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ND makes the grade in a national report evaluating public school support; SCOTUS justices express free speech concerns about GOP-backed social media laws; NH "kids on campus" program boosts retention; proposed law bans hemp sales to Hoosiers younger than 21.

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The Supreme Court hears arguments on whether social media can restrict content. Biden advisors point to anti-democracy speeches at CPAC, and the President heads to the US-Mexico border appealing to voters on immigration and border issues.

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David meets Goliath in Idaho pesticide conflict, to win over Gen Z voters, candidates are encouraged to support renewable energy and rural America needs help from Congress to continue affordable internet programs.

Survey: NC Families Struggling, Yet Don’t Support Reopening

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Thursday, May 28, 2020   

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A survey of more than 1,300 North Carolina families finds more than 60% say they have lost income, or expect to, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Released by the groups ParentsTogether and Down Home North Carolina, the poll also found respondents do not support fully reopening the state's economy now.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health and Human Services last Saturday reported the state's highest one-day number of positive COVID-19 cases with 1,107 cases logged.

Gwen Frisbie-Fulton, communications director for Down Home North Carolina, says families essentially are choosing between their health and a paycheck.

"It feels like a false tradeoff for folks to compromise their health or to compromise the economy," she states.

The survey also found 59% of respondents said they are having to choose what to pay among necessities such as rent and mortgage payments, utilities and food for their families.

North Carolina entered its Phase 2 reopening last Friday, which lifted the stay-at-home order and allowed some businesses to restart operations in a limited capacity.

Fulton maintains the state should be focusing its efforts on expanding unemployment benefits and using rainy-day funds to help communities.

"Our concern is we are living in a situation where folks don't have a lot of savings and have already been struggling," she states. "And in North Carolina, our unemployment benefits are very low."

According to the latest data from the North Carolina Department of Commerce, in April the unemployment rate soared to 12.2%, the highest rate logged in any month since 1976. Statewide more than a half million jobs have been lost, across every major industrial sector.


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