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Architectural Digest on Confederate monuments, history of toppled statues

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 15:05

Leave it to Architectural Digest to produce a really great piece about the Confederate monuments controversy. The piece, published this week, looks at when and why we memorialize people and movements with statues — and what happens when the culture rethinks those people or movements and peacefully removes or forcefully topples those monuments. From the ...

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U.S. teacher pay gap (possibly) worst in developed world

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 14:08

According to a new report from the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD), teacher pay in the United States ranks last among the 18 OECD member nations with available data in terms of competitiveness with other professions. In the United States, primary grade (elementary) teachers’ salaries are just 57 percent of the salaries of similarly-educated ...

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Pitt County Bar Association opposes judicial redistricting; House committee meets today

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 09:00

The Pitt County Bar Association delivered a resolution to House lawmakers Monday opposing Rep. Justin Burr’s (R-Stanly, Montgomery) plan to redraw judicial and prosecutorial districts. Rep. Billy Richardson (D-Cumberland) tweeted out the resolution, which was passed Thursday. It states that House Bill 717, the judicial redistricting measure, would be unfair to voters in one district, ...

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Editorials: NC got lucky on Irma, but more are coming

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 07:58

Hurricane Irma is finally spinning itself into a tropical depression today and none too soon. Sadly, Irma’s demise comes after several days of horrific destruction in the Caribbean and parts of Florida and Georgia. But, of course, it could have been much worse. A lucky break in timing and wind patterns spared Florida’s Tampa Bay ...

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NC Board of Education, Superintendent Mark Johnson to return to court later this week

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 13:15

The North Carolina Board of Education and State Superintendent Mark Johnson will be back in court Thursday. The three-judge panel that ruled in favor of Johnson in a lawsuit over a transfer of power from the Board will hear a motion for a temporary stay pending the Board’s appeal. According to the motion, counsel for ...

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Lunch & Listen: The state of working North Carolina (audio)

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 12:15

We kick off this week’s lunchtime podcast series with an interview with Brian Kennedy, Public Policy Fellow with the NC Budget & Tax Center. Brian discusses the center’s new report “Work, Interrupted: How the Recession and a Changed Labor Market Will Affect Millennials in North Carolina for Years to Come.” Among the major themes of ...

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Five things to have on your radar this week

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 10:00

#1 – Today is September 11th – a National Day of Service and Remembrance – a chance to pay tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and first responders in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks. If you are looking for a place to make a difference in the wake of Hurricane Irma, here’s an ...

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The best op-ed of the weekend

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 07:48

In case you missed it yesterday, Mark Jewell, the President of the N.C. Association of Educators had an excellent op-ed on WRAL.com about the start of the new school year and the inadequate response of state legislators. Here’s the conclusion to “Standing strong for public schools is best school choice”: “As bells ring in a ...

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Governor formally petitions to move Confederate monuments

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 12:25

Late Friday Governor Roy Cooper formally petitioned the North Carolina Historical Commission to remove three Confederate monuments from the capitol grounds in downtown Raleigh. In a letter to the commission, which must approve any movement of such monuments, Cooper argues for moving the statues to the historic site of the Bentonville Battlefield in Johnston County. ...

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<p>The Week&#8217;s Top Five on NC

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 15:21

The Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch: 1. State releases list of 48 schools eligible for controversial charter takeover 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 ...

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Duke, Dominion ask feds to fast-track Atlantic Coast Pipeline application — this month

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 13:52

The owners of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have written a letter to federal regulators asking them to approve the controversial $5.5 billion project this month — at least 30 days sooner than scheduled. In a Sept. 7 letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, officials from Duke Energy, Dominion Energy and Southern Company Gas imply ...

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Opposing lawmakers debate judicial redistricting ahead of next week’s House committee meeting

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 13:00

New judicial and prosecutorial maps that would overhaul the state’s court system will be moving full-steam ahead next week as the House judicial redistricting committee meets for the first time. Rep. Justin Burr (R-Montgomery, Stanly) introduced the maps via Twitter at the end of the long session but things were put on hold through the ...

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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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