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As North Carolina lawmakers convene the General Assembly’s 2019 long session today, student journalists, educators and press freedom advocates are calling on state legislatures throughout the … more
You may not know much about working conditions for reporters who cover the state legislature in Raleigh. But maybe you should. They’ve been consigned to a room in a basement. Or exiled or … more
Concerned citizens packed the Rocky Mount City Council chambers this week as officials met behind closed doors to consider the fate of embattled City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney. After Rocky … more
When Carol Folt became chancellor at UNC-Chapel Hill, she may have felt like someone who had just moved into a house that was on fire. The school was still embroiled in an ugly and embarrassing … more
Rep. George Holding and Sen. Thom Tillis say they want to work themselves out of a job. The Republican pair sponsored legislation last week proposing a constitutional amendment that would limit … more
One of the affinities this region feels for Martin Luther King Jr. is that he was a Southerner. He was Georgia-born and educated, a top Baptist seminarian who went on to guide congregations in … more
North Carolina’s highest court will soon decide whether defendants who believe they were wrongfully convicted have the right to complain to the jurors who sat in judgment. A three-judge N.C. … more
THUMBS UP to North Carolina Senate leader Phil Berger for appointing Sen. Rick Horner a co-chairman of the education committee for the General Assembly’s 2019-20 term. Horner, R-Nash, is a … more
By now, we know that social media is more likely to bring out the worst in us than the best in us. Or, more accurately, it is likely to bring out the worst of us, while the silent many just groan and … more
Monday should have been an ordinary day for Trooper Daniel Harrell. He put on his uniform and badge, holstered his sidearm and went to work. Harrell began his shift behind the wheel of his N.C. … more
A warning: You may find the numbers that follow deeply disturbing. In fact, you should. According to Emergency Services, 79 people lost their lives to opioid-related overdoses in Guilford County … more
When North Carolina’s Republican legislative leaders have seen their work struck down in court as unconstitutional — as they have many times — they have frequently responded by attacking the … more
A federal court ruling in Iowa could signal the unraveling of North Caroina’s harsh, punitive and shortsighted anti-whistleblower law. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa … more
December saw many of us nestled inside watching romantic Hallmark Channel movies, but January brings a counterpunch: a twisted Lifetime saga of sexual abuse and control. Not romance-gone-wrong … more
The state’s evolving election board crisis may have the public rolling its eyes at the latest example of how a hyper-partisan political culture has brought about dysfunction to governing in North … more
The new session of the General Assembly that convenes at noon Wednesday may hold some interesting political twists and turns. Things have changed a bit, in an important way. As it’s been … more
For Matt Scott, making history might have been the easy part. Scott, the first American Indian district attorney in North Carolina, earned that distinction rather easily actually, despite facing … more
Wilson County pet owners tired of their animal registration fees being misused have a chance to stand up and be counted. County commissioners will hold their regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. … more
Americans have grown all too familiar with the horror of school shootings. One of the worst ever, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, left 17 dead and provoked the state to … more
Much of official Washington, members of Congress and members of the press who regard themselves as wise heads on foreign policy are in a state of apoplexy over President Donald Trump’s decision to … more
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