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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Education Top Story

Monday numbers: A closer look at Gov. Cooper’s bond proposal

When Governor Roy Cooper rolled out his 2019-21 budget last week, he proposed placing a nearly $4 billion bond initiative before North Carolina voters that would invest in better schools and other critical infrastructure. According to the governor’s ...
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Environment Top Story

RDU officials side with mining interests in clash over Umstead quarry

Umstead State Park in winter is at its least beautiful, but in no way is it ugly. Within the park’s palette of gray and rust appear plush pelts of moss in iridescent green and coarse crowns of lichens in dusty mint. Outcrops of ancient rocks, composed of minerals such as feldspar and quartz, are strewn across the forest floor like scattered teeth.

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Education Top Story

State Board of Education votes to close Charlotte Learning Academy

Citing a pattern of low performance, the State Board of Education on Thursday voted to close Charlotte Learning Academy, one of 32 schools across the state whose charters were up for renewal this month.

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Education Top Story

Educators seethe at N.C. lawmakers’ plan to arm, deputize teachers

Two new bills filed by state lawmakers take the heated debate over gun rights and safety to one of its most controversial battlegrounds: the classroom. House Bill 216 - The School Self-Defense Act - would make it legal for teachers and staff members to carry concealed handguns on school grounds “to respond to acts of violence or imminent threats of violence.”

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Environment Top Story

Monday numbers – A closer look at North Carolina’s greenhouse gas emissions

This is how a decision made at the top reaches of the US government trickles down: The Trump administration’s proposal to roll back vehicle pollution standards could hamper North Carolina’s ability to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.

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Education Top Story

House Speaker advances bond plan for K-12 and higher ed

The divide between leadership of the state House and Senate over how to pay for billions in school construction needs widened significantly Thursday when House Republicans filed a bill calling for a $1.9 billion education bond. Under House Bill 241, $1.5 billion in bond money, pending voter approval, would be earmarked for K-12 construction and renovation projects.

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