Key indicators used to guide decisions throughout pandemic show state’s trends are moving in the right direction As North Carolina’s numbers continue to show improvement and vaccine distribution increases, Governor Roy Cooper announced today that the state will carefully ease some of its COVID-19 restrictions. Executive Order No. 195 will take effect February 26th at…

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Governor Roy Cooper announced today $282 million in loans and grants to help pay for 94 drinking water and wastewater projects statewide.  The project funding was approved at the State Water Infrastructure Authority’s Feb. 10 meeting. The Authority is an independent body with primary responsibility for awarding federal and state funding for water and wastewater infrastructure projects. Other responsibilities include…

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N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority approves more than $4.5 million in funding The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has approved 12 grant requests to local governments totaling $4,566,930, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The requests include commitments to create a total of 439 jobs, 64 of which were previously announced. The public investment in these projects will attract more than $60 million in private…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s China Center, in partnership with Rhodium Group, released a new analysis today examining the complexity of the U.S.-China economic relationship. A first-of-its-kind study, “Understanding U.S.-China Decoupling: Macro Trends and Industry Impacts” seeks to better understand the degree to which the U.S. and Chinese economies are intertwined and dependent on…

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by Johnny Kampis – Carolina News Journal Free-market advocates in North Carolina are optimistic the relaxing of regulations in the state will help promote the growth of broadband and help close the digital divide. Jon Sanders, research editor and senior fellow, Regulatory Studies, at the John Locke Foundation, told the Taxpayers Protection Alliance he’s optimistic…

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Contracts awarded to NC construction company DUPLIN COUNTY – Two bridges in Duplin County will be replaced after two contracts were awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation. The bridges are structurally deficient, meaning they are safe but have components in poor condition due to deterioration. Work to replace the bridge on N.C. 11 over Maxwell Creek…

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by Johnny Kampis – Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — An audit released by State Auditor Beth Wood’s office Thursday, Feb. 18, found the state Department of Health and Human Services did a poor job of gatekeeping the Medicaid Provider Enrollment process. The auditor’s office says HHS didn’t properly ensure that only qualified providers were approved to…

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WILMINGTON, NC – The Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College marked its fifth year beginning in October of 2020. The Wilson Center recently received a unique and special gift to celebrate this milestone – a sculpture by renowned artist and activist Dorothy Gillespie. This new addition to the main lobby – entitled Festival of Sound – joins…

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by John Trump – Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — A Superior Court judge asked repeatedly Thursday, Feb. 18, for evidence that would justify state government orders that keep private bars closed across North Carolina. The judge will decide soon whether to block the orders from Gov. Roy Cooper. A ruling against Cooper would free private bars…

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