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Congressmanís death triggers election, glut of candidates
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
RALEIGH — U.S. Rep. Walter Jones Jr.’s long-held congressional seat in North Carolina was expected to be up for grabs soon, but it happened more quickly than most people anticipated. Months after the Republican announced his 2018 campaign would be his last, Jones’ health faded. He died in February at age 76. Jones’ death drew
 
NC panelists at congressional hearing: Restore the Voting Rights Act
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
It would take eight years to undo what an unconstitutionally-elected GOP super-majority did to voting rights in North Carolina in the past several years, the Rev. William Barber II testified before a House congressional committee last week. He and several other panelists criticized numerous “voter suppression” laws passed by the N.C. General
 
Female bondsman turns heads, fills hearts in N.C.
Monday, April 22, 2019
WILMINGTON — When Kiara Brewster steps out of her white Chevy Camaro and into the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, she’s greeted — more often than not — with confusion. With a petite frame, dark eyes that match her bronzed complexion, and meticulously-styled blonde hair, the 29-year-old shyly admits she’s a
 
NC lawmakers introduce paid family leave guarantee
Thursday, April 18, 2019
RALEIGH – Lawmakers have introduced a bill that would guarantee paid family and medical leave for all North Carolina workers. Only a small percentage of workers have paid family leave, and most people eligible for unpaid leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act typically can't afford to take it. A new study from Duke University found paid
 
ATV deaths top 15,000 threshold in latest government report
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Since the early 1980s, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has conducted a grim census, tracking reports of deaths from crashes of all-terrain vehicles, or ATVs. Now the body count has risen above 15,250, according to the agency’s latest annual report, with more than 1 in 5 of the deaths suffered by children under 16. The annual death count, which
 
Walking While Black
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
DURHAM – For some people, crossing the street could be a matter of life and death. Especially if they live in a low-income or minority community. A recently released report of pedestrian fatalities from 2008-2017 found that black people were 72% more likely to have been hit and killed by a driver than people of other races. According to the report,
 
Bill would make tweaks to NCís sexual assault laws
Saturday, March 23, 2019
On college campuses on a Saturday night, it wouldn’t be surprising to see young men and women who’ve had too many drinks, enough to be considered “incapacitated.” But, in North Carolina, if that student were then raped, the number of drinks she had would prevent her from being able to prosecute her assailant on charges of
 

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KiteTales

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Concert & Silent Auction

Time: 6:30 to 9 p.m. St. Paul AME Church will be

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Food Distribution

Time: 9 a.m. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

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Itís time to free our futures

Almost 570 Durham Public School teachers requested off on May 1 in hopes of attending the North

New legislation would allow judicial discretion on drug crimes

One of the latest pieces of national criminal justice reform legislation has made its way to

The Original Drifters to headline Smithfield festival

SMITHFIELD – The Original Drifters will headline the 35th annual Ham & Yam Festival