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Here’s what’s happening now:

COVID-19 in Wake County:
Wake County public schools won’t bring special education students and Pre-K students back early, as initially planned, the News & Observer reports.

But since they can’t assure sufficient staffing, transportation and personal protective equipment, the school system said they’re delaying bring back the group of students, originally targeted for on-site instruction Sept. 8.
 [What else to know in Wake County]
What else to know:
💻 Activate Good still needs more volunteers to help Wake County students get access to technology for remote learning. [sign up]
🍎 Neuse Christian Academy cancels classes after less than a week of in-person instruction after a student tests positive for COVID-19. [News & Observer]
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Clock is ticking on Census, here's why it matters.

The Census will be ending earlier, and Census takers will begin knocking on doors today in the Raleigh area. So what does that mean?

In Wake County, specifically, 68.6% of households have self-responded to the Census, according to the county’s Monday release.

In the past, Wake County responded at a rate of 71.8% in 2010, 71% in 2000 and 66% in 1990, according to the NC Counts Coalition.

The 2020 Census is a big deal. It’s the every-10-year count of every living person in the country, regardless of citizenship status. All residents are required by law to respond. [you can still fill it out online]

Who’s at risk of undercount now? In NC Counts Coalition’s recent report, lower than average responses in Wake County include:

Majority BIPOC communities: The response rate in Wake County communities with 50% or higher of people who are Black, indigenous, Latinx or people of color is 58.3%.

Communities with less access to internet: When the percentage of households without internet is higher than 21%, Wake County response rates are lower.

For communities with 21-30% without internet at home, the response is 52.9%. In communities where fewer have internet, 31% or more don't have access at home, it's 50.5%.

College students: Only 61.3% of NC State students, for example, have responded. In 2010, 70.5% responded. The NC Counts Coalition attributes lower response to growing mistrust in the government, limited media attention and the back and forth about the (now dropped) citizenship question.

The Census shapes local planning, representation and federal funding. 

For every person in Raleigh who doesn't respond, it represents $1,600 in lost funding -- and that figure came before the pandemic.

And despite the pandemic, the count and the door-knocking efforts will be cut short by the federal government. [learn more
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Bowstring Pizza and Brewyard has opened on Wake Forest Road across from Snoopy's. Their soft opening was last weekend and they re-open at 4 p.m. Thursday. The pizza restaurant with cocktails is in a large former garage with a large patio space. [@bowstringpizzabrewyard]

Edge of Urge is folding Renew House of Self-Love into its Raleigh shop and won't re-open Renew's physical space on Wilmington Street. [@edgeofurge]

Breathe: Life After Death exhibit opened in Raleigh's Block gallery Monday. "
The exhibition explores American life during and after the pandemic, worldwide protests for racial equality and the consequences of social distancing," the Raleigh Arts page says. "In addition to other works, artists Clarence Heyward, JP Jermaine Powell, William Paul Thomas and Telvin Wallace each paint one of the other artists to showcase how they see each other and create an opportunity for being seen."

Band Together is going virtual tomorrow. The performance lineup includes Delta Rae, Rissi Palmer and Raleigh's own "America's Got Talent" star Tyler Butler-Figueroa. The telethon, on Wednesday at 7 p.m., will support United Way's Anti-Racism Community Fund. [WRAL]
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