NC Politics in the News – June 2021 # 1 | McGuireWoods Council

AAgriculture

SPECTRUM NEWS: Changing the Face of North Carolina: Burlington Hydroponic Farm at the forefront of the Sustainable Agriculture Trend
Hydroponic farming has been around for hundreds of years, but that’s not necessarily what comes to mind when you think of North Carolina farming. Like many things that grow in the state, this could change due to urbanization and climate change.


Economic development

GOVENOR NC: Aerospace Company to Grow with $ 5 Million Investment in Craven County
Aeronautical Systems Incorporated (ASI), a world-class provider of engineering, manufacturing and MRO services for military platforms, will create 30 new jobs in Craven County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest $ 5.6 million to expand its manufacturing footprint in New Bern.


Education

WRAL: North Carolina schools lag behind in hiring school psychologists as mental health needs and special education disparities persist
During her first year of school, Kate Murray struggled to read. Understanding was not the problem. The processing of letters was. It’s a relatively common problem, but no one knew Kate had it too – yet.

NEWS AND RECORD: NC A&T to Use Million Dollar Donation for Engineering Scholarships
NC A&T said it is awarding engineering scholarships with a donation of $ 1 million. The donation, announced on Friday, will be used in two related ways. A&T will spend half the money over two years to provide scholarships to students enrolled in A&T College of Engineering who may have to drop out of school because they cannot afford it.


Government

WRAL: NC House shakes up tradition as budget battle escalates
State House leaders are moving forward with a budget next week, even though the Senate has yet to send theirs. President of the Senate Pro Tem. Phil Berger went so far as to say that there might not be a comprehensive spending plan this year.


Health care

THE NEWS AND THE OBSERVER: COVID-19 has made telehealth essential in North Carolina. Will this continue after the pandemic is over?
The government and private health insurers have also adjusted, changing their policies and reimbursement rates to ensure that health care providers are paid for telehealth visits. While the pandemic has forced healthcare providers to go virtual, they say it wouldn’t have happened on a large scale without changes in insurance payments.

WCNC: If you live in these Mecklenburg communities, every flush gives health officials new COVID-19 data
As COVID-19 test levels decline, North Carolina is turning to a new way to track the presence of the virus in the community. Strange as it sounds, health officials could get a sample every time someone blushes.


Politics

ABC13: Meaning. Burr and Tillis lobby Governor Cooper to remove additional federal unemployment benefits for NC
As North Carolina, including many places in the mountains, continues to be hit by a shortage of jobs as the summer months approach, North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis , call on Governor Roy Cooper to do more to get people back to work. – which means completely eliminating the additional $ 300 per week in federal unemployment benefits.

RELATED PRESS: Environmentalists want North Carolina governor to shut down pellet plants
Environmental justice advocates and residents of eastern North Carolina urged Governor Roy Cooper on Wednesday to block permits for future wood pellet plants and pay more attention to their health effects .

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