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Monday numbers: A closer look at early voting

Early voting has begun, and North Carolinians are turning out in droves at the polls. It’s a big year for the state’s midterm elections — voters get to decide if the GOP will keep its legislative supermajority and if six of their constitutional amendments will pass.

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Progressive Voices Top Story

NC’s latest school takeover experiment will deny Goldsboro students the education they deserve

On Monday night of this week, acclaimed education researcher Richard Rothstein spoke to community members at Epworth United Methodist Church in Durham. Rothstein opened his talk with an uncontroversial, yet under-appreciated, fact: social and economic characteristics of children are the primary predictors of student achievement.

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Environment Top Story

Last chance for the red wolf? Advocates ask federal judge to intervene to preserve endangered species

Chief US District Judge Terrence Boyle, a New Jersey-born jurist known for his bristly disposition and barbed wit, asked a simple but loaded question in a Raleigh courtroom yesterday: "Who's going to teach these wolves to swim?"

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Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

State panel commences examination of NC’s cash bail system

More than two dozen people crowded into a conference room at the North Carolina Judicial Center Wednesday for the first meeting of the Pretrial Working Group Subcommittee of the NC Courts Commission.

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Education Top Story

Battle looms as state officials propose takeover of Goldsboro elementary school

If North Carolina goes forward with the recommendation to allow a private charter operator to take control of a Goldsboro elementary school, they should expect a protracted resistance, the school’s principal told Policy Watch Wednesday.

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Defending Democracy Law and the Courts Top Story

Questions linger about victims’ rights constitutional amendment, big budget campaign

Early voting starts today, which means North Carolinians will finally get to decide on six proposed constitutional amendments, including one that would bolster victims’ rights.

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Environment Top Story

Legislature, Cooper make headway on hurricane recovery, but vexing longer-term issues loom

The legislature expedited its first round of disaster relief funding for the state's critical recovery needs after Hurricane Florence, but the more complex portion of the aid package -- environmental resilience -- could run into political roadblocks.

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Top Story Weekly Briefing

Lack of support for power-grabbing amendments speaks volumes

There are a lot of strange – even downright bizarre – aspects to the ongoing effort by North Carolina Republican legislators to pass a slate of six constitutional amendments during this fall’s election. There is, for instance, the absurd dearth of process...

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Progressive Voices Top Story

Proposed amendment requiring a voter ID is unnecessary and too costly

The power of the vote extends beyond any single electoral outcome. It has the potential to lift up important community issues, reorient the priorities of those elected to the interests of the people, and support an engagement process that extends into the policymaking process.

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Higher Ed Top Story

Monday numbers: A closer look at state cuts to higher education

The following set of figures comes from the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities' new report: Unkept Promises: State Cuts to Higher Education Threaten Access and Equity.

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Environment Top Story

Guilford schools failed to disclose troubling lead levels for four months

For more than four months, the Guilford County school system failed to disclose critical information about high lead levels in three of its schools -- not only from the public, but also from the respective principals, according to documents obtained under the Public Records Act.

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Law and the Courts Top Story

North Carolinians highlight struggles getting photo IDs ahead of amendment vote

If Janice Franklin has an extra $10 to spare, she’s not thinking about using it to buy a photo identification so she can vote.

“If I get $10 in my hand, I’m going to get a prescription or food because I probably had to hold off to pay the light bill,” she said.

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Higher Ed Top Story

After Western Carolina controversy, UNC Board of Governors overhauls chancellor search process

The UNC Board of Governors is changing the process by which it selects chancellors for UNC system schools. The new process will be more confidential, include more rigorous background checks.

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Progressive Voices Top Story

Hurricane recovery: Eastern NC needs more than quick fixes and half measures

When lawmakers convene next week for a second special session of the North Carolina General Assembly focused on Hurricane Florence disaster relief, they will be facing daunting challenges and hard choices.

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Education Original Commentary Top Story

For North Carolina schools, politicians must do more than talk about rebuilding post-Florence

Long after the presidents, and the governors, and the press conferences cease, and the swollen rivers of our state subside, will North Carolina be there for those students displaced by Hurricane Florence?

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Top Story Weekly Briefing

Spare us the sanctimonious lecture, Senator Tillis

It would be bad enough if North Carolina’s junior senator, Thomas “Thom” Tillis, had merely voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to a lifetime appointment on the U.S. Supreme Court this past Saturday after hearing the heartrending testimony delivered by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. It was even worse that Tillis has attempted to justify his action...

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