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Cars drive on Franklin Street at night on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the pictured businesses and many others on Franklin Street have either ceased operations entirely or have adapted their operations for the current crisis.

N.C. will enter Phase 1 of COVID-19 recovery on Friday, Cooper says

North Carolina will move into Phase 1 of Gov. Roy Cooper's plan to ease restrictions and gradually reopen the state following the outbreak of COVID-19 on May 8, the governor announced in a Tuesday press conference. Cooper signed an executive order that will go into effect this Friday evening. The order lifts some restrictions, such as allowing certain retailers to operate at a limited capacity, but keeps others in place.  "We can only boost our economy when people have confidence in their safety," Cooper said Tuesday. "Fighting this virus requires all of us to do our part."

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Protesters gathered together in Raleigh on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 as part of the Reopen N.C. movement. Photo courtesy of Ashley Smith. 

State officials face pressure to reopen the economy as protesters crowd Raleigh streets

William C. McKinney, general counsel for the office of Gov. Roy Cooper, mailed a letter in response to an attorney who petitioned him representing activists in favor of reopening the state. "Outdoor protests are allowed so long as the space occupied by the protesters is not enclosed (i.e. within walls) and so long as the protesters maintain the Social Distancing Requirement," McKinney said in the letter.

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The Lumbee Tribe's tribal government office, pictured here on Thursday, April 16, 2020, is located in Pembroke, North Carolina. The Lumbee Tribe is a state-recognized tribe in North Carolina numbering approximately 60,000 enrolled members. Most of them live primarily Robeson County.  

Natural gas plant construction causes concerns for Native American landowners

Piedmont Natural Gas aims to connect a 685-acre development site to existing natural gas infrastructure via pipelines. Many of the affected landowners, however, are affiliated with tribes such as the Lumbee Tribe or the Tuscarora Nation and have deep familial and cultural ties to the land.  One landowner said Piedmont has dismissed his concerns about the pipeline's effects on his property, while other activists have raised concerns about its effects on the health of those who live nearby.

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