North Carolina General Assembly building in Raleigh on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020.

N.C. House works on COVID-19 legislation, but are they moving fast enough?

N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) has convened a select committee to begin forming the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. However, some lawmakers and experts have raised concerns that the General Assembly might not be able to act soon enough on some of the state’s most pressing needs.


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DTH Photo Illustration.  An Alert Carolina message sent on Saturday, March 21, 2020 confirmed  multiple members of the UNC community have tested positive for COVID-19.

'I've heard all the stereotypes': Students, alumni respond to COVID-19-related racism

UNC alumni and students emphasized that racism toward Asians is not a new concept. These sentiments have always been present, they said, but now racists have an excuse to express themselves. Members of the UNC campus community have reported experiencing prejudice as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which originated in China. Students and alumni referenced the use of the term, "the Chinese Virus," as well as fear of hate crimes and discrimination. Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz responded to "incidents of racism and xenophobic animosity" with a campus-wide email on March 25. 

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Where are the coronavirus cases in North Carolina?

There are 2093 reported cases of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, in North Carolina according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services as of 11:00 a.m. on Friday. North Carolina, Orange County, and many other localities have declared states of emergency in response to the outbreak. Of the reported cases, 44 are in Orange County.  This interactive county map will be continually updated to show where coronavirus cases have been reported across the state. 

Opinion writer Michael Beauregard poses for a portrait. 

Old North State stories: North Carolina on the home front

"Over the past several weeks, grocery store shelves have been completely cleared of toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer, meats and non-perishable goods, creating an atmosphere of scarcity. Similarly, during World War II, North Carolinian families faced scarcity due to wartime rationing." 

Maddie Ellis, assistant Arts & Culture editor, pictured on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. 

Column: What I'm reading and what I recommend

"Taylor Lorenz recently wrote an article called 'Stop Trying to Be Productive,' and it was exactly what I needed to hear. So I’m putting down my phone and its anxiety-inducing news notifications, and instead picking up a book." Assistant Arts & Culture Editor Maddie Ellis shares the books on her quarantine reading list.

Rep. David Price, D-NC, celebrates his re-election at the election night party at the Democratic Headquarters in Raleigh on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. 

Here's what the third coronavirus relief package means for North Carolina

Some college students are concerned because they aren't specifically addressed in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, the third federal bill addressing the COVID-19 crisis. Most Americans will receive direct checks for $1,200 — or $2,400 for married couples who jointly file tax returns — with an additional $500 for each child aged 17 and under. If a student is still considered a dependent on their parents' taxes, however, they will not receive a direct check themselves.