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Coronavirus means rough road ahead for NCDOT :: WRAL.com

Coronavirus means rough road ahead for NCDOT :: WRAL.com

Published: 2020-04-08 18:49:00Updated: 2020-04-08 19:03:35WRAL InvestigatesTags:By Cullen Browder, WRAL Anchor/reporterState health officials say Governor Roy Cooper​'s stay-at-home order is slowing the spread of the coronavirus outbreak in North Carolina. But it could also slam the brakes on road construction projects across the state.North Carolina collects $0.36 for every gallon of gasoline sold in this state. In the last fiscal year, stations sold more than 6 billion gallons in North Carolina.The gas tax generates about $2 billion dollars a year for the state's Highway Fund and Highway...

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JOHN QUINTERNO: North Carolina’s unemployment benefits – How low can you go? :: WRAL.com

JOHN QUINTERNO: North Carolina’s unemployment benefits – How low can you go? :: WRAL.com

Published: 2020-04-07 05:00:00Updated: 2020-04-07 05:00:00OpinionTags:EDITOR’S NOTE: More than 423,000 workers in North Carolina have filed for unemployment insurance since mid-March. They will find they’ll receive among the skimpiest benefits offered by any state. Why are the state’s benefits so low? How did they get that way?  What does the legislature need to do so workers receive the help they need to get through this crisis?  Here’s an explanation from John Quinterno, a principal with a research consultancy specializing in economic and social policy based in Chapel Hill. He is author...

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April 7, 2020
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Wilber's Barbecue eyes spring reopening in Goldsboro :: Out and About at WRAL.com

Wilber's Barbecue eyes spring reopening in Goldsboro :: Out and About at WRAL.com

Published: 2020-04-03 09:45:00Updated: 2020-04-03 09:45:05What's on TapTags:By Kathy Hanrahan, Out and About editor — One of North Carolina's most famed barbecue restaurants is almost ready to reopen its doors.Wilber's Barbecue closed just over a year ago after the Department of Revenue seized it after filing six tax liens against the restaurant, totaling more than $70,000 dating back to 2018.In November, it was sold to a group of local investors, including Willis Underwood."We just felt like it was part of the fabric of North Carolina and known far and wide, for sure, and it was worth...

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Official coronavirus death counts may give incomplete picture of virus’ toll :: WRAL.com

Official coronavirus death counts may give incomplete picture of virus’ toll :: WRAL.com

Published: 2020-04-21 19:06:00Updated: 2020-04-21 20:11:28State NewsTags:In late March, Mary Wyatt was concerned about her husband Frank. They’d been married 66 years and had moved around the country together as he pursued his military career, and then worked in the state of Florida. Now they were retired in Cherokee County.Mary Wyatt called the doctor, who was alarmed about his condition.“He was running a fever and he was so sick,” she said of her husband. “The doctor said to bring him to the emergency room immediately.”They ran every test imaginable on him, including one that checked for...

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April 21, 2020
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ReOpenNC rally planned for Tuesday in downtown Raleigh

ReOpenNC rally planned for Tuesday in downtown Raleigh

Published: 2020-04-19 12:40:00Updated: 2020-04-20 15:55:33@NCCapitolTags:By Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter — Protesters calling for a quicker reopening of the North Carolina economy amid the coronavirus pandemic plan to rally Tuesday near the governor's mansion and say they'll do so every Tuesday as needed.Their attorney said members plan to exercise social distancing at the 11 a.m. protest. A once-discussed plan to bus people in has been set aside, attorney Anthony Biller said. Biller says he's asking the governor and Wake County to respond by 2 p.m. tomorrow and resolve this. If...

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NCDOT announces layoffs, delays as coronavirus cuts into revenue

NCDOT announces layoffs, delays as coronavirus cuts into revenue

Published: 2020-04-21 12:19:00Updated: 2020-04-21 16:22:47Local NewsTags:By Laura Leslie, WRAL Capitol Bureau chief — The state Department of Transportation says a steep drop in tax revenue will stall most new road projects for the next fiscal year, and hundreds of temporary staff and consultants are being laid off.DOT is funded by revenue from gas taxes, highway use taxes, and Division of Motor Vehicles fees. But with so many fewer people driving due to the coronavirus pandemic, the agency is facing a $300 million shortfall by the end of June.In a news release Tuesday, DOT leaders said...

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April 21, 2020
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Trump taps former Wake schools, NCDOT chief for top Pentagon post :: WRAL.com

Trump taps former Wake schools, NCDOT chief for top Pentagon post :: WRAL.com

Published: 2020-04-23 12:18:00Updated: 2020-04-23 12:49:55National NewsTags:— Tony Tata, who once served as Wake County schools superintendent and as chief of the state Department of Transportation, could soon take a top job at the Pentagon, according to media reports.President Donald Trump plans to nominate Tata as undersecretary of defense for policy. The move was first reported by and later confirmed by and other Capitol Hill media sites.If confirmed by the Senate, Tata would replace after two years in the job.Tata retired from the Army in 2008 as a one-star general, and after a stint as...

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Neuse Correctional Institute has first COVID-19 death among 465 cases as tensions rise :: WRAL.com

Neuse Correctional Institute has first COVID-19 death among 465 cases as tensions rise :: WRAL.com

Published: 2020-04-21 10:43:00Updated: 2020-04-24 10:35:44Local NewsTags:By Amanda Lamb, WRAL Reporter — An inmate at Neuse Correctional Institution has died of COVID-19 complications. This is the first coronavirus death of an individual in custody of the Neuse Correctional Institution, and the second death of an inmate at a North Carolina State Prison.The Goldsboro facility has the largest coronavirus outbreak in the prison system, with a cumulative total of 465 reported cases, up from 458 just three days ago. The patient tested positive for COVID-19 on April 18, 2020. He was hospitalized...

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Coronavirus in NC - April 24 updates :: WRAL.com

Coronavirus in NC - April 24 updates :: WRAL.com

Published: 2020-04-24 04:56:00Updated: 2020-04-24 18:53:22Local NewsTags:— Here are the latest updates on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak in North Carolina and across the globe:6:10 p.m.: Kure Beach officials will reopen beach access at noon Monday for individual exercise, including jogging, swimming and water sports. Fishing and sunbathing will not be allowed. Blanekts, chairs, umbrellas and coolers also won't be allowed on the beaches.People must observe social distancing guidelines, and groups are limited to no more than 10 people.6:05 p.m.: Wake County officials say churches can...

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Phase 2.5? Cooper hints at earlier re-open for gyms, bars :: WRAL.com

Phase 2.5? Cooper hints at earlier re-open for gyms, bars :: WRAL.com

Published: 2020-06-04 17:30:00Updated: 2020-06-04 18:44:09Local NewsTags:By Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporterGov. Roy Cooper hinted Thursday at a potential Phase 2.5 in the state's staged economic re-start, opening the door on the possibility that gyms and bars will open sooner than planned.The governor didn't provide many details, but he broached the possibility after being asked about pending legislation to force his hand on gyms and bars. Both industries have filed suit to demand they be allowed to reopen.Lawmakers may soon send Cooper in the state. That bill passed a committee...

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