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North Carolina leaders react to passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

September 21, 2020

Elected officials from across the political spectrum issued statements in response to the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg lost her battle with cancer on Friday, Sept. 18. Senator Thom Tillis (R) (on Twitter): “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a pioneer who served our nation with distinction on the Supreme Court for 27 years, serving 23 of those beside her dear friend – but polar opposite – Justice Scalia. She demonstrated that we can disagree on fundamental issues but remain civil.” Senator Richard Burr (R): “I am saddened to learn of the passing of Justice…

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Cooper’s permission slip does little to help this small town bowling alley

September 21, 2020

by Kari Travis Bowling alleys are finally allowed to reopen in North Carolina. But for small town operations like Fairwood Lanes in Roanoke Rapids, the governor’s permission slip may be too little, too late.  The financial strain is crippling, Fairwood Lanes owners Elizabeth and Timothy Robinson tell me Wednesday, Sept. 16, when I visit to watch their Superheroes league, a group for bowlers with special needs. The last time I dropped by Fairwood it was July, and the Robinsons were locked in a legal battle with Gov. Roy Cooper over his prolonged COVID-19 shutdowns. Fairwood Lanes, along with bowling alleys…

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N.C. Plant Conservation Scientific Committee to meet Tuesday, Sept. 22 via Microsoft Teams video conference

September 21, 2020

WHO/WHAT: The N.C. Plant Conservation Scientific Committee will discuss conservation programs updates, updates to the protected plant list, restitution costs for plant crimes and review a draft preserve management plan. WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1 to 3 p.m. Meeting set-up will begin at 12:50 p.m. to log-in and establish connections. WHERE: In alignment with the Phase 2.5 COVID-19 guidelines, this meeting will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams video conference. The access link to join the meeting will be provided upon RSVP. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: The N.C. Plant Conservation Program develops regulations, voluntary programs and cooperative partnerships to help protect imperiled…

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Folwell waives insulin co-pays for State Health Plan, citing cost savings

September 21, 2020

by Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Diabetic state employees soon won’t have to swallow the rising cost of insulin. State Treasurer Dale Folwell waived co-pays on insulin prescriptions for members of the State Health Plan, starting Jan. 1, 2021. Folwell hopes to save members $5 million. Insulin has become a flashpoint in the debate over drug pricing. The cost of the drug has nearly tripled since 2002, forcing patients to start rationing their insulin. Some have died. Others have gone blind. More than a million North Carolinians suffer from diabetes. Some 12,000 state employees use insulin, and…

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Tillis, Colleagues Raise Significant Concerns To President Trump Regarding Oracle’s TikTok Deal

September 21, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Rick Scott (R-FL), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), and John Cornyn (R-TX) sent a letter to President Donald Trump outlining significant concerns regarding reports that Oracle Corp. confirmed a deal with ByteDance to become a “trusted technology provider” for TikTok’s U.S. operations, including that the “arrangement could violate the requirements set about in the August 6, 2020 Executive Order on Addressing the Threat Posed by TikTok and would do little to satisfy the range of concerns expressed in that order.” “Any deal between an American company…

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Burr, Booker Introduce Legislation to Posthumously Award Congressional Gold Medal to Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley

September 21, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced legislation to posthumously award Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor. “Emmett Till’s brutal murder, and his grieving mother Mamie’s incredible courage and resolve in its aftermath, galvanized the Civil Rights movement and changed our nation,” said Senator Burr. “That legacy is still felt today and honoring it is more important than ever. The Congressional Gold Medal is the nation’s highest civilian honor. Awarding it posthumously to Emmett Till, and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, would be a long overdue…

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Troxler announces $2 million in funds for dairy assistance due to COVID-19 losses

September 21, 2020

RALEIGH – Grade A dairy fluid milk producers in North Carolina who suffered losses because of COVID-19 disruptions in the milk supply chain can soon apply for assistance through the COVID-19 Dairy Aid Program 2020. A total of $2 million will be available, with limits on the amount paid to producers. “The application period opens Sept. 28 and closes Oct. 12, which is a fairly quick turnaround time,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Grade A dairy fluid milk producers will want to gather their information together now, so they can submit their application easily when the period opens.” COVID-19 created…

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NCDOT: Election Campaign Sign Season Underway

September 18, 2020

Drivers traveling on North Carolina roadways are likely seeing what has become an election year tradition – a lot of campaign signs.  A state law passed in 2011 allows campaign signs to be placed in the state road right of way as early as 30 days before the start of early voting, which starts on Oct. 15. That means signs legally started going into place this week. There are restrictions regarding the signs. They include: Whoever places a sign is required to get the permission of any property owner of a residence, business or religious institution fronting the right of way…

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Cooper Makes Appointments to Boards and Commissions

September 18, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. — On Thursday Governor Roy Cooper announced appointments for boards and commissions in North Carolina. Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the Arboretum Board of Directors:  Dr. Darin J. Waters of Asheville as a member at-large. Waters is an Assistant Professor of History and Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Community Outreach and Engagement at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Waters has organized three major conferences surrounding the history of African Americans in Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachia.  Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the North Carolina Commission for the Blind:  Denise Lyons Puryear of…

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This Week at NCDOT: Litter Sweep Canceled, Ferry Schedule and Transportation Competition

September 18, 2020

RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the department’s weekly newscast: Fall Litter Sweep Canceled NCDOT needs your help after ongoing impacts from COVID-19 have canceled the department’s Fall Litter Sweep. Traditionally scheduled for the last two weeks of April and September, the Litter Sweep is NCDOT’s statewide roadside litter removal initiative. Last year during a Litter Sweep, Adopt-A-Highway groups, NCDOT employees and other volunteers removed nearly 939,000 pounds of litter. Due to the second cancellation of the year, we need North Carolinians to step…

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