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UPDATE: Wake to end mask mandate Feb 25

UPDATE: Wake County, including the capital city of Raleigh, will end its indoor mask mandate starting Feb. 25. That announcement came on Friday afternoon, February 18, 2022 The Wake County Public School System announced in a letter to parents on its website Friday, Feb. 18, that masks will become optional in their schools “in the...

Theresa Opeka
Opinion

Media ignores study about harmful lockdowns. Color me surprised.

The mainstream media, and apparently academic-types, decided to cower from a study showing lockdowns had little consequence in curbing infections during the ongoing pandemic. Researchers, Carolina Journal reported, found lockdowns “have had little to no public health effects” while imposing “enormous economic and social costs” and should be “rejected as a pandemic policy instrument.”  Neither...

John Trump
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Mask rules to remain in N.C. schools

North Carolina won’t be joining the growing number of states ending the mask mandates for public school students. In a meeting Wednesday, Feb. 10, with county health officials statewide, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services said the agency is updating the DHHS Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit k-12 to recommend “students and...

Donna King
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ABC issues fines, moves forward in expanding the size of growlers

The N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission has taken another step in passing rules to expand the size of growlers from 2 to 4 liters. On Wednesday, Feb. 9. the commission held a public hearing on the proposed, permanent Expand Allowable Growler Size rule. The move is part of House Bill 890, an alcohol omnibus bill...

John Trump
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Legal challenge to governor’s emergency powers one step closer to three-judge panel

A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Gov. Roy Cooper’s emergency powers has moved closer to a resolution. The senior resident Superior Court judge for Wake County has agreed the case should head to a three-judge panel. That panel will address the lawsuit’s claim that Cooper’s powers under the state Emergency Management Act are unconstitutional. Crystal...

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Next COVID variant can be more contagious than the last. So be it.

COVID will be with us always, in one form or another. That realization, based on evidence and, yes, science, isn’t news. Yet finally, politicians and health experts are admitting as much. What took them so long, because something tells me they, too, knew long ago that COVID would not simply disappear? “‘We’ve understood we’re not...

John Trump
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Republican lawmakers question Cooper over clean energy order

Three Republican lawmakers are questioning the legality and affordability of Gov. Roy Cooper’s latest executive action on clean energy, including how to pay for bridge and road repairs if electric vehicles replace gas-powered vehicles. Sens. Tom McInnis, R-Richmond; Paul Newton, R-Cabarrus; and Vickie Sawyer, R-Iredell; sent a letter to Cooper on Jan. 19 taking aim...

Theresa Opeka
News

Civitas poll: 61% of likely voters back N.C.’s Opportunity Scholarship Program

Support for the Opportunity Scholarship Program stands at 61%, according to a new Civitas Poll of likely voters presented by the John Locke Foundation. The results dropped during National School Choice Week 2022, an annual nationwide celebration of educational options for all students. The results were released during a virtual poll luncheon Jan. 27. The...

David N. Bass
Opinion

COVID is here to stay, so let’s start dealing with it

It’s well past time to try a different approach with COVID, and the Omicron variant in particular. The mainstream media must adjust its reporting, as well, to reflect reality and, well, to infuse some common sense. To stop reporting the rise in cases and hospitalizations, because both are skewed and fundamentally inaccurate. It’s one thing...

John Trump
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Cooper signs new order pushing state toward electric vehicles

Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order Friday, Jan. 7, that aims to reduce greenhouse gases to net-zero by 2050. Cooper also wants to transition all state vehicles to electric and to enhance goals for drivers to switch to electric and other zero-emission vehicles. Cooper, in a news release, said the action will help create...

Theresa Opeka