All Press Releases

Record-Setting 184 State Employees to be Honored on Tuesday with Governor’s Awards for Excellence

October 24, 2022

A record-setting 184 state employees from eight state agencies and three University of North Carolina System institutions will be honored with Governor’s Awards for Excellence at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 in Jones Auditorium on the campus of Meredith College. The ceremony will mark the first in-person presentation since 2019, after which pandemic protocols shifted recognition to virtual ceremonies.

National Assessment Shows Student Performance in NC, US Drops During Pandemic

October 24, 2022

North Carolina’s performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress given during the 2021-22 school year to fourth and eighth graders generally mirrored a national decline in reading and math skills as schools everywhere were beginning to recover ground lost to the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

More Than 135,000 Ballots Cast on First Day of Early Voting

October 21, 2022

About 135,400 North Carolina voters cast ballots on the first day of in-person early voting Thursday.

The turnout was on par with the nearly 136,500 voters who cast ballots on the first day of in-person early voting in 2018.

Western North Carolinians Can Order Free COVID-19 Tests Thanks to USPS Pilot Program

October 21, 2022

Several western North Carolina communities were selected for a United States Postal Service pilot program to increase access to COVID-19 tests. People living in zip codes that begin with 287, 288 and 289 can order free, self-swab PCR test kits by visiting ineedacovid19test.com between now and Jan. 15, 2023.

Western North Carolinians Can Order Free COVID-19 Tests Thanks to USPS Pilot Program

October 21, 2022

Several western North Carolina communities were selected for a United States Postal Service pilot program to increase access to COVID-19 tests. People living in zip codes that begin with 287, 288 and 289 can order free, self-swab PCR test kits by visiting ineedacovid19test.com between now and Jan. 15, 2023.

Application Window Extended for State’s Digital Equity Grant Program

October 21, 2022

State government agencies, universities and community colleges now have until Nov. 10 to apply for $10 million in grants from the state’s first digital equity grant program. The N.C. Department of Information Technology’s Office of Digital Equity and Literacy today announced that the application deadline will be extended for the initial phase of funding, which will invest $10 million to support 10-15 projects.