By Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Reopening the economy during COVID-19 is a hotly contested issue in the race for N.C. Commissioner of Labor. The two candidates — Republican state Rep. Josh Dobson, R-McDowell, and Democratic county commissioner Jessica Holmes — would take drastically different approaches to that, and labor issues generally.…

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NCDOI Header 2.pngFor Immediate ReleaseSeptember 25, 2020Contact: Marla Sink919-807-6017 Door-to-door insurance scams on the rise RALEIGH — North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey warns residents to be on alert for insurance scams. In the last few days, NCDOI has had reports of people going door-to-door claiming to be from the N.C. Department of Insurance. During…

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NCDHSS

RALEIGH — As North Carolina’s key metrics continue to remain stable and strong infection prevention and control requirements remain in place, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today issued a Secretarial Order updating visitation guidelines for nursing homes to allow indoor visitation. “We have focused on protecting the health of nursing home…

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Department of Environmental Quality

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Division of Water Resources (DWR) issued the owner of B&L Farms a civil penalty assessment totaling more than $87,000. This is in response to the June 12 animal waste lagoon breach, which released an estimated three million gallons of animal waste in Sampson County. DWR staff inspected…

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation has begun distributing nearly $132.7 million in State Street Aid to Municipalities, also known as Powell Bill funds, to 508 municipalities across the state. The initial allocation, half of the overall total, is going out today. The other half will be paid by Jan. 1. The number of…

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Mark Walker

GREENSBORO, N.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) honored Brittany Giordano as the Sixth District Community Hero of the Month for September 2020.  Each month, Walker awards a constituent, business, or organization for displaying extraordinary acts of service and for making a difference in the lives around them. “Brittany goes out of her way to provide our…

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JOHN HOOD RALEIGH — According to the latest jobs report, North Carolina’s headline unemployment rate fell to 6.5% in August, down from 8.5% in July. Good news worth celebrating, right? Don’t pop the cork on that champagne just yet. This was mostly a statistical artifact, not a major improvement in the state’s labor market. While…

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RALEIGH — Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a $392,998 Assistance to Firefighters Grant to the Office of State Fire Marshal. The grant will help the Office of State Fire Marshal provide the most up-to-date training with state-of-the-art equipment. “I want to personally thank FEMA for providing these…

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