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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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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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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RALEIGH, N.C. — The NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and the NC Department of Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Management (NCEM) has distributed approximately 3.5 million cloth face coverings, 4.5 million procedure masks, and significant amounts of additional personal protective equipment (PPE) to targeted settings across the state. The ongoing PPE shipments…

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MOREHEAD CITY – Coastal property owners in Brunswick and New Hanover Counties who need to replace docks, piers, bulkheads or similar structures damaged by Hurricane Isaias along sounds, rivers and creeks may be authorized to do so more quickly through an emergency general permit offered by the N.C. Division of Coastal Management. “Our coastal communities…

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by Rick Henderson, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Follow the money, the saying goes. In this year’s elections in North Carolina, the money leans left. School choice is the target. You can see it in the race for state superintendent and, subtly, in the fight for state Supreme Court. Democratic superintendent nominee Jennifer Mangrum…

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