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Monday - August 19, 2019
Vaping Related Illness Reported in NC

RALEIGH -- The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is investigating recent reports of severe lung disease after vaping. Three patients have been hospitalized in North Carolina since late July and similar cases have been reported from other states, including Wisconsin, Illinois, California and Minnesota. No deaths have been reported.

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Visitor Spending Up

RALEIGH -- Record visitor spending in 2018 was reflected with visitor spending increases in all 100 counties. The data comes from an annual study commissioned by Visit North Carolina, a unit of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.

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New Chief Ranger Appointed

RALEIGH -- Keith Nealson has been named chief ranger of the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation. He succeeds Bryan Dowdy, who recently retired after 30 years of service to the division.

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Report Highlights Solar Energy

RALEIGH -- Solar energy provides North Carolinians with environmental and health benefits that often are overlooked, according to a new report. A study from the Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center and Frontier Group found by curbing the need to generate power at fossil-fuel plants, cities reduce smog and other kinds of air pollution linked to health problems. 

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Volunteers Sought for Litter Sweep

RALEIGH -- The N.C. Department of Transportation needs volunteers to help clean up trash along roads during the Adopt-A-Highway Fall Litter Sweep from Sept. 14-28.

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TransPark Employee Falls Victim to Scam

A financial employee at the N.C. Global TransPark fell victim to a sophisticated email wire fraud scam. The incident, resulting in the theft of approximately $35,000, has been reported to state authorities and is being investigated.

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