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NC Gov. Cooper presents his budget as the legislative “short session” begins

Governor Roy Cooper’s recent budget proposal emphasizes strengthening public education in North Carolina, featuring an average 8.5% raise for teachers and the restoration of master’s pay, amidst rising teacher turnover. In contrast to expanding Republican-backed private school vouchers, Cooper’s budget aims to refocus on public schooling by freezing voucher funding and increasing support for child care and preschool initiatives.

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New poll shows AG Josh Stein widening gap over Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson in NC’s governor’s race

With the gubernatorial election just months away, the latest Meredith College poll reveals Democrat Josh Stein widening his lead over Republican Mark Robinson in North Carolina. Stein’s increasing support among unaffiliated voters and moderates, coupled with concerns over Robinson’s past statements and actions, suggests a shifting political landscape ahead of Election Day.

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North Carolina’s Battle Against the Opioid Crisis

Attorney General Josh Stein has been instrumental in North Carolina’s response to the opioid crisis, obtaining over $1.4 billion in settlements from pharmaceutical companies and advocating for substantial legislative and technological measures to curb drug trafficking. His efforts have facilitated the establishment of a Fentanyl Control Unit and the implementation of border security technologies, underscoring a committed approach to tackling both the symptoms and root causes of opioid abuse in the state.

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Polluters must pay to clean up areas contaminated with PFOA, PFOS

In a landmark move, the EPA has mandated that industries discharging harmful PFOA and PFOS compounds will be held accountable for cleanup costs under the Superfund law, reinforcing the polluter-pays principle. This ruling, which also imposes stringent reporting obligations, signifies a major shift towards proactive environmental protection and the safeguarding of public health.

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Meet the volunteers trying to ‘FLIP’ North Carolina’s courts

In North Carolina, the grassroots organization FLIP NC, founded by Democrats Andrea Cash, Amy Cox, and Briana Brough after the 2016 election, has shifted its strategy towards judicial elections, focusing on the 2024 state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals races to combat gerrymandering. Despite challenges in achieving fair maps, FLIP NC is hopeful, engaging in “deep canvassing” that emphasizes meaningful voter interaction over scripted dialogues, underlining the crucial impact judicial decisions have on issues like education and reproductive rights.

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Podcast: NCAE president Tamika Walker Kelly on what’s causing our state’s high teacher attrition rate

Recent reports reveal a significant teacher attrition rate of 11.5% in North Carolina public schools, with over 10,000 educators leaving between March 2022 and March 2023, highlighting ongoing challenges in the state’s education system. Despite these setbacks and continuous disinvestment, dedicated teachers persist in their roles, hoping for positive legislative changes as leaders like Tamika Walker Kelly, President of the North Carolina Association of Educators, advocate for improvement.

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Solar leases help NC farm owners up revenues, keep homestead

In the serene fields of Pendleton, North Carolina, Ajulo Othow, founder of EnerWealth Solutions, draws inspiration from her post-Katrina economic development work to establish solar installations that not only respect the landscape but offer sustainable income to local landowners. Her projects prioritize minimal disruption while maximizing benefits, reflecting a thoughtful approach to renewable energy in rural settings, and enhancing both economic and environmental resilience.

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Breaking the Backlog: How North Carolina is Confronting Its Rape Kit Crisis

North Carolina has made remarkable progress in addressing its backlog of untested rape kits, with about 95% of the 16,219 kits identified in a 2018 Department of Justice audit now tested, leading to 174 arrests from the resultant DNA profiles. This significant advancement not only aids in providing justice to victims and strengthening community safety but also highlights the ongoing challenges in supporting survivors and the need for systemic improvements.

Read More »

NC Gov. Cooper presents his budget as the legislative “short session” begins

Governor Roy Cooper’s recent budget proposal emphasizes strengthening public education in North Carolina, featuring an average 8.5% raise for teachers and the restoration of master’s pay, amidst rising teacher turnover. In contrast to expanding Republican-backed private school vouchers, Cooper’s budget aims to refocus on public schooling by freezing voucher funding and increasing support for child care and preschool initiatives.

Read More »

New poll shows AG Josh Stein widening gap over Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson in NC’s governor’s race

With the gubernatorial election just months away, the latest Meredith College poll reveals Democrat Josh Stein widening his lead over Republican Mark Robinson in North Carolina. Stein’s increasing support among unaffiliated voters and moderates, coupled with concerns over Robinson’s past statements and actions, suggests a shifting political landscape ahead of Election Day.

Read More »

North Carolina’s Battle Against the Opioid Crisis

Attorney General Josh Stein has been instrumental in North Carolina’s response to the opioid crisis, obtaining over $1.4 billion in settlements from pharmaceutical companies and advocating for substantial legislative and technological measures to curb drug trafficking. His efforts have facilitated the establishment of a Fentanyl Control Unit and the implementation of border security technologies, underscoring a committed approach to tackling both the symptoms and root causes of opioid abuse in the state.

Read More »

Polluters must pay to clean up areas contaminated with PFOA, PFOS

In a landmark move, the EPA has mandated that industries discharging harmful PFOA and PFOS compounds will be held accountable for cleanup costs under the Superfund law, reinforcing the polluter-pays principle. This ruling, which also imposes stringent reporting obligations, signifies a major shift towards proactive environmental protection and the safeguarding of public health.

Read More »

Meet the volunteers trying to ‘FLIP’ North Carolina’s courts

In North Carolina, the grassroots organization FLIP NC, founded by Democrats Andrea Cash, Amy Cox, and Briana Brough after the 2016 election, has shifted its strategy towards judicial elections, focusing on the 2024 state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals races to combat gerrymandering. Despite challenges in achieving fair maps, FLIP NC is hopeful, engaging in “deep canvassing” that emphasizes meaningful voter interaction over scripted dialogues, underlining the crucial impact judicial decisions have on issues like education and reproductive rights.

Read More »

Podcast: NCAE president Tamika Walker Kelly on what’s causing our state’s high teacher attrition rate

Recent reports reveal a significant teacher attrition rate of 11.5% in North Carolina public schools, with over 10,000 educators leaving between March 2022 and March 2023, highlighting ongoing challenges in the state’s education system. Despite these setbacks and continuous disinvestment, dedicated teachers persist in their roles, hoping for positive legislative changes as leaders like Tamika Walker Kelly, President of the North Carolina Association of Educators, advocate for improvement.

Read More »

Solar leases help NC farm owners up revenues, keep homestead

In the serene fields of Pendleton, North Carolina, Ajulo Othow, founder of EnerWealth Solutions, draws inspiration from her post-Katrina economic development work to establish solar installations that not only respect the landscape but offer sustainable income to local landowners. Her projects prioritize minimal disruption while maximizing benefits, reflecting a thoughtful approach to renewable energy in rural settings, and enhancing both economic and environmental resilience.

Read More »

Breaking the Backlog: How North Carolina is Confronting Its Rape Kit Crisis

North Carolina has made remarkable progress in addressing its backlog of untested rape kits, with about 95% of the 16,219 kits identified in a 2018 Department of Justice audit now tested, leading to 174 arrests from the resultant DNA profiles. This significant advancement not only aids in providing justice to victims and strengthening community safety but also highlights the ongoing challenges in supporting survivors and the need for systemic improvements.

Read More »