Agriculture

WRAL TECH WIRE: Agriculture research organization moving HQ to North Carolina

After more than a half century in New Jersey, a national agricultural research organization is moving from the Garden State to Raleigh. The Inter-regional Research Project No. 4 – IR-4 for short – conducts the investigations necessary to register chemical pesticides and biopesticides used on hundreds of the nation’s smaller-volume specialized crops.

Economic Development

THE COASTLAND TIMES: Communications system manufacturer expands in Pasquotank County

Telephonics Corporation, a communication system company, will create 75 jobs as it expands its operations in Pasquotank County, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Aug. 6. The company will invest $5.5 million in a new facility located in Elizabeth City.

Education

THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: NC Virtual Public School teachers may keep their job this fall if bill passes

North Carolina lawmakers have come up with a potential solution to halt the temporary layoff of 220 teachers at the state’s virtual public school. A bill moved through a House committee on Monday with an amendment that would allow instructors with the North Carolina Virtual Public School to be exempt from the 12-month maximum limit for temporary appointments.

WLOS NEWS: North Carolina Education Lottery raises record-setting $708 million for education

The N.C. Education Lottery raised the most money ever for education programs in fiscal year 2019, setting a new record of $708.3 million. The $708 million, up $38 million from the amount raised the year before, means that on average the lottery generated more than $1.9 million a day for education, according to final but unaudited results.

Healthcare

THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: NC revises new health care plan for state workers after pressure from hospitals

The State Treasurer announced a new move Thursday to ensure that the health insurance plan covering more than 720,000 teachers and other state employees will include major N.C. hospital systems as in-network facilities.

Government

CAROLINA PUBLIC PRESS: Broadband expansion clears NC House Committee despite opposition

Broadband expansion legislation that stalled earlier this year after strong opposition from cable and telecommunications providers cleared a key N.C. House committee Thursday, but only after a long debate on the role of government in providing internet access.

Transportation

WRAL TECH WIRE: How to make Durham-to-Chapel Hill a 10-minute commute? Think hyperloop

Imagine a time when your commute from Durham to Chapel Hill could be under 10 minutes. It might sound like fantasy. But according to a recent study examining the potential for a future “hyperloop” system in the Triangle, it could become a reality.

WECT NEWS: Funding for Cape Fear Crossing makes NC DOT's 10 year plan list

More than 100 Cape Fear area projects made the department of transportation’s ten year plan list, including money for the proposed new bridge over the Cape Fear River. The North Carolina DOT unveiled its final draft of its 2020- 2029 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) this week. The proposed plan includes 1,700 projects, touching every county in the state.