August 17, 2017

City governments and other institutions are dealing with the repercussions of the horrific Charlottesville white supremacist rally in different ways. The city of Baltimore, for example, took down Confederacy monuments with little fanfare on Tuesday night. The University of Florida has denied a…

August 13, 2017

Police officers put their lives on the line every time they button their uniforms. They have tough jobs made all the tougher in 2017 by the prevalence of phone cameras, social media and pesky critics. We're grateful for every one of these brave men and women in Rocky Mount, the Twin Counties and…

August 09, 2017

The dog days of sum­mer take a toll on us in more ways than you might think.

As folks look for a com­fort­able chair in an air-con­di­tioned room, they don’t al­ways think about the needs of oth­ers. But the Amer­i­can Red Cross is in crit­i­cal…

August 06, 2017

In the aftermath of the U.S. Senate’s failure to pass a Republican health care bill, a few faint voices of bipartisanship emanated last week from the corners of that chamber.

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said he…

July 30, 2017

The N.C. General Assembly and Gov. Roy Cooper made important justice reforms this year during the legislature's long session.

Raise the Age grabbed the biggest headlines – for good reason. At the dawn of 2017, North Carolina was one of only two states that tried 16- and 17-year-olds as…

July 23, 2017

Gov. Roy Cooper was right on the mark last week in declaring his staunch opposition to opening up North Carolina’s coast to offshore drilling. 

Cooper made the announcement Thursday on the beach at Fort Macon State Park in Cataret County, one day before the deadline for elected officials…

July 16, 2017

A new report released last week has showered glowing reviews on North Carolina’s pre-kindergarten program, NC Pre-K.

Established in 2001 by Gov. Mike Easley as More at Four, the state-funded early childhood education program mainly serves children whose family income does not exceed 75…

July 09, 2017

Local gov­ern­ments across the Twin Counties are look­ing for a few good men and women.

The can­di­date fil­ing pe­riod for lo­cal elec­tions began on Fri­day and will run through July 21.

Board and council seats and mayoral posts in 16 municipalities across…

July 07, 2017

State lawmakers, law enforcement officials and advocates for domestic violence victims are backing a bill that would allow prosecutors to charge suspects of domestic abuse homicides with first-degree murder.

The bill is on Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk after clearing the N.C. General Assembly, and…

July 05, 2017

What is going on in our universities? Too often we are seeing hate and vitriol stamping out First Amendment rights on college campuses across the country.

The scenes unfolding on campuses in all of this hate speech versus free speech rancor are downright scary to watch.

Somewhere along the way,…

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