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Hurricane Matthew damage forgotten in Washington as Harvey, Irma take their toll

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 12:00

In her column today, Susan Ladd of the News & Record in Greensboro takes a look at the poor federal response to Hurricane Matthew’s impact on North Carolina even as Texas struggles to recover from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma bears down on the East Coast. From the column: On Saturday, President Donald Trump promised ...

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Board of Governors considers major changes following contentious meeting

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 09:59

Update to this post: The UNC Board of Governors voted Friday to ban legal work of the UNC Center for Civil Rights.  The Raleigh News & Observer reports the Center will shut down at UNC, but continue its work elsewhere. As the UNC Board of Governors meets today to consider banning the UNC Center for ...

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Here’s how much climate change will cost North Carolina counties

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 07:30

Climate change is not just an environmental issue, but an economic issue as well that impacts all 100 counties across North Carolina. As the country experiences an increasing number of billion-dollar disasters, the challenge for us all is to minimize the harm to families and communities and plan for the future. Since 1980, we have ...

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State Board of Elections, Ethics encourages early voting in Charlotte, Cleveland ahead of Irma

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 17:19

Charlotte and Cleveland County residents are encouraged to take advantage of early voting opportunities ahead of Hurricane Irma and Tuesday’s primary election. There is still a good bit of uncertainty about how much North Carolina will feel the impacts of the Category 5 hurricane, but Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency in North ...

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VA businessman claims new NC island ahead of hurricane

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 15:39

Ten months ago a new island formed off Cape Point in the Outer Banks. Shelley Island – really more of a large sandbar – is only about a mile long. And, if North Carolina gets enough heavy rain and wind from Hurricane Irma, it could be completely wiped out. But that hasn’t stopped Kenneth M. ...

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Attorney General Stein takes a principled and courageous stand

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 13:45

In case you missed it, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has joined with 14 other state attorneys general in a federal court challenge to the Trump administration’s cruel and destructive decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in New York yesterday, asks ...

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State releases list of 48 schools eligible for controversial charter takeover

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 12:37

Forty-eight schools spread across 21 districts make up those elementary schools eligible for inclusion in the first year of North Carolina’s controversial charter takeover model, according to a list released Thursday by state officials. The program, dubbed the Innovative School District (formerly the Achievement School District), would launch with two schools in the 2018-2019 school ...

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It’s past time for the president to stop sabotaging the ACA

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 10:11

Even though efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act outright appear to be dead for now, President Trump, in keeping with his misleading “promise” to let the law “fail on its own,” continues to work to sabotage it. This effort has been aided by cynical proposals in congress — including an “American Health Care Act” ...

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Veteran national political columnist: Time has come to remove Trump from office

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 07:00

When it comes to national politics, few living Americans have closely observed and/or written more cogent commentaries on developments in the national capital than Edwin Yoder. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist is now largely retired and living in North Carolina, but, as this morning’s column in Raleigh’s News & Observer confirms, his insights are still keen ...

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Groundwater contaminated near Chemours plant; DEQ issues Notice of Violation

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 20:32

Thirteen of 14 monitoring wells near Chemours’s Fayetteville plant exceeded state groundwater standards for GenX and other perfluorinated compounds, prompting state environmental officials to issue a Notice of Violation to the company. The NC Department of Environmental Quality announced the results today. The groundwater monitoring wells are not a source of drinking water. DEQ and ...

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Robert E. Lee descendant resigns as Winston-Salem pastor

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 16:42

Rev. Robert W. Lee – a distant nephew of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee – has been making news in the last few weeks by supporting the movement to remove monuments to his ancestor and other Confederate figures. This week, he resigned from his position as pastor of the Bethany United Church of Christ in ...

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Dominion, Duke try to sweeten Atlantic Coast Pipeline deal with butterflies and bees

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 14:32

Faced with tenacious public opposition to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the project’s owners are trying an old tactic: greenwashing. Duke Energy and Dominion Energy have announced  that they will plant new habitats for butterflies, bees and other pollinator insects on up to 750 acres along the route of the proposed pipeline, including in Eastern North Carolina. The ...

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Lunch & Listen: The fate of the UNC Center for Civil Rights hangs in the balance (audio)

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 12:29

This Friday the UNC Board of Governors is expected to take action on a proposal banning the UNC Center for Civil Rights from litigating cases and representing future clients. Ted Shaw, the director of the Center, recently joined NC Policy Watch to discuss who is behind this proposal and why the ban is a wrongheaded ...

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General Assembly prepares to waste $150k on new study that’s already been done

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 10:10

As countless observers have noted recently, there’s nothing like a good natural disaster to make socialists out of conservative, anti-government politicians. If you doubt this, check out the spectacle of hypocritical Texas politicians like Ted Cruz demanding hurricane relief dollars for their state after having opposed similar relief appropriations for those impacted by recent past ...

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NC teacher to state superintendent: If you’re serious about “American Dream,” speak up for DACA kids

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 06:47

Veteran Forsyth County schoolteacher and defender of public education Stuart Egan had a fine post yesterday in which he calls out state Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson for all of his recent pronouncements about the importance of allowing our students to pursue the “American Dream.” As Egan points out, if Johnson is at all ...

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Critics pounce on North Carolina’s new plan for high-stakes testing

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 16:30

Critics are swarming around North Carolina’s draft plan for complying with the nation’s new education law, The News & Observer reports. The controversy centers chiefly around standardized testing, following years of complaints from education reformers of “over-testing” in K-12 schools. Granted greater flexibility over accountability measures in the new Every Student Succeeds Plan (ESSA)—Congress’ 2015 ...

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DEQ files suit against Chemours, says it will suspend company’s wastewater permit unless demands are met

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 15:32

The NC Department of Environmental Quality and state justice department officials filed a civil complaint against Chemours in Bladen County Court today, asking a judge to force the company to stop discharging all perfluoronated chemicals from its Fayetteville plant into the Cape Fear River. Attorneys with the NC Department of Justice are representing the state in ...

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Know how close you live to a Superfund site before Hurricane Irma heads toward North Carolina

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 14:19

The path of Hurricane Irma through the Deep South and Southeast is still uncertain, but North Carolinians living near any of the state’s 39 Superfund sites should be cautious if flooding damages those highly contaminated areas. Irma is expected to hit Florida on Sunday; forecasters are predicting the storm will then turn north and head ...

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Scathing condemnation pours in for Trump’s latest disastrous decision attacking young immigrants

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 11:45

Ho hum — another week, another disastrous decision from the Trump administration to punish good people with cruel and inhumane public policy. Here are some reactions to the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the DACA program that has allowed 800,000+ young immigrant kids to come out of the shadows and contribute mightily to American and ...

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Editorial: NC’s congressional delegation must unite to keep DACA

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 08:25

This morning’s Capitol Broadcasting Company editorial on WRAL.com gets it absolutely right in calling on lawmakers of both major parties to resist Donald Trump’s latest disastrous idea — ending the DACA program for young immigrants. As the editorial notes: “This isn’t a fight most seasoned congressional Republicans are itching to take on – and rightly ...

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