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Monday News: Sixteen thousand, six hundred five

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NC JUST SHY OF 70% WITH AT LEAST ONE DOSE OF VACCINE: At least 1,400,217 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 16,605 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday reported 4,963 new COVID-19 cases, up from 4,765 on Thursday. At least 2,882 people were reported hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Friday, including 795 adult patients who are being treated in intensive care units, health officials said. Before Thursday, the state hadn’t reported fewer than 3,000 daily hospitalizations since Aug. 18, The News & Observer reported. On Wednesday, the latest date with available information, 7.9% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. Most Charlotte-area employers are in favor of President Joe Biden’s call for businesses with more than 100 workers to mandate COVID-19 vaccines, a new survey finds. That's what leadership is meant to be.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article254691847.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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NC SHOULD BLOCK THIS DUKE ENERGY POWER GRAB: Finally, the most obviously imbalanced aspect of HB 951 is how Duke’s over-earning (i.e., revenue over the Commission-set return, a.k.a., windfall profits) is treated as compared to under-earning. Duke is free to keep over-earnings above its Utilities Commission-approved rate of return or profit to the tune of approximately $100 million per year. But, if Duke under-earns by even a penny, they can recoup that under-earning. This is blatantly imbalanced and, once again, advantageous only to the monopoly utility. NO reciprocity. It is hard to see why any state legislator – Republican or Democrat – would find voting for House Bill 951 to be in the best interest of his or her constituents due to the bill’s dramatic imbalance in favor of Duke Energy at the expense of North Carolinians. HB 951 would take an electricity regulation regime that already unfairly favors the monopoly utility and make it even worse. And Duke is structured so they can easily jigger the numbers to make it look like they lost money here or there.
https://www.wral.com/ken-cuccinelli-n-c-should-block-this-duke-energy-power-grab/19898365/

Saturday News: Unconscionable

DURHAM LANDLORD REFUSES RENTAL ASSISTANCE, WANTS TO EVICT 150+: “This was an act of God, something out of everyone’s control,” Jones said. “He needs to accept this assistance. Like half of us won’t make it, if he doesn’t take this assistance.” Of the 160 tenants that have applied for aid, he’s only completed his portion of the application for two of them, which are under review by the county. He told the magistrate in court last week multiple times that’s he not accepting aid from the program. Durham’s program is funded by rental assistance in the December stimulus from Congress. Federal guidelines allow aid to go directly to tenants if landlords refuse after a reasonable effort is made to convince them otherwise. But the county said the best way to keep the aid disbursement accountable is to require landlords to participate. The County has a responsibility to those tenants, and shouldn't allow this jerk to control the process like this.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article254471218.html

Friday News: Poor Larry...

DEMS SHOULD REALLY STOP POSTING MUGSHOTS OF REPUBLICAN MOUTHPIECE: Upset enough that when the trooper took Shaheen to the jail for a breath test at 1:23 in the morning, Shaheen replied, "I ain't signing (bleep)." Shaheen refused to take the breath test, so at 2:48 in the morning, a nurse took a blood sample for testing. It's the second time in less than a year Shaheen has been charged with DWI, and the officer who arrested him last May noted that he was uncooperative toward doctors and nurses, yelling and screaming and threatening to sue police. Court records show Shaheen pleaded guilty to that charge in August and was given a suspended sentence. Oops, I accidentally posted the wrong article, but they say the Internet is forever, so I might as well just leave it up.
https://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/larry-shaheen-resigns-senators-staff-after-2nd-dwi/113666702/

Thursday News: Tick-tock...

