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Trump administration proposal likely to have devastating impact on NC wetlands

They could be paved, mined, jammed with concrete, filled with pollutants like GenX or coal ash: More than half of North Carolina’s — and the nation’s — wetlands and streams could be destroyed and their downstream communities — both human and nonhuman — harmed because of a proposed rollback of a cornerstone of the Clean Water Act.

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Expand Medicaid for military families and the opioid epidemic

Fayetteville is my hometown more than any – I was born here to military parents, this is where my grandparents retired from the military, and I moved back over 7 years ago as a military spouse. My community has done much to improve quality of life here, but still desperately needs expanded healthcare access.

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The case against Murphy-Brown: Inside North Carolina’s latest blockbuster hog trial

Shortly after 10 o’clock yesterday morning, a federal jury in the hog nuisance case Gillis vs. Murphy-Brown delivered the news: Hung. After a fortnight of patiently listening to plaintiffs’ and defendants’ testimony, and two days of deliberation, the panel of eight women and two men declared they were deadlocked...

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Education Top Story

Facing state takeover, Wayne County schools leader won’t rule out a lawsuit

North Carolina state law would seem to provide just two options for Wayne County school leaders, close or accept the state’s takeover of a Goldsboro elementary school following last week’s reluctant vote by the State Board of Education. But, in an interview with Policy Watch Wednesday, Wayne County Superintendent Michael Dunsmore wouldn’t rule out a third option: File a lawsuit that challenges state officials’ handling of the Innovative School District selection process.

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Law and the Courts Top Story

GOP lawmakers expedite Board of Elections bill without Democratic, public input

Perhaps the sixth time is the charm? Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) unveiled another attempt Tuesday by Republican legislators to restructure the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement — this time through a process that is fast tracked and can’t be changed by anyone.

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Higher Ed Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

UNC Board of Governors member questions whether controversial Silent Sam “shrine” proposal meets state law

As the UNC Board of Governors prepares to take up the fate of the Silent Sam Confederate monument Friday, one board member says he's skeptical of a controversial $5.3 million plan to build a history center that would house -- and protect -- the divisive statue.

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Top Story Weekly Briefing

North Carolina’s big government conservatives and the endless legislative session

It’s long been understood by those who pay attention to public policy debates that the age-old conservative talking point about the supposed evils of “big government” was always just that – a talking point more than a genuine belief. The truth of the matter is that American conservatives love government in a wide variety of circumstances.

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Higher Ed Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

Student, faculty protests against return of ‘Silent Sam’ to UNC Chapel Hill gain momentum

As UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt addressed a tense Faculty Council meeting Friday, a group of students interrupted her defense of a controversial plan to return the Silent Sam Confederate monument to campus.

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Environment Top Story

Monday numbers: Debunking the EPA’s clean coal balderdash

Global carbon dioxide emissions are predicted to hit a record high this year, yet the Trump administration plans to eliminate a cap on the amount of the greenhouse gas new US coal-fired power plants can emit.

Last Thursday, Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler...

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Hog trial drama: Defense attorney invokes Clint Eastwood, implies plaintiffs are liars in closing argument

Midway through Robert Thaxton’s closing arguments in the recent hog nuisance trial, the attorney for Smithfield Foods displayed a photo of a movie poster for Pale Rider, a 1985 Western starring Clint Eastwood. In the film, a mysterious justice-seeking preacher played by Eastwood tries...

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Progressive Voices Top Story

Silent Sam and UNC: A tortured misunderstanding between preserving history and venerating hateful ideology

Earlier this week, the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees (BoT) began plans to erect a statue dedicated to white supremacy. This is not a kind characterization of events, but it is an accurate one. A characterization that failed to permeate the decision-making process, and with horrifying consequence.

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Defending Democracy Law and the Courts Top Story

House approves voter ID after long debate over voter fraud, student IDs

It was clear during two hours of debate Wednesday where the two political parties at the legislature diverged over photo ID: their belief in voter fraud. The GOP supermajority expectedly passed legislation that would implement a constitutional requirement that voters must show a photo ID to cast a ballot.

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Education Top Story

Facing stiff local opposition, State Board of Education hurtles toward school takeover vote Thursday

Michael Dunsmore, superintendent of Wayne County Public Schools, has one question for members of the State Board of Education as they mull a bitterly controversial proposal to seize control of a struggling Goldsboro elementary.

“If they vote Thursday to take my school over and Friday we close it, what do they do?” Dunsmore said Wednesday.

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Environment Top Story

Trump administration OKs seismic testing; environmentalists say the battle for the Atlantic is on

Louder than a thunderclap outside your window. Louder than a jet engine 75 feet away. Louder than the Krakatoa eruption 172 miles from the volcano. Conducted in the depths of the ocean, seismic testing blasts sound reaching 250 decibels...

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Top Story Weekly Briefing

GOP moves ahead with voter ID while turning blind eye to evidence of genuine electoral fraud

At some point, you would think the embarrassment factor would kick in for North Carolina Republican leaders. Someday. Maybe. But not yet. For years, of course, the GOP has pushed restrictive voter ID proposals...

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Higher Ed Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

Trustees’ proposal for a $5.3 million home for Silent Sam draws criticism from students, faculty

The UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees unveiled its plan for the Silent Sam Confederate monument Monday: a new, $5.3 million University History and Education Center.

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