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Memorial Day memories: The courage of war correspondents

I never fought in the Vietnam War. I joined United Press International, a worldwide wire service, in 1975 at the end of that conflict. My heroes were UPI war correspondents — Leon Daniel, Kate Webb and Joseph L. Galloway. Daniel was a friend. He died in 2006. Webb was a role model and later, mentor. She died in 2007. I knew Galloway, interviewed for this piece, from his legendary combat accounts.

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Black people in North Carolina twice as likely to be killed by police as whites

Council for Criminal Justice says police are poorly trained to de-escalate tense situations. Implicit racial bias is widespread. Black people were twice as likely to be killed by the police in North Carolina than whites from 2013 to 2021, according to the Mapping Police Violence Project.

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Environment News Top Story

PW exclusive: PFAS levels spiking in monitoring wells in New Hanover County

Concentration of toxic compounds up 260% in one well, compared with last year Levels of perfluorinated compounds, also known as PFAS, have surged in several monitoring wells in New Hanover County recent data show, prompting state regulators to investigate potential sources.

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Education Top Story

House Bill 946 would add funding for rural, low-income schools to alleviate educational inequity. It’s getting scant support from Republicans.

The state Constitution’s promise of sound basic education isn’t taken lightly in eastern North Carolina.   Parents in the mostly rural, economically depressed region understand that for poor children, a high-quality education is the surest path to life above the poverty line. 

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Higher Ed News Top Story

UNC Board of Trustees could reconsider tenure for Pulitzer-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones

UNC Board of Governors will not intervene

Nikole Hannah-Jones’s candidacy for tenure has been resubmitted to the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees, Policy Watch confirmed Wednesday. The UNC-Chapel Hill Provost's office asked the school’s Committee on Appointments, Promotion and Tenure to resubmit Hannah-Jones’s name, two sources with direct knowledge of the process. Policy Watch has agreed not to identify these sources so that they can discuss a confidential personnel matter.

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NC GOP tax cut plan seeks to phase out the corporate income tax

North Carolina would be one of a handful of states without a corporate income tax.   Senate Republicans introduced a package of tax cuts for individuals and businesses that would result in less money — billions of dollars less — flowing to North Carolina coffers.  

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Environment Top Story

Active Energy’s controversial wood pellet plant in Lumberton on hold — indefinitely

Maine regulators also have questions, are scrutinizing company’s trial wood pellet project in that state Active Energy Renewable Power’s plans to manufacture wood pellets at its plant in Lumberton have been delayed indefinitely, prompting the company to launch a trial project in Maine.

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U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield leading scrutiny of state elections laws for effect on people of color

Members of a U.S. House panel on Monday debated whether some states have elections laws that disenfranchise certain voters, including people of color. Representatives split along party lines in their conclusions.

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Education News Top Story

Attempts to ban teaching on ‘critical race theory’ multiply across the U.S.

From statehouses to Congress, Republicans have launched into a fight against the teaching of “critical race theory,” which just a year ago was a niche academic term. Experts in critical race theory say it’s about acknowledging how racial disparities are embedded in U.S history and society, and the concept is being mischaracterized by conservatives. But GOP lawmakers in the past few months have succeeded in pushing it to the top of state legislative agendas.

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Message laundering: How the far right is getting its dirty work done at UNC

There are a lot of reasons to be outraged by the recent preposterous decision of UNC-Chapel Hill leaders to deny academic tenure to acclaimed journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and instead hire her as a contact employee. First, of course, is the fact that Hannah-Jones, who was recently appointed to fill the Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism at UNC’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media, is uniquely and supremely qualified for the job.

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Poor People’s Campaign goes to Washington to push for ‘Third Reconstruction’ in America

Members of Congress, activists and faith leaders join in call to meet the needs and demands of America’s working poor “This is the real question — what is the cost of inequality?” said Rev. Dr. William Barber during a press conference alongside members of Congress on Thursday in Washington D.C. to unveil a resolution calling for a “Third Reconstruction” to tackle poverty and the effects of low wages across the country.

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COVID-19 News Top Story

Masks off? The nuance behind the CDC’s controversial decision

New guidelines for fully vaccinated people to remove masks are both rooted in science and too early In other times, a “masks off” announcement might have been celebrated. Instead, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stepped straight into controversy. The confusion was palpable.

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Washington update: House members grill vaccine manufacturer; U.S. Rep. Dan Bishop calls Capitol insurrection probe a “partisan attack”

Not one usable vaccine so far out of Baltimore plant with multi-million-dollar federal contract WASHINGTON — Angry U.S. House Democrats on Wednesday had one key question as they grilled executives of a Maryland biotech manufacturer forced to dump 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine: Has there been one usable vaccine dose produced as a result of the $271 million paid to date by the U.S. government?

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Education Top Story

More public schools are on the chopping block in Granville County

Traditional school enrollment losses translate to charter school gains in rural district  Unable to stop the flight of students to area charter schools, Granville County could soon close two elementary schools and a high school — the second round ...
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