Governor Cooper Announces Apple Will Create 3,000 Jobs in Wake County

Personal technology company will invest $1 billion in North Carolina Raleigh, N.C. – Apple has selected North Carolina’s Research Triangle region as the location for its newest research and development campus and will create 3,000 jobs in Wake County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. Apple plans to invest more than $1 billion in the state by…

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Three-judge panel to hear case against Emergency Management Act

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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Lawmakers push bills to free counties from COVID restrictions

by Andrew Dunn, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Lawmakers in the General Assembly have filed a series of bills that would exempt counties they represent from some or all of Gov. Roy Cooper’s COVID restrictions. These so-called “local bills” only apply to a small number of counties each. But unlike statewide legislation, these bills don’t require…

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General Assembly passes bill to reopen schools, but governor signals a veto

by John Trump – Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — The N.C. House and Senate have come to terms on legislation to reopen schools for in-person instruction.  The measure, Senate Bill 37, says schools shall provide the option of in-person instruction to students in grades kindergarten through 12 for the remainder of the scheduled 2020-21 school year.…

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Cooper threatens veto of school-reopening bill, calls for more funding

by Johnny Kampis, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper’s call for more money for schools while also indicating he would veto a bill that could send students back to school has many in the state scratching their heads. Last week, Cooper held a news conference in which he called for boosted spending on educators…

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AG recommends lawmakers use Dish settlement money to expand access

By Johnny Kampis – Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein wants lawmakers to use millions won from a settlement with Dish Network to expand internet access for students, but legislative leaders are so far noncommittal on the proposal. In December, a federal appeals court agreed with a trial court’s judgment that held…

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Legislative leaders, governor announce deal on rural broadband funding

By John Trump, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Leaders in the General Assembly and governor say they have reached a deal to ensure $30 million for the GREAT rural broadband program. GREAT is an acronym for Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology, which provides matching grants to internet service providers and electric membership cooperatives to…

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