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The North Carolina Senate has passed an amended version of House Bill 237, which prohibits mask-wearing in public and increases penalties for crimes committed while wearing a mask. The bill, which has faced significant opposition from advocates and organizations concerned about its impact on health exemptions and protest rights, now returns to the House for concurrence.

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Red wolf pups signal hope for endangered species in NC

Legislation aimed at increasing private school voucher funding in North Carolina is causing concern among educators, particularly in rural areas, as it diverts money from public schools. Deanne Meadows, superintendent of the Columbus County School District, highlighted that underfunding has already forced them to consolidate schools and that private schools receiving vouchers lack the same accountability and inclusivity as public schools.

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Durham leaders hope 2024 will be different for local workforce housing legislation

The North Carolina Senate has passed an amended version of House Bill 237, which prohibits mask-wearing in public and increases penalties for crimes committed while wearing a mask. The bill, which has faced significant opposition from advocates and organizations concerned about its impact on health exemptions and protest rights, now returns to the House for concurrence.

Read More »

Impact of private school voucher funding on rural areas raises concern

Legislation aimed at increasing private school voucher funding in North Carolina is causing concern among educators, particularly in rural areas, as it diverts money from public schools. Deanne Meadows, the Columbus County School District superintendent, highlighted that underfunding has already forced them to consolidate schools and that private schools receiving vouchers lack the same accountability and inclusivity as public schools.

Read More »

Red wolf pups signal hope for endangered species in NC

Legislation aimed at increasing private school voucher funding in North Carolina is causing concern among educators, particularly in rural areas, as it diverts money from public schools. Deanne Meadows, superintendent of the Columbus County School District, highlighted that underfunding has already forced them to consolidate schools and that private schools receiving vouchers lack the same accountability and inclusivity as public schools.

Read More »

Durham leaders hope 2024 will be different for local workforce housing legislation

The North Carolina Senate has passed an amended version of House Bill 237, which prohibits mask-wearing in public and increases penalties for crimes committed while wearing a mask. The bill, which has faced significant opposition from advocates and organizations concerned about its impact on health exemptions and protest rights, now returns to the House for concurrence.

Read More »

Impact of private school voucher funding on rural areas raises concern

Legislation aimed at increasing private school voucher funding in North Carolina is causing concern among educators, particularly in rural areas, as it diverts money from public schools. Deanne Meadows, the Columbus County School District superintendent, highlighted that underfunding has already forced them to consolidate schools and that private schools receiving vouchers lack the same accountability and inclusivity as public schools.

Read More »

Local News

Biden administration touts NC investments to kick off “Infrastructure Week”

The Biden administration’s significant infrastructure investments are transforming North Carolina, highlighted by projects such as the $110 million replacement of the Alligator River Bridge and the $1 billion high-speed rail line connecting Raleigh to Richmond. However, with only 17% of the allocated $1.1 trillion spent to date, the administration faces challenges in demonstrating these impacts to voters before the upcoming November election.

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Development pressures, higher taxes threaten to displace Black homeowners in SE Raleigh

On a sunny spring afternoon, a predominantly Black crowd gathered at Martin Street Baptist Church in Raleigh to learn about appealing their property taxes, which have soared due to rising property values. With property values in Wake County increasing by 56% from 2020 to 2024, many long-time residents on fixed incomes are struggling to keep up with the higher taxes, leading to widespread concerns about systemic inequities and displacement in historically Black neighborhoods.

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Biden administration touts NC investments to kick off “Infrastructure Week”

The Biden administration’s significant infrastructure investments are transforming North Carolina, highlighted by projects such as the $110 million replacement of the Alligator River Bridge and the $1 billion high-speed rail line connecting Raleigh to Richmond. However, with only 17% of the allocated $1.1 trillion spent to date, the administration faces challenges in demonstrating these impacts to voters before the upcoming November election.

Read More »

Development pressures, higher taxes threaten to displace Black homeowners in SE Raleigh

On a sunny spring afternoon, a predominantly Black crowd gathered at Martin Street Baptist Church in Raleigh to learn about appealing their property taxes, which have soared due to rising property values. With property values in Wake County increasing by 56% from 2020 to 2024, many long-time residents on fixed incomes are struggling to keep up with the higher taxes, leading to widespread concerns about systemic inequities and displacement in historically Black neighborhoods.

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National News

Biden administration to greatly ease marijuana regulations

The Biden administration, through the Department of Justice, announced plans to downgrade marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule III drug, signaling a shift towards less restrictive federal drug policies. This change, proposed by the DEA, aims to better align with the scientific understanding and prevailing public opinion on marijuana’s use and effects.

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NC Senate Republicans advance bill forcing law enforcement cooperation with ICE

Republicans on the North Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee have advanced a bill mandating that sheriffs cooperate with ICE by honoring detainer requests to hold suspects believed to be in the country illegally. Critics, including immigrant rights advocate Veronica Aguilar, argue that the bill will undermine community trust in law enforcement and expose local authorities to potential lawsuits.

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Biden administration to greatly ease marijuana regulations

The Biden administration, through the Department of Justice, announced plans to downgrade marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule III drug, signaling a shift towards less restrictive federal drug policies. This change, proposed by the DEA, aims to better align with the scientific understanding and prevailing public opinion on marijuana’s use and effects.

Read More »

NC Senate Republicans advance bill forcing law enforcement cooperation with ICE

Republicans on the North Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee have advanced a bill mandating that sheriffs cooperate with ICE by honoring detainer requests to hold suspects believed to be in the country illegally. Critics, including immigrant rights advocate Veronica Aguilar, argue that the bill will undermine community trust in law enforcement and expose local authorities to potential lawsuits.

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