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White House pushes tuition-free community college program
Monday, May 2, 2016
The White House will roll out a $100 million program to strengthen tuition-free community college programs across the United States early this summer. Vice President Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, formally announced the grant program at the Community College of Philadelphia last week. The competitive grant program will offer $100 million to community
Michelle Obama at Jackson State: lessons in history and life
Sunday, May 1, 2016
First lady Michelle Obama assumed the roles of history professor, civil rights firebrand and fierce defender of her husband’s legacy Saturday as she urged Jackson State graduates to “devote your life to finding ways to help others.” In a spirited and often emotional address, Obama repeatedly referred to Mississippi’s history of
Impact of parent incarceration on NC children
Friday, April 29, 2016
RALEIGH – More than 179,000 children in North Carolina have been separated from a parent because of incarceration. While those parents are serving time, a new report released Monday from the Annie E. Casey Foundation recommends policies to help alleviate the impact on the children involved. Laila Bell, director of research and data for NC Child, says
Appeals court orders expedited review in voter ID case
Thursday, April 28, 2016
RALEIGH – A federal appeals court wants to examine swiftly a trial judge's ruling this week upholding North Carolina's voting law changes, which include a photo identification mandate to cast a ballot in person. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, ordered Thursday an expedited review of Monday's decision by U.S. District
McCrory seeks extra lottery profits for new initiatives
Thursday, April 28, 2016
RALEIGH – Gov. Pat McCrory wants legislators to let him use unanticipated extra profits from the North Carolina lottery in part for several new education initiatives and others that never before benefited directly from the state-run numbers games and scratch-offs. McCrory's budget adjustments for next year released this week would distribute almost
Burr already scuttling new Obama court nomination
Thursday, April 28, 2016
RALEIGH – President Barack Obama's latest pick Thursday to fill a longstanding vacancy in eastern North Carolina's federal courts already appears scuttled by Republican Sen. Richard Burr, who blames the president for not acting in good faith. The White House announced Obama had nominated former state Supreme Court Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson of
Federal judge rules NC voter ID constitutional
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
RALEIGH — Lawsuits challenging changes to North Carolina's election law failed to show it hampered the ability of minority voters to exercise political power, a federal judge ruled Monday in dismissing the cases. U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder ruled against the U.S. Justice Department, the North Carolina NAACP chapter and named voters. They
North Carolina GOPís careful plan could be in jeopardy
Monday, April 25, 2016
RALEIGH – A decade ago, GOP leaders developed a strategy to take over North Carolina's state government for the first time since 1870: Aggressively pursue the seats of vulnerable Democratic lawmakers and win House and Senate majorities by 2010; use those majorities to redistrict the state in Republicans' favor; and push a business-friendly, socially
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White House pushes tuition-free community college program

The White House will roll out a $100 million program to strengthen tuition-free community

Voter suppression gets a pass

A federal judge’s ruling that upholds changes in North Carolina election laws, despite

Durham program gives underserved a Ďstep upí

DURHAM – Nothing stops a bullet than a job, said Keith Daniel of the newly-formed