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February 24, 2020

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CBS 17: Financial woes, mental health struggles plaguing North Carolina’s farmers
Farmers — nationwide and in North Carolina — are in trouble. Many are facing financial struggles rarely seen in their communities. The stress and anxiety have forced many to file for bankruptcy, or even worse.

Economic Development

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: A public company plans HQ move to Raleigh. A small portion of its workers will follow.
A spin-out from the Washington state-based industrial company Fortive is putting its new headquarters in Raleigh — though the number of jobs the company brings here will be relatively small.

KVRN: Nebraska Plastics plants roots in Edenton, N.C.
Nebraska Plastics, Inc, a vinyl fence manufacturer, announced plans Monday to invest in a $1 million manufacturing facility that will create 22 new jobs in Chowan County.


THE NEWS & OBSERVER: NC schools chief says controversial survey found that people ‘do not want Common Core’
State Superintendent Mark Johnson, who is campaigning against Common Core in his bid to become North Carolina’s next lieutenant governor, announced Thursday that a statewide survey has found strong opposition to those education standards.


NORTH CAROLINA HEALTH NEWS: When a rural maternity unit closes, alternatives are hard to come by
Since 2013, at least nine maternity units across the state have closed and a 10th is slated to shutter in the coming months. Addressing this growing crisis requires a systems approach, providers in western and eastern North Carolina say.


WLOS: NC appeal court blocks state’s voter ID law pending a final decision
A North Carolina Court of Appeals panel in Wake County issued an injunction on the state’s voter ID law Tuesday pending a final decision.


WITN: Kinston bypass route selected by D.O.T.
The route for a new Kinston bypass for U.S. 70 has been selected.The North Carolina Department of Transportation today announced the location of the 22-mile bypass.