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Joe Goodpasture

Joe Goodpasture. In Memoriam.

Originally from Tennessee, Joe began his career as a disc jockey and became news director for stations in Roanoke, VA and Raleigh. He had a long and distinguished career in broadcasting and journalism. During the 1970s, he was Public Information Officer for the NC Department of Education. In 1977, he started his own communications firm in Charlotte, which specialized in business and trade publications. Later, he and his wife, Ann, published Charlotte’s CITI magazine. During his loosely defined “retirement,” Joe researched and wrote company histories.

Joe’s experience and wisdom guided the editorial team as we launched North Carolina News Daily. He taught us what North Carolina journalism is missing in 2020, and he helped us discover ways to make it better. Joe was writing, editing, and pitching stories until the very end of his life. He died on June 13, 2020 at the age of 82. We miss his intellect and writerly joy.

Trump Pulls Republican Convention from Charlotte; Next Move Uncertain
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Trump Pulls Republican Convention from Charlotte; Next Move Uncertain

President Donald Trump has pulled the Republican National Convention from Charlotte because Governor Roy Cooper refuses to guarantee full capacity due to the coronavirus pandemic. So what’s next? Trump and Cooper Had Already Sparred Over the RNC At the end of May, the president had threatened via Twitter to relocate the RNC to somewhere other...

Legislature Progressing on Vote-by-Mail Reform
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Legislature Progressing on Vote-by-Mail Reform

Chances are, you could be voting by absentee ballot in this fall’s high-stake elections. And the North Carolina state legislature has made progress this week on a bill that would make voting by mail more convenient. Having passed through the House yesterday, it will begin its Senate process. House Bill 1169 (which would give voters more options in...

New Leader Named for North Carolina Unemployment Benefits Office
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New Leader Named for North Carolina Unemployment Benefits Office

There has been a shake-up at the very top of the North Carolina unemployment benefits office, amid growing criticism of how the state has handled the unprecedented surge of unemployment claims during the coronavirus crisis. This personnel change could improve the state’s response to skyrocketing unemployment claims. Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that former lawmaker Pryor Gibson will be the new assistant secretary overseeing the Division...

Uncertainty Growing Between Charlotte, GOP Convention and Trump
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Uncertainty Growing Between Charlotte, GOP Convention and Trump

The Twitter-fueled controversy over the upcoming Republican National Convention in Charlotte is becoming more contentious, with President Trump now threatening to pull the convention from the Queen City unless state officials allow “full attendance.”  In response, NC Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen has requested a written COVID-19 safety plan from the convention’s CEO, Marcia Kelly. ...

NC Moves into Phase 2 of Reopening
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NC Moves into Phase 2 of Reopening

Let the Good Times Roll. Sorta. This past weekend, North Carolina continued to reopen after two months of isolation designed to control the coronavirus pandemic. We moved into Phase 2–some with trepidation, some with jubilation.  The announcement from Gov. Roy Cooper came with a word of caution. The move to Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan was more cautious than...

Feds Close Cape Fear River GenX Pollution Case
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Feds Close Cape Fear River GenX Pollution Case

Federal prosecutors will not pursue criminal charges against a chemical company suspected of polluting the Cape Fear River with GenX, AP reports.  The chemical plant is The Chemours Co., a division of DuPont based in Fayetteville. In June 2017, the Department of Environmental Quality discovered that Chemours was releasing a compound called GenX into the...

NC Greatly Expands Scope of COVID-19 Testing
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NC Greatly Expands Scope of COVID-19 Testing

If you see coronavirus case counts rise in our state over the next few weeks, don’t freak out. COVID-19 testing will have increased, which may mean more confirmed cases. COVID-19 testing is greatly expanding in North Carolina. State health officials are encouraging doctors to order tests for higher-risk individuals even if they show no symptoms. ...