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Lynn Bonner

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Lynn Bonner, Investigative Reporter, joined Policy Watch in October 2020 after 26 years as a reporter at The News & Observer. She covered the state legislature and politics for 20 years, and wrote extensively about mental health, state Medicaid policies and spending, and public education. Before coming to North Carolina, she wrote for newspapers in New England.

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To combat opioid overdose deaths, state officials try medication-assisted therapy with select NC inmates

Doctors who treat people with opioid addictions often hear of former patients who have to restart their treatment after leaving jail or prison. Or worse, their former patients die of drug overdoses soon after their release.

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PW special report – The battle for Alamance part 2: The modern day struggle for political representation

Decades after the enactment of civil rights laws, people of color remain largely excluded from the county's political power structure To go to Alamance County is to step back in time, to the days of the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.   More than a half-century later, law enforcement officers pepper-sprayed and arrested anti-racist protesters.

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Hunger soars in NC in the wake of the pandemic

Nonprofits, food banks expand, but still struggle to serve all the people who can't afford groceries  A crew of workers recently parceled flour, bags of broccoli, bottled water, bread, and other essentials into boxes, as vehicles lined up in the parking lot of a Durham apartment complex.

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More than 100,000 N.C. children could be lifted out of poverty by federal stimulus bill

Expanded child tax credit is called a "game changer" The economic stimulus bill President Joe Biden signed Thursday includes provisions that will move millions of children out of poverty and will begin making direct payments to families by the middle of this year.

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North Carolina has a plan to get COVID-19 vaccines to migrant farmworkers. Its success will be crucial to protecting workers’ health. 

This month, thousands of migrant workers will begin the hard work of planting, tending and harvesting crops in North Carolina farm fields. The state Department of Health and Human Services, farmworker health groups, employers, and medical clinics plan to make COVID-19 vaccines available to workers whose close living conditions make for the easy spread of the coronavirus.

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For Black, Latinx, Native American residents, community connections are key to COVID-19 vaccination success 

Shirley Hill rolled up her right sleeve for a COVID-19 vaccination Wednesday when doses were ready for her and 49 others at the Temple of Praise church in Kenly. Hill, 75, had been trying to get a vaccine appointment closer to her home in Goldsboro, but couldn’t even get on a waiting list. 

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New bills would require county jails to detain immigrants for ICE, protect local police budgets 

Immigrant rights groups are opposing a bill Senate Republicans filed Monday that would require local jail administrators to detain people if a federal agency requests it.   The senators also filed a bill that would punish local governments that cut their law enforcement budgets by more than 1% a year.  

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NC Native American tribes make headway in bringing vaccine to oft-neglected members

Dozens of tribal elders lined up outside the community building on Haliwa-Saponi land in Halifax County early Saturday morning to wait for the opening of the first COVID-19 vaccine clinic they could get to in this rural part of northeastern North Carolina. Jamie K. Oxendine, tribal administrator for the Haliwa-Saponi, pushed to bring a one-day vaccine clinic to the tribal grounds in tiny Hollister.

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When a hospital is overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, deciding who gets critical care

New state plan guides doctors, nurses on difficult ethical questions It is a nearly impossible decision: Who would get life-saving treatment when hospitals are overwhelmed by critically ill patients and running out of equipment or space?

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Fewer people voted illegally in 2020, but voting rights groups want the state to stop punishing people who say they voted by mistake.  

People on felony probation or parole can be prosecuted for voting illegally even if they don't know they're ineligible. Fewer people were suspected of illegally voting while on probation or parole for a felony in the 2020 general election compared with 2016, according to a state audit. However, the state Board of Elections found more possible cases of double voting.

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