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N.C. Elementary Schools May Offer Full In-Person Classes

North Carolina elementary schools will soon be allowed to return to daily, in-person classes under a plan announced by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. The decision on whether to return to full in-person instruction will be left up to individual districts. Those choosing to go forward with the Plan A reopening option starting on Oct. 5 won’t be limited in the number of students who can be inside a classroom. They would, however, be required to screen kids for coronavirus symptoms, make sure they...

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North Carolina State University says parents will be able to attend in-person this week's football game against visiting Wake Forest. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services says two family members per player may attend live games if colleges and universities meet certain health criteria. The department noted that no more than 350 people will be allowed to attend sporting events. Duke won't allow spectators for Saturday's football game. East Carolina University plans to utilize “all that is permitted” for families to attend the games.

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North Carolina elementary schools will soon be allowed to return to daily, in-person classes under a plan announced by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. The decision on whether to return to full in-person instruction will be left up to individual districts. Those choosing to go forward with the Plan A reopening option starting on Oct. 5 won’t be limited in the number of students who can be inside a classroom.

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East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine plans to expand funding of COVID-19 research after receiving $15 million dollars in CARES Act funding from the North Carolina General Assembly. PRE’s Jamie Rodriguez has more on how the University plans to allocate the funds.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Forest has called for all North Carolina K-12 public schools to reopen without requiring students or teachers to wear masks. At a Wednesday morning news conference, the lieutenant governor said he would not mandate masks if elected governor, and that he wants the state to move quickly to Plan A so everyone can have 100% in-person learning. The current directive from Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper allows school districts to partially reopen under Plan B, but also gives local school boards the option to stay fully remote under Plan C.

Federal assistance could soon help North Carolina’s commercial fishing industry bounce back from the economic effects of the Coronavirus Pandemic. The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries announced that their spending plan for CARES Act relief has been approved by NOAA Fisheries.

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President Trump called Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg a "titan of the law" in a statement late Friday night on her death.

"Renowned for her brilliant mind and her powerful dissents at the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg demonstrated that one can disagree without being disagreeable toward one's colleagues or different points of view," the statement said.

Updated at 12:15 a.m. ET

The Senate shouldn't take up the vacancy on the Supreme Court opened by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg until after voters have expressed their choice in the election, former Vice President Joe Biden said Friday.

The Democratic presidential helpful kept in lockstep with his colleagues now in the Senate minority, who wasted little time after the announcement of Ginsburg's death in stating their belief that Washington must wait.

Republicans do not agree.

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I want to bring in Julie Cohen now. She's the director of the documentary "RBG."

Welcome to the program.

JULIE COHEN: Thank you so much.

President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., already had remade the federal judiciary before the hinge of fate swung again on Friday night.

The Republican-controlled Senate has confirmed no fewer than 200 federal judges, many of them young, and each to a lifelong term, as NPR's Carrie Johnson has reported.

President Trump has revealed the names of people he'd consider nominating to the Supreme Court in the event of a vacancy like the one opened by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, Trump's Democratic challenger, hasn't.

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