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State lawmakers might hamstring North Carolina’s ascendant hemp farming industry because police can’t yet reliably tell the difference between hemp and marijuana. The 2019 farm bill has been … more
On this 243rd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, Americans will celebrate with hardly a thought for the risks and sacrifices of their forefathers. A little patriotic music, perhaps, some … more
Charles Ray Finch is finally free. But after serving 43 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, he left state custody with little more than the clothes on his back. No mortal can return … more
Want to dust off the tackle box, grab the fishing poles and catch your own family seafood feast? Next Thursday, you’re fine. On Friday, you might have to pay a fine. Each year on the Fourth … more
Progressives predicted a hard swing to the right after Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation cemented a 5-4 conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court. So far this term, that fear hasn’t … more
It’s time to follow the Lone Star State’s lead — North Carolina needs a lemonade freedom law. On June 10, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 234 to prevent overzealous police … more
The Johnston County Board of Education righted a wrong last week when it allowed previously censored public comments to be read, but it also compounded its mistake by doubling down on unlawful and … more
Justice came four decades too late, but it finally arrived under overcast skies last Thursday in rural Greene County. Charles Ray Finch, a Wilson native who was railroaded through the court … more
Johnston County’s school board chairman censored a concerned citizen’s remarks last week, enforcing a ban on discussion of personnel matters that a neighboring county scrapped last year after … more
When no crime’s been committed, there’s nothing to probe and no one to punish. So why are two North Carolina colleges wasting their time investigating protected speech? N.C. State University … more
Spurred by a public health scare, Congress is considering a big-government power grab to save young adults from themselves. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, is reintroducing legislation to raise the … more
In 2001, a grieving nation vowed it would “never forget” the 9/11 hijackers’ brutality or the first responders’ indomitable courage. Less than two decades later, our elected leaders have … more
THUMBS UP to Mecklenburg County Superior Court Judge Lisa Bell, who sent a powerful message about the public’s right to know when she ordered police to release the full contents of body camera … more
North Carolina already bans texting and driving. Now state lawmakers want to prohibit all handheld use of smartphones and tablet computers behind the wheel. House Bill 144, the Hands-Free N.C. … more
Imposing stiff penalties for drug dealers whose customers suffer overdose deaths might sound like justice, but addiction treatment advocates warn that such laws carry unintended consequences. The … more
News consumption is growing exponentially, but for the past decade, the revenue to news publishers has been on a decline. This is, in large part, because of the unbalanced relationship between … more
In a standoff pitting patients and taxpayers against the powerful state hospital lobby, a majority of your representatives in the N.C. House voted against your interests this week. Lawmakers … more
Goldsboro High School’s principal is under the microscope after some say he required more than a dozen teachers to list examples of white privilege they observe in their daily lives and in the … more
The national debate over Donald Trump’s presidency is slowly shifting from legal questions to political considerations following special counsel Robert Mueller’s nearly two-year probe into … more
As Tar Heels bask under bright skies this week, North Carolina could use more sunshine in the dark corridors of state and local government. “Sunshine” is shorthand for good-government … more
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