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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 […]

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The 2020 General Assembly in a nutshell: profits over people

By Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch, NC Spin It’s never safe to predict what the current leadership of the North Carolina General Assembly will do when it comes to scheduling gatherings in Raleigh, but if the end of the 2020 legislative session really is nigh at it appears, the past several weeks will have served […]

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As NC reopens, child care facilities struggle to bounce back from pandemic closures

By Aditi Kharod, NC POLICY WATCH While the North Carolina General Assembly tries again and again to reopen gyms and bars, there is another type of business that has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and is struggling to rebound: child care centers. Thirty-three percent of all child care facilities remain closed, according to a presentation NC […]

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NC faith leaders call for action on neglected policy proposals

By Rob Schofield, NC PUBLIC PRESS In case you missed it, be sure to check out the following new and powerful letter to Gov. Cooper, Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore that was put together by the North Carolina Council of Churches and signed by a diverse array of faith leaders from […]

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New poll: North Carolinians overwhelmingly support mask mandate

By Joe Killian , NC POLICY WATCH A new Elon University poll finds overwhelming support for the statewide mandate for face masks in public places but less overall concern about COVID-19. The poll, conducted June 24 and 25, found 74 percent of respondents support the state requirement to wear a mask. Nearly half of respondents […]

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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 […]

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Face Covering Facts (Masks and NC Executive Order 141)

June 30, 2020 On June 24th Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order No. 141 that became effective June 26 at 5 pm and remains in effect until July 17.  One defining point in this order is the mandatory wearing of face coverings.  This has been a highly contested point among citizens in the state. Many […]

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North Carolina Pauses in Safer At Home Phase 2, Adds Statewide Requirement for Face Coverings

As trends move in the wrong direction, state will not yet move into Phase 3 Raleigh Jun 24, 2020 Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen today announced that North Carolina will remain in Safer at Home Phase 2 for three more weeks. Cooper also announced […]

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Protected Or Imprisoned?…..(The Hidden Victims Of Covid-19)

  June 25, 2020 Lonely, afraid and relying on strangers who due to staffing and coronavirus concerns have very little time to spend with you individually to provide food and comfort. You lie in the bed or sit in the chair and stare at the wall. Where are the people who say they love you? […]