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Wallowing in the mire: The UNC Board of Governors hits another low

“The hymn in church yesterday,” Dan Gerlach, the embattled former ECU interim chancellor, tweeted Sunday. “‘All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well…’ And it will.” Whether you’re inclined ...
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The General Assembly has still not finished its work

It is the job of the North Carolina General Assembly to make the decisions that will help our state thrive and assure that all North Carolinians – Black, white or brown – have a real chance at prosperity. It is also the General Assembly's job to construct and pass the single most important law our state enacts every year – a budget that provides a blueprint for how those connections between people and opportunities will help our communities thrive. Unfortunately, as lawmakers reconvene yet again tomorrow, they will have been in session in all 11 months of 2019 without finishing their job.

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GOP swings and misses with pipeline attacks on Cooper

Back in the early 1990’s, the late and sorely missed Bob Hensley – a talented, feisty and frequently funny trial lawyer and Democratic state representative from Wake County – was engaged in a tense debate on the House floor with a Republican adversary when things suddenly turned personal. Having been cornered by Hensley’s formidable skills at debate, the GOP lawmaker lashed out and accused Hensley of being untruthful in some of his claims about the bill in question.

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Monday numbers: A closer look at the U.S. military on Veterans Day

When it began in 1919, it was “Armistice Day” — a celebration of the end of World War I. It became a national holiday in 1938. But what we now know as “Veterans Day” truly began in 1954. That’s when President Dwight D. Eisenhower — who served in both World Wars -- signed the change into law in order to honor those who have served in all American wars.

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Lawyer who obtained security video of ECU interim chancellor claimed to be working for legislative leaders

Peter Romary worked for UNC board member Tom Fetzer, but claimed connections to Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore  A Greenville lawyer claimed he was working with members of the UNC Board of Governors and leaders of the North Carolina legislature when trying to obtain video that led to...

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State Board of Ed receives hopeful report of progress in slowing NC’s school-to-prison pipeline

GREENSBORO – A Pender County graduate almost missed an opportunity to pursue his dream job because he got into a fight while in high school at age 15.   New Hanover County Chief District Court Judge J.H. Corpening told the State Board of Education (SBE) on Wednesday that the young man dreamed of joining the U.S. Air Force to pursue a career in military intelligence.

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Members of Congress press DeVos over Duke-UNC Islamic curriculum investigation

Lawmakers criticize probe as "threat to academic freedom" U.S. Rep. Andy Levin (D-Michigan) and U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.) sent a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos last week outlining concerns and requesting documentation regarding the department’s investigation into the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle Eastern Studies curriculum.

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North Carolina lawmakers begin drawing new election maps…again

North Carolina lawmakers are drawing electoral maps for the second time this year – this time, they are tackling congressional districts. A court ruled last week that the plaintiffs in a partisan gerrymandering lawsuit challenging the 2016 congressional map are likely to prevail on the merits of their case and enjoined lawmakers from moving forward with those districts in the 2020 election.

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Teacher: 100 days in, Superintendent Mark Johnson still hasn’t turned over my public records request

Today marks 100 days since I filed an official request with the Department of Public Instruction to release records of communication related to NC Superintendent Mark Johnson’s Istation contract award. North Carolina public records law deems such records “property of the people,” and continued failure to furnish them may amount to a violation of state law.

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Law professor: NC Courts need the power to protect the state’s immigrants from unlawful detention

Yesterday, the North Carolina Supreme Court considered whether immigrants detained unlawfully under state law by state officials can challenge their detention in the state’s courts. The lower court previously said no, breaking with every other state in the ...
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North Carolina’s full-time part-time legislature

The North Carolina General Assembly adjourned its 2019 legislative session last week. Sort of. Lawmakers did head home, but unlike in years gone by when the end of the so-called legislative “long session” inaugurated a break that typically stretched to the following spring, the honorables have already announced that they will return next Wednesday, November 13 with a plan to take up redistricting legislation and, essentially, anything else that captures their fancy.

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PW exclusive: Proposal for massive Caswell County granite mine fires up locals

On the morning of Halloween, Randy Hester shifted the gears of his rugged pickup truck into four-wheel drive and headed down a knobby hill toward Roxboro Lake. Hester's 200-acre farm, which abuts the shoreline, has been in his family for 10 generations, and he knows every fold and pleat in the landscape. 

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Monday numbers: A closer look at what’s happening at the U.S.-Mexico border

Border Patrol agents apprehended more migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal year 2019 (Oct. 2018-Sept. 2019) than any year since 2007, and the Pew Research Center released a closer look last week at some of the shifting dynamics.

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Biden surges in N.C. cash race among 2020 Dems

WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joe Biden surged ahead in fundraising in North Carolina over the last three months, far outpacing the other Democrats who are vying for the presidential nomination. Biden’s campaign made significant gains in fundraising from July through September in North Carolina. In that three-month span, the campaign raised $263,687 from North Carolina donors, twice what they had previously brought in from the state. 

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Must read: Uninsured rate for kids headed in the wrong direction

On Wednesday, the Center for Children and Families and a Research released our ninth annual report that tracks children’s health insurance coverage at the state and national level. This report looks at two-year trends from 2016 to 2018 analyzing American Community Survey data from the Census Bureau. We believe this is the first national report to look at this two-year time period, a time during which our nation moved from implementation of the Affordable Care Act...

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NC State scientist discusses Trump administration’s war on critical air pollution regs

For three years NC State University Distinguished Professor Chris Frey served on an EPA advisory panel that focused on air pollution, specifically minute-size particulate matter — PM 2.5 — that is no larger than a human hair. PM 2.5 is especially harmful to human health because the particles burrow deep into the lungs.

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