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Tuesday June 6th


Packages of Mifepristone tablets are displayed at a family planning clinic on April 13, 2023, in Rockville, Md. A Massachusetts appeals court temporarily blocked a Texas-based federal judge’s ruling that suspended the FDA’s approval of the abortion drug Mifepristone, which is part of a two-drug regimen to induce an abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy in combination with the drug Misoprostol. 
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Josh Stein files briefs to U.S. Court of Appeals, Supreme Court regarding medication abortion

On April 10, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein and two dozen other attorney generals filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit regarding the recent district court order that suspended the approval of mifepristone, an abortion pill. The district court's order will be paused until Wednesday, April 19 at 11:59 p.m. while the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to grant the Biden administration’s emergency request to preserve the FDA’s approval.  “Abortion is a deeply personal decision and is an issue that people have wide-ranging opinions. But, ultimately, that's a decision that women should have the freedom to make for themselves,” Stein said. “And that's why I'm in court fighting to ensure women can continue to access this medication.”

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North Carolina Teaching Fellows Alexa Tomlinson and Jackie Stoehr participate in an activity to learn about using makerspaces in STEM classrooms on Thursday, April 13, 2023.
Photo Courtesy of Cheryl Bolick.

North Carolina Teaching Fellows program sees largest class since relaunch in 2017

The North Carolina Teaching Fellowship program accepted 132 applicants this year — the largest class of students since the program was reinstated by the N.C. General Assembly in 2017. The program is designed to recruit, prepare and support students attending North Carolina higher education institutions to become teachers in the high-need areas of science, mathematics and education of exceptional children.

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DTH photo illustration. Orange County has increased reliance on behavioral and mental health disciplinary resources, which provide options for adolescents and children who would otherwise enter the juvenile court system. 

Orange County programs reduce juvenile criminal justice involvement, address root issues

In 2021, 64 percent of reviewed allegations against North Carolina juveniles were approved by a juvenile court counselor for court. Instead of sending youth who commit low-level, nonviolent offenses into the juvenile justice system, law enforcement can send them to the Youth Deflection Program, where students are further supported and connected with community resources.

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Orange County sees highest life expectancy in North Carolina due to abundant resources

Orange County residents lead the state's average life expectancy by almost four years.  According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s 2019 U.S. health map, the average life expectancy for a North Carolina resident is 78.2 years, while the average in Orange County is 82.1.  Social determinants, such as health care access and housing, contribute to the higher life expectancy in Orange County. 

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North Carolina Rep. Tricia Cotham (R-Mecklenburg) shakes the hand of N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland, Rutherford) at the N.C. GOP Headquarters in Raleigh, N.C., after she officially announced her change in party afflilation. Cotham was previously a Democrat until her announcement on Wednesday, April 5.

NC Rep. Tricia Cotham officially switches parties, gives no specifics on abortion

N.C. Rep. Tricia Cotham (R-Mecklenburg) held a press conference this morning at the N.C. GOP Headquarters in Raleigh with state Republican leaders to announce her official defection from the Democratic Party. Cotham's switch gives Republicans a supermajority in both houses of the N.C. General Assembly, allowing them to push through policy more easily and override any of Democratic Governor Roy Cooper's vetoes.

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J Cole headlines Dreamville Festival on April 2, 2023 at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh.

Thousands flood Raleigh to see Drake, J. Cole, Usher at 2023 Dreamville Festival

Dreamville Festival, put on by rapper J. Cole’s record label of the same name, claims to be “one of the most anticipated annual events in the state of North Carolina," according to its website. The event drew a crowd of over 50,000 people to Raleigh's Dorothea Dix Park, where they got to see several popular rap, hip hop and R&B music acts including J. Cole, Drake and surprise guests like Lil Uzi Vert.

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