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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
A presidential prescription could begin the process of healing the fractured American health care system. The only question is whether Congress will fill it. Elements of Tuesday’s State of the … more
A lot of Frances McDormand fans across the country will be holding their breath when it’s time for the Best Actress award on Oscar night. She’s considered a front-runner for her role in … 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
In the future, your car might not start if you’ve had too much to drink. Would that development give too much power to a machine, or justify itself by saving lives? The day for that policy … more
Some people in government want to hide what they’re doing from you, the public. Others understand that government exists only to serve you. With that, we present this week’s champion of the … 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
There is no question that at the highest levels of command, the American military is determined to stop the troubling level of sexual assault within the ranks. Nor is there any question that it’s … more
There are valid criticisms of the public pressure campaign to take conservative commentator Laura Ingraham off the air. The free-speech dodge isn’t one of them. The host of “Ingraham Angle” … 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
If the Powerball lottery announced that its $560 million jackpot was being awarded to a woman in another state whose identity was withheld, would you believe that was on the up-and-up? In this age … 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
Donald Evans had a road-to-Damascus moment Thursday night. The District 5 city councilman initially opposed a tweak to Wilson’s unified development ordinance with a grandfather clause that would … 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
The last federal census began nearly eight years ago. When it was completed, the General Assembly took the new population numbers and redrew the state’s legislative districts. The result has been … more
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