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Biden administration touts NC investments to kick off “Infrastructure Week”

The Biden administration’s significant infrastructure investments are transforming North Carolina, highlighted by projects such as the $110 million replacement of the Alligator River Bridge and the $1 billion high-speed rail line connecting Raleigh to Richmond. However, with only 17% of the allocated $1.1 trillion spent to date, the administration faces challenges in demonstrating these impacts to voters before the upcoming November election.

Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church Is Tackling Charlotte’s Housing Crisis

Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, is addressing the city’s affordable housing shortage by launching Varick on 7th, a mixed-use apartment complex developed in collaboration with the city and Laurel Street Residential. This initiative not only provides essential housing options but also sets a precedent for community-church partnerships to tackle major social issues.

NC Gov. Cooper presents his budget as the legislative “short session” begins

Governor Roy Cooper’s recent budget proposal emphasizes strengthening public education in North Carolina, featuring an average 8.5% raise for teachers and the restoration of master’s pay, amidst rising teacher turnover. In contrast to expanding Republican-backed private school vouchers, Cooper’s budget aims to refocus on public schooling by freezing voucher funding and increasing support for child care and preschool initiatives.