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Report: State Earned Income Tax Credit could boost health of low-income North Carolinians

A state Earned Income Tax Credit is a common-sense solution to address North Carolina’s poverty-related public health crisis. Reinstating North Carolina’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) as a refundable credit at the national average of 20 percent of the federal credit has the potential to improve life for the 900,000 North Carolinians who are working for low wages that erect barriers to their economic security and health.

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Top Story Weekly Briefing

The GOP’s latest gerrymander ought to be the last straw for NC

Republican legislative majorities took yet another stab at enacting new congressional districts last week (the state constitution gives the Governor no veto authority in this realm) and, for those who didn’t dig below the surface, it would have been easy to get the misimpression from some reports that things had gone well.

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Environment Top Story

SELC plans to sue Burlington over PFAS, 1,4-Dioxane pollution in drinking water, sludge

DEQ cites Greensboro and Reidsville for illegal discharges of 1,4-Dioxane into Haw River and its tributaries

The Southern Environmental Law Center plans to sue the City of of Burlington for discharging perfluorinated compounds — PFAS — and 1,4-Dioxane from its two wastewater treatment plants into the drinking water supply, unless state regulators intervene first.

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Education News Top Story

Monday numbers: A closer look at North Carolina’s literacy gap

Last week, education policymakers, researchers, foundations and corporate executives gathered for a national summit on adult literacy in Washington, D.C. The inaugural gathering hosted by the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy  was designed to look at evidence-based best practices for addressing the nation's literacy crisis.

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Environment Top Story

State officials uphold fine for illegal dumping at Falls Lake

Property company must pay $22,000, but other actors in dumping scheme have yet to be held accountable

James Puryear stood before members of the Environmental Management Commission, hoping for a break.

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Higher Ed Top Story

After rogue investigation of ECU scandal, UNC Board of Governors mull sanctions against one of their own

Members of the UNC Board of Governors publicly condemned member Tom Fetzer’s secret, independent investigation of East Carolina University's former interim chancellor of ECU Thursday, with some, including the board’s chair, saying consequences for his actions should be discussed.

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Law and the Courts Top Story

Congressional redistricting plans take shape despite objections from the public, advocates

North Carolinians were presented with more than a dozen congressional maps by Tuesday night and had less than 24 hours to provide public comment about them Wednesday.

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Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

Amid East Carolina controversy, UNC’s Board of Governors riven by factions, sources say

After a weeks-long storm of investigations, leaks and accusations of unethical behavior on North Carolina’s top higher education board, some members of the UNC Board of Governors told Policy Watch this week that the embattled panel has grown increasingly divided behind closed doors.

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Billy Ball Commentary Top Story

Wallowing in the mire: The UNC Board of Governors hits another low

“The hymn in church yesterday,” Dan Gerlach, the embattled former ECU interim chancellor, tweeted Sunday. “‘All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well…’ And it will.” Whether you’re inclined ...
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Top Story Weekly Briefing

GOP swings and misses with pipeline attacks on Cooper

Back in the early 1990’s, the late and sorely missed Bob Hensley – a talented, feisty and frequently funny trial lawyer and Democratic state representative from Wake County – was engaged in a tense debate on the House floor with a Republican adversary when things suddenly turned personal. Having been cornered by Hensley’s formidable skills at debate, the GOP lawmaker lashed out and accused Hensley of being untruthful in some of his claims about the bill in question.

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Monday numbers: A closer look at the U.S. military on Veterans Day

When it began in 1919, it was “Armistice Day” — a celebration of the end of World War I. It became a national holiday in 1938. But what we now know as “Veterans Day” truly began in 1954. That’s when President Dwight D. Eisenhower — who served in both World Wars -- signed the change into law in order to honor those who have served in all American wars.

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Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

Lawyer who obtained security video of ECU interim chancellor claimed to be working for legislative leaders

Peter Romary worked for UNC board member Tom Fetzer, but claimed connections to Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore  A Greenville lawyer claimed he was working with members of the UNC Board of Governors and leaders of the North Carolina legislature when trying to obtain video that led to...

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Education Top Story

State Board of Ed receives hopeful report of progress in slowing NC’s school-to-prison pipeline

GREENSBORO – A Pender County graduate almost missed an opportunity to pursue his dream job because he got into a fight while in high school at age 15.   New Hanover County Chief District Court Judge J.H. Corpening told the State Board of Education (SBE) on Wednesday that the young man dreamed of joining the U.S. Air Force to pursue a career in military intelligence.

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Higher Ed News Top Story

Members of Congress press DeVos over Duke-UNC Islamic curriculum investigation

Lawmakers criticize probe as "threat to academic freedom" U.S. Rep. Andy Levin (D-Michigan) and U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.) sent a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos last week outlining concerns and requesting documentation regarding the department’s investigation into the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle Eastern Studies curriculum.

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