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Here’s what’s happening now:

State officials announced Wednesday that the first part of Group 3 will begin on Feb. 24, in two weeks.

The first phase of Group 3 includes: teachers or anyone who works in person at K-12 public or private schools (such as bus drivers or food service workers), and childcare workers at preschools, childcare centers and family childcare homes. Here’s more of who that includes.

The news comes as vaccinations are still in short supply for Group 1 (healthcare workers who are most at risk) and Group 2 (those 65 and older).

Wake County public schools return to in-person school next week, for those who aren't in Virtual Academy. [more local vaccine info]

What else to know:

⛪ Mass vaccination events speed distribution, but not racial equity. One solution: partnerships, like those with traditionally Black churches, as WakeMed and Wake County did last weekend. [WUNC]
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ICYMI, we published a new series in which we asked Raleigh community leaders, business owners and those in people-focused professions shared their hopes for recovery from the pandemic and the future.

Find the full series of portraits by Raleigh photographer Keenan Hairston for Raleigh Convergence at

Angela Salamanca, chef and owner of Centro and Gallo Pelón:

Q: What are your hopes for 2021, for your business and for the Raleigh community?

A: My initial hope for 2021 is that we will be able to resume some sort of normalcy, which for us means being able to resume being productive members of our community.

Being able to open for dining in service without the ever present fear of a possible Covid Exposure or an infection.

To be able to meet our pre-Covid financial responsibilities with ease, increase our staff and become profitable.

But more than that, my hope is that once it is safe to open and resume hospitality as we know it, that we will be able to continue to pay our staff living wage and that the community will support the changes many in the industry are committed to making.

That is a HUGE unknown for me.

In pre-Covid times, our industry was highly undervalued and oversaturated.

The shutdown proved how tight of a rope many small businesses walked day to day to just make things work. The mental, and physical toll that kind of existence has proven to be too high a price to pay.

So we will do our best to come back better, and have faith that the community will meet us there. [read more]

INDY Week has an in-depth story detailing allegations of sexual assault and harassment of multiple women who were members at Hope Community Church. [INDY Week]

Emancipate NC and a local family want the Fuquay-Varina police department to establish a police oversight board. [INDY Week]

Raleigh Cheesy, known for their custom charcuterie boards, is opening up a storefront beginning Friday, at 1460 Chapel Ridge Road, Suite 170, in Apex. The opening will include grab-and-go cheese boxes 12-7 p.m. Friday, special brunch boxes on Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-12 p.m. both days with regular cheese boxes 3-8 p.m. both days. [learn more] 🧀
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