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legislative provision addressing public access to records used in a death investigation

Gov. Roy Cooper, seen here at an earlier press conference, said Wednesday that a legislative provision addressing public access to records used in a death investigation is “problematic,” but he didn’t say he won’t allow it to become law anyway due to other measures in the bill. Screen grab from UNC-TV Following public outcry and […]

News Politics

Underdog wins congressional primary in election under pandemic’s shadow

JUNE 24, 2020, BY JORDAN WILKIE, Carolina Public Press Jenefer McArthur wears a mask and talks with election officials through a clear partition as she signs in to cast her vote Tuesday at the Enka/Candler library in Buncombe County. Colby Rabon / Carolina Public Press Madison Cawthorn earned 66% of the votes over Lynda Bennett’s 34% to win […]

Agriculture Business Events

Program supports WNC farmers and offers food relief during pandemic

JUNE 23, 2020, BY MELISSA REARDON, Carolina Public Press Nicole Coston, center, of Bearwallow Valley Farms drops off food at Hendersonville Spanish Church in Henderson County on Monday, through a program of the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. Colby Rabon / Carolina Public Press Program supports WNC farmers and offers food relief during pandemic In early […]

Government Law Enforcement News RC Sheriff's Department

How do cops use force in NC? Most agencies won’t say

JUNE 16, 2020, BY NC WATCHDOG REPORTING NETWORK When law enforcement officers use tear gas or related measures against protesters, it generally triggers reports on the use of force, but many agencies aren’t sharing those records with the public. Here, New Hanover County sheriff’s deputies deployed tear gas to disperse a Wilmington crowd on May 31. […]

COVID-19 Education Government

State leaders released health guidelines Monday for K-12 schools in anticipation of sending children back to in-person instruction.

Gov. Roy Cooper and others unveiled a list of requirements and recommendations once schools are allowed to reopen under one of three plans. The degree to which they reopen depends on the state’s data behind the COVID-19 pandemic, including new infections, contact tracing capabilities, hospitalizations and other metrics. Cooper said the health guidance, which all K-12 schools […]

COVID-19 Government Health News

Professor who studies coronaviruses doesn’t see ‘sustained leveling’ in NC

JUNE 1, 2020, BY KATE MARTIN, Carolina Public Press A man walks through downtown Goldsboro on May 15, wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Despite lowered pandemic restrictions in recent weeks, the data doesn’t support claims of “sustained leveling” in North Carolina, according to a professor who studies coronaviruses. Melissa Sue Gerrits / […]

COVID-19 Government Health

Records reveal data gaps in one of NC’s key COVID-19 metrics

BY 2020 NC CORONAVIRUS TESTING COLLABORATIVE The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is housed on the campus of the former Dorothea Dix state psychiatric hospital in Raleigh. The agency has been publishing daily updates on COVID-19 hospitalizations, but data gaps suggest the information is unreliable. Frank Taylor / Carolina Public Press On a […]

COVID-19 Government Health Housing News

Troubling inspections at NC long-term care facilities with major outbreaks

APRIL 9, 2020, BY FRANK TAYLOR, Carolina Public Press The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, including the Division of Health Services Regulation that licenses and conducts inspections at adult care homes and nursing homes, is housed on the campus of the former Dorothea Dix state psychiatric hospital in Raleigh. Frank Taylor / Carolina Public […]

Education Government News

Pandemic at-home learning without reliable internet service

APRIL 8, 2020, BY KELLY HINCHCLIFFE, Carolina Public Press Many school systems across North Carolina are putting buses to use to help bridge the gap when internet service to students’ homes is lousy or nonexistent. Some are using buses to deliver homework packets. Others are setting up buses as mobile hotspots. Photo courtesy of Macon County […]