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Today’s news is made up primarily of what’s happening for Wake County and North Carolina Schools. With the return to in-person education just around the corner, it’s not a huge surprise that there is a lot of policymaking happening. You might be surprised by a lawsuit that was announced though. Check out that, my picks for events today, and a lot of bite size stories in the notebook section below.

Today’s weather: Humid and partly cloudy throughout the day. High: 89 Low: 74.

Here are the top stories today in Raleigh:

  1. Governor Roy Cooper made an announcement on Wednesday regarding mask wearing in schools. The current Executive Order is set to expire July 31 and will not be extended. With the spread of COVID-19 and the Delta variant, Cooper along with other health officials have recommended that schools should require masks. They strongly suggest the requirement for all students and teachers k-8th grade while indoors, and for all unvaccinated high school students and teachers. (Spectrum News 1)
  2. A new bill circulating in North Carolina would require parental permission to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. The vaccines have been federally approved for emergency use until fully approved by the FDA. Currently only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for use on children age 12-17, and it does not require a parent approval for receiving the two dose series. The bill also expands types of medications that immunizing pharmacists can give. (CBS17)
  3. Wake County Schools has decided to move forward with a lawsuit against Juul. The e-cigarette company has been cited for marketing its products toward younger consumers with fruit and dessert flavored nicotine. North Carolina was the first state to successfully hold Juul accountable resulting in a $40 million settlement. With this decision Wake County will be the first North Carolina county among more than 100 others across the nation to pursue such a lawsuit. (abc11)
  4. Republican Senators have proposed a big change for North Carolina sports in schools. The proposed bill would remove the NC High School Athletic Association to be replaced in 2022-23 by a North Carolina Interscholastic Athletic Commission. The NCHSAA is a public charity and nonprofit corporation that carries out rules set by the state Board of Education. The proposed bill would shift leadership and enforcement to a commission with members picked by the governor and legislative leaders. This bill comes after questions arose about the nonprofit’s authority and financial assets, but many fear that the shift would politicize high school athletics. (Fox8)
  5. A man was arrested after breaking into a Raleigh residence on July 14, and firing shots at a person inside. Malik Hurdle, 24, was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to kill and felony breaking and entering. The home was located on Old Plank Road and thankfully no one was harmed. (CBS17)

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  • For Mango Day, a celebration of such a yummy summer fruit, I want to highlight Raleigh Popsicle Co. They recently opened at Crabtree Valley Mall and have a Mango Popsicle to cool off with.
  • California based Opendoor is the largest home buyer in Wake County (Paywalled article News & Observer)
  • Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin has joined the chorus of voices pushing for a commuter railway in the area. (Mass Transit)
  • WRAL has launched a new Hometown Carolina Store to support local services, products, restaurants, and entrepreneurs. (WRAL)
  • NC State’s corpse flower is officially in bloom, time slots to visit are all filled up, but check out the livestream here.

Today I finally made it out to Pullen Park with my son, and it was one of those “I can’t believe I didn’t do this forever ago!” moments. I also took a friend to Morgan Street Food Hall last night and he was like “How have I lived in Raleigh this long and never been here?” So seriously, take advantage of everything! You don’t want to discover something months from now and feel like you were the last one to the party. That’s all I have for today, so I hope you feel caught up and confident.

CJ Fullford

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