NC Politics in the News - November 2020 #3

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Agriculture

THE CHATHAM NEWS RECORD: Deal bodes well for N.C. farmers
As heated election rhetoric cast dark clouds over U.S.-China relations, a silver lining is emerging for North Carolina farmers.

THE WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Region has good supply of Christmas trees, NC growers say.
Buying Christmas trees during this holiday season might provide some relief to people who are coping with the coronavirus pandemic.


Economic Development

WHQR: Amidst a national financial crisis, economists say southeastern NC is faring better than average
With a national financial forecast appearing increasingly bleak, economic leaders in southeastern North Carolina are sharing input on how this part of the state is faring. 

WRAL TECH WIRE: Triangle businesses looking to add thousands of jobs despite pandemic, survey finds
COVID-19 is not dissuading many businesses in Wake County and across the Triangle from planning for future growth, 57% of the companies saying in a new survey that they collectively are looking to add as many as 32,000 jobs over the next three years.


Education

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Wake and NC have fewer students due to COVID-19. Will they return to public schools?
For the first time in nearly 40 years, the Wake County school system has shrunk in size instead of continuing to add new students.

WBTV: CMS Board gives superintendent authority to shift individual schools to remote learning as needed
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education has granted Superintendent Earnest Winston the authority to transition individual schools from in-person learning to remote learning as needed.

THE NORTH STATE JOURNAL: Legislature’s Program Evaluation Division makes recommendations for increasing teacher diversity
The North Carolina General Assembly’s Program Evaluation Division recently released a report on state efforts to increase diversity in the state’s teacher workforce.


Healthcare

N.C. hospitals join others in declaring racism a public health crisis
North Carolina hospitals have joined the growing number of organizations and governments in declaring racism a public health crisis.

WCNC: NC mask mandate for gyms appears to contradict recommendations from World Health Organization
North Carolina’s expanded mask mandate seems to contradict one of the leading health agencies in the world. Specifically, Governor Roy Cooper’s new requirement for people to wear a mask while exercising; The World Health Organization recommends the opposite.  


Government

WBTV: N.C. closes prisons, moves inmates as COVID cases spike
Three state prisons have been closed, with hundreds of inmates being transferred to other facilities across the state, as COVID-19 continues to spike within the prison system.

LAURINBURG EXCHANGE: NC Supreme Court recount extended into next week
It will take a little longer for a winner to be named in North Carolina’s state Supreme Court chief justice race, the State Board of Elections announced on Wednesday.

WRAL: 'Y'all are gonna kill each other:' Protesters from across political spectrum clash at Governor's Mansion
Protesters from NC Born, ReOpenNC, the Proud Boys and other groups from across the political spectrum clashed for hours in downtown Raleigh on Saturday.


Transportation

WCNC: Many NC DMV locations booked with appointments through December
State officials said some of the demand is fueled by drivers who received a five-month extension back in the spring, but now have licenses that are expiring.

THE WATAUGA DEMOCRAT: NCDOT to continue 'groundbreaking drone work
The N.C. Department of Transportation plans to continue working with its federal partners to find new and innovative ways to use drones for critical transportation needs.

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