NC Politics in the News

December 9, 2019

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THE SALISBURY POST: N.C. Farm School growing farmers from the ground up
According to the 2017 agriculture census, there are about 74,000 agriculture producers in North Carolina, and 27% of those producers are new and beginning farmers.

Economic Development

WRAL TECH WIRE: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Reddit Email Merck’s growing investments in North Carolina reflect drug giant’s ‘commitment’
Merck is making its second significant investment at the company’s Wilson plant in less than six months, a move that will boost the local economy and the site’s workforce.

FOX 8: Greek company to create new jobs in east Greensboro
A company based out of Greece called Systems Sunlight, a battery-making company, announced its plans to call east Greensboro its home. They plan to invest nearly $7 million and create 46 jobs ranging from manufacturing to assembly.

GASTON GAZETTE: Burlington works to build international business relationships
A delegation of city and state representatives traveled from Burlington to South Korea last month on an economic development trade mission aimed at generating new international business connections to bring more companies to Burlington.


WRAL NEWS: EDUCATION ‘This feels very problematic’: NC education leaders grapple with new personal finance course
Beginning next school year, North Carolina public high school freshmen will be required to complete an economics and personal finance course before they graduate. But the addition of the new course means schools will likely have to subtract one of two American history classes to comply with lawmakers’ demand for the finance course, education leaders said Wednesday.

WALL STREET JOURNAL: With Population Booming, North Carolina District Wants to Keep Schools Open Year-Round
School systems nationwide have been quietly moving away from year-round school calendars after a decades long experiment.


NORTH CAROLINA HEALTH NEWS: With Medicaid transformation stuck mid-stream, DHHS seeks to reassure patients, providers
At a conference this week to discuss upcoming changes to Medicaid, DHHS officials sought to reassure people that the transformation will happen, they’re just not sure when.


THE NEWS & OBSERVER: New congressional maps in North Carolina will stand for 2020, court rules
The new congressional maps passed by state lawmakers last month can stand for the 2020 election, a three-judge panel ruled Monday.


THE LAURINBURG EXCHANGE: NCDOT seeks new partners for 2020 Watch for Me NC Program
North Carolina communities interested in participating in the 2020 Watch for Me NC safety program may now submit applications to the N.C. Department of Transportation.

WXII: Forsyth County highway connector permanently closing Monday, NCDOT says
The North Carolina Department of Transportation is permanently closing the connector between U.S. 52 and state Highway 66 Monday at noon.