NORTH CAROLINA POLITICS


1/10/2018 9:01pm

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Lack of broadband access creates additional obstacles for students

One Christmas, Elly Sprinkle and her sister drove with their father to the public library in Stokes County, North Carolina, where they used the library's WiFi to set up their new iPods while sitting in the parking lot.  Sprinkle, a UNC junior, grew up without access to high-speed, broadband internet at her father’s house — like 7 percent of the North Carolina population. The majority of the population without internet is in rural counties in the far western or eastern parts of the state. The term broadband generally refers to high-speed internet connection that is available at all times, but can be expanded to include digital subscriber lines, satellite, fiber or cable connections. While wireless data plans are becoming more readily available through phone providers, most analyses focus on wireline internet in their descriptions of broadband access. In many areas where broadband is technically available, lack of competition between providers makes internet too expensive for many to afford. Twelve percent of the North Carolina population has access to fewer than two providers. 


1/9/2018 7:32pm

Students at East Chapel Hill High School spend time outside after school is let out. Both Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Orange County Schools are facing a funding crisis due to proposed legislation that would reduce the size of elementary school classes.

Orange County Schools struggle to cap class size for NC legislation

North Carolina school districts are facing a funding crisis. In Orange County, voters approved a $120 million-dollar bond in November 2016 to renovate several school buildings, but additional funding for teachers and new classrooms will be needed to comply with a proposed reduction in class sizes for kindergarten through third grade.


11/8/2017 7:49pm

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Election roundup: Who won Tuesday night?

Voters went to the polls in cities and states across the country Tuesday — choosing mayors, governors and an assortment of other ballot measures. Here's a roundup of some of the more contentious races and surprising outcomes. 


11/8/2017 12:12am

Jacquelyn Gist is a candidate for the Carrboro Board of Aldermen. Photo courtesy of the town of Carrboro.

Few faces change on Carrboro Board of Aldermen

The Carrboro Board of Aldermen added one new face Tuesday night.  Incumbents Jacquelyn Gist, Randee Haven-O’Donnell and Sammy Slade were all re-elected, alongside newcomer Barbara Foushee. This is the first time Foushee, whose sister Valerie is an N.C. senator, has run for office. She won around 25.33 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results from Orange County precincts.


10/29/2017 9:36pm

NC Commission of Inquiry on Torture to hold public hearings

The North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture will hold a public hearing Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 to explore North Carolina’s role in supporting the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program, according to a press release by the commission.