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Sarah Ovaska-Few

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Sarah Ovaska-Few, Investigative Reporter, conducts investigations and watchdog reports into issues of statewide importance that appear on the website. Before joining N.C. Policy Watch, Ovaska-Few was a staff writer and reporter for six years with the News & Observer in Raleigh, where she reported on governmental, legal, political and criminal justice issues.

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Policy Watch Investigates

Aldona Wos may no longer be the Secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, but there’s still plenty of interest in how she ran the agency. In particular, a federal grand jury wants to know ...
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North Carolina is on the verge of privatizing its Medicaid system, the $14 billion program that provides health care for 1.9 million of its most vulnerable residents — low-income elderly, children, pregnant women and disabled persons. The major ...
Education Featured Articles

Public education didn’t see the deep annual cuts that have become almost commonplace in recent years, as a proposed $21.7 billion budget from Republican state leaders was made public and faces likely passage this week. Lawmakers in the ...
Policy Watch Investigates

As a slate of appointed leaders get closer to appointing a new head of North Carolina’s higher education system, details continue to trickle out about the January decision to get rid of its current president, Tom Ross. John ...
Policy Watch Investigates

Eastern North Carolina may finally get some relief from the high electricity bills that have long frustrated residents and hampered economic development. Electricity rates in communities belonging to the N.C. Eastern Municipal Power Agency can be a third ...
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Policy Watch Investigates Public money, personal gain

Stephen LaRoque will spend the next two years in a federal prison, punishment for stealing from the federally-funded non-profit he ran. LaRoque, 51, a former Republican state representative from Kinston was given the 24-month sentence Wednesday morning. He ...
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Fair housing
Policy Watch Investigates

North Carolina might scale back its efforts to fight unlawful discrimination, if a Senate budget provision to repeal the state’s fair housing act is adopted as law. The provision, which would repeal the State Fair Housing Act and ...
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Policy Watch Investigates

The state’s higher education system saw its enrollment growth funded in the Senate budget proposal released this week, a cost of nearly $130 million over the next two years, but also saw another year of significant discretionary cuts ...
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Policy Watch Investigates

Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson sits in an unusual position. After running unopposed in last November’s election, he’s serving his fourth term as the top lawman in Alamance County, a largely rural county west of the Research Triangle ...
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Western Governors University
Policy Watch Investigates

A controversial online university that credits students for their existing skills and knowledge could soon have a larger role in North Carolina, with a funding stream carved out in the state House’s version of the budget. The Utah-based ...
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