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Thomas Wolfe Memorial Announces the 2020 “Telling Our Tales” Student Writing Competition

August 5, 2020

ASHEVILLE, N.C. —  In anticipation of Thomas Wolfe’s 120th birthday in October, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial invites students and teachers to participate in the 2020 “Telling Our Tales” Student Writing Competition. In this competition, students will submit their own work of fiction inspired by reading part IV of “The Lost Boy.”  Thomas Wolfe, while best known…

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Great American Outdoors Act Signed Into Law

August 5, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday President Donald Trump signed into law bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) that will preserve the nation’s public parks and other lands by fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and addressing the nearly $12 billion deferred maintenance backlog on federal lands, including North Carolina’s national parks which…

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Public information session on PFAS/GenX at Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility postponed; information session rescheduled to August 13

August 5, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. – The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) community information session that had been scheduled for Tuesday, August 4, about current actions to prevent and remediate PFAS contamination at the Chemours Fayetteville Works Facility has been postponed due to potential impacts from Tropical Storm Isaias The public information session has been rescheduled…

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Democratic Senate candidate faces challenges over loan, residency

August 5, 2020

by Don Carrington In an apparent attempt to answer concerns about a controversial home loan, Democrat J.D. Wooten may have raised questions about where he lived when he filed documents to run in state Senate District 24. Wooten, a Greensboro lawyer, is one of six Democratic candidates in “Republican-leaning” Senate districts the left-wing 501(c)4 group…

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Governor Cooper Announces NC Department of Information Technology Acting Secretary

August 5, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. — Governor Roy Cooper announced Monday that Thomas Parrish IV will be named Acting Secretary of the N.C. Department of Information Technology (NC DIT). Parrish will fill the role held by Tracy Doaks, who Cooper announced would depart at the end of July to lead a non-profit dedicated to broadband expansion in rural…

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North Carolina Begins Cleanup After Hurricane Isaias Tears Through the State

August 5, 2020

Hurricane Isaias made landfall at Ocean Isle Beach Monday night, bringing storm surge, high winds, heavy rains and tornadoes as it moved through North Carolina.  “Isaias hit North Carolina head on,” said Gov. Roy Cooper. “Sadly, we have two deaths attributed to the storm and our thoughts are with those impacted by the devastation. As…

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Forest’s case against Cooper might get boost from unlikely source

August 4, 2020

by Mitch Kokai If North Carolina’s Republican lieutenant governor wins his legal battle with the Democratic governor, a leading voice within the state’s political Left might deserve a bit of credit. The Forest v. Cooper case is scheduled to head to a Superior Court hearing today. Lt. Gov. Dan Forest is challenging the process Gov.…

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NCDOT Clears Roads Following Hurricane Isaias

August 4, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. – State transportation crews, particularly east of Interstate 95, spent Tuesday clearing trees felled by Hurricane Isaias and erected “road closed” or “high water” signs and barricades where floodwaters topped roads. The category 1 storm, which came ashore in Brunswick County, caused 45 state-maintained roads to close temporarily but caused little damage. Most of…

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Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry Route Resumes Service

August 4, 2020

HATTERAS – The U.S. Coast Guard has given approval for the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Hatteras Inlet ferry route to resume service immediately. Hyde County’s re-entry restrictions have been lifted for residents, property owners and vendors, and will be lifted for visitors starting tomorrow at 6 a.m. The route will run this limited schedule for…

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State officials advise against swimming in Brunswick County waters impacted by Hurricane Isaias

August 4, 2020

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. – State recreational water quality officials are advising the public to avoid swimming in both ocean and sound-side waters in Brunswick County affected by Hurricane Isaias. “Severe weather events like hurricanes bring excessive amounts of rain, storm surge and cause extreme flooding. These conditions increase levels of harmful bacteria in our coastal waters…

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Opinion

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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Opinion: How We Win the War Against COVID-19

July 27, 2020

by Senator Thom Tillis Over the last several months, our families, our communities and our country have been in a war against COVID-19, a fight that continues to this day. The highly-contagious virus has taken countless lives and forced us to shut down sectors of our economy in order to stop the spread to protect…

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Opinion: Medicaid expansion isn’t ‘free’ to the state

July 27, 2020

by Jordan Roberts Amid the pandemic, state lawmakers and liberal advocacy groups continue a push to expand Medicaid, as allowed by the Affordable Care Act. Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Medicaid expansion is optional, state lawmakers have decided against moving forward with the policy.   Expansion proponents say the state won’t have to pay anything,…

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Opinion: Congress Needs to Act Now and Extend Unemployment Benefits for Struggling Workers

July 23, 2020

by Governor Roy Cooper Next week, thousands of North Carolinians who are out of work due to COVID-19 will see a drastic reduction in their unemployment benefits despite this pandemic being far from over. The additional $600 a week unemployed workers have received from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program has been a lifeline for…

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