State Government News

Judge hints Forest v. Cooper decision may wind up at N.C. Supreme Court

August 7, 2020

by Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Whether a judge rules in favor of Gov. Roy Cooper or decides to throw out Cooper’s executive orders, he knows his decision is likely to head straight to the N.C. Supreme Court. Judge James Gale is weighing Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest’s lawsuit to throw out Cooper’s COVID-19 executive orders. Forest says Cooper violated the rule of law by shutting down North Carolina without permission from the Council of State. Forest filed his lawsuit against the governor last month, saying Cooper’s orders on mass gatherings, business closings, and face coverings all…

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Hazardous waste renewal permit public hearing Aug. 7 for the former DuPont Brevard facility

August 6, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. — The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Hazardous Waste Section has scheduled an in-person public hearing for the issuance of a hazardous waste renewal permit for corrective action at the former DuPont Brevard facility on Friday, Aug. 7. The original hearing scheduled in April was canceled based on current guidance to minimize the spread of COVID-19. What: In-person public hearing for the issuance of a hazardous waste renewal permit for corrective action at the former DuPont Brevard facility. Room capacity will be limited in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines for mass gatherings. When: Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, at 1…

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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 for his novels, also wrote short stories and a novella titled “The Lost Boy.” Written in four parts, the novella is about Wolfe’s brother Grover and the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. In part IV, after 30 years had passed, Thomas Wolfe returns to St.…

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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 for Thursday, August 13. The session will be held by web conference, and the public is invited to participate by phone or online. Topics will include updates on actions pertaining to the February 2019 Consent Order and drinking water well sampling results as well as…

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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 areas. “The state of North Carolina relies on our IT resources now more than ever. Thomas Parrish’s experience as an IT leader and educator prepare​s him to lead NC DIT as the agency supports our state workforce in all 100 counties, both in the office and…

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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 clean up continues, don’t forget the pandemic is still with us. So help your neighbor, but do it safely by wearing your mask, keeping your distance and bringing your hand sanitizer.” A suspected tornado in Bertie County during the night destroyed about 10 homes and…

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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. 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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