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Reminder: Public Hearing Scheduled For Proposed Removal of Swamp Classification in the Lower Cape Fear River

October 19, 2020

The Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Division of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct an online public hearing on October 20, 2020 to discuss the proposed removal of the supplemental Swamp (Sw) classification and a portion of a water quality management plan, for an area of the Cape Fear River located in Brunswick and New Hanover Counties (Cape…

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NCDA&CS announces specialty crop block grant recipients

October 16, 2020

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced the recipients of over $1.25 million in funding from the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The funding will be used for projects that enhance the quality of specialty crops grown in North Carolina. “North Carolina is one of the most agriculturally diverse states in the…

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Public Hearing on Draft Permit for Align Energy to be held October 20

October 16, 2020

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will host a public hearing on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 on a draft permit for a biogas processing facility for Align RNG, LLC.  Members of the public are invited to attend online or by phone and provide their comments on the proposed permit.…

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DEQ Statement on Court Approval of Addendum to Consent Order

October 15, 2020

On October 12, Bladen County Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser approved the Addendum to the Consent Order requiring Chemours to take significant additional actions to reduce PFAS entering the Cape Fear River. The judge entered the Addendum in its entirety, which will mean expanded relief for downstream communities as the major pathways for PFAS pollution entering the…

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Tillis Applauds President Trump for Granting North Carolina’s Disaster Declaration for Hurricane Isaias

October 15, 2020

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded President Trump for granting a disaster declaration for North Carolina and ordering federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Isaias. Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for…

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North Carolina Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice Convenes Third Public Comment Session

October 15, 2020
Josh Stein

Attorney General Josh Stein and North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice Anita Earls, co-chairs of the Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice, today encouraged participation in the Task Force’s third public comment session to hear from members of the public in North Carolina. The public comment session will be held Friday, October 16,…

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Prisons Implements Staff COVID-19 Testing Pilot Project

October 15, 2020
NCDPS

The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice – Prisons will test all staff at three prisons in a pilot project aimed at improving staff health and safety, as well as reducing the potential for spread of COVID-19 at the facilities. “This is another strategy to curb the introduction of the virus into our prisons,”…

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Democratic candidate rented houses to convicted drug dealer

October 15, 2020

By Don Carrington, Carolina Journal News Service  Democratic state Senate candidate J.D. Wooten rented two Greensboro houses he owns to a convicted drug dealer, according to news reports. Last week, Triad television station WXII reported Wooten’s connection to Aqib Khan Malik, who’s been convicted four times in the past five years for dealing drugs. Malik was…

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Tillis Gets Medical Clearance to Resume In-Person Activities, Will Participate in Antibody Studies to Help Defeat COVID

October 14, 2020

Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) released a letter from his personal physician giving him clearance to end his quarantine and resume in-person activities per CDC guidelines. Additionally, Senator Tillis has enrolled in an antibody study through a partnership with Atrium Health and Wake Forest Baptist Health that Senator Tillis secured funding for through the CARES Act to learn more about COVID-19 and how it is spreading. Senator Tillis…

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Butterfield Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Require Study on Coverage for Amputee Services

October 14, 2020

Today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (D-NC) with Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY) introduced a bill to require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to study coverage for services related to the amputation of a limb. The bill directs the GAO to identify barriers to care, gaps in assessments and device prescriptions, and performance measures for timely coverage. It will…

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Opinion

GOP says state’s top law officer flouting public records law

October 15, 2020

By Kari Travis and Rick Henderson, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein is hiding something, say Senate Republicans challenging a back-room, Democrat-led deal to rewrite state election laws. Stein — a Democrat who’s running for re-election and is the state’s top law enforcement officer — might learn something about government transparency from…

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COVID Shapes Debate on Worker Safety

October 14, 2020

By John Hood, Carolina Journal News Service For 16 years, former state Rep. Cherie Berry has served as North Carolina’s labor commissioner. Now she’s retiring, and another Republican state representative, Josh Dobson of McDowell County, is running to replace her. Dobson’s opponent is Democrat Jessica Holmes, a member and former chair of the Wake County…

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Opinion- Ticket-Splitting Still Shapes Elections

October 12, 2020

By JOHN HOOD RALEIGH — North Carolina, like most of the country, has become increasingly polarized in our political thinking and behavior. But what does that really mean? Well, we know it doesn’t mean that all North Carolinians are so rigidly partisan they support only candidates of one major party or the other. Split-ticket voters do make…

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Election lawsuits head back to federal court

October 8, 2020
Rick Henderson

By Rick Henderson Carolina Journal News Service Two lawsuits challenging the N.C. State Board of Elections’ plans for handling absentee ballots this fall head before a federal judge Thursday, Oct. 8, in Greensboro. A hearing on both suits is scheduled less than one day after the same judge criticized the state elections board in a separate…

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Opinion: Take a Walk on the Sunny Side

October 8, 2020

By JOHN HOOD Carolina Journal RALEIGH — In this seemingly endless year of disease, destruction, dissension, and despair, what’s an optimist to do? This is no hypothetical question for me. I’m a naturally optimistic person. As one of my favorite songs goes, “Grab your coat and get your hat. Leave your worries on the doorstep.…

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Opinion: Candidates Clash on Reopening Schools

October 5, 2020

by John Hood When Democrat Jen Mangrum and Republican Catherine Truitt first filed to run for state superintendent of public instruction, neither could have expected that the central issue of the 2020 race would be whether to allow public schools to provide in-person instruction to North Carolina children. No one would have seen it as…

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Opinion: Metro Areas Suffer Big Job Losses

September 30, 2020

by John Hood North Carolina’s economy, battered by COVID-19 itself as well as government’s costly attempts to contain its spread, is still struggling to recover. There were about 350,000 fewer jobs in August than in February. That’s a 7.6% decline in total employment — the worst in the Southeast. In the past, anyone discussing state…

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Opinion: Lieutenant Governor Rivals Differ Sharply

September 28, 2020

by John Hood The post of lieutenant governor is a constitutional office in North Carolina, and the only one empowered to exercise both legislative and executive powers. Those powers are rather limited, however — casting a vote in the state senate when there is a tie, “presiding” over that chamber in a titular (but rarely…

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Opinion: The confessions of a judiciary junkie

September 25, 2020

by Amy Cooke The 2016 presidential campaign turned me into a judiciary junkie. As Democrats force fed the American public an unhealthy diet of identity politics, voters like me quietly became champions of the judicial branch. While we didn’t know how Donald Trump would govern, we did know his judicial philosophy when he wisely released…

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Opinion: Ever-changing congressional districts portend interesting results

September 24, 2020

by Andy Taylor Last year, a Superior Court panel in North Carolina declared the state’s congressional districts an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. As I noted in a previous column, this was an egregious abuse of judicial power. No matter, it is done. We should now look forward and examine the effects the ruling will have on the…

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