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Gov. Roy Cooper should stop picking winners and losers in business as he reopens North Carolina’s economy, says N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland.
Gov. Roy Cooper should stop picking winners and losers in business as he reopens North Carolina’s economy, says N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland.
 
A Senate committee passed protection for direct primary care providers and discussed regulatory reforms to prepare hospitals and other health care workers for the second wave of the coronavirus.
A Senate committee passed protection for direct primary care providers and discussed regulatory reforms to prepare hospitals and other health care workers for the second wave of the coronavirus.
 
It’s not certain whether COVID-19 will continue to spread through North Carolina this fall, but one thing is likely: The 2020-21 school year won’t be typical.
It’s not certain whether COVID-19 will continue to spread through North Carolina this fall, but one thing is likely: The 2020-21 school year won’t be typical.
 
Health clubs, gyms, spas, and karate dojos have joined to file a lawsuit against Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order keeping their businesses closed during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Health clubs, gyms, spas, and karate dojos have joined to file a lawsuit against Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order keeping their businesses closed during the COVID-19 outbreak.
 
The state Department of Transportation defended its overspending and planned reforms to a skeptical Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday, May 27.
The state Department of Transportation defended its overspending and planned reforms to a skeptical Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday, May 27.
 
A bill forbidding all-mail elections passed unanimously Wednesday, May 27, out of the House Elections and Ethics Law Committee.
A bill forbidding all-mail elections passed unanimously Wednesday, May 27, out of the House Elections and Ethics Law Committee.
 
Lockhart Taylor is out as director of employment security at the N.C. Department of Commerce.
 
The N.C. Rules Review Commission unanimously voted to reject a State Board of Elections’ request for emergency powers on Thursday, May 21.
The N.C. Rules Review Commission unanimously voted to reject a State Board of Elections’ request for emergency powers on Thursday, May 21.
 
Unemployment, homelessness, depression, and a host of mental health issues are on the rise for North Carolina’s military veterans.
Unemployment, homelessness, depression, and a host of mental health issues are on the rise for North Carolina’s military veterans.
 
North Carolina is in talks with Republican organizers to ensure the August presidential nominating convention can be held safely in Charlotte, Gov. Roy Cooper said during a Tuesday, May 26 news conference.
North Carolina is in talks with Republican organizers to ensure the August presidential nominating convention can be held safely in Charlotte, Gov. Roy Cooper said during a Tuesday, May 26 news conference.
 
The N.C. Senate Committee on Commerce and Insurance on Tuesday, May 26, approved duplicate amendments to a pair of bills revising state alcohol laws as they apply to outdoor seating in restaurants.
The N.C. Senate Committee on Commerce and Insurance on Tuesday, May 26, approved duplicate amendments to a pair of bills revising state alcohol laws as they apply to outdoor seating in restaurants.
 
Republican lawmakers filed legislation to ban mail-only elections and tighten oversight for voting by absentee ballot.
 
N.C. Senate leaders say they value government transparency — especially given the COVID-19 pandemic.
N.C. Senate leaders say they value government transparency — especially given the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
A handful of House Republicans have introduced a series of bills to limit the governor’s powers in a state of emergency, a move that’s likely to further divide politics in Raleigh, political scientists say.
A handful of House Republicans have introduced a series of bills to limit the governor’s powers in a state of emergency, a move that’s likely to further divide politics in Raleigh, political scientists say.
 
It might make sense if recent events had convinced best-selling author Matt Ridley to shed the nickname tied to his most famous book.
It might make sense if recent events had convinced best-selling author Matt Ridley to shed the nickname tied to his most famous book.
 
President Donald Trump flummoxed officials in Charlotte while taking a partisan swipe at Gov. Roy Cooper by suggesting the Republican National Convention may skip past North Carolina.
President Donald Trump flummoxed officials in Charlotte while taking a partisan swipe at Gov. Roy Cooper by suggesting the Republican National Convention may skip past North Carolina.
 
The N.C. Craft Brewers Guild is among those, including Carolina Journal, seeking clarification from Gov. Roy Cooper about the fate of breweries, wineries, and distilleries.
The N.C. Craft Brewers Guild is among those, including Carolina Journal, seeking clarification from Gov. Roy Cooper about the fate of breweries, wineries, and distilleries.
 
Gov. Roy Cooper is expected to announce at 5 p.m. Wednesday the state can enter Phase Two of COVID-19 reopening Friday, May 22.
Gov. Roy Cooper is expected to announce at 5 p.m. Wednesday the state can enter Phase Two of COVID-19 reopening Friday, May 22.
 
Jens and Uwe Kruger, with bandmate Joel Landsberg, are three of the best string musicians on the planet.
Jens and Uwe Kruger, with bandmate Joel Landsberg, are three of the best string musicians on the planet.
 
Jeff Brooks was watching the governor in a news conference. Brooks, who owns a gym in Onslow County, immediately realized he was in trouble.
Jeff Brooks was watching the governor in a news conference. Brooks, who owns a gym in Onslow County, immediately realized he was in trouble.
 
On Monday, May 18, the opinion team for The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer called for Gov. Roy Cooper to take responsibility for North Carolina’s disastrous unemployment insurance system.
On Monday, May 18, the opinion team for The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer called for Gov. Roy Cooper to take responsibility for North Carolina’s disastrous unemployment insurance system.
 
