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Higher Ed Top Story

After East Carolina chancellor’s ouster, a UNC Board of Governors on the brink

When Cecil Staton announced his resignation as chancellor of East Carolina University this week, it had an air of inevitability. Not because of Staton’s performance since his hiring in 2016.

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Other Voices Top Story

New brief: The educators who care for NC children are struggling

A new release from NC Child highlights the plight of many who work in early childhood education: no access to health coverage. Statewide, one in five early childhood educators lacks health insurance, and in some rural North Carolina counties those numbers may be even higher.

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Law and the Courts Top Story

Facing resistance from some sheriffs, N.C. lawmakers seek to force cooperation with ICE

A "detainer" from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a request for local law enforcement to hold individuals they believe are not lawful citizens in jail or prison for up to 48 hours until the federal agency can take custody and begin deportation proceedings.

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Top Story Weekly Briefing

Getting real about the minimum wage

A new and promising push to raise North Carolina’s minimum wage gets underway today. Lawmakers and advocates will convene a press conference at the General Assembly this morning to announce the introduction of House Bill 366 – a proposal to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next five years and index it to inflation thereafter. A Senate companion bill will be introduced shortly.

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Education Top Story

Following an acrimonious start, state takeover program settling into North Carolina school

Southside Ashpole Elementary School in Robeson County looks like most elementary schools in rural North Carolina. The 1950s-era school building — located along North Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in Rowland — is showing its age, but is ...
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Law and the Courts Top Story

Monday numbers: A closer look at Trump’s war on the courts

President Donald Trump suffered a stinging policy setback last week when, notwithstanding the remarkable flip-flop of North Carolina’s Thom Tillis, 12 Republican senators joined with their Democratic colleagues to disapprove of Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border. The vote was just the latest in series of defeats and policy failures for Trump as he muddles his way through the second half of what is increasingly shaping up to be a notably scandal-plagued and ineffectual presidency.

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Events

3/28 Crucial Conversation – The Governor’s education budget

Join us Thursday, March 28 for a very special Crucial Conversation luncheon -- North Carolina’s 2019 education budget: The perspective from the Governor’s mansion Featuring State Budget Director Charles Perusse and Senior Advisor to the Governor, Ken Eudy

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Environment Top Story

State review skewers work of well-connected environmental nonprofit

Fifty-one duplicate invoices. At least $20,000 in excess payments. And one nonprofit receiving a disproportionate amount of taxpayer dollars to broker stream restoration deals for private landowners in western North Carolina. The Resource Institute, based in Winston-Salem, was a subject of a months long investigation...

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News Top Story

Tillis flips back to Trump camp on national emergency

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Thom Tillis made a stunning reversal on Thursday, declaring he would support President Trump’s emergency border wall declaration after vowing to oppose the president. The North Carolina senator was expected to be among the Republican defectors who helped push a resolution opposing Trump’s move to bypass Congress to secure billions of dollars for a border wall.

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Original Commentary Top Story

On Sunshine Week, newspapers cope with the dark clouds in their future

It’s Sunshine Week, and things have never been gloomier for the newspaper industry. This year’s annual celebration of public information has been more funereal than most, and I’m the sort who enjoys a rote walkthrough of public records law.

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Environment Top Story

North Carolina regulators detect toxic perfluorinated compound at Raleigh site

Rainwater monitoring conducted by state environmental regulators show one detection of a type of perfluorinated compound at the Raleigh monitoring site last spring. PFBA, a product of stain- and grease-proof coatings on food packaging, couches and carpets, was found at a level of 7.4ppt during on May 29, 2018.

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News Top Story

Report: Legislative proposals on school construction come up short

North Carolina lawmakers are debating two proposals that would direct state money to fund long overdue public school construction needs, but both fall short of offering sustainable solutions for the state, according to a new report from the NC Justice Center. Ultimately, rolling back tax cuts made in the last several years could completely address the state’s school building needs without undermining funding for education.

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Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

In North Carolina, the battle for transgender people’s medical coverage heads to court

At the end of this month, Michael Bunting is leaving his job at UNC-Chapel Hill after nearly 30 years. It wasn’t an easy decision. It’s not that he doesn’t love his job as an assistant athletic director. It’s not that he’s ready to retire at 52...

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Top Story Weekly Briefing

Gov. Cooper’s extremely moderate budget proposal

Gov. Roy Cooper is an enormously skilled politician with a top-flight staff and many years of experience in the state policy wars, so it probably makes some sense to give him the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the budget negotiations he will conduct with Republican legislative leaders over the next few months. One imagines that Cooper understands well what will push the right and wrong buttons – both for GOP leaders and the public at-large – and, ultimately lead to the best outcome when the final deal gets done sometime this summer.

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News Top Story

New report: What NC must do to prepare for the next recession

The start of the Great Recession, and the collapse of financial markets in the fall of 2008, is more than a decade behind us, yet its impact still reverberates through North Carolina communities and households. Policymakers should use the lessons learned from the Great Recession to prepare now to protect North Carolina’s people and communities from the next economic downturn.

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