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.
As with many other things, COVID-19 has disrupted the ability for lawmakers to convene to discuss and debate upcoming bills and other proceedings. While many hope to return to in-person gatherings, for the time being they proceed with remote calls and meetings.
COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred in two Orange County long-term care facilities. As Gov. Cooper has mandated new measures to help with outbreaks in long-term care facilities across the state, here's how Orange County officials are also working to combat these outbreaks.
The money for these projects, among others, would come from the new Climate Action Tax that the commissioners approved as part of the budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year. It is estimated that the additional quarter-cent property tax will generate approximately $469,272 in revenue for the county to use for climate mitigation projects.
The U.S. Department of Education recently announced that states would be able to bypass federal standardized testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year due to complications imposed by the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Board of Orange County Commissioners met Tuesday to approve a program providing financial support to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the receipt of $2.2 billion dollars following approval of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act earlier in March, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has given North Carolina $13.8 million to help counteract COVID-19's effects. The grant is part of a series of efforts the federal government has undertaken to provide funding to public health officials across the country in an attempt to stem the spread of the newest global pandemic, and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has an idea of how to get started.
After the Orange County Schools Board of Education had its first joint meeting with the Equity Task Force, Orange County Schools are now finding ways to combat the racial achievement gap.
Disparities in educational spending between low and high income communities continue to widen. Low-income communities are struggling to adequate funding for public schools.
The subject of Tuesday's “Conversations on Equity” lecture on equity and race relations quickly turned to the complicated history of race relations at UNC. Many in attendance expressed their disappointment in the University and its failure to confront its troubled past. William Sturkey, an assistant history professor at UNC, was the featured speaker at the meeting. He specializes in the history of race in the American South and teaches courses about southern history and the Civil Rights Movement.
William Sturkey, an assistant history professor at UNC, gives a talk about the history of race at UNC and the University's failures to reconcile it. The talk was at Chapel Hill Public Library on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.