NC Politics in the News - September 2020 #2

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Agriculture

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: After Cooper backs down on executive order, NC worker advocates push for protection
After Gov. Roy Cooper stopped short of issuing an executive order to protect the agricultural workforce on fields and in meat processing plants in the COVID-19 pandemic, several organizations on Friday turned their demands to the North Carolina Department of Labor.

WWAY NEWS: NC dairy farmers suffering losses because of COVID-19 can apply for aid
Grade A dairy fluid milk producers in North Carolina who suffered losses because of COVID-19 disruptions in the milk supply chain can soon apply for assistance through the COVID-19 Dairy Aid Program 2020.


Economic Development

CAROLINA PUBLIC PRESS: Baking COVID-19 into your assumptions: NC economic development adjusting to the pandemic
After an initial decline in interest from industries as the pandemic began, economic developers in North Carolina have seen a rebound as companies look to relocate.


Education

THE FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER: Cooper announces NC schools can return younger students full-time next month
Public schools may return all their kindergarten through fifth grade students to full-time in-person instruction beginning Oct. 5 after Gov. Roy Cooper announced limited Plan A reopening guidelines.


Healthcare

ABC 11: Percentage of positive COVID-19 tests in North Carolina dips to 5%, Dr. Cohen credits mask mandate
This week, North Carolina met the mark on one of the state's key metrics for reopening: a percent positive rate of 5%. And while health leaders recognized the hard work it took to get the state to that point, they said there's still more to be done

MY FOX 8: Wake Forest Baptist Health looking to expand drone delivery service
Wake Forest Baptist Health is looking to the future of providing services for their patients and in doing so, is now setting its sights on the skies. 

WCNC: Flattening the curve: How NC has fared 6 months since COVID-19 shutdown
Six months ago, the Tar Heel State watched its first coronavirus-related closures begin, and life as everyone knew it began to change. Since then, 191,019 North Carolinians have caught the virus, an estimated 167,257 have recovered, and 3,207 have died. 


Government

SPECTRUM LOCAL NEWS: North Carolina U.S. Senate Candidates Spar Over Coronavirus Response, Vaccine in First Debate
Much like public life over the past few months, the coronavirus dominated the first debate between the candidates for North Carolina’s U.S. Senate seat.

CNN: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead at 87
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer, the court announced. She was 87.


Transportation

THE SPRING HOPE ENTERPRISE: NC Department of Transportation drone program nominated for national award
The N.C. Department of Transportation’s drone program has again been named a finalist for a national award. The program could win a prize with enough online votes from the public.

CAROLINA COAST ONLINE: NCDOT builds up cash reserves, tentatively plans to resume some projects
The N.C. Department of Transportation is working on building back its cash reserves after a budget shortfall forced the department to put all but 50 critical transportation projects on hold earlier this year.  

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