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Along with public health, the COVID-19 pandemic is testing government transparency in North Carolina.  State officials have withheld vital information about coronavirus outbreaks that would … more
A staple of this newspaper for nearly seven decades, Bob Allen’s column “Roving Around,” is missing from the pages this week. Its absence is glaring; Bob’s insight into life in Wake Forest … more
During this coronavirus pandemic, access to accurate and trustworthy information in your community is as critical to life under quarantine and as sought after as hand sanitizer and face … more
Eight decades after the anti-pot propaganda film “Reefer Madness” stirred a moral panic over marijuana, cops and prosecutors in North Carolina are bending the truth to bind hemp to its infamous … more
Two decades. More than 2,300 U.S. troop deaths. Roughly a trillion dollars. Time, blood and treasure haven’t stamped out the scourge of terrorism or transformed Afghanistan into a stable … more
What do legislators have to say about the way members of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors are elected? “Is this the way they did the ballots in the Union of Soviet Socialist … more
As stakeholders work to repair North Carolina’s criminal justice system, they should make Louis Brandeis’ famous declaration their constant refrain: Sunlight is the best … more
Guest editorial Want to know how much your police chief and school principal are paid? How about a full rundown of your city council’s spending during that out-of-state conference? The … more
THUMBS UP to the town of Rolesville for earning about $4.8 million in state funding to move forward with its downtown streetscape dreams. Construction could start next year on two major projects. … more
The year that’s ending wasn’t an especially good one. As the curtain prepares to close on 2019, our country’s leaders remain deeply divided over President Trump and whether to remove him … more
With one unnecessary arrest and one tone-deaf tweet, police placed North Carolina smack dab in the middle of a national COVID-19 controversy. Videos from Tuesday’s #ReopenNC protest rally show … more
Guest editorial North Carolina’s newest law enforcers won’t be sworn to protect and serve. They’ll be unarmed, and instead of badges, their uniforms will feature name tags from supermarkets, … more
In 1984, Congress used its power of the purse to limit alcohol sales to buyers 21 and up. The National Minimum Drinking Age Act threatened state legislatures with a loss of federal highway funds if … more
As COVID-19 cases grow, state officials have suspended a rule that would have prevented North Carolina hospitals from adding beds. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announced March … more
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