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Governor Cooper Tells The Unvaccinated To Get The COVID-19 Shot If Able

Positive COVID-19 cases continue to rise in North Carolina, with a daily positive rate of more than 12 percent. PRE’s Meredith Radford reports that many eastern North Carolina counties are among those in the state with the highest positive case numbers in the last few weeks. North Carolina added more than 3,400 cases to its COVID-19 total on Wednesday. At Governor Roy Cooper’s media briefing, he emphasized that the rise in cases is driven by the unvaccinated.

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The University of North Carolina System has announced it will require all students attending any of the state’s 16 public colleges and universities to get a COVID-19 vaccine or face weekly testing. The standard will also soon apply to faculty and staff. Young adults are less likely than older North Carolinians to have gotten the vaccine thus far. But more residents appear to be coming for the shot as the delta variant surges across the state. More people came in for an initial dose last week than on any given week over the past two months.

The mostly behind-the-scenes work of North Carolina House budget writers fashioning a proposed two-year government spending plan is getting unveiled. The House scheduled several subcommittee meetings on Thursday to consider spending and policy items for most government agencies. The meetings mark a key step toward rolling out a complete budget bill and the full House voting on it by the end of next week. The Republican-controlled Senate approved its own plan in June. The two chambers ultimately will have to work out differences to get a final spending plan on Democratic Gov.

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Positive COVID-19 cases continue to rise in North Carolina, with a daily positive rate of more than 12 percent. PRE’s Meredith Radford reports that many eastern North Carolina counties are among those in the state with the highest positive case numbers in the last few weeks. 

North Carolina added more than 3,400 cases to its COVID-19 total on Wednesday. At Governor Roy Cooper’s media briefing, he emphasized that the rise in cases is driven by the unvaccinated.  

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Nearly two in five North Carolina K-12 public school districts are making masks optional for students and staff at the start of the new school year. North Carolina experts who released a frequently cited report showing minimal COVID-19 transmission within K-12 schools are warning of increased learning loss as a result of local school boards’ decisions to defy public health recommendations. COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and test positivity rates are at their worst levels in months. Kids under 12 can’t yet get vaccinated and many eligible young adults are unvaccinated.

Legislation to license and tax sports betting throughout North Carolina has cleared its first Senate committee. The bipartisan legislation approved on a divided voice vote Wednesday would direct the issuance of up to 12 sports wagering operators’ licenses. License fees and a tax on gross revenues would be collected by the state. The bill’s chief sponsor says many people already are wagering on collegiate and professional events through out-of-state betting sites. Sen. Jim Perry says regulating these activities would promote transparency and generate revenues for things like education.

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