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U.S., U.K. to lift harmful tariffs on steel, spirits

The United States and United Kingdom are ending a host of costly tariffs, effective June 1, on a number of products, including whiskey. The deal allows historically based sustainable volumes of U.K. steel and aluminum products to enter the U.S. market without the application of Section 232 tariffs, the White House says in a news...

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Golden Leaf got $83 million in COVID relief, but failed to properly monitor it, audit finds

The Golden LEAF Foundation failed to monitor how $83 million in federal money from the COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program were used, a new audit finds. The objective of the performance audit, released Wednesday, March 23, by the office N.C. State Auditor Beth Wood, was to determine whether Golden LEAF designed and implemented procedures to ensure...

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State Supreme Court wants new assessment of $1.7 billion education spending order

The N.C. Supreme Court has agreed to jump back into the state’s long-running school funding legal dispute. The court wants a trial judge to assess the impact of the new state budget on a $1.7 billion order for additional state education spending. A Supreme Court order issued Monday evening grants requests from both N.C. Attorney...

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N.C. auditor details alleged embezzlement, some $430K, in Spring Lake

The state auditor’s office found that a former accounting technician in the town of Spring Lake misappropriated more than $430,000 in taxpayer funds for personal use and has referred its report to the FBI and State Bureau of Investigation for a possible criminal investigation. In the scathing report released Thursday, March 17, State Auditor Beth...

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Drug money: How NC will spend the $750M opioid settlement

The opioid epidemic is killing more than 100,000 Americans each year. Fentanyl alone — not counting other opioids such as heroin, oxycodone, and morphine — now tops the list as the No. 1 cause of death for adults 45 and younger. That’s more than suicides, car wrecks, or COVID-19.  The second-largest attorney-general settlement in history...

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N.C. House passes resolution supporting Ukraine, adjourns marathon session

The N.C. House on Thursday passed a resolution supporting Ukraine before following the Senate’s lead and voting to adjourn its long-running session. “This is the longest long session in the history of the state, and this is a record I hope we don’t try to break,” said N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland. The Ukraine...

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Folwell seeks change that could help lead to seizure of Russian assets

N.C. Treasurer Dale Folwell wants Congress to allow state pension funds to seek damages through U.S. courts. His requested change in federal law could lead to seizure of Russian assets and properties. The change could provide possible recoupment of damage done to North Carolina’s pension plans.   Folwell said in a press release that he...

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Tillis, GOP Senate banking members send letter of concern over Fed nominee

GOP Senate Banking Committee members, including U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., sent a letter to President Biden on Thursday, March 3, with continued concerns of  the president’s selection of Duke University Law Professor Sarah Bloom Raskin for Fed Reserve Board vice chair of supervision.  Raskin, a Duke professor since 2017, served in the Obama administration...

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