North Carolina

Contact Tracing in Two North Carolina Counties Shows Difficulty of Reaching Patients

The CDC found that in Mecklenburg County, just 77% of patients could be reached after testing positive for Covid-19. Contact information for those peoples’ recent contacts was provided only 52% of the time.

A Town Turns to Analytic Modeling—and Data-Sharing—to Improve Flood Monitoring

The town of Cary, N.C., is launching a new flood-monitoring system that uses analytic modeling to predict near-term flooding. The data is shared with neighboring communities, warning officials that downstream flooding could be heading their way.

A Million Families in North Carolina Could Be Behind on Utility Payments

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How North Carolina Transformed Itself Into the Worst State to Be Unemployed

Across the country, unemployment systems are collapsing under an unprecedented number of claims. But some state systems, like North Carolina’s, have long made it harder to receive unemployment benefits.

From Jacksonville to Louisville, Confederate Statues Are Coming Down

Calls to remove the statues, denounced as symbols of white supremacy, were reignited in the wake of national protests against police brutality and the death of George Floyd.

The Forgotten Governor’s Race

The pandemic has silenced the campaign to lead North Carolina, a major presidential swing state.

With Traditional Rites of Passage on Hold, High School Principals Find New Ways to Honor Graduating Seniors

Prom and graduation are canceled because of coronavirus, but high school principals across the country are working to make sure that seniors still feel special.

School Districts Deploy WiFi-Equipped Buses to Expand Broadband Access for Students

School districts across the country are sending buses with WiFi to neighborhoods with limited broadband access to help students connect for full-time distance learning.

A City Plan to Make Masks Available to Every Resident

The city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, partnered with a local manufacturer to make and distribute reusable masks, designed by a local doctor.

Concerned About Her City's Lack of Affordable Housing, a Councilwoman Decided to Build Some

Jillian Johnson, mayor pro tem of Durham, N.C., is constructing a duplex next to her house with the goal of renting its two units to low-income families who need stable housing.

Closing the Gaps in State Sexual Assault Laws

North Carolina has been the only state where women can't revoke consent. Newly passed legislation could change that.

Keeping Tabs on Armadillos

State officials are monitoring populations of the nine-banded armadillo, a non-native species that's spreading quickly throughout the country.

State Law Provides Funding to Clear Rape Kit Backlog

North Carolina will provide $6 million over two years to help clear a backlog of roughly 15,000 untested rape kits.

State Rules 'Polygamy Porter' Unsuitable for Sale

North Carolina's alcohol board refused to allow the beer to be sold in the state because its label depicts polygamy, an illegal act.

Climate Change in a Coastal County: Think Global, Act Hyperlocal

‘We see flooding issues, and we’re addressing it. It’s going to get worse.’

The Feds Are Cutting Back on Foster Group Homes. North Carolina Says That’s a Big Mistake.

A North Carolina group home says federal law could hurt foster kids with nowhere else to go.

Supreme Court’s Gerrymander Decision Shifts Fight Back to States

Reformers are likely to focus on independent commissions and transparency efforts to overhaul partisan gerrymandering before maps are redrawn in 2021.

A Statewide Safety System for Students

Middle and high-school students in North Carolina can anonymously report safety tips by app in the coming school year as part of a partnership between the state and nonprofit Sandy Hook Promise.

To Curb Trashcan Clutter, a City Will Try Stowing Waste Underground

Raleigh, North Carolina is looking to improve on “the old school model” it uses to handle waste from downtown businesses.

How to Help Small Businesses Survive a Flood

After a flood, 40% to 60% of small businesses close down. Lawmakers say improving infrastructure before disasters strike could help prevent that from happening.