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Federal trial next month won't address NC voter ID mandate
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
RALEIGH – A federal trial next month on several provisions of North Carolina's 2013 elections law won't consider challenges to the state's upcoming voter identification requirement in light of recent changes to the mandate, a judge has ruled. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder decided that claims against the photo ID provision set to begin in
 
String of fires at 6 predominantly black churches scrutinized
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
A string of churches with predominantly black congregations – from Florida to Tennessee -- has reported fires in the past week, officials say. The circumstances surrounding the six fires in five states differ in each case, but their occurring in the past eight days has prompted closer scrutiny. So far only two of the six cases are being investigated
 
Changes to NC voter ID rankle some
Monday, June 29, 2015
RALEIGH – Federal and state lawsuits filed nearly two years ago challenging what's in North Carolina's election overhaul law are finally heading to trial starting next month. But unexpected moves on the way to the courthouse could break down arguments of plaintiffs seeking to overturn the law's most high-profile component: a photo identification
 
Is Medicaid expansion next for North Carolina?
Friday, June 26, 2015
RALEIGH – Health care groups say it's time for Gov. Pat McCrory to make good on his promise to release a plan to expand Medicaid in North Carolina. The governor delayed a decision pending the Supreme Court's ruling on the constitutionality of state health-care exchanges. With Thursday's favorable ruling, Adam Linker, co-director of the North Carolina
 
Pressure builds for feds to ban the box
Thursday, June 25, 2015
WASHINGTON – Seventeen states and Washington, D.C., have passed laws making it easier for ex-offenders to find jobs in the labor market. Now civil rights and community groups that advocate for returning citizens are pushing the White House to do the same. Even though politicians on both sides of the aisle have warmed up to criminal justice reform and
 
GOP leader calls for 'swift resolution' of rebel flag debate
Monday, June 22, 2015
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Calls to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of South Carolina's Statehouse grew on Monday, days after a young white man who embraced the banner as a symbol of white power was charged with murdering nine people inside their historic black church. Religious and political leaders including Joseph P. Riley Jr., Charleston's
 
NC Senate unveils education budget that guts teacher assistants
Friday, June 19, 2015
Senate leaders unveiled portions of a 2015-17 budget proposal Monday that gives teachers an average 4percent pay raise and lowers class sizes in the early grades, But much like last year’s initial Senate proposal, the budget also would substantially gut funding for teacher assistants by eliminating more than 8,500 TA jobs over the biennium. The
 
Obama on Charleston: Itís too easy to get guns in America
Thursday, June 18, 2015
President Barack Obama on Thursday expressed profound “sadness and anger” at the Charleston church shooting as well as deeply personal frustration that America’s political climate makes it virtually impossible for now to tighten restrictions on who can buy firearms. “We don’t have all the facts, but we do know that once again,
 

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Federal trial next month won't address NC voter ID mandate

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String of fires at 6 predominantly black churches scrutinized

A string of churches with predominantly black congregations – from Florida to Tennessee --