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Beaufort County Health Department is not providing community testing due to limited supplies. Most medical providers in the county can conduct the COVID-19 test.
Beaufort County Health Department is not providing community testing due to limited supplies. Most medical providers in the county can conduct the COVID-19 test.
 
There’s a short shelf life for much of what government officials say in the early days of a public health scare.
There’s a short shelf life for much of what government officials say in the early days of a public health scare.
 
Dr. Gus Vickery has started a drive-through clinic in Asheville, where he has tested dozens of patients for COVID-19 in two days.
Dr. Gus Vickery has started a drive-through clinic in Asheville, where he has tested dozens of patients for COVID-19 in two days.
 
For the last half-century, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) has been one of the most prominent health risks confronting people in our country and around the world.
For the last half-century, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) has been one of the most prominent health risks confronting people in our country and around the world.
 
Wednesday was a busy day for the Senate Education Committee, which approved six bills during its April 17 meeting. Three of them directly affect K-12 education.
Wednesday was a busy day for the Senate Education Committee, which approved six bills during its April 17 meeting. Three of them directly affect K-12 education.
 
Following last month's announcement that the Trump Administration authorized airgun use in waters off the East Coast, Governor Roy Cooper and a group of bipartisan governors today urged Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to prohibit harmful seismic testing and offshore
Following last month's announcement that the Trump Administration authorized airgun use in waters off the East Coast, Governor Roy Cooper and a group of bipartisan governors today urged Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to prohibit harmful seismic testing and offshore
 
Today, Governor's Office spokesman Ford Porter issued the following statement on NOAA's decision to grant incidental harassment authorizations to companies, a step toward opening the Atlantic Coast to seismic testing
Today, Governor's Office spokesman Ford Porter issued the following statement on NOAA's decision to grant incidental harassment authorizations to companies, a step toward opening the Atlantic Coast to seismic testing
 
High school tests the mettle of many teens. Surveys, both informal and scientific, reveal pervasive stress
High school tests the mettle of many teens. Surveys, both informal and scientific, reveal pervasive stress
 
Beaufort County Public Health Department will be providing free bacteria testing for private drinking water well for residents affected by hurricane Florence
Beaufort County Public Health Department will be providing free bacteria testing for private drinking water well for residents affected by hurricane Florence
 
Yesterday, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) met with award-winning cat advocate and Animal Planet expert "The Kitten Lady" Hannah Shaw-a former North Carolina resident-and representatives from the White Coat Waste Project, a nonpartisan watchdog group working to end wasteful spending...
Yesterday, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) met with award-winning cat advocate and Animal Planet expert "The Kitten Lady" Hannah Shaw-a former North Carolina resident-and representatives from the White Coat Waste Project, a nonpartisan watchdog group working to end wasteful spending...
 
Representative Beverly G. Boswell (R-Dare) announced today legislation she plans to file during the upcoming 2018 short legislative session to reestablish the northern N.C. Dept. of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) water testing laboratory in Dare County
Representative Beverly G. Boswell (R-Dare) announced today legislation she plans to file during the upcoming 2018 short legislative session to reestablish the northern N.C. Dept. of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) water testing laboratory in Dare County
 
It has been a decade since what Education Week calls “the largest K-12 school cheating scandal in U.S. history” shook Atlanta Public Schools, resulting in racketeering convictions for 11 former teachers and principals who rigged tests
It has been a decade since what Education Week calls “the largest K-12 school cheating scandal in U.S. history” shook Atlanta Public Schools, resulting in racketeering convictions for 11 former teachers and principals who rigged tests
 
North Korea’s desire to meet to discuss denuclearization – while suspending all ballistic missile and nuclear testing – is evidence that President Trump’s strategy to isolate the Kim regime is working
North Korea’s desire to meet to discuss denuclearization – while suspending all ballistic missile and nuclear testing – is evidence that President Trump’s strategy to isolate the Kim regime is working
 
The length of a fishing pier separated opposing groups making waves over oil and gas drilling off the North Carolina coast Monday evening inside the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown
The length of a fishing pier separated opposing groups making waves over oil and gas drilling off the North Carolina coast Monday evening inside the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown
 
