by John Trump, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — A Greenville bar owner’s lawsuit challenging the state Emergency Management Act is heading to a three-judge panel. The panel will decide whether the act is unconstitutional because of the power it grants to Gov. Roy Cooper. Superior Court Judge James Gale issued a two-page order Friday,…

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by Andrew Dunn, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — More N.C. counties would be allowed to post public notices online instead of paying to run them in newspapers, under two local bills introduced in the House. House Bill 51 covers 13 counties along the coast; House Bill 35 would extend electronic notices to 11 counties primarily in…

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by Andrew Dunn, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — More than a year after the COVID-19 pandemic brought North Carolina to a screeching halt, Gov. Roy Cooper shows no sign of relinquishing the sweeping and open-ended emergency powers he has claimed under state law. The General Assembly is now trying once again to clarify exactly what a…

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by Andrew Dunn, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — The General Assembly has passed with a unanimous vote a new COVID relief bill that would direct nearly $1.7 billion in aid across the state. The legislature now will consider more contentious pandemic-related legislation, including a new bill that would allow the state’s bars and restaurants to fully…

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By David Bass, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — COVID-19 and the ongoing fallout from the pandemic will likely dominate the 2021-22 session of the General Assembly. On tap for lawmakers is crafting a new budget for the biennium plus drawing new legislative and congressional maps for the next decade based on fresh census data. A divided…

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by Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service Lawmakers are returning to Raleigh, and they have a loaded agenda.  The legislative session begins Wednesday, Jan. 13, when lawmakers will deal with the pandemic, pass a budget, complete redistricting, and tackle needed reforms. Republicans remain in control of both chambers, but they lack the numbers to override…

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RALEIGH, N.C. – ATMC is one of 11 recipients to receive funding through the 2020 Special Supplementary Round of the Growing Rural Economies through Access to Technology (GREAT) Grant Program. ATMC was awarded four grants totaling $7.8 million dollars that will be used to expand high-speed internet service to more than 5,000 addresses across Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin…

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by Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service Each week, staff at Carolina Journal looks back at the week in N.C. politics and chooses several interesting, relevant stories you may have missed. School COVID testing: North Carolina is launching a program to help public schools test symptomatic students and staff. The state will provide free tests…

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