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The most impressive statement to make about Sears as it seeks bankruptcy court protection is also the most damning: Sears was the Amazon of its time. Impressive because Sears really was that … more
If Wilson County commissioners plan to keep their word and expedite the construction of a new animal shelter, it appears they haven’t relayed that message to County Manager Denise Stinagle. The … more
The case for Medicaid expansion in North Carolina has only become more compelling with time. A new study suggests that it has resulted in fewer middle-aged Americans dying from heart disease. … more
THUMBS UP to the N.C. Whirligig Festival, which will draw thousands of Wilson County residents and their eastern North Carolina neighbors to downtown Wilson's historic streets today and … more
Past and prospective hospital patients will have an extra reason to celebrate when the clock strikes midnight and the date changes from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1. A Centers for Medicare and Medicaid … more
The state’s evolving election board crisis may have the public rolling its eyes at the latest example of how a hyper-partisan political culture has brought about dysfunction to governing in North … 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
Hundreds of Wilson County educators plan to join thousands of colleagues in a May 1 teachers’ rally outside the N.C. General Assembly building. After an eleventh-hour cancellation for last … 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
When state Rep.-elect Rachel Hunt predicted bipartisan support for improvements to North Carolina’s perennially underfunded public school system, we chalked it up to wishful thinking given all the … more
President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Greenville last week showed extreme positions on the right and left continue to edge away from the fringes and creep toward the center. Swift … 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
Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield isn’t the first state lawmaker to face scrutiny over where she lives — nor is she likely to be the last. Residency challenges aren’t unheard of in local … more
Americans have grown all too familiar with the horror of school shootings. One of the worst ever, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, left 17 dead and provoked the state to … more
Well, of course it’s blatant and outrageous gerrymandering, with state and federal legislative districts deliberately drawn to give one party overwhelming advantage over the other. Nobody … more
We were a little surprised to see Gov. Roy Cooper veto the state’s new voter ID law. We had expected he’d let it become law without his signature. As a result of the November election, after all, … 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
We have seen the worst of nature and the best of mankind. We have seen actions that make “rising to the occasion” a breathtaking understatement. And we have seen the terrible power of an intense … more
Members of the General Assembly will work off some of their Thanksgiving calories this week by returning to session in Raleigh, perhaps (we can only hope) for the last time this year. You may hear … more
Charles Ray Finch is finally free. But after serving 43 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, he left state custody with little more than the clothes on his back. No mortal can return … more
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