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Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) speaks at the California Democrats' State Convention at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Taking place from May 31 to June 2, the convention featured 14 presidential candidate speakers and hosted an audience of more than 3,000. Photo courtesy of Anna Vazhaeparambil.

Presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar comes to Raleigh for Fox News town hall

A big question coming from both the moderators and voters was about Klobuchar’s ability to win the nomination for the Democratic party. The moderators said at the beginning of the town hall that Klobuchar stands in sixth place in Fox News polls. Two days after this town hall, Klobuchar suffered a loss in the South Carolina primaries, getting 3.2 percent of the vote. 

	Food insecurity affects many children in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. Twenty-three percent of students received free and reduced lunches last year.

OCS board looks to combat 'lunch shaming' with these new proposals

Lunch shaming is a phenomenon occurring in schools across the United States where students are shamed for not being able to pay for their lunches every day in order to pressure families to pay student lunch debt quickly. Orange County Schools is attempting to combat this issue by implementing new lunch policies. 

Orange County Schools Board of Education members discuss African American History Month at their meeting on Feb. 10, 2020.

February is now Black History Month for Orange County Schools

Orange County Schools have decided to create different programs throughout February to show the history of important African American leaders in history. Dena Keeling, the district's chief equity officer, said a goal of this initiative is to create a curriculum with classes that deal with different cultures and place an emphasis on these heritage months all the time. 

Gray Ellis, of Durham, N.C. on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2019. Ellis is one of two candidates running for the North Carolins State Senate who openly identify as transgender. Ellis is a local business owner and lawyer practicing family law in Durham, N.C.  who is running on a platform of health care reform, education reform, and social welfare reform.

Post HB2, North Carolina may have its first transgender legislators

North Carolina has never had an openly transgender individual serve in the state legislature. In 2020, that could change.  Two openly transgender candidates are seeking seats in the N.C. Senate four years after the state passed House Bill 2, which could bring new perspectives and progressive change to the state.  “There’s a lot of voices not being heard in North Carolina,” Angela Bridgman of Wendell said. “Democracy is broken in North Carolina.” 


The Orange County Board of Education meets in the Central Office Boardroom at 200 East King Street in Hillsborough.


The Orange County Board of Education meets in the Central Office Boardroom at 200 East King Street in Hillsborough.