For the second year in a row, North Carolina has earned the top spot in CNBC’s annual “America’s Top States for Business” ranking. Gov. Roy Cooper wasted no time taking credit in an interview with CNBC, but as usual there’s more to the story.

The architect of North Carolina’s COVID response, Dr. Mandy Cohen, is sworn in to head the U.S. Center for Disease Control. We will look at how her management of the COVID pandemic stacked up compared to other states.

Plans to expand the Opportunity Scholarships program has gotten a lot of attention this session, especially from those who want to stop it, but some bad data is circulating this week.