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Cooper Wins Key Ruling In COVID-19 Legal Fight With Forest

North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has won another legal victory defending his COVID-19 executive orders, this time involving a lawsuit filed by Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest. A judge on Tuesday refused to block temporarily his orders limiting business activities and mass gatherings and mandating face coverings. Forest sued Cooper last month, saying the orders were unlawful because he failed to first get support from the Council of State. Cooper’s attorneys argued that Cooper used...

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North Carolina’s Attorney General will have his office investigate the sources behind so-called “forever chemicals” that have contaminated drinking water in the southeastern part of the state. The Fayetteville Observer reports that  AG Josh Stein made the announcement on Monday. The chemicals his office will focus on include substances like PFAS and GenX. PFAS are used in industrial processes to make things like nonstick coatings and fire suppression foams. Stein says the chemicals do not break down once they are released into the environment.

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North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has won another legal victory defending his COVID-19 executive orders, this time involving a lawsuit filed by Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest. A judge on Tuesday refused to block temporarily his orders limiting business activities and mass gatherings and mandating face coverings. Forest sued Cooper last month, saying the orders were unlawful because he failed to first get support from the Council of State.

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Some Eastern North Carolina counties are reporting Coronavirus related fatalities on Monday.  The Beaufort County Health Department said four residents died from COVID-19.  One person died Saturday and the other three individuals died today. The recent fatalities brings the county’s death toll to six.  The Craven County Health Department reports a thirteenth resident has died from Coronavirus complications. The individual tested positive for COVID-19 on July 28. The person had several underlying health conditions.  Statewide, there are 2,172 deaths due to the virus.

The two most powerful state lawmakers in North Carolina want President Donald Trump and Joe Biden to have an extra presidential debate. House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger are pushing for a fourth debate to be held in North Carolina. Trump's campaign has called for the additional debate, though it did not name a particular desired host site. The Commission on Presidential Debates turned down the request but said it would consider the possibility of an extra debate if both candidates agreed to it.

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Data from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction shows most K-12 parents won't have the option of sending their kids back to school at the start of the fall, even partially. Gov. Roy Cooper allowed districts to opt for fully remote learning in his reopening guidance. His Republican gubernatorial election opponent, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, wants every parent to be able to have the choice for fully in-person learning five days a week.

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