NC Politics in the News - July 2021 #3

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Agriculture

THE NEWS AND OBSERVER: North Carolina farmer conducts 'big experiment' on 30 acres
A former electrical engineer is slowly transforming 30 acres of former vineyards into a sustainable fruit and vegetable farm in Lewisville.


Economic Development 

PRESS RELEASE: Red Bull and Rauch to Build a Multimillion Dollar Beverage Manufacturing Hub in Cabarrus County
Red Bull and filling company Rauch will partner to build a new beverage manufacturing, filling and distribution center in Cabarrus County, creating more than 400 new jobs, Gernor Roy Cooper announced today. The combined project will invest more than $740 million in the City of Concord by 2027.

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE: Metal working company to expand and relocate headquarters and manufacturing facility to Duplin County with nearly $3 Million investment
Metal Specialist LLC, a custom metal fabricator, will create 33 new jobs in Duplin County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest more than $2.9 million to build a new headquarters operations and manufacturing facility in the Town of Wallace.


Education 

SPECTRUM: Fighting the summer slump: Educational summer camp enrollment increases
This year, summer school is mandatory for thousands of students across North Carolina. Teachers are trying to help struggling students tackle the “COVID slump.” Education experts define that as the learning loss brought on by a year of virtual school during the pandemic.


Government

ASSOCIATED PRESS: North Carolina jobless rate falls for ninth straight month
More people entered North Carolina’s labor force and were hired in June compared to the month before, according to state officials who announced the unemployment rate fell for the ninth consecutive month.


Health Care

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Some North Carolina hospitals dangerously low on blood
Leaders of the agencies that provide blood to some North Carolina hospitals say the easing of the coronavirus pandemic has created potentially dangerous shortages.

WCNC: 'No excuses, Charlotte': over 62% of recent COVID-19 positive are delta, StarMed says
Mecklenburg County Health officials confirmed Friday that the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Mecklenburg County. Deputy Health Director Dr. Raynard Washington made the announcement during a news conference in Uptown Charlotte Friday afternoon. He said the delta variant was discovered through genomic sequencing from an outbreak at a homeless shelter a few weeks ago. The majority of those cases were confirmed to be delta.


Politics

THE NEWS AND OBSERVER: NC Republicans avoid 'Kraken' tactics but seek new inspection of 2020 voting machines
North Carolina Republican politicians hoping to conduct their own audit of the 2020 elections don’t want to resort to legal action to try to force the State Board of Elections to let them have their way, they said Thursday.

ASSOCIATED PRESS: IN 12 a.m. session, NC House gives energy bill its final OK
The North Carolina House gave its final approval to wide-ranging energy legislation during an unusual overnight session early Thursday. The chamber met briefly after midnight to complete the second of two required votes on the measure, which now heads to the Senate.


Transportation

CBS17: NCDOT: More than 8 Million pounds of litter collected from NC roadsides so far in 2021
According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, crews have already collected an average of more than one million pounds of litter from roadsides per month so far in 2021.

WSOC-TV: Funding might put the brakes on high-speed rail from Charlotte to Atlanta
Transportation planners last week submitted a recommended route for a high-speed rail line connecting Charlotte and Atlanta, nudging the project forward — but with a long way still to go.

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