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Folwell, State Health Plan swim against rising tide with denial of insurance coverage to transgender individuals

North Carolina is not the only state whose transgender state employees and dependents are without insurance coverage under their state’s health plan. But the state’s blanket exclusion of treatments for gender dysphoria—from counseling and hormone treatment to gender confirmation surgery—puts it firmly in the minority.

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Black sheriffs make history in sweep of seven largest NC counties

While Congressional and General Assembly races got most of the election headlines this week, history was quietly being made in a series of law enforcement races. On Tuesday the state's seven largest counties - Buncombe, Cumberland, Durham, Forsyth, Guilford, Mecklenburg and Wake - all elected Black men sheriff.

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State health plan board member disagrees with Folwell, opposes denial of coverage to transgender people

Last week, transgender North Carolinians and their families spoke out against the decision by state officials not to cover treatments for transgender people from the NC State Health Plan. Now at least one member of the health plan’s board of trustees is speaking out on the issue - and urging a change.

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Monday numbers: A closer look at the benefits of Medicaid expansion in 2019

The following numbers are based on a new Center for American Progress report that quantifies the potential benefits of Medicaid expansion if North Carolina were to fully expand Medicaid in 2019. The benefits would include:

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North Carolina officials cut off benefits to transgender individuals

Connor Thonen-Fleck never felt comfortable in his body. Something just felt...off, foreign. From an early age he would look in the mirror and a disconnection from what he saw.

The word “transgender” was not so much in the public consciousness when he was a child.

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State panel commences examination of NC’s cash bail system

More than two dozen people crowded into a conference room at the North Carolina Judicial Center Wednesday for the first meeting of the Pretrial Working Group Subcommittee of the NC Courts Commission.

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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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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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Monday numbers: A closer look at the Florence relief effort

Last week Hurricane Florence crippled much of Southeast North Carolina. This week, as Governor Roy Cooper and the North Carolina General Assembly look at how best to help those whose lives were upended by the storm, we take a look at the relief effort so far by the numbers.

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Silence on Silent Sam appears to violate open records laws

When the Silent Sam Confederate Statue was toppled at UNC-Chapel Hill last month, a flurry of text messages and e-mails began. The UNC Board of Governors. UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt. UNC President Margaret Spellings. The University Police.

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Reform advocates voice optimism as Courts Commission prepares to tackle bail reform

When the North Carolina Courts Commission meets Friday, it will begin to take a look at an issue making national headlines: bail reform. Last month, California became the first state in the country to officially end cash bail. Republicans and Democrats in the state came together to end a system the Chief Justice of the California called “outdated, unsafe and unfair.”

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PW exclusive: Ethics questions raised on DPI’s $6 million iPad purchase

When N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson announced a $6.6 million purchase of iPads to support early grade literacy in August, it seemed welcome news for North Carolina school districts that have long complained of inadequate state resources.

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Silent Sam’s future still uncertain; UNC Board demands plan from Folt, trustees by Nov. 15

A week after protesters toppled the only Confederate monument on a UNC campus, the fate of Silent Sam is still uncertain. The UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees and the UNC Board of Governors held overlapping special meetings Tuesday, a week after protesters tore the statue down.

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Two days after protesters tear down Silent Sam, state commission balks at removing Raleigh Confederate monuments

Two days after protesters forcefully removed the "Silent Sam" statue in Chapel Hill, a dramatic scene that fetched jeers from many state leaders and cheers from long-time Confederate statue critics, members of a key state commission voted against the removal of three similar monuments to Confederate soldiers in downtown Raleigh.

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N.C. Historical Commission member on ‘Silent Sam’: Deal with injustice in face of unjust laws

On Wednesday the North Carolina Historical Commission's Confederate Monument Study Committee will meet. It will give its recommendation on whether to remove three Confederate monuments in downtown Raleigh. The full commission will then vote on the issue.

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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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