NC Politics in the News - September 2021 #4

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Agriculture

WRAL TECH WIRE: NC A&T opens $6 million agriculture research, education center
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has opened a new $6 million pavilion for ag research and education on its research farm in Greensboro.


Economic Development

TRIAD BUSINESS JOURNAL: Golden LEAF Foundation launches $10 million SITE Readiness Program
The Golden LEAF Foundation has launched the new Golden LEAF SITE Program to help communities identify potential industrial sites for economic development, complete the due diligence to prepare sites for industrial development, and extend public utilities to or conduct rough grading and clearing of sites for which due diligence has been completed.


Education

EDNC: What progress is North Carolina making on its attainment goal?
You can add North Carolina’s educational attainment goal to the list of things COVID-19 has impacted. Almost two years after it was created, we recently got a look at the progress that is being made toward myFutureNC’s goals for the state’s education-to-workforce continuum.


Environment

WRAL TECH WIRE: Climate change & frontline communities: $5M grant aims to help prepare Carolinas
North Carolina State University will lead a multi-institutional effort to develop climate resilience solutions in frontline communities in the Carolinas, thanks to a five-year, $5 million dollar grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Frontline communities refer to communities who experience the first and worst impacts of the climate crisis.


Government

STAR NEWS: North Carolina Senate maneuvers again to keep public records bill alive
North Carolina Senate Republicans have used another parliamentary maneuver to try to get legislation to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's desk that would increase public access to the personnel history of government employees.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Redistricting is starting in North Carolina. Here's how you can get involved
Although state lawmakers have quashed any hopes that anti-gerrymandering activists had of politicians giving up their control of political map making in North Carolina this decade, they have promised similar levels of transparency as in 2019.


Healthcare

WBTV: Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots available for high-risk groups in North Carolina
State officials say North Carolina residents at high risk for serious illness or exposure who have been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for six months or more can now receive a booster shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot is recommended for individuals who have been fully vaccinated for six months or more with the Pfizer vaccine.


Politics

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: 'It is a plague': NC conservative political leaders again target critical race theory
A wide array of prominent conservative voices, gathering Saturday at a conference for the Christian right, said the state’s future was in jeopardy and urged voters to stand up to Critical Race Theory and other “anti-biblical” ideas they warned were permeating classrooms, businesses and government.

WNCT: NC's medical marijuana bill may not be voted on until 2022
A bill to legalize marijuana for medical use in North Carolina may not get a vote until next year, lawmakers said this week as the state budget and the redistricting process have become the primary issues being worked on in the final months of the year. Lawmakers in the Senate held multiple hearings in recent months on the bill, but those advocating for it to pass say there are still some issues with it they’re trying to resolve before moving forward with a vote.


Transportation

AP NEWS: NC road-building costs could scale back long-term projects
North Carolina government would need billions of dollars in additional road-building funds if it wants to carry out currently planned projects for the next decade, according to recent cost reassessments. The gap between the costs for committed Department of Transportation projects and available funding from 2024 to 2033 is at least $7 billion, WRAL-TV reported.

WFMY NEWS 2: Public transit agencies in NC offering rides to vaccine sites for booster shots
Public transit agencies throughout North Carolina are offering to transport residents to and from vaccine sites, according to the N.C Department of Transportation.

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