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It won’t achieve the notoriety of Alaska’s “Bridge to Nowhere,” but as a symbol of pork-barrel spending at the state level, this one is tough to beat. Tucked away in North Carolina’s 2017 budget is a $30,000 downtown … more
In May, Middlesex Mayor Lu Harvey Lewis ejected her from a town meeting. In November, Becky Strickland will try to unseat him at the ballot box. Strickland, an outspoken critic who has jousted with the Board of Commissioners since moving to … more
The Duke lacrosse rape case that unraveled a decade ago taught state officials about the dangers of tunnel vision. Attorney General Josh Stein seems to have missed the lesson. Stein was a top lieutenant in Roy Cooper’s N.C. Department … more
North Carolina’s bathrooms are headed back to the courtroom. The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina has revived its lawsuit challenging House Bill 2, arguing in an amended complaint that the compromise repeal signed into law … more
Gov. Roy Cooper recently promised that Democrats, if returned to power in 2020, will implement independent, nonpartisan redistricting. Was that a serious commitment to good government or a campaign pitch? Time will tell, but voters should press … more
The most powerful people in the criminal justice system don’t sport black robes or wield gavels. Nor do they carry the tattered briefcase of the trial lawyer or wear the bailiff’s badge and gun. They aren’t elected or … more
It didn’t take a professionally produced “master plan” or a blue-ribbon panel of community leaders to develop a list of five opportunities for Wilson’s growth and development. We shared Wednesday’s editorial about … more
After lawmakers called a recess and fled Raleigh for the Fourth of July, news stories began tallying the days spent in session and beating a somewhat familiar drum. It’s beginning to strain credulity to call the General Assembly a part-time … more
Wilson’s 1 percent population growth doesn’t sound all that impressive — until you realize we’re swimming against a regional current. From the 2010 U.S. Census to 2016, most of our neighboring communities in eastern North … more
The doomsday prediction wasn’t scrawled on a cardboard sign, but printed in bold black ink at the top of the newspaper page. “Trudy Wade’s Bill Will Close Jamestown News,” it warns, adding in all-capital letters, … more
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