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Mark Harris loses court bid to certify 9th congressional race amid fraud investigation

Republican Mark Harris’ margin of victory in the 9th congressional district race is in question because of alleged election fraud, and a judge ruled Tuesday the results wouldn’t be certified until the State Board of Elections gets to the bottom of it all.

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On its 46th anniversary, Roe v. Wade is in real danger

As we commemorated the 45th anniversary of the historic Supreme Court decision Roe v Wade last year, we were contemplating what the second year under a misogynistic, virulently anti-abortion administration might bring.

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Trump’s NC shutdown accomplices and the mess they’re making

Donald Trump does not and cannot act alone. Notwithstanding his serial dishonesty and raging narcissism and megalomania, the current inhabitant of the White House could never inflict the kind of damage he is currently inflicting on the nation and the planet without the assistance of powerful and willing enablers.

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Monday numbers: Raise the age is coming; will the money?

North Carolina has less than a year of transition time as it raises the age of juvenile jurisdiction and there’s still a lot of work and resources needed to make it happen.

The Juvenile Jurisdiction Advisory Committee recently finalized a memo to lawmakers outlining what was needed to finally “Raise the Age, which will be officially implemented in December.

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Lake Norman-area residents to DEQ: Duke coal ash must go

Sheila Holman, assistant secretary of the the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, who often seems to draw the short straw when chosen to lead a public meeting, took a poll of the residents who had filled the Sherrills Ford Elementary School gymnasium to its 452-person capacity.

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NC domestic violence laws still discriminate against LGBTQ people

Same-sex couples in North Carolina won the freedom to marry in 2014, but LGBTQ people continue to be denied equal protection under the law in many other areas of life. North Carolina is currently the only state in the nation that prevents those in same-sex relationships from accessing protective orders for domestic violence.

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Advocates: Census citizenship question could harm already undercounted NC communities

“Is this person a citizen of the United States?” To some that might seem like a simple question to put on the 2020 census, but to some already undercounted populations it perpetuates fear and creates a real possibility for their communities to lose resources.

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Child advocacy group lays out policy agenda for 2019

North Carolina’s legislators are back at work for the 2019-2020 “long session.” While the state’s policy-makers and budget writers face a host of challenges, they also have a shot at making a real difference in the state’s long-term outlook. NC Child has identified five leading opportunities for lawmakers to remove obstacles to the success and well-being of North Carolina’s children.

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UNC’s Carol Folt, no longer silent on Sam

At long last, we’ve learned who UNC Chancellor Carol Folt is, just in time to say farewell. Folt’s impending departure – marking the second time in a matter of months that a top UNC chief cut ties with a reckless and feckless Board of Governors – made for a stunning bit of political drama Monday.

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Doubling down on secrecy: The legislature’s latest assaults on transparency

If there’s a single most maddening and telling hallmark of the hard Right leadership that’s dominated the North Carolina General Assembly over the past eight years, it has to be its failure to live up to its members’ past promises to champion open and transparent government. It’s difficult to remember now, but when Republicans took the reins of power back in 2011, they rode in on a platform that promised a new era of openness in government.

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The fine print: How North Carolina charters are — secretly — lagging behind traditional public schools

Did you know that student performance in North Carolina charter schools is increasingly falling behind traditional public schools? Probably not. After all, that message was absent from state charter office Director Dave Machado’s presentation to the Board last week, nor will you find it in the related Charter Schools Annual Report submitted to...

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Monday numbers – a closer look at private drinking water wells post-Florence

Many Robeson County residents have drinking water that is more acidic than strong black coffee, while a smaller number of private wells water contained higher than recommended levels of Chromium 6 or lead.

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Will 2019 bring an end to partisan gerrymandering?

Cases from NC, Virginia, Maryland could provide vehicle for Supreme Court to issue a definitive ruling Three U.S. Supreme Court gerrymandering cases originating in Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina could change control of one state capitol and possibly establish a new standard for how far states can go in drawing partisan political boundaries after the 2020 elections.

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Days appear to be numbered for Winston-Salem Confederate monument

At the corner of 4th and Liberty Streets in downtown Winston-Salem, the city is changing. A construction crew is working throughout the week, where a pile of demolition debris will soon become a Hotel Indigo - part of a chain of hip, modern boutique hotels.

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With ‘Raise the Age’ taking effect in December, N.C. prepares for a landmark criminal justice reform

Raising the age of juvenile justice in North Carolina this year is going to come with a steep price tag, but there are 20,000 kids with their futures at stake counting on the adults in charge to get it right.

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In $1.9 billion bond, Speaker Moore sounds a tardy alarm on school infrastructure

When Charlotte teacher Justin Parmenter shared a live video to Facebook last week of his leaky, saturated classroom roof, he said his students were trying to concentrate on a quiz.

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