NC Politics in the News - June 2020 #4

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Agriculture

WLOS: Veterans Healing Farm awarded grant to upgrade grounds for families
A Henderson County non-profit has been awarded a grant through Carolina Farm Credit’s Corporate Mission Fund to improve and upgrade facilities to include a more family-friendly atmosphere.


Economic Development

JACKSONVILLE DAILY NEWS: Pender beaches welcome tourists after $5 billion lost due to COVID-19
There is virtually no way North Carolina as a whole can make up for the tourism dollars it has already lost thanks to COVID-19.

TRIANGLE BUSINESS JOURNAL: Judge rules NC bars to remain closed as shutdown tops 100 days
A North Carolina judge ruled Friday the state’s private bars will remain closed.

THE WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Governor pauses reopening of N.C.'s economy for three weeks, mandates statewide wearing of masks
Gov. Roy Cooper said Wednesday that the potential Phase Three reopening of the state’s economy will be delayed more than three weeks, to at least July 17.


Education

THE GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: N.C. governor signs bill giving $350 bonuses to teachers
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has signed into law a K-12 educator pay bill that he says still fails to give what teachers and school staff need.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: NC legislature passes a bill protecting universities from COVID-19 tuition refunds
The North Carolina legislature passed a bill Thursday that provides immunity for colleges and universities for legal claims related to COVID-19 closures for the 2020 spring semester. The law protects the several universities that have been sued by students after classes moved online this spring.

ABC 11: Wake County continuing to serve meals to students during COVID-19
Now into the summer, Wake County is continuing to help families put food on the table during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Healthcare

THE WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Major differences in hospital visitors bill prevent passage in legislature
A major disagreement over how many rights hospital visitors have during a public-health emergency wound up derailing a state Senate bill.

WNCT: North Carolina creates nation’s first statewide infrastructure connecting healthcare and human services
Through a public-private partnership, North Carolina has created the nation’s first statewide technology platform, NCCARE360, to coordinate whole-person care uniting traditional healthcare settings and organizations that address non-medical drivers of health, such as food, housing, transportation, employment and interpersonal safety.


Government

CNN: North Carolina's lieutenant governor says he will sue Gov. Roy Cooper over his coronavirus executive orders
North Carolina's Republican lieutenant governor said Thursday that he plans to sue Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper for allegedly violating the state's Emergency Management Act with the executive orders he issued during the coronavirus pandemic.

THE GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: Greensboro's Jimmy Clark named to UNC Board of Governors; Art Pope also appointed by Senate
Guilford County now has a third representative on the UNC System's governing board.

THE NORTH STATE JOURNAL: State Sen. Jerry Tillman to step down from seat
Sen. Jerry Tillman, a Republican representing Randolph and Guilford counties, will step down from the N.C. Senate on June 30 after an 18-year career in the legislative body. 

WBTV: As mask mandate begins, Mecklenburg County considers adding parks, government buildings
Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio said she is working to expand the statewide mask mandate to cover county government buildings, parks and nature preserves.


Transportation

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: NC lawmakers cut half a billion in transportation spending, increase NCDOT oversight
Lawmakers have agreed to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from the state’s transportation budget for the coming year and overhaul the way decisions about transportation spending are made in the future.

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