by Lindsay Marchello 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. Standardized testing: Little Timmy still has to attend school for standardized tests, regardless of whether he’s enrolled in a virtual school. The state and federal government waived testing…

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Board of Agriculture will hold its quarterly meeting Monday, Aug. 10, at 1:30 p.m. via a Microsoft Teams meeting. To access the meeting, log in using this link PUBLIC LINK, or call 984-204-1487, then enter access code 900 477 212#. The board will take up the following items: Initiate the process…

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ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. — Last week, the Golden LEAF Board of Directors announced more than $11 million in funding for 19 projects across three program areas. Awards include a healthcare project that will create jobs in a rural county, an agriculture research project, a program to provide leadership development and internship opportunities for more than…

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The North Carolina Oil and Gas Commission will meet virtually on Tuesday, August 11. The meetings will begin at 10 a.m. The public may join the meeting by computer or phone. Who:       Oil and Gas Commission Meeting When:     10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Tuesday, August 11 Where:    Virtual meeting address:                  https://ncdenrits.webex.com/ncdenrits/j.php?MTID=m3fcd78706fb68f23ccab449b9c6eb0be Meeting…

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RALEIGH ― The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina now has substantial grant resources to help small businesses exhibit in virtual international trade shows at a time when COVID-19 has shut down in-person events and caused many countries to restrict U.S. travelers. “Trade events remain essential to generating new sales leads in markets around the world,”…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) recently co-sponsored a bill introduced by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) to allow critical infrastructure project proponents to continue relying on the nationwide permit (NWP) program in light of recent court decisions. “With the COVID-19 pandemic bringing our economy to a grinding halt, we should be cutting red-tape and supporting…

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by Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — The COVID-19 pandemic could still threaten the long-term stability of state employee pensions, even though the state pension plan has recovered from the stock market crash, the state treasurer says. The stock market’s comeback has lifted North Carolina’s pensions toward record levels, State Treasurer Dale Folwell…

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RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. Clean Up, Repairs Continue after Hurricane Isaias State transportation crews are completing cleanup and repair efforts after Hurricane Isaias.  The category 1 storm came ashore in Brunswick County overnight Monday and became the first hurricane to impact North Carolina this…

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