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HAMLET― As planes circle overhead, crews from two states are working to contain a forest fire near the state line.

RALEIGH — North Carolinians who have filed for unemployment insurance because of COVID-19 won’t see payments for at least two weeks, state officials said during a Friday, April 3 news conference. The head of the state’s employment office also said roughly 41,000 people have gotten payments.

ROCKINGHAM — As of 2 p.m., April 3, 2020, Richmond County does NOT have a case of COVID-19. 

Editor’s note: Some names in this story have been changed to protect identities. 

Jane, a Raleigh-based cosmetologist, wanted to keep working when her salon closed March 25. She didn’t know providing in-home manicures was illegal.  

RALEIGH — Effective at 5 p.m. Friday, April 3, Rendezvous Mountain Educational State Forest will be temporarily closed, restricting all public access until further notice.

GREENSBORO — The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service will begin distributing COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments in the next few weeks. IRS–Criminal Investigation and the United States Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of North Carolina warns North Carolina taxpayers to be alert about possible scams relating to these payments as well as other malicious attempts to defraud people relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

RALEIGH — North Carolina teachers and other state employees won’t pay out-of-pocket for coronavirus treatments through June 1. 

RALEIGH — A weekly report issued Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor says 73,597 North Carolina workers should receive unemployment insurance benefits for the week ending March 21.

ROCKINGHAM — With their venues being closed and audiences capped by government mandate during the COVID-19 pandemic, musicians are having to be creative.

Many have taken to what’s being called “quaranstreaming” — putting on live concerts from their homes via social media, including several who often perform in Richmond County, such as Mark McKinney and Company and Acoustic on the Rocks.

RALEIGH — Money topped the list of needs from North Carolina’s institutions of higher education in a meeting Thursday, April 2, of the House Select Committee on COVID-19 Education Working Group. 

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