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Court blocks 'discriminatory' North Carolina voter ID law
Friday, July 29, 2016
RALEIGH – A federal appeals court on Friday blocked a North Carolina law that required voters to produce photo identification and follow other rules disproportionately affecting minorities, finding that the law was intended to make it harder for blacks to vote in the presidential battleground state. The Virginia-based 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
Black women are often invisible in the fight against HIV
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Last week at the 21st Annual International AIDS Convention in Durban, South Africa, researchers released a study indicating they now know a primary driver of HIV infections among black women: sexual encounters with black men who have been released from state and federal prisons. With black women’s primary intimate partners incarcerated at a rate of a
CSX lands site for cargo terminal
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
RALEIGH – CSX Corp. will build an intermodal cargo terminal near the Virginia border in Edgecombe County after landowner opposition blocked the railroad company's first option, officials said Tuesday. The CSX hub would transfer 260,000 cargo containers per year between railroad cars and trucks, with connections to North Carolina ports. CSX will
Buffalo Soldiers celebrate 150th anniversary
Sunday, July 17, 2016
The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum has a reason to celebrate. A century and a half ago black soldiers called “Buffalo Soldiers” first served in the American military. From July 25-30, the museum will be the site of activities celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Buffalo Soldiers as part of the 9th and 10th (Horse) Cavalry Association
Measure to reopen raced-based murders passes Senate
Sunday, July 17, 2016
WASHINGTON – A law designed to extend federal and state reviews of cold cases of racially motivated killings during the civil rights era is one step closer to being renewed. A unanimous Senate voted Thursday evening to permanently renew a 2007 law that calls for a full accounting of race-based murders, many of which had been closed for decades. The
September date set for voter ID state trial
Thursday, July 14, 2016
RALEIGH – A challenge to North Carolina's new voter identification requirement will go to trial in state court this fall setting the stage for a possible decision before early in-person voting begins for the big November election. Superior Court Judge Michael Morgan on Monday set Sept. 26 for the trial, which could last a week or two. Morgan asked
Affordable-housing dreams become Section 8 nightmares
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Congress created Section 8 vouchers to offer low-income Americans “decent, safe and sanitary housing in the private market.” But recent examinations have found many such homes far from decent, safe or sanitary. While touring Jacksonville, Florida’s Section 8 Eureka Garden Apartments last May, Senator Marco Rubio, R–Florida, called
NC teachers see broad raises, more bonus chances
Monday, July 11, 2016
RALEIGH – The North Carolina legislature agreed on broad pay raises for public school teachers for the second time since 2014 and is aiming to jump-start again giving instructors even more when they take on additional responsibilities or their students make academic progress. The $22.3 billion budget on Gov. Pat McCrory's desk for his expected
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Court blocks 'discriminatory' North Carolina voter ID law

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