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October 21, 2019

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Your weekly North Carolina political news report.


THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Governments in more NC counties qualify for Dorian aid
Local governments and state agencies in a dozen more eastern North Carolina counties can get help from the federal government to pay for debris removal and infrastructure repairs from Hurricane Dorian last month. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Friday the expanded disaster declaration for what’s called public assistance.

Economic Development

WRAL TECH WIRE: Industrial hemp processor to open $3.46M facility in NC, creating 30 jobs
Carolina Botanicals, an industrial hemp processor, is investing $3.46 million in its new facility in Tabor City, North Carolina. The uptick: 30 new jobs for Columbus County, located about 141 miles south of Raleigh. Salaries for the new jobs will vary by position but the average annual wage will be $35,496. The average annual wage in Columbus County is $33,817. 

KPVI: Officials: $7.7 million in grants could lead to $294 million boost for North Carolina
Some of North Carolina’s rural communities have been pegged for an economic overhaul, but the state had to first give to get. North Carolina’s Rural Infrastructure Authority has issued 24 state infrastructure grants totaling $7.7 million to local governments. 


WFAE: North Carolina Lawmakers Return For Session’s Likely End
The North Carolina General Assembly could soon be done wrestling with legislation this year, but that doesn’t mean they’ll pin down a broad budget law or path forward on Medicaid expansion. Lawmakers return Monday following a roughly 10-day break. Senate leader Phil Berger said his chamber will be done with regular business by Oct. 31. House Speaker Tim Moore hasn’t committed publicly to that date, but it’s clear the end is near.


WECT 6 NEWS: New mobile heart lab in Brunswick County brings healthcare closer to home
A new Cardiac Catheterization and Angiography (CATH) Lab will cut down on the amount of travel time for patients in Brunswick County seeking cardiovascular healthcare. The new mobile lab is located at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center and is a partnership with New Hanover Regional Medical Center.


ABC11 NEWS: Tied City Council election in North Carolina comes down to coin flip 
A City Council primary election came down to a literal coin flip after both candidates got the same number of votes. It happened in Hickory, North Carolina. Nathan Hefner and Daria Jackson both got 16 votes, meaning their selection came down to a tie breaker. That tie breaker was a coin flip.


ABC11: Charlotte gets North Carolina’s first continuous flow intersection
Have you ever heard of a continuous flow intersection? Charlotte is getting the first one in North Carolina. The new intersection at North Carolina Highway 16 and Mount Holly-Huntersville Road opens Friday. It’s part of a $7.2 million contract.

NC.GOV: Gov. Cooper Signs Bills Into Law
Governor Cooper signed the following bills into law: House Bill 100: DOT Budget for 2019-2021 Biennium and Senate Bill 572: University System Risk Management Provisions.