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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
An antiquated rule dating to the end of Prohibition was meant to guard against monopolies, but in the modern era of the craft beer boom, it stifles competition. Call it the law of unintended consequences. A pair of Charlotte breweries and the … more
Families forced to choose between paying the power bill, buying medicine and stocking the fridge should pay for Duke Energy’s sloppy storage of coal ash, empty suits said with a straight … more
Amid the usual assortment of celebrity catchphrases and insipid inspirational quotes, one student opted to take a political stand. “Build that wall!” with attribution to President Donald Trump, was published as a female … more
There could be one N.C. Supreme Court seat on the 2018 ballot. Or seven. Or none. This uncertainty only 11 months before the election is astonishing. Yet it’s indicative of the chaos state … more
A state lawmaker’s personal grudge against the newspaper industry could end up hurting workers and delaying delivery for early risers. Sen. Trudy Wade, R-Guilford, filed a March 28 bill that would classify newspaper carriers as employees … more
Gov. Pat McCrory is calling legislators back to Raleigh today to authorize disaster relief for areas affected by Hurricane Matthew and mountain wildfires, as well as “any other matters the General Assembly elects to consider.” The … more
THUMBS UP to the John William Pope Foundation, which awarded the Wilson-based Wesley Shelter a much-needed $100,000 grant this week. Foundation Chairman Art Pope and President John Hood presented the six-figure check on Wednesday and stuck around … more
By all indications, Republican Rep. Walter Jones of eastern North Carolina is a man who has learned the lesson of war: It’s real and it has permanent consequences. More than 11,000 times in the … more
Barton College provides students with a top-flight education on a stately campus and offers abundant opportunities for personal growth outside the classroom through athletics, student government, … more
Legal analysts are fond of predicting how the Supreme Court will rule based on the questions justices ask and the language they use during oral arguments. Applying the same level of perceptive scrutiny to Brewmasters’ zoning case with the … more
The verdict’s in, and it should come as no surprise: Government can’t use intellectual property law to punish people for controversial speech. A unanimous Supreme Court on Monday struck down a portion of the 1946 Lanham Act, which … more
THUMBS UP to state lawmakers for voting to raise the age for most adult criminal charges from 16 to 18, making North Carolina the last state to extend its juvenile court jurisdiction. After a “raise the age” bill cleared the N.C. … more
What should be done to build on the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park’s momentum in order to make downtown Wilson a regional destination? Was the Wilson City Council’s 37 percent pay raise a … more
If we want to know why North Carolina schools haven’t improved anywhere near as much as we need them to, we can get a pretty good insight from former state Sen. Tony Rand. It’s about our North Carolina Education Lottery and how present-day … more
State lawmakers are considering two measures to ease archaic and unnecessary restrictions on alcohol sales. One could face opposition from religious groups, while the other has drawn the ire of beer distributors. Sen. Rick Gunn, R-Alamance, … more
When Republican state legislators once again are called to account for their gerrymandered districts, their best defense will be, “We’ve gotten away with it before.” That and “Democrats did it, too” are true. Republicans and Democrats … more
The medical examiner said her assailant threw hot or boiling water into her face, causing burns. Then he tried to cut her with a piece of glass. Finally, he hit her over the head with a fire … more
For nearly four decades, a loophole allowing rapists to escape punishment has sat undisturbed in North Carolina’s lawbooks. A state senator is trying to change that, but he’s fighting an uphill battle. The N.C. Supreme Court ruled … more
A lot more sand will have to fall in the hourglass before there can be a fair judgment of Barack Obama’s presidency, but what can be said with confidence is he will leave the White House on Jan. 20 with the highest approval ratings of any … more
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