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House Speaker needs to take action regarding lawmaker accused of domestic violence

By many of the usual political metrics, State Rep. Cody Henson ought to be an up and comer. Henson, a young (he was graduated from high school in 2010) Republican from western North Carolina is an ex-Marine with a winning smile. His biography on the website VoteSmart.org reports that he was an infantry machine gun team leader in the Marine Corps Reserve who then found work as a call center supervisor with a global marketing company.

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Environment Top Story

BREAKING: DEQ orders Duke Energy to excavate remaining coal ash impoundments

Duke Energy must excavate its final nine coal ash impoundments at six plants, state environmental regulators announced today, overruling the utility's concerns that the method would be too expensive and environmentally risky.

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Environment Top Story

Monday numbers – BYOB: Bring your own bag

China doesn’t want our trash, and the world is looking for somewhere else to dump it. After importing 760 million tons of plastic waste from the US alone in 2016, China banned 24 types of scrap waste from entering its borders last year, including most plastics and cardboard.

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Environment Top Story

Senators decry Trump administration’s ‘lack of urgency’ on PFAS like GenX

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration has failed to act swiftly enough to protect the public from harmful contaminants present in drinking water throughout the country, U.S. senators told senior administration officials Thursday.

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NC lawmakers introduce package of LGBTQ-friendly bills

On Thursday Democratic state lawmakers filed three bills designed to protect LGBTQ North Carolinians from discrimination, outlaw harmful “conversion” therapy that targets them and fully repeal HB2 -- the infamous law that cast an international spotlight on the state as a battleground for transgender rights.

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Progressive Voices Top Story

Hidden history: How NC’s education system overlooks harsh realities of Natives past and present

In February, a stare-down between a Native American man beating a drum and a white teenager in a MAGA hat caused a national stir outside the Lincoln Memorial. Three years ago, President Trump began calling Sen. Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas.”

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On Medicaid expansion, John Kasich is unchained in North Carolina

John Kasich insists he’s a free man. Free from politics? Free from partisanship? Free from Trump? Certainly not free of ambition – the former Ohio governor all but acknowledged last week that he hasn’t ruled out another run for president.

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Law and the Courts Top Story

Supreme Court weighs its role in limiting partisan gerrymandering

WASHINGTON – U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared willing Tuesday to rein in partisan gerrymandering — desperate even, for attorneys to give them some sort of manageable numeric standard by which they could determine how much politics is too much when it comes to redistricting.

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Environment Top Story

Senate committee deals another blow to controversial environmental nonprofit

The Resource Institute, a politically connected nonprofit that received a questionable and unprecedented $5 million appropriation for hurricane recovery in last year’s budget, could lose part of its windfall, according to a bill that passed out of the Senate Rules Committee today.

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Top Story Weekly Briefing

Latest school testing proposals are emblematic of NC’s failed public ed policies

There’s an old adage – often attributed to Albert Einstein and/or Mark Twain – that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Neither Einstein nor Twain ever had occasion to review the effectiveness of North Carolina’s K-12 education policy, but it seems likely...

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Law and the Courts Top Story

NC Republicans double down on partisan gerrymandering ahead of tomorrow’s Supreme Court arguments

Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) will secure his place in history if for no other reason than uttering that sentence. Everyone’s read it, North Carolina has been the butt of many jokes about it, and tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court could decide a case based on it.

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Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

Monday numbers: A closer look at the real world challenges confronting transgender North Carolinians

In 2016 the battle over HB2 cast an international spotlight on the struggles of transgender people in North Carolina. Despite the law’s partial repeal and replacement with HB421 - which critics continue to challenge as “HB2.0” - transgender people in the state continue to face hardships and discrimination.

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Environment Top Story

Duke U. scientists to focus on radon, coal ash, flame retardants in Iredell thyroid cancer cluster probe

Something is changing the genetic code in the cells of young girls in Iredell County. Duke University scientists last night released preliminary findings of 18 months’ of study into potential causes of papillary thyroid cancer among teen girls, some as young as 13, in the ZIP codes of 28115 and 28117. Those areas include neighborhoods on or near Lake Norman.

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Law and the Courts Top Story

New ABA report: Immigration courts ‘irredeemably dysfunctional’ and on ‘brink of collapse’

The American Bar Association (ABA) issued a scathing report Wednesday that notes U.S. Immigration courts are “irredeemably dysfunctional and on the brink of collapse.” “The immigration courts are facing an existential crisis,” states the 72-page executive summary of the report, adding that the only way to fix the serious systemic issues...

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Change comes again to the UNC system, but not to the Board of Governors

Everyone’s taking a powder in the UNC system these days. Everyone, it seems, but the powerful individuals on the UNC Board of Governors, an onerously large pack of political hellraisers and right-wing combatants who’ve sullied the “crown jewel,” North Carolina’s decorated and bedeviled university system.

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Higher Ed Top Story

After East Carolina chancellor’s ouster, a UNC Board of Governors on the brink

When Cecil Staton announced his resignation as chancellor of East Carolina University this week, it had an air of inevitability. Not because of Staton’s performance since his hiring in 2016.

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