POLITICS


1/22/2018 9:34pm

Photo illustration. Though opioid abuse rates are highest in people aged 18 to 25, colleges often do not have permanent funding to address it.

North Carolina colleges are trying to combat opioid misuse — but they lack needed funding

When Alexander Smith peered through the plexiglass window of his jail cell into his father’s eyes, he saw the destruction he’d caused. Smith’s addiction to opioids – from prescription pills to heroin – had pained his father for years.  Smith finally felt that pain for himself.  But his moment of reckoning was gone as soon as he got into the car with his father, who bailed him out. Smith reached for his phone to find the nearest dealer. The addiction had taken over again, and he was powerless. 


1/18/2018 5:08pm

The crowd in Washington D.C. for the Women's March was estimated to consist of more than 500,000 people on Jan. 21, 2017.

Find a Women's March near you

On the anniversary of the 2017 Women's March, North Carolina communities are planning to come together again to promote women's rights and other civil rights. 


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. 

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.


11/28/2017 8:23pm

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-NC, while he was speaker of the House of the N.C. General Assembly in 2012.

Tillis, Burr oppose Trump's EPA nomination

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., have expressed opposition towards Michael L. Dourson, President Donald Trump’s nominee to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency.


11/19/2017 10:19pm

Front row, left to right: Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer. Back row: Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Neil M. Gorsuch. Photo courtesy of Franz Jantzen, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

These three Supreme Court cases could affect North Carolinians

The cases being considered in the U.S. Supreme Court this term are set to have major ramifications for political representation, constitutional rights and anti-discrimination laws across the country.  The court’s calendar, which began in October, is packed with high-profile cases — addressing a range of issues from the constitutionality of political gerrymandering to Fourth Amendment rights.