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fROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Bonny Moellenbrock of Investors' Circle, Matthew Patsky of Trillium Asset Management, Joshua Humphreys of Croatan Institute, and Todd Sears of Out Leadership call for the full repeal of HB2.
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Investors representing $2.1 Trillion push for full repeal of discriminatory HB2

Major investors representing more than $2.1 trillion in assets gathered in downtown Raleigh Monday to deliver a message to Gov. Pat McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly. Fully repeal HB2, they said, before the damage to the North Carolina economy becomes irreversible.

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Contentious, costly HB2 underscores North Carolina’s urban and rural divide

Since its passage in March, the struggle over House Bill 2 has underlined an already apparent divide between urban and rural North Carolina.

The law began as a struggle between the conservative majority in the North Carolina legislature and the Charlotte city council, which moved to provide broad anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

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In one of NC’s bleakest food deserts, hope is on the horizon

A new sign went up this week at the once-abandoned shopping center on Phillips Avenue in East Greensboro.

That’s rare enough in one of the city’s poorest areas and itself cause for celebration.

But what the sign represents is much larger.

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McCrory’s HB2 timeline: Tracking the Governor’s oft-changing stance and explanations

As the battle of HB2 continues it is instructive to look at Gov. Pat McCrory’s shifting positions on the law, its necessity and the arguments used to justify it.

Whether he was voicing concerns about “public safety” and protecting “long established values and norms,” defending “state sovereignty” or contending that that transgender people are actually mentally ill, the Governor’s explanations for the law (and, indeed, his position on the law itself) have changed frequently and sometimes dramatically over the last six months.

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HB2 injunction reveals state’s anti-LGBT position and its controversial allies

Last week's federal ruling blocking part of HB2 for three defendants in the ongoing lawsuit was seen as a victory for LGBT people and their advocates.

In his 81-page ruling, federal Judge Thomas Schroeder concluded those challenging HB2 "are likely to succeed" in arguing HB2 violates Title IX, ?the federal law against gender discrimination in educational institutions.

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Uncertainty, anxiety overshadow new school year for transgender students

As North Carolina families load up at back-to-school sales this week, a looming question remains for North Carolina students:

Will they be returning to public schools and universities where House Bill 2 still dictates which restrooms they can use?

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A glossary of terms for Transgender discussions

Discussion of transgender issues is new to many people - even some within the LGBT community itself.

It helps to start with the correct terminology, as defined by medical professionals and transgender people themselves.

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Dissecting the McCrory administration’s defense of the new state coal ash law

A detailed look at what DEQ officials claim and what they leave out in their new video

The state’s coal ash crisis is under control.

That’s what the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality wants viewers to believe, in a recently released a five-and-a-half minute video on the agency’s website and YouTube channel.

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The UNC system endures a tumultuous year

The past year was a whirlwind for the state’s acclaimed public university system, beginning with the surprise ouster of its much-respected president and ending with the selection of a successor whose career has been deeply steeped in national ...
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Out-of-state online college favored by legislature halts NC enrollment while waiting for approval

An online college granted money in the last state budget is facing snags enrolling North Carolina students. Western Governors University stopped accepting students from North Carolina this fall because it hasn’t yet gotten the required approval from the ...
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Federal criminal probe ongoing at North Carolina’s health agency

Aldona Wos may no longer be the Secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, but there’s still plenty of interest in how she ran the agency. In particular, a federal grand jury wants to know ...
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Medicaid privatization on its way to North Carolina

North Carolina is on the verge of privatizing its Medicaid system, the $14 billion program that provides health care for 1.9 million of its most vulnerable residents — low-income elderly, children, pregnant women and disabled persons. The major ...
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As UNC system looks for new leaders, more information coming out about Tom Ross dismissal

As a slate of appointed leaders get closer to appointing a new head of North Carolina’s higher education system, details continue to trickle out about the January decision to get rid of its current president, Tom Ross. John ...
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Electricity rates to drop in Eastern North Carolina

Eastern North Carolina may finally get some relief from the high electricity bills that have long frustrated residents and hampered economic development. Electricity rates in communities belonging to the N.C. Eastern Municipal Power Agency can be a third ...
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Former state Rep. Stephen LaRoque headed to prison

Stephen LaRoque will spend the next two years in a federal prison, punishment for stealing from the federally-funded non-profit he ran. LaRoque, 51, a former Republican state representative from Kinston was given the 24-month sentence Wednesday morning. He ...
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Senate budget also took aim at anti-discrimination law

North Carolina might scale back its efforts to fight unlawful discrimination, if a Senate budget provision to repeal the state’s fair housing act is adopted as law. The provision, which would repeal the State Fair Housing Act and ...
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