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It sounds like science fiction — machines accusing other machines of breaking the law and hapless human owners getting stuck with the bill. That dystopian plot will soon become reality in Greenville, where city fathers have agreed to … more
When East Carolina University researchers lobbied to increase the age for tobacco purchases last June, we knew they weren’t just blowing smoke. The proposal made in conjunction with the release of a nationwide survey has resurfaced nine … more
The “raise the age” movement has strong momentum in North Carolina. It’s about time. North Carolina would become either the 49th or 50th state to say that 16-year-olds no longer will be treated as adults in all criminal … more
Some North Carolina lawmakers want local governments to compete with newspapers and sell legal advertising, making important information more difficult to find. Sen. Trudy Wade, R-Guilford, introduced a bill that would not only exempt city and … more
THUMBS UP to the volunteers, donors and community groups who came together to feed an estimated 1,500 Wilsonians during the OIC of Wilson’s quarterly food distribution Wednesday morning. The massive outreach program ensures those living in … more
Storefront by storefront, block by block and street by street, downtown Wilson is roaring back to life. City officials toured the tree-lined streets of historic Shelby last week to talk shop and trade ideas with other downtown developers at the … more
Federal judges will begin deciding today whether elected officials can lead the public prayers that often open town, city and county government meetings. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia is scheduled to hear oral arguments … more
Low-skilled workers aren’t earning enough to provide for themselves and their families. The way we see it, there are two ways to remedy this. First, you can increase the minimum wage, requiring higher compensation for tasks that may not … more
How far can a parent go to discipline his or her child? That question made its way to the N.C. Court of Appeals in a case involving a Lee County resident and his 10-year-old son. Dean Michael Varner was charged with child abuse after striking his … more
As eastern North Carolinians thawing out from this week’s cold snap can attest, the warm glow of sunlight is welcome even when it arrives later than expected. Officials in Wilson and Middlesex passed on the opportunity to show their support … more
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