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Once on the fast track, super-secret energy bill derailed over costs, nukes, and unproven claims

Rep. John Szoka says House Bill 951 "is not perfect." That, opponents say, is an understatement. For the past five months, the workings of a top secret energy group was so hush-hush that if someone was caught leaking information they would be expelled as an outcast and a pariah.

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NC Department of Labor continues to resist workplace safety rules for COVID-19

Department is now required to adopt workplace standards for COVID for healthcare workers – whether others will be covered remains in question The U.S. Department of Labor is adopting new emergency standards to protect healthcare workers from COVID, while its North Carolina counterpart has gone to court to defend its position that the potentially fatal disease is not a workplace hazard.

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Congressional update: Far right attacks Fauci; committees dig into affordable housing crisis, future of coal communities

Marjorie Taylor Greene in new attack on Fauci demands his salary be stripped WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia on Tuesday led a group of House Republicans calling for the firing of Dr. Anthony Fauci, formalizing their intense criticism of his public statements and actions throughout the coronavirus pandemic into legislation.

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‘Sooner’ or ‘later’? Fate of Wake Stone quarry near Umstead State Park hinges on one word

Former N.C. Attorney General says there was no typo, but the state intended for mining to wind down in 2032, not the 22nd century One word — “sooner” — in a 40-year-old mining permit could alter the future of a quarry and its proposed expansion adjacent to Umstead State Park in Raleigh.

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Higher Ed News Top Story

Toll from political push at UNC continues to mount

In an exclusive interview, a distinguished Lumbee historian explains her decision to leave UNC-Chapel Hill When renowned historian Malinda Maynor Lowery heard acclaimed journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones couldn’t get a vote on tenure from the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees, she felt sad and angry. But she was no longer surprised.

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Monday numbers: Mapping urban heat islands to blunt the health risks of climate change

How hot is it on your block? If you live in am historically Black neighborhood, it's probably hotter than in whiter, more affluent areas. As climate change leads to more extreme temperatures, communities of color are more vulnerable to the health risks of the heat.

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NC failed to meet court-ordered deadlines for moving people with mental illnesses out of adult care homes. But it got another extension.

Service gaps, lack of central control over regional offices, COVID-19 pandemic contribute to "mission drift" North Carolina had eight years under a 2012 court order to move 2,000 people with mental illnesses out of adult care homes and into houses or apartments. A few years ago, the state received an extension to this July. It won’t make that deadline, either.

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A ‘potential resolution’ to Hannah Jones tenure controversy may not heal damage done at UNC

"Ninety percent of Black and non-white faculty right now, they are probably looking at their other options. That may be a conservative estimate.” Attorneys for UNC-Chapel Hill will meet with the legal team of Nikole Hannah Jones Thursday to find “a potential resolution” to the tenure stand-off that has generated international headlines.

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Are NC district attorneys a roadblock to needed criminal justice reform?

Lawmakers, civil rights groups and researchers say DAs often thwart necessary change Jim Woodall made a promise to the family of Eve Carson, the UNC-Chapel Hill student body president who was murdered in 2008. Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr., 17 years old at the time, was convicted of first-degree murder for killing Carson after a robbery attempt.

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DC update: Senate examines Colonial Pipeline meltdown; millions for NC included in House transportation bill

Colonial Pipeline CEO: ‘One of the toughest decisions I have had to make’ to pay a $4.4M ransom WASHINGTON—The CEO of Colonial Pipeline, which underwent a ransomware attack in early May that led to massive shutdowns of gas stations across the Southeast, said during a U.S. Senate hearing on Tuesday that it was his decision to pay a ransom to restore the company’s operations.

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Higher Ed News Top Story

UNC’s “conservative voice,” Carolina Review needs money. Its editors have asked state’s top Republicans for help.

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Newby and N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore are expected to speak at a fundraiser this fall for UNC-Chapel Hill’s student-run conservative publication, The Carolina Review, according to the magazine’s editors. 

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States poised to allow college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness

A seismic shift will rock college sports next month, when a handful of new state laws go into effect allowing student athletes to make money off their personal images. The NCAA currently prohibits student-athletes to profit off their name or image — a practice that’s commonplace in professional sports.

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Monday numbers: A closer look at the state Senate’s deeply flawed “economic relief” proposal

Republicans in the state Senate recently advanced a rewrite of House Bill 334 – a bill which bears the nondescript title “JOBS Grants and Tax Relief.” The new version of the bill has been promoted by its proponents as an “economic relief” measure that will aid businesses still struggling in the wake of the COVID-19 recession and help further stimulate the state’s economy.

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Class-action lawsuit claims that understaffing was part of Salisbury nursing home’s business model 

Plaintiffs claim they were not given their medicines, staff ignored calls for assistance A new class-action lawsuit brought against the Citadel Salisbury nursing home claims that chronic understaffing endangered the health and safety of its residents. The Citadel Salisbury was the site of the largest COVID-19 outbreak in a North Carolina congregant care facility early in the pandemic.

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Education Top Story

National reckoning on race runs into resistance from NC conservatives

The recent rise in social justice activism and the national debate over "critical race theory" have struck a nerve in Surry County, a Republican stronghold in the northwestern foothills of North Carolina. Members of the county's board of commissioners are outraged that America is undergoing what many others say is a long overdue racial reckoning, much of it brought on by police shootings of unarmed Black citizens.

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UNC mega-donor Walter Hussman denies exerting pressure over Hannah-Jones hiring

Board of Trustees face Friday deadline to avoid legal action As the deadline approaches for UNC-Chapel Hill to avoid a federal discrimination lawsuit over its handling of acclaimed journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones’s tenure application, new details continue to emerge about the behind-the-scenes lobbying that led the university to a crisis point.

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