Even though Gov. Roy Cooper has allowed open salons and barber shops to reopen partially this week, salon owners still may file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of his COVID-19 orders.
Even though Gov. Roy Cooper has allowed open salons and barber shops to reopen partially this week, salon owners still may file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of his COVID-19 orders.
 
Tattoo parlors are safe enough to reopen. Gyms, yoga studios, and public playgrounds aren’t.
 
The University of North Carolina System won’t raise tuition and fees this year while students and their families struggle to stay financially afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The University of North Carolina System won’t raise tuition and fees this year while students and their families struggle to stay financially afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Lawmakers blasted the N.C. Department of Transportation for careless overspending, suggesting the DOT is using the coronavirus to “cover up” irresponsible cash management.
Lawmakers blasted the N.C. Department of Transportation for careless overspending, suggesting the DOT is using the coronavirus to “cover up” irresponsible cash management.
 
Gov. Roy Cooper, in a news conference Monday, May 18, failed to provide definitive answers about whether North Carolina would enter Phase Two of his reopening plan this weekend.
Gov. Roy Cooper, in a news conference Monday, May 18, failed to provide definitive answers about whether North Carolina would enter Phase Two of his reopening plan this weekend.
 
Gov. Roy Cooper will open Phase Two of his COVID-19 recovery plans Friday May 22, based on media reports and a document Carolina Journal obtained.
Gov. Roy Cooper will open Phase Two of his COVID-19 recovery plans Friday May 22, based on media reports and a document Carolina Journal obtained.
 
If you’ve been searching for a silver lining behind the COVID-19 cloud, here’s a potential candidate: More people are focusing on trade-offs.
If you’ve been searching for a silver lining behind the COVID-19 cloud, here’s a potential candidate: More people are focusing on trade-offs.
 
N.C. Senate Republicans aren’t happy with North Carolina’s lagging unemployment insurance system. They think Gov. Roy Cooper is accountable — and they want answers.
N.C. Senate Republicans aren’t happy with North Carolina’s lagging unemployment insurance system. They think Gov. Roy Cooper is accountable — and they want answers.
 
The coronavirus forced reforms that could help patients access telemedicine and affordable health care, experts said during the “COVID-19 and Telehealth: A New Era In Virtual Care” Shaftesbury Society meeting Monday, May 18.
The coronavirus forced reforms that could help patients access telemedicine and affordable health care, experts said during the “COVID-19 and Telehealth: A New Era In Virtual Care” Shaftesbury Society meeting Monday, May 18.
 
Buying meat, in our recent and collective memories, hasn’t been a problem.
 
The COVID-19 outbreak can’t be an excuse to outlaw most indoor worship services in North Carolina, a federal judge ruled Saturday, May 16.
The COVID-19 outbreak can’t be an excuse to outlaw most indoor worship services in North Carolina, a federal judge ruled Saturday, May 16.
 
North Carolina is asking nursing homes to begin regular, proactive testing for the coronavirus.
North Carolina is asking nursing homes to begin regular, proactive testing for the coronavirus.
 
Community colleges plan to decide the future of their online and in-person learning in July, when they will revisit their strategic plan for the summer and the fall.
Community colleges plan to decide the future of their online and in-person learning in July, when they will revisit their strategic plan for the summer and the fall.
 
A growing number of N.C. sheriffs won’t enforce Gov. Roy Cooper’s restrictions against indoor worship services as outlined in his latest executive order.
A growing number of N.C. sheriffs won’t enforce Gov. Roy Cooper’s restrictions against indoor worship services as outlined in his latest executive order.
 
Several Rocky Mount officials prevented the city’s utility payment office from attempting to collect $47,704 Mayor Pro-Tem Andre Knight owed in past due utility bills.
Several Rocky Mount officials prevented the city’s utility payment office from attempting to collect $47,704 Mayor Pro-Tem Andre Knight owed in past due utility bills.
 
Months now into the COVID–19 quarantine, we’re still probably some time away from a new normal, however that looks.
Months now into the COVID–19 quarantine, we’re still probably some time away from a new normal, however that looks.
 
Last weekend, the N.C. Division of Employment Security quietly changed the reporting of unemployment insurance claims, resulting in a significantly lower count of claims activity since March 15.
Last weekend, the N.C. Division of Employment Security quietly changed the reporting of unemployment insurance claims, resulting in a significantly lower count of claims activity since March 15.
 
Gov. Roy Cooper recently made it easier for people to apply for Medicaid coverage during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Gov. Roy Cooper recently made it easier for people to apply for Medicaid coverage during the COVID-19 outbreak.
 
Challenges persist in getting students meals and reliable internet access while schools remain closed.
Challenges persist in getting students meals and reliable internet access while schools remain closed.
 
Gov. Roy Cooper is urging churches to follow restrictions prohibiting indoor services, but acknowledges law enforcement officers’ leeway in choosing what to enforce.
Gov. Roy Cooper is urging churches to follow restrictions prohibiting indoor services, but acknowledges law enforcement officers’ leeway in choosing what to enforce.
 
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