media report it without context, proper analysis

July 30, 2020

by Joe Coletti It is hard to know things. It’s harder to know how to know things. Harder still is knowing how to know the right things. In North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper and much of the press corps have frequently repeated that he’s basing decisions about masks, bowling, schools, and anything else related to…

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Opinion: New Monuments Could Unify State

July 29, 2020

by John Hood If you’ve lived in North Carolina for even a few years, you’ve probably formed an opinion about whether statues and monuments honoring Confederate leaders and soldiers ought to remain in or near courthouses, town halls, state buildings, and other public property throughout the state. Whatever your opinion on the issue, you can…

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Opinion: Government’s Basic Tasks Need Doing

July 27, 2020

by John Hood One morning in late March, I drove from my home in Southern Wake County to my office in North Raleigh to pick up some files so I could work from home. As I exited the Beltline onto Six Forks Road, I noticed a deer lying beneath the overpass, the apparent victim of…

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