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THUMBS UP to Wilson’s own U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky for filing legislation to honor the life and legacy of boxing great Muhammad Ali. Butterfield, a Democrat representing the 1st Congressional District, … more
Not every traveler is ready to trust a self-driving car. Would voters trust a self-driving state budget? They could get one, or something like it, if the so-called Taxpayer Protection Act is added to the state constitution. It would lock in place … more
Fact: It is unconstitutional for people to be kept off a jury simply because of their skin color. Fact: It is standard operating procedure in courtrooms across the country for prosecutors to keep African Americans out of the jury box, especially … more
What if they held an election and nobody came? Turnout has been downright dismal in the early voting period ahead of today’s special primary, with 530 registered voters choosing candidates in Wilson County and another 15 absentee ballots mailed in to the county Board of Elections office. more
Academics and public health officials want to take cigarettes and smokeless tobacco out of young adults’ hands. Researchers from East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina are trumpeting results of a national survey showing … more
The names Alex, Bonnie, Colin, Danielle, Earl and Fiona could become very familiar this year. They are the first six names that the National Hurricane Center will assign to cyclones that reach tropical storm or hurricane strength. It’s time to … more
North Carolina teachers should wait and see about pay raises. The big increases proposed last week by state Senate Republicans sound like last year’s promises that didn’t quite pan out. “An average salary of nearly $55,000. A raise … more
The biggest problem with North Carolina’s now-infamous “bathroom bill” may be one of practicality, not ideology. House Bill 2 — which requires people to use the restrooms, locker rooms and showers matching their biological … more
Politicians everywhere ­—this is especially true in years when their names appear on voters’ ballots — boast of their interest in creating jobs. Proof of their commitment comes when, if elected, they work to eliminate onerous … more
Imagine a city the size of San Diego, California or San Antonio, Texas, both of which have more than 1.3 million residents. That number is somewhere near the official total of United States troops who have died in wars since the nation was founded … more
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