NC Politics in the News - June 2021 #1

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SPECTRUM NEWS: Changing Face of N.C: Burlington hydroponic farm at the forefront of sustainable agriculture trend
Hydroponic farming has been around for hundreds of years, but it's not necessarily what comes to mind when you think of North Carolina agriculture. Like many things growing in the state, that could be changing because of urbanization and climate change.

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GOVENOR NC: Aerospace Company to Expand with $5 Million Investment in Craven County
Aeronautical Systems Incorporated (ASI), a world class provider of engineering, manufacturing and MRO services for military platforms, will create 30 new jobs in Craven County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest $5.6 million to expand its manufacturing footprint in New Bern.


WRAL: NC schools lag in hiring school psychologists, as mental health needs and special education disparities persist
During her first grade year, Kate Murray struggled with reading. Comprehension wasn’t the issue. Processing the letters was. That’s a relatively common problem, but nobody knew Kate had it, too — yet.

NEWS AND RECORD: NC A&T will use $1 million donation for engineering scholarships
N.C. A&T said it’s awarding engineering scholarships with a $1 million donation. The donation, announced Friday, will be used in two related ways. A&T will spend half of the money over two years to give grants to students enrolled in A&T’s College of Engineering who might have to quit school because they can’t afford it.


WRAL: NC House bucks tradition as budget battle heats up
State House leaders are moving ahead with a budget next week, even though the Senate hasn't yet sent theirs over. Senate President Pro Tem. Phil Berger went so far as to say there may not be a comprehensive spending plan this year.


THE NEWS AND OBSERVER: COVID-19 made telehealth essential in NC. Will it continue after the pandemic is over?
Government and private health insurers adjusted, too, changing their policies and reimbursement rates to ensure health care providers got paid for telehealth visits. While the pandemic forced health care providers to go virtual, they say it wouldn’t have happened on a large scale without changes in insurance payments.

WCNC: If you live in these Mecklenburg communities, each flush gives health officials new COVID-19 data
As COVID-19 testing levels decline, North Carolina is turning to a new way to track the virus's presence in the community. As strange as it sounds, health officials could be getting a sample, every time someone flushes.


ABC13: Sens. Burr, Tillis pressure Gov. Cooper to drop extra federal unemployment benefits for NC
As North Carolina, including many places in the mountains, continues to be impacted by an employment shortage heading into the summer months, N.C. Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis are calling on Governor Roy Cooper to make more of an effort to get people back to work -- which means to fully drop the additional $300 per week of federal unemployment benefits.

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Environmentalists want NC governor to halt pellet plants
Advocates for environmental justice and eastern North Carolina residents urged Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday to block permits for future wood pellet plants and pay more attention to their effects on health.

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