State Government News

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. Roy Cooper used in issuing a series of executive orders linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. Forest’s legal argument relies in part on a piece of recent legislative history. A key player in that history? Rick Glazier. Rep. Rick Glazier, D-Cumberland, addresses the John Locke Foundation…

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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 the road closures affected communities in hard-hit Brunswick and New Hanover counties, as well as in the eastern reaches of the state near the coast. A majority of those roads have reopened; and all interstates, U.S. and state highway routes are open following the storm.…

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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 the rest of the day today: From Hatteras: 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m., midnight From Ocracoke: 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. On Wednesday, Aug. 5, the temporary schedule will be as follows: From Hatteras: 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 9…

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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 that can cause illness,” said Erin Bryan-Millush, manager of the N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program. “The sources of bacteria can vary and include failing septic systems, sewer line breaks, overflowing manholes and wildlife.” While state officials do not have immediate laboratory confirmation that disease-causing organisms…

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Governor Cooper Announces Appointments to Boards and Commissions

August 4, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. — On Monday, Governor Roy Cooper announced appointments for boards and commissions throughout North Carolina. Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individuals to the North Carolina Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Board: Johnny T. Bass of Elm City as a public member. Bass is a contract treasurer for a West Virginia coal mining company based in Raleigh. Bass formerly worked with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court as an Examiner for Chapter 11 matters for 18 years. Anita Antoinette Daniels-Kenney of Durham as a licensed addiction specialist professional. Daniels-Kenney is a founding member, vice president, and co-chair of the Pro Sports and Clinicians Committees…

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DMV Adjusts Road Test Waiver Requirements for Drivers 18 and Over

August 4, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. – The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is providing clarification for road test waiver requirements to help drivers better understand if they meet the criteria for issuance of a driving privilege under the recent emergency rule. Temporary road test waivers are available to drivers who need a regular Class C license and meet at least one of these conditions: Condition 1 Turned 18 years old while holding a N.C. Learner’s Permit; Has a supervised driving log, demonstrating 60 hours of “behind the wheel” driving. At least 10 of those hours are required to have been during nighttime hours.…

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State sees first EEE cases of the year; equine owners encouraged to vaccinate animals

August 4, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. – Four horses have recently tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis in North Carolina. The horses were located in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus and Durham counties. These are the first cases of EEE reported this year. “In 2019, there were only two reported cases of EEE in horses in North Carolina,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “The fact that we have doubled the 2019 number already, points to a need to be extra vigilant and vaccinate your equine. Mosquito season in North Carolina has several more months to go.” EEE causes inflammation or swelling of the brain and spinal…

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State Library of N.C. Announces CARES Grants for Local Library Projects

August 4, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. — The State Library of North Carolina proudly announces the SLNC CARES Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant awardees. The 39 awards, totaling nearly $870,000, support local library projects across North Carolina that target high need communities to address digital inclusion, expand digital network access, purchase internet accessible devices, and provide related technical support in response to the coronavirus. These grants will help students, families, and job seekers through such projects as establishing community technology hubs in areas served by Avery-Mitchell-Yancey Regional Library, providing devices and information literacy and searching skills instruction to children of migrant farmworkers through…

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More than a Quarter Million Dollars in Counterfeit Merchandise Seized in Iredell County Traffic Stop

August 4, 2020

RALEIGH – A traffic stop by the Mooresville Police Department in the early morning hours of Friday, July 24th resulted in the seizure of counterfeit designer watches, sunglasses, clothing, shoes, backpacks, handbags, and other goods with brand names like Gucci, Patek Philippe, Hublot, Audemars, Cartier, Dior, Moschino, Dolce & Gabbana, Nike, Fendi, Amiri, Louis Vuitton, and more. The North Carolina Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force was called in to assist with the case. The knock-offs seized in the traffic stop had an estimated retail value of $360,400. Estimated retail value is the amount the genuine trademarked items would sell for. “Counterfeiters peddling…

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COVID-19 shutdowns swell ranks of the uninsured, and Medicaid expansion offers no immediate relief

August 3, 2020

by Julie Havlak Brandon has three little girls, no job, and no health insurance.  His company launched mass furloughs just weeks after North Carolina shut down its economy over the coronavirus pandemic. Brandon’s job didn’t last long, and his health insurance became a casualty.  Brandon is familiar with the risk of being uninsured. Years ago, he racked up medical bills when depression turned his life “upside down.” But he came back to get a job he loved, working as a residential project manager in Charlotte.  Now the only reason he still can see his therapist is her decision to treat…

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