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    Coronavirus emergency measures: How long will they last?

    Andrew Stuttaford asks at National Review Online how long we’ll be dealing with emergency measures tied to the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether Britain’s COVID-19 lockdown will be worth what it will cost — a bill involving far more than just money — was and is, for now, unknowable. That…
    Mitch Kokai, April 2, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online on businesses’ struggles to survive with COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Joseph Coletti’s Daily Journal analyzes the federal coronavirus relief packages.
    Mitch Kokai, April 2, 2020
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    “Greek scientists confirm higher temperatures slow down coronavirus.”

    The Greek City Times reports a finding that could be very good news if if holds up: A new Greek scientific study has confirmed that the coronavirus is affected by environments with higher temperatures. Leading the study is pulmonologist Prof. Konstantinos Gourgoulianis as coordinator and…
    Jon Guze, April 1, 2020
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    New unemployment claims are over 300,000 — in two weeks

    Lynn Minges, president and CEO of the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association, estimated at a March 30 John Locke Foundation Shaftesbury Society event that around 75 percent of hotel and restaurant workers in North Carolina was now out of work. At 550,000 workers, that would put the estimated number of disemployed workers at 412,500.
    Jon Sanders, April 1, 2020
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    Re: Medicare for all and coronavirus

    In the middle of an otherwise reasonable editorial on North Carolina legislators’ response to the coronavirus, the Winston-Salem Journal can’t help but get in a little dig (emphasis mine): This would also be a good time to conveniently forget all the weak excuses for not passing Medicaid expansion. Yesterday…
    Sam Hieb, April 1, 2020
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    How much will public schools receive in COVID-19 supplemental funds?

    Last week, Gov. Roy Cooper pulled $50 million from reserve accounts and funds set aside for summer reading camps (which will not occur this summer for obvious reasons).  Districts and charters have the flexibility to use the funds for activities related to school nutrition, school and community-based child care,…
    Terry Stoops, April 1, 2020
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    Martin Center column explores how pandemic will change higher education

    Robert Wright devotes a Martin Center column to higher education in a post-COVID-19 world. The coronavirus, combined with the public and private reactions to it, has affected every aspect of Americans’ lives, including the ways they learn. From pre-K to graduate seminars, many classes are moving online for the…
    Mitch Kokai, April 1, 2020
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    Joe Biden’s pickle

    Andrew Malcolm‘s latest McClatchy column ponders Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden’s political predicament. Joe Biden is in a pickle, a serious one. He’s the presumptive presidential nominee of the Democratic Party. But Bernie Sanders, his lone remaining primary opponent, won’t quit. All presidential candidates are pretty much confined…
    Mitch Kokai, April 1, 2020