In a meeting with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke today on offshore drilling and seismic testing, Governor Cooper underscored North Carolina's opposition to both
In a meeting with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke today on offshore drilling and seismic testing, Governor Cooper underscored North Carolina's opposition to both
 
Following an announcement late yesterday that the Trump Administration will exempt Florida from its plan to open Atlantic and Pacific coastal waters to offshore drilling, Governor Cooper today urged Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke to grant an exemption for North Carolina
Following an announcement late yesterday that the Trump Administration will exempt Florida from its plan to open Atlantic and Pacific coastal waters to offshore drilling, Governor Cooper today urged Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke to grant an exemption for North Carolina
 
Governor Cooper announced today that the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality will submit formal comments opposing offshore seismic testing for oil drilling on North Carolina's coast
Governor Cooper announced today that the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality will submit formal comments opposing offshore seismic testing for oil drilling on North Carolina's coast
 
December 29, 2016 ...128 years ago today, a group of Lumbee petitioned the United States Government for recognition as an American Indian tribe. That fight continues today.
December 29, 2016 ...128 years ago today, a group of Lumbee petitioned the United States Government for recognition as an American Indian tribe. That fight continues today.
 
My family history, later debunked by DNA testing, was of American Indian mixed heritage.
My family history, later debunked by DNA testing, was of American Indian mixed heritage.
 
Recent DNA testing debunked my family history story of American Indian heritage. This brought to mind that most history is modified by what is omitted or included.
Recent DNA testing debunked my family history story of American Indian heritage. This brought to mind that most history is modified by what is omitted or included.
 
Members of some North Carolina college marching bands, protesting what they consider police brutality, have abandoned kneeling while playing "The Star Spangled Banner" before football games and instead are wearing ribbons or armbands on their uniforms.
Members of some North Carolina college marching bands, protesting what they consider police brutality, have abandoned kneeling while playing "The Star Spangled Banner" before football games and instead are wearing ribbons or armbands on their uniforms.
 
After attending both major political conventions this summer, an East Carolina University sociology professor is shaping new research around large-scale protests and police response tactics.
After attending both major political conventions this summer, an East Carolina University sociology professor is shaping new research around large-scale protests and police response tactics.
 
Republican Governor Pat McCrory and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper are both opponents of excessive and duplicative standardized testing. Surveys suggest that parents, teachers, and administrators believe that "over-testing" is a problem
Republican Governor Pat McCrory and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper are both opponents of excessive and duplicative standardized testing. Surveys suggest that parents, teachers, and administrators believe that "over-testing" is a problem
 
The U.S. Department of Education has issued a testing compliance ultimatum to several states, including North Carolina, and the ultimatum includes the threat of legal action. This activity is tied to controversial re-authorization of No Child Left Behind, known as Every School Succeeds Act (ESSA).
The U.S. Department of Education has issued a testing compliance ultimatum to several states, including North Carolina, and the ultimatum includes the threat of legal action. This activity is tied to controversial re-authorization of No Child Left Behind, known as Every School Succeeds Act (ESSA).
 
Teen geniuses and word wizards just lost their competitive edge with the nation's most established college admissions exam.
Teen geniuses and word wizards just lost their competitive edge with the nation's most established college admissions exam.
 
North Carolina schools got a mixed report from the latest independent tests, known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress
North Carolina schools got a mixed report from the latest independent tests, known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress
 
As I write this the BOEM (Bureau of Energy Management) is advocating for our offshore oil in the depths of the Graveyard of the Atlantic and adjacent to both the Outer Banks and Gulf Stream.
As I write this the BOEM (Bureau of Energy Management) is advocating for our offshore oil in the depths of the Graveyard of the Atlantic and adjacent to both the Outer Banks and Gulf Stream.
 
The new school year is fast approaching, but policymakers remain rattled by testing boycotts that swept the nation this spring. From New York to California, hundreds of thousands of parents pulled their children out of end-of-year tests.
The new school year is fast approaching, but policymakers remain rattled by testing boycotts that swept the nation this spring. From New York to California, hundreds of thousands of parents pulled their children out of end-of-year tests.
 
