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ACLU: Still more transparency necessary in Charlotte

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 13:25
The constitutional rights watchdogs at the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina issued a new statement this morning regarding the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. Here it is: ACLU: Charlotte Police Must Release All Footage of Keith Lamont Scott Shooting; Disclosed Videos Raise Many Questions CHARLOTTE – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of ...

NC gun group is way over the line with latest menacing gesture toward Hillary Clinton

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 09:06
There’s another new and frighteningly horrific development in the world of North Carolina right-wing policy and politics this morning. The following has been posted to the website of the pro-gun group known as Grass Roots North Carolina: The ‘Hillary Clinton Special’ Grant Gardner, GRNC-PVF Treasurer Get an AR-15 and elect pro-gun candidates! We all know ...

On Charlotte: Most pols responsible, but NC GOP needs to pipe down

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 07:04
Most North Carolina political leaders of both major parties in North Carolina have been responsibly muted and cautious in their response to the recent events in Charlotte. With the notable exception of the very troubled Congressman Robert Pittenger, who seized the opportunity to make an utterly absurd, racist comment last week, others — including Gov. ...

NC DEQ shaves Duke Energy’s $6.8 million fine; utility will pay less — again

Sat, 09/24/2016 - 12:42
The Friday surprise out of the NC Department of Environmental Quality is that it has again reduced the fine against Duke Energy related to the February 2014 coal ash spill in Eden. The state originally fined the utility $25 million. That amount decreased to $7 million after a hearing presided over Administrative Law Judge Phil ...

EPA names 173 companies in $5.5 million settlement over PCB contamination in Wake County

Sat, 09/24/2016 - 10:52
For more than 10 years, it has been forbidden to eat a single fish from Brier Creek Reservoir in Wake County. Areas downstream, such as Brier Creek and Little Brier Creek, were also off-limits. That prohibition extended for nearly 30 miles southwest, to Crabtree Creek, Lake Crabtree, on down into parts of the Neuse River ...

This week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 15:37
1. The cuts keep coming: More damning data on the state of NC public school funding A recent lead editorial in Raleigh’s News & Observer editorial “NC GOP leaders ignore recession cuts when touting funding increases” makes several good points concerning the state’s declining commitment to funding public schools. As the editorial mentions, legislative leaders’ ...

Chance TV studio encounter may lead to formal Barber-McCrory meeting

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 13:00
There was an interesting (and perhaps promising) twist this morning in the ongoing stories of Dontae Sharpe and Kalvin Michael Smith — two African-American men whom their families and supporters say have been wrongfully incarcerated by the state of North Carolina for more than 20 years each. At a rally/press conference in support of the ...

After 24 years, Rougemont residents get permanent source of clean drinking water

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 11:47
The taps in Rougemont ran with clean water today — water from a new community well that replaces the bottles and carbon filters that residents had relied on for nearly 25 years. The NC Department of Environmental Quality and the EPA announced today that 40 homes will now be connected to the new source, after those residents’ private ...

Confused about police video and the law? Read this

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 11:08
In the wake of the deadly shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte and arguments over the release of the police video, it’s easy to get confused about the law – what it is, what it isn’t, how it’s changing. Jonathan Jones, director of the non-partisan North Carolina Open Government Coalition cuts through some of ...

Rev. Barber on Charlotte: We must “mobilize to vote like never before” to combat systematic injustice

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 09:57
Rev. William Barber II, President of the North Carolina NAACP and, increasingly, a national leader on a raft of social justice issues, has authored a fine op-ed on the situation in Charlotte that appears on NBC.com. After pointing that there is much that we still do not know about the specifics of the most recent ...

Charlotte native and author: The white privilege he experienced growing up still controls

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 08:00
In the wake of Congressman Robert Pittenger’s insane observations yesterday about race in Charlotte, Charlotte Magazine is featuring a powerful essay this morning by a white, award winning novelist named David Joy who grew up working class in the city, but still experienced advantages time after time because of his skin color. It’s definitely worth ...

As one NC politician apologizes for comments about protesters, another attempts to reframe #Charlotteprotests

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 22:11
Congressman Robert Pittenger is trying to walk back comments he made in a BBC interview Thursday in which he said the Charlotte protesters “hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not.” Pittenger was addressing questions about the reaction of protesters following the police shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott. Protesters in #Charlotte ...

Another court challenge seeks to overturn NC’s partisan gerrymandering

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 16:40
As readers will recall, advocates at Common Cause NC filed a challenge to North Carolina’s politically gerrymandered congressional map back in August. Today, another complementary suit was filed by the good people at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. Here is the news release that accompanied today’s filing: Southern Coalition for Social Justice Files Data-Driven ...

Today’s time suck: Find a natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline near you

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 13:27
The interstate Colonial Pipeline, which shut down for 12 days after leaking at least 336,000 gallons of gasoline in Alabama, has sparked interest not only in gas prices but also public transit timetables. (For faster service, please have fare ready when you board and make sure your dollar bills are crisp.) The pipeline leak also made us curious ...

Charlotte Observer: Police should release video of shooting

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 10:08
The lead editorial in today’s Charlotte Observer is, not surprisingly, directed at the crisis that has gripped the city the last couple of days. This is from “Charlotte police should share video of Keith Lamont Scott shooting”: “Did Keith Lamont Scott have a gun in his hand when officers confronted him in a University City ...

Important lessons for avoiding a teacher shortage in North Carolina

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 07:30
An important new report from the Learning Policy Institute examines national trends in the supply and demand of teachers to warn of a growing national teacher shortage. Across the country, declining enrollments in schools of education, high teacher turnover, increasing K-12 enrollment, and district efforts to return to pre-recession pupil-teacher ratios are leading to teacher ...

Reaction to Charlotte protests, police-involved shooting of #KeithLamontScott

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 23:12
I am confident in Clt's strong police/community relations and we will continue to be transparent in releasing info as soon as it's available — Mayor of Charlotte (@CLTMayor) September 21, 2016 The community deserves answers and full investigation will ensue. Will be reaching out to community leaders to work together @CMPD @ncnaacp — Mayor of ...

New York Times: “It’s not too late for Mr. McCrory to come to his senses”

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 14:46
In case you missed it earlier today, there was more bad news for North Carolina leaders looking to revive the state’s flagging reputation at the national and international levels: the lead editorial in the New York Times. This is from “North Carolina Pays a Price for Bigotry”: “Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina has some ...

Leaders in Raleigh need to face facts – North Carolina’s economy is far from healthy

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:39
We all know that individual numbers can mislead. Low-carb doesn’t mean food is healthy, good gas mileage doesn’t mean a car is high-quality, and we’ve all said “sure but it’s a dry heat” at some point or another. Somehow this simple wisdom is regularly ignored in Raleigh, with a lot of leaders cherry-picking individual data ...

ACLU calls on Charlotte police to release video footage of Keith Lamont Scott shooting

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 11:35
Just in from the good folks at the ACLU of North Carolina: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of North Carolina today called on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to release any body or dash cam footage that captured yesterday’s police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, the 194th Black person killed by U.S. police this year. ...

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