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August 7, 2023

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Economic Development

WRAL TECH WIRE: Trucking firm Yellow confirms laying off 1,000 NC workers – 200 in Triangle
Trucking firm Yellow Corp, which shut down Sunday after a long-running labor dispute, has officially said it is laying off its 1,000 employees across North Carolina.


WCNC: Young NC students making gains on reading skills
Some of North Carolina’s youngest students are meeting benchmarks in reading, according to new data released Thursday by the state Department of Public Instruction.

NEWS & OBSERVER: NC private school enrollment is soaring, and it could rise even more. Here’s why.
New statewide figures released this week show that enrollment in private schools grew by 11,457 students during the 2022-23 school year. Private schools haven’t added this many students since the 1971-72 school year, when they gained 11,764 kids during the fight over public school integration.


NEWS & OBSERVER: Department of Energy grant aims to help NC keep the lights on during disasters
The U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday awarded North Carolina an $18.5 million grant to upgrade and harden the state’s electric grid against disasters like hurricanes.

WHQR: Gov. Roy Cooper “extremely disappointed” North Carolina lost out on offshore wind
At the end of July, the Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced three final Wind Energy Areas in the Central Atlantic, none of which ended up in North Carolina. Governor Roy Cooper responded with a press release today calling the decision “extremely disappointing.”


FOX 8: No veto overrides, no budget approval, no votes until mid-August
Speaking only about veto overrides and the budget that hasn’t been passed, North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) on Thursday delayed until Aug. 15 when his chamber would act on basically any matters.


FOX: Eastern NC hospital closes as locals flock elsewhere for health services
A rural eastern North Carolina hospital has closed its doors, largely the result of what its operators described as a declining surrounding population that was going elsewhere for medical care. Martin General Hospital in Williamston suspended operations on Thursday and is filing for bankruptcy, according to a hospital news release.


CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Republican Rep. Dan Bishop announces NC attorney general run to ‘restore law and order’
U.S. Rep. Dan Bishop, a Charlotte Republican, announced Thursday morning he will run for N.C. attorney general instead of seeking reelection to the 8th Congressional District seat.


WRAL: NCDOT hopes to reduce train-related accidents with new safety initiative
North Carolina Department of Transportation BeRailSafe has been training instructors to teach high school students about train tracks safety for the past month.