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Under the guise of preventing mass shootings, North Carolina lawmakers tried to chip away at the Second Amendment this week. State Rep. Christy Clark, D-Mecklenburg, called a Thursday press … more
On Sunday, journalists’ inboxes overflowed with politicians’ statements of admiration for the late U.S. Rep. Walter Jones and his consistent independence from party. On Monday, this headline … more
Politicians hoard power for themselves and guard it jealously, while genuine leaders empower the people they represent. State Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield is showing Wilson County she belongs in the … more
While North Carolina has become more accommodating to those outside the two-party paradigm, with the recent recognition of the Green and Constitution parties, third-party and unaffiliated voters are … more
Larraine Mandeville is sick and tired of the excuses. And she isn’t alone. Voicing the frustration of dozens in the room and thousands of Wilson County taxpayers, the former animal control … more
A bill put forward last week by state Sen. Joyce Krawiec of Forsyth County is worthy of every legislator’s support, as well as that of the public. The bill would ban female genital mutilation in … more
We had two almost simultaneous reactions when we saw the Survivor Act, legislation that will finally resolve a statewide backlog of sexual assault kits and prevent the problem from recurring: • … more
For the better part of two decades, Wilson County commissioners have kicked the can down the road. It’s up to county residents to decide when their elected representatives have finally run out of … more
If the war in Afghanistan has been anything, it has been a disappointment. After 17 years of fighting that has seen thousands of deaths and nearly a trillion dollars in expenses, Americans are … more
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
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