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Dominion Energy and Duke Energy cancel the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

July 6, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. and CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Dominion Energy (NYSE: D) and Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) today announced the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (“ACP”) due to ongoing delays and increasing cost uncertainty which threaten the economic viability of the project. Thomas F. Farrell, II, Dominion Energy chairman, president, and chief executive officer, and Lynn J. Good, Duke Energy chair, president, and chief executive officer, issued the following joint statement: “We regret that we will be unable to complete the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. For almost six years we have worked diligently and invested billions of dollars to complete the project…

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Cooper signs Medicaid transformation bill, ending years of wrangling

July 6, 2020

by Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday signed a Medicaid transformation bill that ends years of wrangling with legislators over the issue. Transformation privatizes the management of the state’s Medicaid program. The state will pay five managed care companies $30 billion over five years to cover 1.6 million low-income North Carolinians. Senate Bill 808 is designed to insulate the state from overspending on Medicaid. Republicans hoped to save money and secure better health outcomes by privatizing the program’s management. Under the current system, providers bill the state for services, and the state pays.…

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Poll: Voters Strongly Support Mount Rushmore, Historic Statues

July 5, 2020

According to a recent poll by Rasmussen Reports, a super-majority of voters still rally around Mount Rushmore and historic statues around the country that may be out of line with modern-day sentiments. Overall levels of support were down compared to 2017, and there is growing support among those under 40 to do away with them. The survey found that 75% of likely U.S. voters do not believe that Mount Rushmore should be closed or changed because two of the four presidents it honors – George Washington and Thomas Jefferson – were slave owners. Seventeen percent (17%) believe the iconic memorial…

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Elon Poll: Most North Carolinians support mask mandate, but less worried about virus now

July 4, 2020

ELON, N.C. — A new survey by the Elon University Poll has found broad support for the statewide mandate that masks be worn in public spaces to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus 2019, with 74 percent of the state’s residents supporting the measure recently imposed by Gov. Roy Cooper. However, the survey found that less than half of North Carolinians — 46 percent — say they always wear a mask in public spaces, with another 19 percent said they wear a mask in public “most of the time.” The survey, conducted June 24-25, also found shifting opinions about the…

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Gallup: COVID-19 Prompts Record Drop in Investor Optimism

July 4, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to a July 3 post on Gallup.com, The Wells Fargo/Gallup Investor and Retirement Optimism Index — an indicator of U.S. investors’ outlook for the investing climate — showed the largest quarterly drop in its history for the second quarter. The index plunged a record 134 points in May, to +4, the lowest it has been in nearly seven years. This comes after registering a 20-year high of +138 in the first quarter of 2020. Highlights of the report include: Investor optimism dropped 84 points into negative territory (-31) The personal dimension fell less steeply (49 points)…

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NCDHHS Reports Highest One-Day Increase of COVID-19 Positive Tests

July 3, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is reporting the state’s highest one-day number of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases with 2,099 cases reported. Hospitalizations are also at a record high with 951 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19. “We are seeing significant spread of the virus and it is very concerning,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D. “Today we have the highest reported day of new cases and hospitalizations – and that should be a warning to us all as we go into this holiday weekend. We don’t get a holiday from COVID-19. We all need to wear…

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Speaker Moore: Cooper Refuses to Submit Shutdown Orders for Council of State Review, Vetoes More Small Business Rescue Bills

July 3, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) responded Thursday to Governor Cooper’s veto of legislation requiring agreement from a majority of the Council of State for business closures and bills allowing thousands of small businesses to safely operate. Senate Bill 105 would require Governor Cooper to obtain concurrence from a majority of the 10-member Council of State before imposing emergency business closures on North Carolinians.   According to a release from the Speakers office, Governor Cooper originally sought concurrence from the Council of State to close businesses, but then switched legal theories when some members of the Council…

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Governor Cooper Signs Five Bills into Law, Vetoes Eight

July 3, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. — Governor Roy Cooper signed the following bills into law on July 2: House Bill 902: P&C Changes/ Glob. Tranp./ Prison Pilot Senate Bill 808: Medicaid Funding Act House Bill 118: COVID-19 Liability Safe Harbor House Bill 425: Implement Conner’s Law House Bill 1053: PED/ Military OL & Audiology Interstate Compact Governor Cooper shared the following statement on SB 808: “This bill contains additional funding for COVID-19 testing and tracing, which are vital in our fight against the pandemic. I will continue working with legislators and the federal government to increase our testing and tracing capabilities to protect North…

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13-Minute News Hour: Kayleigh McEnany, Russian Bounties, and the DUMBEST Question Ever!

July 3, 2020
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North Carolina’s COVID-19 numbers as of July 2

July 3, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. — The N.C. Department of Health & Human Services released North Carolina’s latest COVID-19 case numbers on July 2. As of 12 p.m. on Thursday, July 2:  NC Cases  NC Deaths  NC Tests Completed   NC Currently  Hospitalized  68,142  1,391  971,120  912 More data is available online at covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard.

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