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February 7, 2022

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WRAL: Man vs. beast: Wild hogs are a growing and destructive problem for NC farmers
Flooding, hurricanes, early frosts and supply and demand issues have always been a concern for North Carolina’s farmers. But, now there’s a new and growing threat: Feral hogs.

BLADEN ONLINE: North Carolina’s Forest Action Plan Ready for Implementation
North Carolina’s updated forest action plan has been approved by the USDA Forest Service and is now ready to be implemented by forestry stakeholders across the state.

Economic Development

WRAL TECH WIRE: Triangle jobs data is mixed even as NC’s unemployment rate continues to drop
Are the days of big jumps in job openings across the Triangle ending? Could be.

Even as the region’s and North Carolina’s unemployment data continues to improve, jobs sites tracked for WRAL TechWire’s exclusive weekly Jobs Report provides a mixed picture at best.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: At North Carolina’s PTI, Boom Supersonic found an airport that acts like a business park
Boom Supersonic searched nationwide for a place to build its jet factory and settled on an airport in North Carolina that is also a growing hub for aerospace companies. At the heart of Piedmont Triad International Airport is a passenger terminal where four airlines offer about 35 flights a day, mostly to big cities like New York and Washington and airline hubs in places such as Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago and Dallas.


ED NC: N.C. saw dramatic drop in school suspensions last school year
North Carolina saw a decrease in crimes, suspensions, and other disciplinary matters in schools last year, according to a consolidated disciplinary report presented to the State Board of Education on Feb. 2, 2022.

WCNC: NC State Board of Education alters paid leave policy for teachers after backlash, but not everyone is pleased
If a teacher in North Carolina wants to take a personal leave day, they can now give any reason they want without being charged for hiring a substitute teacher to cover their classes. On Thursday, the State Board of Education passed a policy amendment that took away school districts’ ability to determine what an acceptable reason is for taking a personal leave day.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: NC schools superintendent wants ‘goalposts’ for changing mask guidance for students
The leader of North Carolina’s statewide public school system said she’ll ask the Department of Health and Human Services this week for “goalposts” for when students can stop wearing masks in schools. A majority of school districts follow DHHS’ recommendation for all students and staff in K-12 schools to wear masks indoors.


FOX 8: Rep. Kathy Manning says she plans to seek re-election to Congress
U.S. Rep. Kathy Manning said Friday morning — just hours before the North Carolina Supreme Court struck down the voting maps that had raised questions about her plans — that she is “planning on running” for a second term in Congress.


WFAE: North Carolina’s governor urges speed as the state’s new wind energy panel meets
A state government-led panel dedicated to boost North Carolina’s economic environment for wind power projects must work swiftly to help the state reap industry benefits, Gov. Roy Cooper said on Thursday while attending the group’s first meeting.


THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Ready to file your NC state taxes? With delays expected, you’ll need to be patient
The good news: North Carolinians are going to pay less state taxes this year, and the economic forecast remains sunny. The not-so-good news: If you are an early bird state tax filer, you are going to need be patient. State taxes in North Carolina aren’t ready to be processed yet, but should get rolling by mid-February.

THE TIMES NEWS: Debt study says North Carolina government still in good fiscal position
North Carolina state government continues to hold a comfortable cushion of additional borrowing capacity that it could use and still remain fiscally sound, according to an annual report released this week.

The Debt Affordability Study authors estimate the state could approve $4.35 billion in bonds this year — or $1.42 billion annually for the next five years — and remain within self-imposed limits. 


NORTH CAROLINA HEALTH NEWS: NC health head Kinsley’s vision for DHHS shaped by lessons from his past
Kody Kinsley, North Carolina’s new secretary of health and human services, knows firsthand what it’s like to be uninsured in this state and have limited access to health care. When he was a boy growing up in Wilmington, his father was a construction worker, whose first job in the port city was building sets for a movie studio. His mother cleaned houses.

FOX 8: New NC law allows women to get birth control without a prescription
A new North Carolina law would allow women to get birth control without a prescription. Under House Bill 96, oral contraceptives, and patches are more readily available to women in North Carolina. 


THE NEW YORK TIMES: North Carolina Court Says G.O.P. Political Maps Violate State Constitution
The North Carolina Supreme Court on Friday upended Republican efforts to lock in political dominance in the state, saying that congressional and state legislative maps were partisan gerrymanders that violated the State Constitution.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Madison Cawthorn sues NC to stop inquiry into his role in Jan. 6 attack on Congress
North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn, whose eligibility to run for reelection to Congress is being formally challenged, has now begun his legal fight against that effort. Aside from a blanket one-sentence denial, Cawthorn does not address the allegations against him — namely, that he supported and possibly even helped plan the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on Congress by supporters of Republican President Donald Trump attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 election.


THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Transportation overtakes energy as leading greenhouse-gas producer in North Carolina
A new state report has identified the transportation sector as North Carolina’s leading cause of climate-altering greenhouse gases, overtaking the energy sector. Gov. Roy Cooper called on the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality to prepare the updated greenhouse gas emissions inventory as part of an executive order signed last month.

THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: ‘Public transportation is a civil right.’ Charlotte leaders push for transit tax plan
Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles and transit activists called for investments in the city’s transit systems Friday morning, marking national Transit Equity Day. Lyles pushed for a previously delayed plan to implement a 1-cent sales tax to fund mobility programs across the Charlotte region in a virtual press conference Friday.