Agriculture

CAROLINA COAST ONLINE: Year without a state fair leaves North Carolinians sad, nostalgic For the first time in more than 20 years, Chef Felicia Daniel has no plans for autumn in North Carolina.

Economic Development

THE MORGANTON HERALD: Regional economic impact of pandemic examined Thanks to a grant from the N.C. Policy Collaboratory, the Center for the Study of Free Enterprise at Western Carolina University is conducting an analysis of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the region.

WRAL NEWS: Lawmakers back incentives to bring 'sports championship employer' to NC North Carolina lawmakers moved quickly Wednesday to approve $18 million in state grants to bring a "sports championship employer" to the state.

Education

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Many NC students in virtual classes want to take their standardized tests at home, too Some North Carolina students may be able to take their state standardized tests at home next spring instead of on campus.

WECT: Duke University COVID-19 cases spread at slower rate Classes at Duke University continue undisrupted as COVID-19 cases spread at a slower rate than at other nearby and large universities.

Healthcare

WBTV: New program provides no-cost COVID-19 testing for the uninsured A new program launched by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) will reimburse the cost of COVID-19 testing of people without insurance.

CBS 17: NC-based LabCorp launches combined test for COVID-19, flu, RSV North Carolina-based life sciences company LabCorp has launched the first combined test for COVID-19, influenza, and RSV, according to a release from the company.

Government

WBTV 3: Gov. Roy Cooper signs $1 billion N.C. coronavirus relief bill, includes direct payments to parents North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has signed a $1 billion coronavirus relief bill into law that includes sending direct payments to families with school-aged children.

CBS NEWS: North Carolina's governor race enters the homestretch after summer of coronavirus North Carolina officially kicked off the general election on Friday as it became the first state to mail absentee ballots to voters. It's a move that comes on the heels of the president, at a campaign stop last week, encouraging North Carolinians to vote by mail and vote in person.

Transportation

ABC 11: Going somewhere? NCDOT officials hope you'll take the train For most of us, our cars have been the primary mode of transportation during the pandemic -- if we've been traveling at all.

THE ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: I-26 Connector among road projects facing delays in NCDOT schedule revision A slew of high profile road projects including the I-26 Connector in Buncombe County are facing delays.