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Government officals break the ground at the groundbreaking event for the 203 Project on Thurday, April 5, 2022.

The Town of Carrboro breaks ground on the 203 project

The Town of Carrboro held a groundbreaking ceremony last Thursday at 203 S. Greensboro St., the future home of the Orange County Southern Branch Library.  The library, also known as the 203 Project, has been in the works since 2016 when Orange County first requested the library branch.

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Protesters hold signs in reaction to the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade on May 3, 2022, in Chapel Hill, NC. 

Here's what a post-Roe future could look like for North Carolinians

On May 2, Politico published a leaked draft U.S Supreme Court opinion for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. If finalized, the opinion would overturn Roe v. Wade.  North Carolina has a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy that is currently unenforceable under Roe v. Wade, according to a 2021 U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling. But, if Roe v. Wade is overturned, access in North Carolina could be restricted.  Even if abortion remains legal in North Carolina, an individual from a state with a "trigger law" who needs an abortion may travel to North Carolina. This could overburden N.C.'s health system.

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On May 3, 2022, students at the North Carolina School of Science and Math, in Durham, NC, sit and stand in silent protest of title IX cases and assault accusations. Students say these cases have resulted in no action by NCSSM administration.

Students at NCSSM protest how the school handles sexual assault cases

Silent protesters gathered at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics with signs expressing their dissatisfaction with how school leaders have handled sexual assault cases on Tuesday.  The students listed their concerns and demands in an open letter to the NCSSM administration. The letter’s main grievances revolve around how the school handles reports of sexual assault and the current Title IX process, as well as how the school handles suicide attempts. Before Tuesday's protest, the students held a silent walkout on April 25. The leaders of the movement met with the administration before and after the event to discuss their concerns.

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Data shows mental health decline for adolescents, minority populations during pandemic

According to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey, 37.1 percent of high school students experienced poor mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. For East Chapel Hill High junior N’Zai Davis, the increased disconnection from their friends during the pandemic contributed to their poor mental health.  “I was coming to terms with some things in my own personal life, so it was a great time for change as well as a hard time to get through because it felt like a lot of people were disconnected and it felt lonely,” they said. “It honestly just felt very lonely.”

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Photo contributed by Valerie Foushee.

Valerie Foushee loses progressive endorsement after accepting contentious funds

After taking over $165,000 from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, an organization that donated to 37 Republicans who voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election, N.C. Sen. Valerie Foushee, D-Chatham, Orange, lost an endorsement from a progressive group in her race for the fourth congressional U.S. House district.  On April 17, the Progressive Caucus of the North Carolina Democratic Party made the decision to retract their endorsement after financial disclosures revealed that Foushee took financial support from AIPAC.

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A red wolf rests in the shade in an enclosure at the Carolina Tiger Rescue on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.

Carolina Tiger Rescue welcomes critically endangered Red Wolves to sanctuary

On April 5, the Carolina Tiger in Pittsboro welcomed two new red wolf sisters, Caroline and Mist. Red wolves are the only canid species indigenous to the United States, and are the most endangered canid in the world.  “We just feel really privileged to be able to have a small part in helping do what we can to save endangered red wolves,” Louise Orr, communications director at Carolina Tiger Rescue, said.

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