NC Politics in the News - August 2020 #4

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Agriculture

THE HICKORY RECORD: Trump, US agriculture secretary set to visit North Carolina
President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Mills River, North Carolina.

THE ROBESONIAN: Federal agency to contact NC growers during data collection efforts
A division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be collecting data from North Carolina farmers for use in three surveys related to chemical use, soybean production and row crops.


Economic Development

WECT: Governor Cooper announces economic development grants for rural communities
The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) approved grant requests from local communities for more than $4 million, including close to $867,000 for Columbus County, August 20.

WRAL TECH WIRE: NC to pour $12M into expanding internet access for students learning remotely
North Carolina is pouring $12 million into grants to expand high-speed internet in 11 rural counties.


Education

NEWSWEEK: Third North Carolina College Announces Remote Learning After COVID Clusters From First Two Weeks of Classes
East Carolina University (ECU) has become the latest public North Carolina college to abruptly switch to online-only learning after the first two weeks of in-person classes resulted in multiple COVID-19 clusters.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: What did it cost to open, then close, UNC System schools? Millions, with more to come
While the coronavirus pandemic is expected to cost the UNC System at least $220 million in lost revenue this semester, universities also spent millions more to get their campuses ready for students on Aug. 10.


Healthcare

WSOCTV: NC health officials report lowest number of hospitalizations in August
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 1,472 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, two days after the state reported 2,008 new cases, setting a record for the month of August.

WITN: NC expands mental health support for teachers, school personnel & their families
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is expanding the Hope4Healers Helpline to serve North Carolina’s teachers, school personnel and their families.


Government

ABC 11: FEMA approves NC DES plan to give additional $300 weekly to unemployed workers
The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved the North Carolina Division of Employment Security's plan to give an additional $300 per week to eligible unemployed North Carolinians, according to a news release from the state agency sent Friday.

NBC NEWS: RNC meets in Charlotte to officially nominate Trump
Republican delegates are meeting in a scaled-down convention Monday morning to officially nominate President Donald Trump as the party’s presidential candidate against Joe Biden in the November election.

WRAL NEWS: NC Attorney General joins suit against postmaster over policies, seeks to reverse recent changes
North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein is party to a lawsuit against Postmaster General Louis DeJoy over recent policies that the plaintiffs claim will prevent their constituents from voting by mail.


Transportation

WBTV: Road closures, vehicle checkpoints underway ahead of scaled-down RNC convention in Charlotte
There are multiple road closures in place and a vehicle checkpoint underway in uptown Charlotte as the Republican National Convention gears up to kick off Monday morning.

ROCKINGHAM NOW: N.C. DOT plans about 500 layoffs in wake of storms, Map Act settlements
The N.C. Department of Transportation plans to lay off hundreds of temporary and contractual workers statewide to help cover the costs of repairing roads damaged by hurricanes and other harsh weather and to settle lawsuits — many in Forsyth County — related to a 30-year-old law that was declared unconstitutional.

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