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Itchy days ahead for North Carolina

It might be time to stock up on bug spray. North Carolina is poised to do away with what remains of its state-run mosquito control program, if proposals to eliminate $185,992 in funding are adopted in the final budget. The likely elimination of the vector control program in the N.C. Department of Health and Human ...

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Vigil held in Raleigh for 60,000 endangered immigrant children (Photos)

Yesterday in Raleigh, El Pueblo, Inc. joined forces with several volunteers to hold a vigil for the approximately 60,000 children currently attempting to escape the poverty, violence, and fear of their hometowns in Central America to find relief, security, and freedom in the U.S. As Mike Figueras of El Pueblo informed me, for each child’s body ...

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National economic news good; NC situation not so encouraging

As Dean Baker notes this morning, the national economic news is encouraging. In addition to the record high Dow Jones average, Baker points out: “The economy added 288,000 jobs in June, making it the fifth consecutive month in which the economy added over 200,000 jobs. This is the longest stretch of 200,000 plus job growth ...

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This morning’s “must read”: Get up to date on state of voting law and court challenges

If you’ve found yourself having trouble keeping up with the details of North Carolina’ new Monster Voting Law, its implementation and the court challenges that have ensued, you owe it to yourself to read Sharon McCloskey’s latest article that was published this morning: “Voting gets its day in court” over on the main Policy Watch ...

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Before the Fourth, a third vote on coal ash clean-up bill (video)

Before leaving for the July 4th holiday, the NC House is expected to give final approval Thursday to a revised plan to clean-up North Carolina’s coal ash sites. The legislation would require Duke Energy to remove the ash from four high-risk sites by 2019. Low-risk ponds would be targeted for closure by 2029.  Critics note ...

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New research: New NC voting laws produce confusion, little confidence

The voting and good government experts at Democracy North Carolina have taken a look at the impact of the state’s new “Monster Voting Law” on the May primary election. Here is their initial take: “Data Highlight: New Voting Law, Little Information, Less Confidence Volunteers with Democracy North Carolina and other groups conducted a large Exit ...

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Eastern North Carolina housing non-profit accused of sexually exploiting clients

Here’s a disturbing story today from WNCN  in Eastern North Carolina about a non-profit housing authority based in Laurinburg where administrators are accused of demanding sexual favors from women seeking housing help. Lawyers from Legal Aid of North Carolina’s fair housing division, who are representing the victims in the case, are asking a federal judge ...

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Moms demand that Target stores stop the assault weapons parade

(Updated: As the comment below notes, Target has responded positively to the concerns expressed by people across the county and issued a statement requesting customers not to bring firearms to their stores.) The good people at Everytown for Gun Safety have launched petition drive to demand that Target stores join the growing list of responsible ...

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McCrory wants high academic standards, doesn’t care about Common Core “brand”

Gov. Pat McCrory told reporters yesterday that he favors high academic standards, but doesn’t care about the Common Core brand. “What we’ve got to talk about is high standards, especially in math and reading,” said McCrory following an event that awarded federal bonus dollars to teachers who develop new classroom materials for a statewide database.”If ...

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As budget negotiations slow, advocates call for the state to restore the EITC (audio)

On the first day of a new fiscal year, it appears state Senators are in no rush to wrap-up budget negotiations with the NC House. On Monday, the Senate rejected the House “mini-budget” that has the blessing of Governor Pat McCrory.  Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger made it clear that without a more accurate ...

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