Friday, October 22, 2021


Some states entice people back to the workplace by increasing safety standards and higher minimum wage; Bannon held in Contempt of Congress; and the latest cyber security concerns.


House votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress; Trump announces new social media platform TRUTH Social; and the Biden administration says it will continue to expel migrants under Title 42.


An all-Black Oklahoma town joins big cities in seeking reparations; a Kentucky vaccination skeptic does a 180; telehealth proves invaluable during pandemic; and spooky destinations lure tourists at Halloween.

Federal Judge Orders Census Count Extended through October


Monday, September 28, 2020   

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The 2020 Census count will be extended until October 31, this after a court ruling reversed the Trump administration's decision to end the national survey at the end of September.

Census workers across North Carolina say the extra month will help ensure hard-to-reach households are accounted for. The state's self-response rate lags behind the national average.

At the N.C. Counts Coalition, Director of Communications and Outreach Durrell Johnson said rushing the census tally would mean losing much-needed federal dollars.

"We need more time to count our communities. A lot of communities that haven't been accurately counted, fully counted, are Black and Brown communities, communities in rural parts of the state," Johnson said. "So, we're very excited, very pleased about the decision. But we're keeping in the forefront of our mind that this can change at any moment."

That's because the U.S. Department of Justice says it's appealing the California court's preliminary injunction. In the meantime, people can fill out their census forms online at, or by phone at 844-330-2020. If households still have their paper form, it can also be filled out and placed in the mail, with no postage required.

Johnson said the lowest-responding areas are heavily concentrated in western North Carolina, the Sandhills region, and the northeast. He pointed out these regions tend to be parts of the state where residents lack internet access and where field operations were suspended due to the coronavirus.

"So, there's still roughly over a million or so individuals that have not been counted in the state of North Carolina," he said.

Johnson said he wants people to know how much is at stake. The state will lose around $16,000 over the next 10 years for every person missed in the census count.

"Funding over the next 10 years, and the funding for a lot of the programs we use every single day, is based off a very a simple population count that's done every 10 years," he said. "So, we're talking about healthcare and education, from kindergarten all the way through college."

North Carolina receives around $16 billion annually in federal funding based on census data.

get more stories like this via email

California has collected more than 600 tons of unwanted prescription drugs since the Take-Back Day program began in 2010. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)

Health and Wellness

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, when the Drug Enforcement Administration encourages everyone to clean out …

Health and Wellness

BALTIMORE - This month marks the four-year anniversary of the #MeToo movement, and an art project aims to help incarcerated survivors heal by telling …

Social Issues

OGDEN, Utah - Utah is one of only a handful of states that taxes food, but one state legislator says taxing groceries should become a thing of the …

In a new poll, 71% of all registered voters support strengthening rules to reduce oil and gas methane pollution, including 73% of Independents and 50% of Republicans. (Adobe Stock)


CASPER, Wyo. - A strong majority of voters across party lines say they want national rules similar to those passed in Wyoming to reduce methane …

Health and Wellness

ARLINGTON, Va. - Although COVID-19 rates have gone down, the virus continues to hit the Hispanic community especially hard. Now, a new campaign aims …

Child-care advocates say if North Dakota doesn't boost funding for the system, more families might pull out of the workforce because of access issues. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

BISMARCK, N.D. - A portion of American Rescue Plan funding sent to North Dakota has yet to be divvied up. Groups that want to improve the child-care …

Social Issues

PITTSBURGH - As businesses across the country deal with a massive labor shortage, Pennsylvania aims to entice people back to the workplace by …


ALBANY, N.Y. - Environmental groups want Gov. Kathy Hochul to sign a bill that mandates monitoring the state's drinking water for "emerging …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021