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January 13, 2020

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NEWS & OBSERVER: Smokable hemp, pot are too hard to tell apart ⁠— so both should be illegal, NC cops say
North Carolina’s top law enforcement officials and prosecutors want the General Assembly to ban “smokable hemp,” a plant very similar to marijuana but with almost none of the chemical that causes users to feel high.

Economic Development

WRAL TECH WIRE: Expect more job announcements ‘in next couple of weeks,’ says NC’s Economic Development Partnership CEO
North Carolina’s 2020 economic development pipeline is “strong,” says North Carolina’s Economic Development Partnership Chris Chung, and another big job announcement rel=”noopener noreferrer” could be just around the corner.

TRIANGLE BUSINESS: Here’s what Microsoft gets from Wake County for its 500-job expansion
With a big green light from Wake County, technology giant Microsoft is one step closer to its plans for a major rel=”noopener noreferrer” expansion in Morrisville.


WRAL NEWS: NC school board eliminates one of two U.S. history courses to make room for new personal finance class
Beginning next school year, North Carolina high school students will take one American rel=”noopener noreferrer” history course instead of two so schools can add a personal finance class to the schedule.

WCNC: Convenience at a cost: School districts consider new policy on food delivery services
Popular food delivery services like UberEats, GrubHub, and DoorDash are now catching the rel=”noopener noreferrer” attention of students who WCNC is told are ordering meals while at school.


CAROLINA PUBLIC PRESS: Medicaid questions hang over this week’s NC legislative ‘mini-session’
Wondering when North Carolina will actually shift its massive rel=”noopener noreferrer” Medicaid program, which provides health care for more than 2 million North Carolinians to managed care?


THE LAURINBURG EXCHANGE: General Assembly returns with budget override topping agenda
Members of the N.C. General Assembly may meet for only one day this week — rel=”noopener noreferrer” Tuesday — and will potentially hold a vote to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s budget veto. According to plans, anyway.


TRIANGLE BUSINESS JOURNAL: Without action, future challenges could make 2019 look like an ‘easy year,’ NCDOT leader warns
As North Carolina’s population grows, finding solutions for the state’s transportation challenges will be more important than ever.