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Lifting mask mandate, Cooper presses vaccination campaign

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Gov. Roy Cooper announced Thursday that, although statewide mask mandates will still expire today according to recent guidance, his administration is launching vaccination verification requirements for Cabinet agencies and a general campaign to encourage other government entities and private businesses toward similar vaccination requirements.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus Cooper | vaccination incentives

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Commissioner McCall files lawsuit to scrap N.C. emergency orders

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Saying "a state of emergency in relation to the Covid-19 no longer exists," Henderson County Commissioner Rebecca McCall is seeking to prevent Gov. Roy Cooper from continuing to enforce emergency orders regarding mask mandates and other restrictions.   Read Story »

Tags: Rebecca McCall | coronavirus Cooper

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Cooper lifts mask mandate, stadium limits

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Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday lifted the indoor mask mandate in most settings and eased mass gathering restrictions and social distancing requirements.   Read Story »

Tags: pandemic | coronavirus politics | covid-19 Cooper | coronavirus Cooper

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Raising Canes: GOP senators urge Cooper to increase capacity for playoffs

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RALEIGH — The National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup playoffs start this weekend, and, as it turns out, the Carolina Hurricanes are one of the best teams in the league, albeit in a shortened 56-game season.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus Cooper | Carolina Hurricanes

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Commissioners urge Cooper to end mask orders, other Covid-related restrictions

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Henderson County has significant improvement on the Covid-19 front, with manageable case rates and hospitalizations, a reliable supply of vaccine doses and a big drop in the demand for shots.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus economy | coronavirus Cooper

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Committee takes up Moffitt's bill to fully open bars, restaurants

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A House Judiciary committee is scheduled Tuesday, April 13, to take up a bill that would fully reopen bars and restaurants provided they follow specific safety guidelines.   Read Story »

Tags: Tim Moffitt | coronavirus restaurants | coronavirus Cooper

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Cooper seeks Medicaid expansion, $4.7 billion for infrastructure

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RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper introduced a $55.9 billion budget proposal on Wednesday, March 24, that includes many of the goals he’s had since taking office. But this time he claims they’re needed due to the Covid pandemic.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus Cooper | 2021 Legislative session

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GOP fails to override Cooper's veto on school reopening

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RALEIGH — The N.C. General Assembly failed on Monday by one vote, 29-20, to override the governor’s veto of a bill to reopen schools, even as students suffer academically and opinion polls show residents want children back in the classroom.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus schools | coronavirus Cooper

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Johnson 'extremely disappointed' in veto of school reopening bill

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Last Friday, within a day of the bill becoming law without his signature, Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed Senate Bill 37, which would have required school districts across the state to offer some in-person option for students.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus schools | coronavirus Cooper

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Cooper eases restrictions on bars, theaters, stadiums

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Citing improving numbers on new cases and hospitalizations and an uptick in vaccine distribution, Gov. Roy Cooper announced a new executive order on Wednesday that increases in capacity for indoor arenas and outdoor stadiums, allows bars to reopen inside and lifts a modified stay-home order.   Read Story »

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Cooper outlines plans for spending federal Covid relief money

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Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday outlined a plan for allocating federal Covid-19 relief funds for immediate needs and investing state resources to help North Carolina communities build back as the state turns the corner on the pandemic, including $2 billion to help schools reopen, $700 million for more vaccines and Covid testing, $546 million for rental assistance and $323 million for roads and airports.   Read Story »

Tags: Gov. Roy Cooper | coronavirus economy | coronavirus Cooper

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New chief justice moves swiftly to reopen NC courts

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RALEIGH — Newly-sworn-in Chief Justice Paul Newby is wasting little time in getting North Carolina’s court system back up and running. In an order that went into effect Thursday, Jan. 14, Newby handed authority to local court systems to decide about reopening.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby | Clerk of Superior Court | J. Tyler Ray | coronavirus Cooper | Chief Justice Paul Newby | COVID-19 courts

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State to help elderly, disabled pay heating bills

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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced on Monday that it will issue an automated payment to thousands of eligible households to help with winter heating expenses via the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program.   Read Story »

Tags: COVID-19 charity | coronavirus Cooper

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'We are in danger,' Cooper warns as he tightens mask order

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Gov. Roy Cooper issued additional measures to tighten mask requirements and enforcement as Covid-19 cases continue to rise rapidly in North Carolina and across the country. Executive Order No. 180 is effective at 5 p.m. Wednesday and runs through Friday, Dec. 11.   Read Story »

Tags: pandemic | coronavirus Cooper | covid testing | COVID-19 facemasks

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New N.C. Alert System puts Henderson County in code yellow

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Gov. Roy Cooper says he won’t take North Carolina backward. He says he isn’t ready to levy another lockdown because of COVID-19.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus | coronavirus Cooper

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Here's how police are responding to complaints about face mask violations

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Hendersonville police have investigated a handful of complaints and issued no citations since the City Council directed city personnel to enforce a statewide order to wear face masks in many public settings.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus Cooper | COVID-19 facemasks

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Legislature again passes bill to reopen bars and gyms

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RALEIGH — A bill reopening gyms and bars and expanding seating in restaurants has cleared the General Assembly. Again.   Read Story »

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Gyms sue Cooper for right to open

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RALEIGH — Health clubs, gyms, spas, and karate studios have joined to file a lawsuit against Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order keeping their businesses closed during the covid-19 outbreak.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus government | covid-19 Cooper | coronavirus Cooper

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N.C. to enter phase 2 of reopening on Friday

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Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Wednesday that North Carolina will move into Safer At Home Phase 2 of lifting covid-19 restrictions at 5 p.m. Friday.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus government | covid-19 Cooper | coronavirus Cooper

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Legislature to convene Monday, reopen building at 50% capacity

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North Carolina Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore announced Thursday that the Legislature will reconvene in Raleigh on Monday and that the Legislative Building will reopen to the public at a maximum of 50 percent of fire code occupancy.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Legislature | coronavirus government | coronavirus Cooper