RALEIGH — North Carolina high schoolers may be required to pass a financial literacy course in order to graduate, but a certified financial planner says children should start learning about finances even earlier and parents can take the initiative to teach these lessons.

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RALEIGH — High school and middle school students from across North Carolina showcased their impressive engineering skills last week during the N.C. Department of Transportation’s annual Model Bridge Building Competition.

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RALEIGH — A Wake County Superior Court judge signed a consent order giving the state more time to pay a nearly $730 million judgment in a lawsuit over school technology funds.

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RALEIGH — The House K-12 Education committee OK’d the statewide school construction bond bill, but questioned the formula used to decide how much each county would get for school construction.

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RALEIGH — FirstHealth of the Carolinas was honored this week by The North Carolina Healthcare Association with NCHA’s inaugural Healthier Communities Award. The newly-created award recognizes collaborative work by an NCHA member institution to promote health and well-being by addressing an identified need. FirstHealth was recognized for its leadership in the nation’s first implementation of The Daily Mile, an evidence-based physical activity program that originated in the United Kingdom.

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RALEIGH — Another Democrat has joined the growing pool of candidates for state superintendent in 2020.

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RALEIGH — North Carolina students will continue learning about how to safely walk and bicycle to school through the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School Program.

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RALEIGH — A new debt affordability study for North Carolina could throw cold water on plans by the House and Gov. Roy Cooper to pass a nearly $2 billion bond for public school construction.

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RALEIGH — A Senate plan to pump $2.03 billion of tax revenue into K-12 public school construction would both outspend a competing House plan and do so with cash rather than debt, Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown, R-Onslow, said Wednesday.

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ROCKINGHAM — Gov. Roy Cooper visited Richmond County early Monday afternoon to thank first responders for their efforts during Hurricane Florence as he continues to tour affected areas.

The governor was greeted by Emergency Services Director Donna Wright and County Manager Bryan Land as he walked into the county Emergency Services Complex.

Wright gave him a very brief history of how the building came about as she led him to a conference room where photos of the county’s roads damaged during the storm were projected onto a screen. 

She also told them how her department helped take the 911 loads from other counties that lost communications.

“I really appreciate you guys stepping up and doing what you needed to do,” Cooper told Wright and the other first responders in the room, which included Sheriff James Clemmons and Rockingham’s police and fire chiefs, Billy Kelly and Harold Isler.

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