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Sarah Ovaska-Few

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Sarah Ovaska-Few, former Investigative Reporter for N.C. Policy Watch for five years, conducted investigations and watchdog reports into issues of statewide importance. Ovaska-Few was also 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

Electricity rates to drop in Eastern North Carolina

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

Former state Rep. Stephen LaRoque headed to prison

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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Senate budget also took aim at anti-discrimination law

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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NC Senate and House differ on approach to funding higher education

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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Waiting for a decision in Alamance discrimination case

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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Controversial online college on its way to North Carolina?

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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Policy Watch Investigates

Emails between Tom Ross, UNC Board of Governors show concern about Ross’ dismissal

Several members of the University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors contacted UNC President Tom Ross in the days after he was pushed to resign, relaying their sorrow about what happened, according to emails recently obtained by N.C. ...
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Help wanted: North Carolina’s public higher education systems both in need of new leaders

Scott Ralls will be leaving his job as North Carolina’s community college president in a few months, leaving an opening at an institution that’s a central piece of the state’s educational and economic bedrock. Ralls says it was ...
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Audit found Medicaid owed $350 million, while DHHS officials said program had surplus

Lawmakers heard Monday that the state’s massive Medicaid program was in the hole at the end of last year’s fiscal year, despite prior statements by state health officials that the program finished that year with a surplus. The ...
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UNC system heads look to Jones Street for help

Leaders of the state’s university system descended Wednesday on the General Assembly in Raleigh, hoping to convince lawmakers to send more money their way. “We need more money,” said John Fennebresque, a Charlotte attorney and chair of the ...
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