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So far, Smithfield Foods is 0-for-3 in lawsuits filed against it by neighbors of its industrial-scale hog farms. Given juries’ reactions to the evidence they’re heard in each of the three … more
In courtrooms in Raleigh this week, judges are hearing arguments they shouldn’t have to hear. Gov. Roy Cooper, the NAACP, Clean Air Carolina and a couple of judicial candidates — one for the … more
The numbers are troubling and on the edge of embarrassing — 2,386 North Carolina elementary school teachers have failed the math portion of their licensing exam since 2013. So says a report … more
Half a billion dollars could buy a lot of new highway construction around the state. Or it could instead go to more than 500 landowners who had their property rights hijacked by a state law that was … more
A Winston-Salem surgeon tired of seeing his patients saddled with sky-high bills for diagnostic tests decided to do something about it — he opened his own imaging center and cut the cost of MRI … more
THUMBS UP to the Healthcare Foundation of Wilson and the 17 worthy benefactors it supported with roughly $1.1 million in community grants awarded during a Tuesday luncheon. If wealth brings health … more
In case you haven’t noticed, the Republican faction running North Carolina’s legislature doesn’t play well with others. If the game isn’t going their way, they’re likely to flip the board … more
Police officers aren’t asked to buy their own handcuffs or radios. … more
It’s encouraging to learn that Andrew Craig Brunson, the evangelical Christian pastor originally from Black Mountain who has been jailed in Turkey on what seem to be trumped-up charges, has been … more
The story is mind-boggling: Three full-fledged gambling casinos, doing business around the clock, policed by their own law-enforcement operation and owned by a group that claims to be an American … more
Truckers torqued off by Rocky Mount's ridiculous new parking rules thought they could find more hospitality and smaller government a few exits down Interstate 95. Not so fast, we regret to … more
The Statue of Liberty holds her torch aloft, but it's the blindfolded, scale-hoisting Lady Justice who will soon be asked, "Got a light?" Steamed smokers sued the U.S. Department of Housing and … more
Your North Carolina General Assembly steamed into special session on Tuesday allegedly to adjust the words that would appear on ballots this fall to help you understand proposed constitutional … more
Authorities were doing their job when they raided the Tuscarora Nation's unlicensed casinos. They stretched the truth, however, when they described the Tuscarora as a "sovereign citizen group." In … more
We hope that by the time Robert Wilkie is confirmed as the country’s next secretary of Veterans Affairs, there’ll still be a functioning agency left for him to run. The purge being carried out by … more
The immediate thought is to suggest the word “head” should be dropped from the title of University of North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora. Or to tell him to get his head back into the … more
From feeding needy families to providing afterschool activities for kids and teens to bringing the Christmas spirit to life, The Salvation Army of Wilson makes our community a better place. The … more
THUMBS UP to an expansion of early voting opportunities in November’s midterms that received the Wilson County Board of Elections’ stamp of approval this week. The four-member bipartisan … more
The N.C. Civil War & Reconstruction History Center is making steady progress toward becoming a brick-and-mortar reality. Support for the center is growing, but not without great difficulty in … more
Editor’s Note: When a columnist for IndyWeek suggested the Durham Performing Arts Center should cancel Jordan Peterson’s upcoming lecture, I reached out to the alt-weekly and offered to provide a … more
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