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REPUBLICANS RUNNING OUT OF TIME TO COMPLY WITH LEANDRO: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper pushed Tuesday for a multi-billion dollar plan to increase school funding as a state judge is considering whether to try to force lawmakers to fund the proposal. State Superior Court Judge David Lee has given state lawmakers an Oct. 18 deadline to fully fund the next two years of a plan that calls for at least $5.6 billion in new education funding by 2028. Republican lawmakers have balked at the court order, but Cooper said major new state investments in education funding are needed now. “We have a comprehensive plan,” Cooper told the Governor’s Commission on Access To A Sound Basic Education. “We have the support of the majority of the people of this state, and we have a court order. So now it’s time for us to work to implement that plan.” Bad water, mold, ancient heating and air systems. People would refuse to go to work under those conditions. Come on.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article254581167.html

Wednesday News: Every little bit helps

CITY OF RALEIGH IS BUYING HOTEL FOR THOSE IN NEED: The city of Raleigh has bought a 113-room hotel to shelter people in need. The three-story extended stay hotel, built in 1987, will be paid for with $8 million of the city’s federal American Rescue Plan Act money. The Raleigh City Council will begin searching for a nonprofit partner to manage it. People facing evictions or other barriers to stable housing sometimes stay in hotels for weeks and months at a time, but there aren’t good methods of counting them. Wake County has about 400 beds for those with emergency shelter needs across a handful of shelters, but more than 500 people on the waiting list. Another $10 million will go toward “large-scale” proposals to tackle community health initiatives around mental health, food security and those “disproportionally impacted by the pandemic.” We can't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article254557857.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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CITIZENS ARE SPEAKING UP TO LEGISLATORS. ADOPT NON-PARTISAN REDISTRICTING NOW: “I do not think that the legislators should be picking their own voters,” Ann Watson said at the hearing last week at Pitt County Community College. “We the people want to elect legislators that are loyal to our communities and not to the parties themselves. We want a democracy that is a government of the people, by the people and for the people -- not politicians,” Lori Yoshi Newsman of Greenville said at the same meeting. For all the passion of the speakers, the sessions have been a showcase for civil discourse in stark contrast to the bitter, angry and disruptive displays at several recent local boards of education meetings around the state. But the civility doesn’t mask the frustration and neglect felt by citizens who have been deprived of a voice in Raleigh and Washington.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-citizens-are-speaking-up-to-legislators-adopt-non-partisan-redistrict...

Saturday News: You've been served

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HOUSE PANEL ISSUES SUBPOENA FOR MARK MEADOWS IN JAN 6 INSURRECTION PROBE: “You were the president's chief of staff and have critical information regarding many elements of our inquiry,” Thompson wrote. “It appears you were with or in the vicinity of President Trump on January 6, had communication with the president and others on January 6 regarding events at the Capitol and are a witness regarding the activities of the day.” Thompson wrote Meadows that the panel has “credible evidence” of his' involvement in events within the scope of the committee’s investigation. That also includes involvement in the “planning and preparation of efforts to contest the presidential election and delay the counting of electoral votes.” Hopefully this will include the threatening phone call to Georgia's Secretary of State.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article254482152.html

Friday News: Not a member of the Club

UNC TRUSTEES DON'T WANT TO HEAR WHAT THE RIFF-RAFF HAVE TO SAY: The leaders representing groups of UNC-Chapel Hill professors, employees and graduate students have not been invited to speak on behalf of their colleagues to the campus Board of Trustees since new leaders of the board took over in the the summer. It is customary in the past for the faculty chair, Employee Forum chair and president of the Graduate and Professional Student Government to give remarks at board meetings, typically in the University Affairs Committee meeting. At least one of those representatives, and usually all three, spoke at every board meeting over the past year thought May. But since that May meeting, none of them have been invited to speak, they say. Because they know they're doing a piss-poor job, and don't want that on record.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article254462223.html

Thursday News: The wrong question

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UNC BOG AND TRUSTEES TRY TO FIGURE OUT WHO'S BOSS: The UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees on Wednesday discussed the powers it has to make campus decisions on issues including personnel actions and tuition. That was prompted by a UNC System Board of Governors’ resolution passed this summer to amend and restate what the boards of trustees at individual campuses do. The resolution essentially asks campuses to map out where power is delegated and who decides about campus issues, from tenure to tuition. The trustees’ discussion also comes after complaints from UNC-CH faculty and the newly established Coalition for Carolina group regarding decision-making that affects campuses. Both the BOG and the Trustees should have relatively little to do. The Chancellor and Faculty department heads are not children who need to be guided, they're highly intelligent, experienced, and invested in the success of their school. No higher authority is needed.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article254433908.html

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