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A new bill opens up questions about children born to incarcerated moms
Monday, May 17, 2021
Fifteen minutes outside Durham, an abandoned hospital stretches across a bed of verdant land. The concrete-potted plants lining the entrance have begun to crumble, with erosion and wear visible on the walls of the red brick building. Long before a global pandemic descended upon the state and its correctional centers, even before Barack Obama was elected as
 
N.C. Republicans push bill to limit teaching of race, racism
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
RALEIGH — North Carolina Republicans are quickly advancing a last-minute proposal that would prevent public schools from promoting several concepts about race and racism. A bill originally seeking to clarify reopening guidance for charter schools was substituted during an education committee Tuesday with a new plan to bar schools from teaching ideas
 
Public school students experiencing homelessness to get help
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
When the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools in March 2020, most families with influence and wealth quickly and seamlessly shifted to remote learning. Affluent families already had the necessary high-speed internet connections and the electronic devices to navigate learning from home. Many also had the wherewithal to employ tutors and to create “learning
 
Population growth gives North Carolina another House seat
Thursday, April 29, 2021
RALEIGH — North Carolina will gain another seat in Congress for the next 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau announced Monday, the result of a steadily growing population as people arrive for jobs and retirement. The additional U.S. House seat, the 14th for North Carolina, marks the third time in the past four census cycles that the state will have
 
Nearly 1 in 10 NC licensed child care centers has unsafe lead levels
Thursday, April 29, 2021
It has long been known that elevated lead exposure in children can damage their nervous systems and cause learning disabilities, stunted growth, hearing loss, low IQ, increased aggression, and impaired formation and function of blood cells. What hasn’t been known until now is that nearly 1 in 10 NC licensed child care centers has tested above the
 
Legislation would stop hospitals from billing rape victims for exams
Monday, April 26, 2021
North Carolina hospitals could be fined $25,000 if they bill sexual assault victims for the cost of forensic exams under a bill filed last week. While state law already requires hospitals and providers to accept the payments from the state “as payment in full,” sometimes hospitals bill victims or their insurance anyway. Rape victim advocates
 
Stop humiliating poor people seeking government assistance
Friday, April 23, 2021
The $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package President Joe Biden signed in March will expand the child tax credit for one year. Instead of providing families with up to $2,000 per child under 17, the government will distribute a total of $3,600 for each child under 6 and $3,000 for kids under 18. Some economists predict that these payments, which will go to
 

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