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Research shows promise of choice
RALEIGH — As a very public advocate of parental choice in education for most of my adult life, I am used to having my intentions questioned. Although some opponents are implacably against sch ...

Remembering students slain in Chapel Hill shooting
Nothing will bring them back. But many people and projects are preserving the memories of Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, among frien ...

A plea for help from the state's economic development agency
RALEIGH – When you create or build something – say a child or a business – you typically try to nurture it so it can grow and thrive, right? Officials at the state’s new pub ...

N.C. ranks 9th in job creation
RALEIGH — Over the past 12 months, the nation as a whole has added nearly three million net new jobs. These gains weren’t proportionally distributed across the country, however. Some state ...

Dems prioritize governor's race
RALEIGH — After months of speculation and handwringing among Democrats, the party is finally fielding candidates to take on Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr in 2016. The potential aspirants inc ...

Trying to unlock a mystery
They are tiny clues, little bits of pottery and other artifacts. But they may be the keys that unlock the oldest mystery in American history. Evidence unearthed by archeologists near the shores of ...

Dissecting House Speaker Tim Moore's quotes about budget
RALEIGH – If I’ve heard it once from state legislators, I’ve heard it a thousand times: “The state budget is the most important thing we have to do every session.” You ...

Yes, protect the taxpayers
RALEIGH — The North Carolina Senate has approved a Taxpayer Protection Act (TPA) by the required three-fifths vote. The measure approves amending the North Carolina Constitution to place caps on ...

Animal abuse allegations against the UAC
The same people who are supposed to provide a safe haven for mistreated animals have been accused of mistreating animals. The nonprofit United Animal Coalition, which has operated the Guilford Coun ...

Serious proposal or budget tactic?
RALEIGH — As the House and Senate work toward a final state budget compromise for this fiscal year, it’s sometimes difficult to separate serious legislative proposals that have a chance of ...

Defining terms shapes debate
RALEIGH – Are you an epicurean? The answer to this question reveals something about you, something about the English language, and something about the power of propaganda. Next year, North C ...

The price of revenge
RALEIGH – The victims often are young women, with long lives and careers still ahead for them. When nude or sexually explicit photographs or videos of them are posted online for all to see wi ...

We'll survive another shutdown
The sky is falling. Again.Well OK, maybe it’s not falling. But pieces might. And it could be messy. The sky, in this case, is this region’s economy, which is more dependent than most on ...

Count campaign costs per voter
RALEIGH — Was the 2014 Senate race between Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis really the most expensive race in North Carolina history, or in the country’s entire election cycle last year? No. B ...

Don't blame state employees for health insurance issue
It is understandable how public employees may feel like punching bags. They are subject to jabs claiming there are too many of them on the public dole, that they don’t work hard, don’t get ...

Builders' windfall or smart policy?
RALEIGH — I recently received an email from an acquaintance in Wilmington, where I used to write for the local paper. There, real estate, building and development interests have long had an o ...

Turnover taints McCrory administration
RALEIGH – State Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos announced her resignation this week, becoming the second cabinet secretary in Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration ...

Bond proposal pushes overdue budget out of spotlight
The big story this week in the General Assembly is not the remarkably quiet budget negotiations between the House and Senate as Aug. 14 approaches, the day that the continuing resolution keeping gover ...

We need a little more respect in politics
Is it just me or have we come to a time when people can say anything they want with no sense of remorse of concern for others? The current presidential circus is filled with candidates calling each ot ...

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