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ICE tearing apart families in historic raids across state

Kay* was cooling her machine down Tuesday morning at Bear Creek Arsenal in Sanford when she and a mechanic nearby noticed a supervisor looking visibly worried talking to someone they had never seen before.

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Higher Ed Top Story

New UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor, system president agree: Silent Sam needs to go

UNC-Chapel Hill’s new interim chancellor wants the “Silent Sam” Confederate monument moved off campus – a position the interim UNC system President said Thursday he also shares.

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Environment Top Story

Gov. Cooper to Congress: Our future depends on climate action

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper testified on Capitol Hill Wednesday, urging Congress to step up the fight against climate change as Democrats move to elevate the polarizing problem into a key campaign issue in the 2020 elections.

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Environment Top Story

Critics to state regulators: Duke Energy must do much more to combat climate change

Since Colson Combs was born just over 15 years ago, the planet Earth has recorded more than 10 of its hottest years on record. If humans have not dialed back greenhouse gas emissions by the time Combs reaches his late 20s, the world will likely be headed toward a climate crisis that will stalk him for his entire life.

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Report: Hurricane Florence revealed big shortcomings in how NC aids people with disabilities during natural disasters

A report, issued by Disability Rights North Carolina provides strong evidence that federal, state and local emergency management officials must take action to ensure the well-being of people with disabilities during natural disasters. Analyzing the response to Hurricane Florence, the report shows how public officials must do more to include the voices of people with disabilities and disability rights advocates as they plan for future emergencies and ensure their safety.

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Education News Top Story

Monday numbers – A closer look at teacher turnover in North Carolina

The State Board of Education holds its monthly meeting this Wednesday and Thursday. Members will discuss the findings of a new statewide report on the State of the Teaching Profession in North Carolina. The following numbers examines teacher turnover across our Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and charter schools.

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Environment Top Story

“The spill was an instant disaster”: Reflections on the five-year anniversary of the Dan River coal ash breach

Until that winter’s day the 4-foot section of corrugated metal pipe, 48 inches in diameter, had done its job. It swallowed storm water, said to be uncontaminated, that drained from Duke Energy property, chugged the water through its gullet that ran beneath an unlined coal ash basin, and then spewed it into the Dan River near Eden. But on Feb. 2, 2014, the pipe could take no more.

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Education Higher Ed Top Story

With Folt leaving, UNC awaits Silent Sam report

Last week the UNC Board of Governors voted to release an “after-action report” on last year’s toppling of the Silent Sam Confederate monument. Nearly a week later, the report has yet to be released.

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Education

Republican senators offer alternative to statewide school bond referendum

State Senate leaders on Wednesday released a plan to pay for school construction and renovations without voter approval in a statewide bond referendum.

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Environment

BREAKING: Malec Brothers withdraws air permit application to use methyl bromide

Malec Brothers has formally withdrawn its application for an air permit to emit methyl bromide in Columbus County, the NC Department of Environmental Quality announced Wednesday afternoon. The Australian company had planned to emit up to 140 tons ...
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Environment

Document reveals effort to remove opposition of Native American tribes to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

[Editor’s note: The original version of this story contained some important and inadvertent factual errors that NC Policy Watch deeply regrets. The first error stated, incorrectly, that the law firm Cultural Heritage Partners acted on behalf of Dominion ...
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Education Top Story

In some North Carolina counties, traditional schools are being squeezed by charters

There has been much written about the impact charter school growth has had on some of North Carolina’s larger, urban school districts. But the impact might be greater on some of the state’s smaller, rural school districts where the loss of students, and the funding that follows them, are felt more profoundly.

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New report: Here are the people who are hurt by NC’s failure to expand Medicaid

With one of the largest uninsured populations in the country, North Carolina is home to far too many people who lack the regular health care access and financial security that comprehensive health care coverage provides. In an economic landscape in which employers consider health outcomes in their location and expansion decisions, North Carolina’s 10.7 percent uninsured rate—the 10th highest in the nation—makes us less competitive.

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Defending Democracy Law and the Courts Top Story

The state of gerrymandering reform: Weekend conference spells out where things stand

The first redistricting reform bill in North Carolina was introduced more than 50 years ago, and there have been countless proposals since. None, however, have made it past the House chamber.

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Education Top Story

Monday numbers: A closer look at school vouchers in North Carolina

The Public Forum of North Carolina has called for a moratorium on increased funding to the state’s Opportunity Scholarship Program until lawmakers pass legislation that provides more “robust’ financial oversight and evidence that students who receive the vouchers are performing better academically in private school settings.

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Environment Top Story

Chemours says it’s been “re-importing” GenX waste from Netherlands to Fayetteville plant for five years

Chemours has “historically recycled” GenX waste at its Fayetteville Works plant that originated from the company’s facility in Dordrecht, Netherlands, a spokeswoman confirmed Friday. The purpose of exporting the material “is to reduce that quantity that is emitted ...
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