Cooper Vetoes Bill Protecting Privacy Rights for Charitable Donations

By Donna King, Carolina Journal Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed a measure that would keep charitable donors’ personal information private. “This legislation is unnecessary and may limit transparency with political contributions,” Cooper said in a statement as the reason he rejected the privacy measure on Friday. The text of Senate Bill 636 would have prevented governments from…

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North Carolina’s Southeast Achieves Record-Setting Results in 2020-2021

Partnership Completes Regional Inventory of Site Drone Videos ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. — The pandemic may have disrupted much of the world’s economy, but North Carolina’s Southeast enjoyed its best year ever in terms of businesses bringing new investments in the region. Thirteen companies across diverse industry segments unveiled plans to invest a total of $153.6 million…

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Film Production In North Carolina Reaches New Investment High

Filmmakers producing projects in North Carolina are on track to invest a record amount of money in the state in 2021, Governor Roy Cooper announced August 19, during a press conference at EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington. The spending amount of $409 million is the largest tally seen in the state since the creation of the North…

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Nearly 180,000 New Visitors Explore Career Options with NCcareers.org

First year of state career resource portal brings new tools and resources for North Carolinians Raleigh, N.C. – One year after Governor Roy Cooper announced the launch of NCcareers.org, a comprehensive career information system, NCcareers.org has experienced 1.3 million page views with more than 178,000 unique users exploring occupations in North Carolina. “The new NCcareers.org provides the right information to make the…

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Hooks retires after four years of storms, riots, and a pandemic

by Donna King, Carolina Journal Erik Hooks has announced his retirement from Gov. Roy Cooper’s Cabinet, ending a long career in state public safety. Hooks, secretary of the state Department of Public Safety, has served in the role since the beginning of Cooper’s first term. He helped oversee North Carolina’s response to hurricanes, violence in…

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Precision Manufacturer to Relocate Headquarters to Southeastern N.C.

Precision Swiss Products, Inc. a manufacturer of high precision component parts, will create 125 new jobs in Brunswick County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest more than $9.3 million to locate its headquarters and manufacturing facility to the International Logistics Park shared by Brunswick and Columbus counties. “We are excited to have…

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State tax collections spike, opening door for tax-relief measure

by Dallas Woodhouse, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — North Carolina has collected more than $6 billion in state taxes than was originally forecast in May 2020 by state economists. That’s the finding of a report presented to members of the Joint Full Chairs Appropriations Finance Committee by the nonpartisan Fiscal Research Division at the General Assembly…

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Gov. Cooper Commits to Offshore Wind Power as N.C. Creates Jobs by Transitioning to a Clean Energy Economy

Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order No. 218 on June 9, highlighting North Carolina’s commitment to offshore wind power as the state transitions to a clean energy economy. The Executive Order directs actions to help North Carolina secure the jobs and economic development expected from this industry’s estimated $140 billion investment over the next 15 years to develop…

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