COVID-19 Government Politics

JOINT STATEMENT FROM ATRIUM HEALTH AND NOVANT HEALTH RE: REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION IN CHARLOTTE

Charlotte is proud to have a prominent role in our nation’s selection of its presidential candidates. Despite the inherent risk of having large gatherings during the pandemic, nominating conventions are an integral part of our democracy. As the leading health providers in the area, we at Atrium Health and Novant Health are dedicated to lending […]

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NC’s Small Businesses Say USPS Needed Now More Than Ever

Many retailers who have made the switch from brick-and-mortar to online-only sales during the pandemic are relying heavily on their local postal service. (Adobe Stock) ASHEVILLE, N.C. — North Carolina’s small businesses say they are relying on the U.S. Postal Service to help get them get through the coronavirus pandemic by ensuring their products and […]

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Controversy follows receipt of Paycheck Protection Program funds by public charter schools

By Greg Childress, NC Policy Watch At least 50 North Carolina charter schools received money from the federal Paycheck Protection Program, created to help small businesses and nonprofits stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because some charter schools also received COVID-19 relief money through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, critics have accused them […]

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NORTH CAROLINA’S MAY EMPLOYMENT FIGURES RELEASED

From the NC Dept. of Commerce… Raleigh, N.C. The state’s seasonally adjusted May unemployment rate was 12.9 percent, remaining unchanged from April’s revised rate. The national rate decreased 1.4 percentage points to 13.3 percent. North Carolina’s May 2020 unemployment rate increased 8.9 percentage points from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 118,154 […]

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Governor Cooper Announces Additional COVID-19 Funds Disbursed to 97 Counties for Public Health and Essential Services

Pandemic Recovery Office Disburses Additional $150 Million Of Federal Funds Allocated During Legislative Session Raleigh Jul 30, 2020 Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced that an additional $150 million in federal funds provided for COVID-19 relief to counties has been disbursed this week. These funds are from the state-administered Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) that was passed […]

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Governor Roy Cooper Signs Executive Order No. 153 Limiting the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages After 11 pm

Raleigh Jul 28, 2020 With actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 beginning to have impact, Governor Roy Cooper is doubling down on prevention measures with Executive Order 153 stopping the sale of alcoholic drinks in restaurants, breweries, wineries, and distilleries at 11 pm. North Carolina bars that are currently closed will remain closed. This […]

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COVID-19 proves that Senator Thom Tillis was wrong about rules for public health

By Dean M. Harris, NC Policy Watch – 7/22/2020   In 2015, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina argued that we don’t need government rules for public health in the food service industry, because the free market would protect public health and safety. As an example, he said that the government should not require Starbucks […]

COVID-19 Education Government

UNC System-wide petition urges a move online rather than return to campuses

 By Joe Killian, NC POLICY WATCH This week a new UNC System-wide petition is calling on the system’s leaders to reconsider a mass return to the 17 UNC campuses next month as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to worsen in North Carolina.   As the state continues to post record days of coronavirus infections and hospitalizations the faculty, students […]

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Covid-19 Exposure Notice

July 8, 2020 A confirmed case of Covid-19 has been reported in The Public Defender’s Office for District 29A. This office serves both Rutherford and McDowell counties. The offices are currently closed for staff testing and cleaning. All exposed staff members are being tested and contacts are being traced at this time. If you think […]

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Editorial: Gratitude for Friends during this Quarantine

Perhaps I have always been a loner and a hermit. Those attributes got me through engineering school and religion graduate studies. One’s focus doesn’t waver much when living in books and always seeking truth. Studying the world’s religions has taught me to seek understanding instead of condemnation. I’ve found truth was not always where I […]