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The good news: A bill awaiting Gov. Roy Cooper’s signature found the solution to the most legally dubious aspect of using automated camera systems to enforce traffic laws. The bad news: Weak language makes it a mere suggestion, not the … more
Just in time for Independence Day, state lawmakers signed off on a bill to protect a fundamental American freedom for young citizens. House Bill 527, the Restore and Preserve Campus Free Speech Act, was ratified Thursday, the second-to-last day … more
Want to dust off the tackle box, grab the fishing poles and catch your own family seafood feast? On Tuesday, you’re fine. On Wednesday, you could receive a fine. Each year on the Fourth of July, North Carolina suspends its fishing … more
A senator’s skullduggery could leave a half-million North Carolinians in the dark and pave the way for government secrecy to spread throughout the state. Sen. Trudy Wade, R-Guilford, should have taken no for an answer when the House Finance … more
It’s time to send the gerrymander into extinction. The Supreme Court can administer a mercy killing with the right decision in a Wisconsin redistricting case. North Carolina voters will be watching. That’s why it made sense to … more
The “Raise the Age” campaign took on a tough challenge and was remarkably effective. The new state budget transfers responsibility for most 16- and 17-year-old offenders from the adult correctional system to juvenile … more
We wish North Carolina didn’t have to play the incentives game to lure businesses here. But as long as other states are playing, we can’t afford to be on the sidelines. So we are pleased that the N.C. General Assembly’s proposed … 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
Local governments are required to post legal notices where the public is most likely to see them. Traditionally, that has been in general-circulation newspapers. It still is. But the state legislature is threatening to rescind requirements for … more
After laboring to make Wilson a better place for nearly four decades, Hal Tarleton is leaving the workforce for a well-deserved retirement. At month’s end, Tarleton will hang up his hammer at the Wilson Area Habitat for Humanity, the … 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
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