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Republican teacher marches to a different drummer on matters of public education

Republican teacher marches to a different drummer on matters of public education Angela Coffman is a registered Republican and Southern Baptist. But on matters of public education, the Durham elementary school teacher who supports the May 1 teacher protest, falls squarely into the camp one state GOP leader critically described as “far-left teacher strike organizers.”

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UNC Students to walk out over police policies toward white supremacist, anti-racist protesters

On Wednesday afternoon students at UNC-Chapel Hill will leave their classes for a day of protest action at the foot of the campus’ Wilson Library. The move comes after what students say has been months of antagonism and brutality from police toward anti-racist protesters while white supremacist and neo-Confederate groups have been shown deference – even when carrying guns on campus.

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Barber, other NC panelists at congressional hearing: Restore the Voting Rights Act

It would take eight years to undo what an unconstitutionally-elected GOP super-majority did to voting rights in North Carolina in the past several years, the Rev. William Barber II testified before a House congressional committee last week.

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Law and the Courts Top Story

Monday numbers: A closer look at the cost of excessive court debt

The ACLU of North Carolina released a report last week examining the true cost of excessive court debt to defendants. It documents hundreds of cases of people jailed over unpaid court debt...

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GOP wants to move on, but Dems aren’t done with Mueller report

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration want to move on from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, now that a redacted version of the report has been released to the public. But Democrats are just getting started. ...
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Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

PW exclusive: ‘Boy Erased’ author talks surviving conversion therapy in Durham

When a 19-year old Garrard Conley was sent to a “conversion therapy” program in 2004, it wasn’t something people discussed openly. “If you were to search for it on the Internet -- probably on Yahoo back then -- you would have gotten all these smiling pictures and testimonials from people saying how it worked for them, how they weren’t gay now and they were happy.”

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Education Top Story

Virtual Pre-K? General Assembly considers controversial proposal for NC experiment

Kenneth Dodge, one of the nation’s preeminent scholars on early childhood education, says North Carolina’s four-year-olds would be better served by more preschool seats than an online school.

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Law and the Courts Top Story

ACLU report: NC court fines, fees create modern-day debtor’s prison

The North Carolina General Assembly has spent the past few years making a concerted effort to impose increasing court fines and fees on poor defendants while giving judges less and less discretion to waive them in extenuating circumstances.

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Environment Top Story

News analysis: Conservative lawmakers move to undermine NC environmental protection efforts

Of all the enemies to single out, conservative lawmakers have targeted nature — the wind, sun and trees — as a way to thwart the potential benefits of the governor’s executive order on climate change.

These four bills — and there are more — would essentially penalize Duke Energy ratepayers, buyers of low- or zero-emissions cars, birds, forests, current inhabitants of the planet and future generations, for political payback.

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Student voices on the State Board of Education silenced by political infighting

Greear Webb and Myles Cyrus would have made great student advisers to the State Board of Education (SBE). The high school seniors have impeccable academic credentials, are well spoken and can command a room like seasoned trial lawyers.

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Amid 287(g) controversy, North Carolina sheriff pitches the immigration program

CONCORD – Cabarrus County Sheriff Van Shaw was elected last year on a platform that promised his constituents he would continue to work closely with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to deport unlawful immigrants accused of crimes. He is one of four sheriffs in the state who participates in 287(g)...

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“Must read” special report: Trump’s attacks on our justice system

For nearly 40 years, Alliance for Justice (AFJ) has worked to ensure that our nation’s justice system advances core constitutional values, preserves critical rights and unfettered access to the courts, and adheres to the even-handed administration of justice for all Americans. We have never witnessed an assault on our justice system like the one we have seen since Donald Trump became President.

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Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

PW spotlight: The case for banning conversion therapy in North Carolina

Mitchell Gold, like many gay North Carolinians, cannot understand why there isn’t already a state law banning so-called “conversion” therapy. Sixteen states and Washington, D.C. now ban the practice, which aims to “cure” lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people. and polls show a law forbidding it in North Carolina enjoys overwhelming bipartisan support.

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Education Top Story

Sparks fly as struggling virtual charter school seeks new management, new name

A hearing to decide whether to allow one of the state’s two virtual charter schools, N.C. Connections Academy, to sever ties with its management firm turned ugly this week during a Charter School Advisory Board meeting.

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GOP rolls out proposal to close health coverage gap. Just don’t call it “Medicaid expansion.”

Republican state lawmakers filed a bill Tuesday to expand health care coverage to low income North Carolinians, closing the health care coverage gap. Sponsors of the House Bill 655, titled “NC Health Care for Working Families,” took pains to say it is not technically expanding Medicaid –

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Environment Top Story

The big Duke coal ash clean-up: Where things stand and what to expect next

Few people saw this coming. Duke Energy — whose corporate power touches the lives of every North Carolinian every day — whose outsized political influence exerts itself via hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions every election — whose former employees-turned-state-officials, ex-Gov. Pat McCrory, ex-State Rep. Mike Hager and...

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