If you want to find an education issue where there seems to be universal agreement in North Carolina, talk about testing. Most everyone agrees we subject our kids to too much of it.
If you want to find an education issue where there seems to be universal agreement in North Carolina, talk about testing. Most everyone agrees we subject our kids to too much of it.
 
A researcher at East Carolina University has been studying what parents of children with autism spectrum disorder know and how they make decisions about genetic testing.
A researcher at East Carolina University has been studying what parents of children with autism spectrum disorder know and how they make decisions about genetic testing.
 
In part 1, I talked about European and Southern history as a background for family history.
In part 1, I talked about European and Southern history as a background for family history.
 
A State Board of Education task force may scrap longstanding end-of-grade tests for a system of interim assessments designed to provide more reliable and immediate data to identify students who need help in core subject areas.
A State Board of Education task force may scrap longstanding end-of-grade tests for a system of interim assessments designed to provide more reliable and immediate data to identify students who need help in core subject areas.
 
From 2009 to 2013, the University of North Carolina system gradually increased its minimum admission standards. Students entering UNC schools this fall had to score at least 800 on combined math and verbal SAT tests to be admitted.
From 2009 to 2013, the University of North Carolina system gradually increased its minimum admission standards. Students entering UNC schools this fall had to score at least 800 on combined math and verbal SAT tests to be admitted.
 
Members of the Governor's Teacher Advisory Committee presented nine major recommendations on testing standards and assessments to Governor Pat McCrory today at a meeting at the Executive Mansion.
Members of the Governor's Teacher Advisory Committee presented nine major recommendations on testing standards and assessments to Governor Pat McCrory today at a meeting at the Executive Mansion.
 
A survey of nearly 900 academic studies from the past quarter-century shows North Carolina has been moving in the right direction on education reform in recent years. That's a key conclusion from a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report.
A survey of nearly 900 academic studies from the past quarter-century shows North Carolina has been moving in the right direction on education reform in recent years. That's a key conclusion from a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report.
 
Several members of the Beaufort County Community College Board of Trustees donned prison garb and posed behind the bars of a mock jail recently to support a drive by BCCC faculty and staff to help fund scholarships for high school equivalency testing.
Several members of the Beaufort County Community College Board of Trustees donned prison garb and posed behind the bars of a mock jail recently to support a drive by BCCC faculty and staff to help fund scholarships for high school equivalency testing.
 
Teachers finding their schedules packed with testing would get relief from education reforms promised by Gov. Pat McCrory and top Republican lawmakers, who say students would benefit from a streamlined list of required state and local exams.
Teachers finding their schedules packed with testing would get relief from education reforms promised by Gov. Pat McCrory and top Republican lawmakers, who say students would benefit from a streamlined list of required state and local exams.
 
Governor Pat McCrory, Chair of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Governors Coalition, issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Interior released its review that could allow seismic testing firms, under certain conditions.
Governor Pat McCrory, Chair of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Governors Coalition, issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Interior released its review that could allow seismic testing firms, under certain conditions.
 
Governor Pat McCrory vetoed legislation (HB 392) but signed an executive order to implement the priority of the legislation's criminal history verification and information sharing requirements for welfare benefit applicants.
Governor Pat McCrory vetoed legislation (HB 392) but signed an executive order to implement the priority of the legislation's criminal history verification and information sharing requirements for welfare benefit applicants.
 
Government has truly become Big Daddy in many people's minds. Nothing proves this claim more than recent arguments on the floor of the North Carolina Senate regarding SB 594.
Government has truly become Big Daddy in many people's minds. Nothing proves this claim more than recent arguments on the floor of the North Carolina Senate regarding SB 594.
 
Governor Pat McCrory vowed to reduce the amount of mandatory tests given to North Carolina students and announced a plan to award a $10,000 stipend to selected teachers to assist in the implementation of college and career ready standards at their school districts.
Governor Pat McCrory vowed to reduce the amount of mandatory tests given to North Carolina students and announced a plan to award a $10,000 stipend to selected teachers to assist in the implementation of college and career ready standards at their school districts.
 
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