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January 21, 2018

It is well beyond time to take redistricting out of the hands of state legislators.

The state legislative and congressional district boundaries first drawn in 2011 by Republican lawmakers and redrawn in 2016 after a successful court challenge remain under litigation today. And it is not beyond the…

January 14, 2018

A plan to remove Nash County from the 7th Judicial District would cause major problems for the area.

Republican-backed legislation to redraw the state’s judicial districts would do just that, splitting Rocky Mount into separate judicial districts at the county line.

The bill would place Nash…

January 09, 2018

January and July traditionally are months when the American Red Cross puts out urgent requests for blood. Cold weather, holidays and summer vacations often relegate blood donations to a back burner among folks who usually don’t mind rolling up a sleeve and giving.

But this year, the need is…

January 07, 2018

The Trump administration’s announcement last week of a five-year plan to open up areas of the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans to offshore drilling has been pointedly and correctly met with a wave of bipartisan condemnation.

The proposal calls for expanded drilling in the Arctic, opening…

January 01, 2018

What would New Year’s Day be without some black eyed peas, bowl games and a pocketful of resolutions at the ready?

Today is not a day for the cynics. We don’t need any negativity as we welcome a fresh start in the new year. Internet trolls: Feel free to take a day off. Mean tweet…

December 31, 2017

Like much of the rest of the world, the Twin Counties certainly had its share of ups and downs throughout the past year.

But for the most part, 2017 turned out to be a pretty good year for the area.

While the plans for a new CSX intermodal terminal have been placed on hold and may never come to…

December 29, 2017

While we might have gotten away with short-sleeved shirts and shorts as we opened presents earlier this week, those days seem like a distant memory. Compared to our friends a few states north of us, we have little to complain about in terms of frightful weather. Even still, the cold snap we have…

December 24, 2017

The tax overhaul bill signed into law Friday by President Donald Trump has been the subject of massive misinformation and conflicting claims.

The most far-reaching rewrite of the nation’s tax laws since 1986, the $1.5 trillion tax plan permanently lowers the corporate tax rate from 35…

December 10, 2017

Nearly 9 million children across the country are in danger of losing their health insurance unless Congress moves to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

The joint federal and state program, which provides health insurance to children and pregnant women whose families have…

December 03, 2017

The participation of Patillo Middle School and Stocks Elementary School in a new pilot program to assist children experiencing trauma in their lives promises to pay dividends to all who participate.

Teachers, administrators and staff  at the schools are working with the NC Resilience and…

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