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Battle looms as state officials propose takeover of Goldsboro elementary school

If North Carolina goes forward with the recommendation to allow a private charter operator to take control of a Goldsboro elementary school, they should expect a protracted resistance, the school’s principal told Policy Watch Wednesday.

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Defending Democracy Law and the Courts Top Story

Questions linger about victims’ rights constitutional amendment, big budget campaign

Early voting starts today, which means North Carolinians will finally get to decide on six proposed constitutional amendments, including one that would bolster victims’ rights.

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Environment Top Story

Legislature, Cooper make headway on hurricane recovery, but vexing longer-term issues loom

The legislature expedited its first round of disaster relief funding for the state's critical recovery needs after Hurricane Florence, but the more complex portion of the aid package -- environmental resilience -- could run into political roadblocks.

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Higher Ed Top Story

Monday numbers: A closer look at state cuts to higher education

The following set of figures comes from the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities' new report: Unkept Promises: State Cuts to Higher Education Threaten Access and Equity.

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Environment Top Story

Guilford schools failed to disclose troubling lead levels for four months

For more than four months, the Guilford County school system failed to disclose critical information about high lead levels in three of its schools -- not only from the public, but also from the respective principals, according to documents obtained under the Public Records Act.

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Law and the Courts Top Story

North Carolinians highlight struggles getting photo IDs ahead of amendment vote

If Janice Franklin has an extra $10 to spare, she’s not thinking about using it to buy a photo identification so she can vote.

“If I get $10 in my hand, I’m going to get a prescription or food because I probably had to hold off to pay the light bill,” she said.

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Higher Ed Top Story

After Western Carolina controversy, UNC Board of Governors overhauls chancellor search process

The UNC Board of Governors is changing the process by which it selects chancellors for UNC system schools. The new process will be more confidential, include more rigorous background checks.

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Education Original Commentary Top Story

For North Carolina schools, politicians must do more than talk about rebuilding post-Florence

Long after the presidents, and the governors, and the press conferences cease, and the swollen rivers of our state subside, will North Carolina be there for those students displaced by Hurricane Florence?

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Environment Top Story

Ag commissioner surprises lawmakers with quarter-billion dollar aid request for farmers

Three feet of rain. 140 mph wind gusts. 39 people dead, and thousands more displaced. An estimated $1.1 billion in direct and indirect losses to agriculture. Hurricane Florence, which hit at peak harvest season, was indeed an unprecedented storm for the state.

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Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

Monday numbers: A closer look at cash bail (and the alternatives) as NC Courts Commission prepares to review

On Friday, October 12, the North Carolina Courts Commission’s Subcommittee on Pretrial Release will hold its first meeting. The preliminary meeting, to be held at the North Carolina Judicial Center at 901 Corporate Center Drive in Raleigh, will be to set goals for the Pretrial Release Work Group going forward.

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Environment Top Story

What’s next for proven, but underfunded hog farm buyout program after Florence?

This story is part of a series, including maps and blog posts, about the predicament and environmental threat of industrialized swine farms that lie within the 100-year flood plain.

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Law and the Courts Top Story

Lawmakers plan on long game for Hurricane Florence recovery measures

Bipartisanship has become rare in North Carolina, but lawmakers put their differences aside Tuesday to take their first step toward helping those impacted by Hurricane Florence.

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Education Top Story

Superintendent Mark Johnson’s new website may have broken North Carolina law

A controversial website touting Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson may have broken North Carolina law, a Policy Watch investigation has found.

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New report documents North Carolina’s troubling role in the CIA’s rendition and torture program

In the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. government ushered in a large-scale program of secret detention and torture that relied significantly on the State of North Carolina. Six days after the attacks, President George W. Bush signed a covert memorandum...

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Environment Top Story

Atlantic Coast Pipeline faces another court battle; Robeson commissioners under scrutiny for premature approval of permit

Prospect, North Carolina, population 690, is quilted by farms, churches, modest homes and an elementary school on less than 3 square miles in northwest Robeson County. The Goins family, which like most residents of Prospect is Lumbee, has lived in this community for at least four generations, and as part of their heritage, has long honored the land and the sky for its gifts to the people.

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Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

Update from Robeson County: Florence wreaks havoc on already struggling and neglected communities

Huge pools of standing flood water still surround houses in South Lumberton’s Turner Terrace neighborhood, drawing roving clouds of mosquitoes. Downed power lines float in the deep brown pools and lay tangled in the many fallen trees.

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