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Triangle doctors, Planned Parenthood file suit to overturn 20-week abortion ban

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 17:04

Three doctors from Durham and Chapel Hill and Planned Parenthood South Atlantic in Raleigh filed a federal lawsuit today seeking to overturn North Carolina’s law criminalizing abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy. Attorneys from the ACLU of North Carolina and the Foundation, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America ...

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Where will President-elect Trump fall on early childhood education?

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 15:06

The reaction to President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of a new education secretary in staunch school choice backer Betsy DeVos, according to many advocates, sends a clear message from the incoming president on where he will stand when it comes to the nation’s boiling school debate. But one pivotal education issue—early childhood education—that’s earned less than ...

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EPA, Justice Department reach $9 million settlement over Asheville Superfund site

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 12:34

The toxic chemicals malingering  in the groundwater, air and dirt at the old CTS plant in south Asheville have been there for as long as 60 years. That’s longer than the neighboring homes have stood, longer than the families have been on bottled water or breathed polluted air, a consequence of unknowingly moving near a Superfund site. Now after nearly 30 years ...

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McCrory moving forward with special legislative session to address Hurricane Matthew relief

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 11:44

Gov. Pat McCrory announced Wednesday that he plans to submit proposals regarding Hurricane Matthew relief to the General Assembly to be addressed in a special session. He said in a news release that the session will likely be held during the second week of December. He made the announcement at the fourth regional Hurricane Matthew ...

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NCGA school funding recommendations would shift funding from poor districts to rich districts

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 09:54

A recent legislative report proposed a series of recommended changes to North Carolina’s school finance system that could dramatically alter the way the state funds its public schools.  If the General Assembly enacts the recommended funding changes, the net result would be a shift in funding from poor districts to richer districts. As noted previously, ...

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Editorial: McCrory disrespects democracy, tarnishes his own legacy with “incomprehensible” lack of grace

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 08:12

Be sure to check out this morning’s lead editorial in the Governor’s hometown newspaper — the newspaper that once was one of the strongest backers of his long political career. It’s not a pretty assessment: “In a razor-close race, he has gone way beyond asking that every vote be counted before a winner is declared. ...

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Federal court orders General Assembly to redraw legislative districts; voters head back to the polls in 2017

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 19:59

A federal court ruled Tuesday that North Carolina’s legislature must redraw more than two dozen state House and Senate districts by March 15, 2017  with a primary slated for late August or September. A general election for those districts would follow in November. Here are two key passages from the ruling: While  special  elections  have  ...

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Musicians discuss considerations behind cancelling, not cancelling shows in wake of House Bill 2

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 16:34

There was a swift response from the arts community, and particularly musicians, after the passing of House Bill 2. Some artists and bands cancelled performances to send a message that the state government had crossed a line, while others used their show as an opportunity to condemn the bill’s discrimination. Under the Radar published a story Tuesday about ...

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Governor blocks state elections board from hiring outside counsel

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 14:16

In the midst of a controversial challenge to his loss in the Nov. 8 election, Gov. Pat McCrory has rejected a request from State Board of Elections to hire outside counsel in a lawsuit related to the election itself. McCrory has for weeks refused to concede the election to his Democratic challenger, Attorney General Roy ...

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Roxboro residents: No coal ash in our holiday stocking

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 14:03

  A week before Thanksgiving, with the temperature in the mid-60s, David Farman bedecked his yard with dozens of Christmas decorations: A small herd of lighted reindeer, a parade of Nativity scenes, a smattering of gift boxes, and a flotilla of inflatable Santas and snowmen. For more than a decade, Farman has lived on this one acre lot in rural Person County, down Dunnaway ...

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New report: U.S. students trail their global peers in math, science

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 12:30

There’s some good news and some not-so-good news coming from a new report ranking countries’ K-12 education efforts in math and science. First, the good news: In math and science, United States students appear to be making strides, according to the Associated Press. Yet U.S. pupils continue to trail their peers, particularly children in East ...

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NC teacher pens open letter to Burr re: Trump nominee for Education Secretary

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 11:30

NC Policy Watch friend and occasional contributor, Forsyth County public schoolteacher Stuart Egan, has authored another one of his fine open letters to a powerful politician about our public schools. The latest is a passionate plea directed to Senator Richard Burr regarding Donald Trump’s troubling plan to nominate Michigan Amway queen Betsy Devos as Secretary ...

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State Board of Elections instructs local boards to dismiss McCrory protests challenging voter eligibility

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 10:35

The State Board of Elections has instructed all local boards to dismiss all protests filed by Gov. Pat McCrory’s campaign “that merely disputes the eligibility of a voter.” The announcement was made late Monday night and an order was published with further instructions. A protest alleging the occurrence of an election law violation that affected votes ...

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Uber drivers, airport workers join Fight for $15’s national day of strikes, action today

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 06:58

As national political events continue their dramatic and troubling shift in a reactionary direction (click here to read about one particularly disturbing possible Labor Secretary in a Trump administration), one gets the sense that today’s national Fight for $15 “day of disruption” may be a harbinger of things to come. This is from a story ...

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The last time the N.C. legislature decided a contested race…

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 15:26

If you’re confused about what’s going on in the never-ending race for governor in North Carolina, you’re in good company. If you’re worried that the race, one of the most hotly contested in the country, could end up being decided by the N.C. General Assembly…well, you’re not alone in that, either. There is some precedent ...

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Duke Energy settles lawsuit over Sutton plant; submits post-hurricane Plan of Action for Lee

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 12:52

Duke Energy has settled a lawsuit with three environmental groups by contributing $1 million to a fund that will be used to protect the Lower Cape Fear Basin at and below the Sutton plant in Wilmington. Under the terms of the agreement, the utility will also provide up to $250,000 in matching funds raised by ...

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Six events to have on your radar this week

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 12:43

1. What’s next for NC’s immigrant community? – With the 2016 election mostly concluded, concerns are arising as to the future of the immigrant community and the safety of current undocumented residents. El Pueblo is holding a post-election recap meeting this evening to analyze what has transpired and what it might mean for the Latinx ...

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Charlotte Observer: More than $10.5 million spent defending GOP laws

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 11:30

It’s costly to defend controversial laws. The Charlotte Observer reported late last week that North Carolina Republican lawmakers have spent more than $10.5 million defending laws about everything from redistricting and voter identification to House Bill 2. And that price tag will grow as cases work through the appeals process. Almost half the money – $4.9 million ...

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The best editorial of the weekend

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 07:09

If you missed it, be sure to check out the lead editorial in Sunday’s edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer. As it rightfully highlights, the state’s conservative powers that be are up to no good again (and a remarkable degree of hypocrisy) when it comes to voting and election laws. Not only are they wrongfully attempting ...

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State Board of elections could meet this week on Durham appeal

Sun, 11/27/2016 - 13:53

The N.C. State Board of Elections held an emergency teleconference meeting Sunday to consider Gov. Pat McCrory’s request that they look into thousands of Durham county ballots his campaign is questioning in the Nov. 8 election. The board said it couldn’t move forward with the request until it has a full transcript of the Durham ...

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