Christmas is just under a week away. Sadly, the 2020 holiday season looks very different from recent years. Instead of celebratory community events, festive family gatherings, and holiday parties with friends and neighbors, Christmas 2020 feels subdued with many events transformed into virtu…

Earlier this week, Gov. Roy Cooper once again stood in front of the television cameras to announce his latest plan to stem the rising tide of Covid-19 cases in the state. Cooper said he’s “shocked” that the daily new case numbers in North Carolina have risen to over 6,000 on some days, stati…

Despite the current spike in COVID-19 infections and deaths, there is good news on the not-so-distant horizon. Three effective vaccines are in the pipeline. Some North Carolinians — those battling coronavirus on the frontlines as well as those put at greatest risk by infection — will be vacc…

Earlier this month, the Durham Housing Authority relocated about 270 families a Durham public housing complex after inspections indicated elevated carbon monoxide levels in appliances. As a result, concerned community members worked to raise funds for residents who had to temporarily relocat…

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Much of the conversation surrounding this year’s N.C. Supreme Court election focuses on the potential impact for the court’s partisan makeup.

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One of the best statements of how the Framers saw the role of the federal government is found in Federalist Paper 45, written by James Madison, who is known as the “Father of the Constitution”: “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. …

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RALEIGH – Wealthy North Carolinians pay a higher share of their incomes in taxes than do middle-income North Carolinians, who in turn have a higher effective tax rate than the poor.

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If you missed it last week and care at all about the subject of ethics in government, please take a few minutes to read Policy Watch reporter Billy Ball’s investigative report on the recent $6 million iPad purchase that state Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson completed earlie…

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State Treasurer Dale Folwell administers the State Health Plan, the largest in our state. Folwell believes his office should know what various procedures cost his 700,000 present and retired state employees, so he sent a request to UNC Health Care, the largest health care provider to the pla…

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RALEIGH -- North Carolina’s economy is in reasonably good shape. Over the past five years of available data, our state’s employers have added 480,000 net new jobs, with our job-creation rate exceeding the national and Southeastern averages. North Carolina’s average income per person has gone…

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It’s back-to-school time for millions of American children, which means it’s time to debate the federal government’s role in deciding what our kids should eat for lunch.

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South Africa has been thrown into the news because of President Donald Trump's recent tweet that he instructed his secretary of state to "closely study" alleged land seizures from white farmers in South Africa.