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Special report: A celebration of women’s suffrage on its 99th anniversary

Ninety-nine years ago today, a stalemate between two states nearly derailed the women's suffrage movement. With just one state shy of the required 36 to ratify the 19th amendment, North Carolina and Tennessee were battling not to be the one to allow women the right to vote.

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Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

ICE on campus? UNC reps mum, faculty concerned re: email warnings

The emails began going out at the University of North Carolina earlier this summer. Warnings that federal and state agents might be visiting campus to ask questions about immigration, export control, compliance with applicable laws and national security issues. “I had a briefing today...

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Law and the Courts Top Story

Election ballots on pause as constitutional amendment litigation works through courts

Litigation over the November election ballot is not likely to end anytime soon, but absentee by-mail voting will probably be cut short.

A three-judge panel ordered Wednesday that the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement halt...

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Environment Top Story

EPA officials get an earful at GenX hearing in Fayetteville

For the first 50-odd years of his life Rusty Goins was healthy and hale, a strapping man who never smoked or drank. Then shortly before last Christmas, he began bleeding. Several days later, when Goins woke up from surgery, he told EPA officials, the doctor had removed 30 inches of his colon and 18 lymph nodes. His right kidney, double its normal size, "was eaten up by cancer," he said.

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Defending Democracy Law and the Courts Top Story

Anglin, Edwards can keep their party labels

Wake County judge rejects legislature's last-minute rule change on candidate party affiliation Legislators cannot reach back in time and change the rules of an election after the fact, a Wake County Superior Court judge ruled Monday. Judge Rebecca Holt issued a preliminary injunction enjoining the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement from printing any election ballots that do not reflect judicial candidates Chris Anglin’s and Rebecca Edwards’ chosen party affiliations.

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News Top Story

Monday numbers: A closer look at attitudes toward our flawed bail system

Earlier this month, the youth-led group Triangle People Power held a showing of “The Bail Trap,” a documentary that sheds light on the broken cash bail system.

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Environment Top Story

Local officials, residents deal setback to proposed coal ash storage site in Northampton County

The evening started well for Vista Green. Wood Beasley III tried to dazzle the Northampton County Planning Board with visions of jobs, tax revenue and the return of prodigal youth to an area that is aging and short on economic opportunity.

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Defending Democracy Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

Policy Watch “Crucial Conversation” panel decries six constitutional amendments on the ballot

At a standing-room only gathering to discuss the six proposed amendments to the North Carolina constitution Wednesday, Gerry Cohen had a simple summation of the Republican-controlled legislature's message to Democrats. "You can win the governorship and the state Supreme Court," Cohen said the message went. “But we'll make it worthless for you."

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Education Top Story

Early board of ed departures may provide path for Cooper to bypass legislative roadblocks

When State Board of Education members Bill Cobey and Becky Taylor step down next month, it’ll mark the third time in six months that members of North Carolina’s top school board depart before their term is up.

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Defending Democracy Law and the Courts Top Story

Wake judge declines to rule on ballot question challenges, calls for appointment of three-judge panel

A Wake County Superior Court judge referred arguments Tuesday over the ballot language for four proposed constitutional amendments to a three-judge panel. Attorneys for Gov. Roy Cooper and the North Carolina NAACP and Clean Air Carolina challenged the ballot language in two separate lawsuits filed Monday.

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Defending Democracy Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

State commission explains two constitutional amendments; punts on four more as they await court hearing

Members of a key state commission on Monday fleshed out descriptions for two of the six controversial constitutional amendments on the ballot this fall. Yet the Constitutional Amendments Publication Commission, which is tasked with crafting succinct...

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Environment Top Story

Federal hog trial #3: New tactics, nauseating details highlight closing arguments

After a long day working with patients, all Joyce Messick wants is to lay her burdens down at her doorstep, sit on her porch and drink a Sun Drop. But the stench of hog feces sometimes denies her that simple pleasure and chases her inside. “You never know when it’s coming,” she testified in federal court last month.

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Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

UNC Alumni on Confederate statue stagnation – “We deserve better.”

When Dr. Nora Dennis spoke before the UNC Board of Governors last week, her palpable frustration was shared by many UNC alumni.

Dennis, now a physician and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Duke University, was a Morehead Scholar who graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2001.

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Education Top Story

“Show me the money!” North Carolina school boards seek to collect on state’s long-running school funding tab

“Show me the money!” Minnie Forte-Brown, president of the N.C. School Boards Association (NCSBA), which advocates for local boards statewide, is standing in a cramped computer lab at George Watts Elementary in Durham with a handful of reporters and school advocates.

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Environment Top Story

State Bureau of Investigation unit prepared “threat assessment” of Atlantic Coast Pipeline protestors

The state's surveillance and counter-terrorism unit, the Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAAC), warned law enforcement officials that the Atlantic Coast Pipeline could attract "violent extremists" who are opposed to the natural gas project in North Carolina, a document obtained by Policy Watch shows.

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Environment Top Story

Three Guilford County schools test high for lead in drinking water; 1,500 students, many of them low-income, affected

Drinking water at three Guilford County schools, including two that predominantly enroll low-income children, tested at or above the EPA standard for lead, according to results released by the school district.

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