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Photo: The North Carolina Supreme Court is considering the cases of four inmates who had their sentences converted to life in prison under the Racial Justice Act. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

RALEIGH, N.C. - It's a waiting game now for supporters and opponents of North Carolina's Racial Justice Act (RJA). On Monday, the state Supreme Court heard arguments in the cases of four defendants who were the only inmates removed from death row under the RJA. The legislation was passed in 2009, ...Read More

According to federal figures, nearly 5000 pre-school kids were suspended from school in the most recent year. A disproportionate number were minority children. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Education.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Almost 5000 American children have been suspended from pre-school for behavior issues, acording to the latest federal figures, and a disproportionate number were minority kids. According to Jerri Derlikowski, education policy director at Arkansas Advocates for Families and Chil ...Read More

Photo: Mary Jamis, left, and Starr Johnson married in New York after being together for 14 years. Courtesy: Jamis and Johnson

MOCKSVILLE, N.C. – Tuesday is the dreaded April 15 tax deadline. It's a daunting enough task for anyone, but for the thousands of legally married, same-sex couples in North Carolina, it's that much more complicated. Mary Jamis and her partner of 14 years, Starr Johnson, married in New York ...Read More

PHOTO: A strong bond with parents can be critical to a child's later success, but a new review finds that that connection is never made with some 40% of babies and toddlers. Photo credit: Scott & Elaine van der Chijs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The bonds that children develop with their parents early on can be fundamental to their success in life, but the latest research finds many babies and toddlers are missing out, and that means problems. A new analysis concludes that 40 percent of children are not getting th ...Read More

Americans for Prosperity, funded oil and chemical billionaires Charles and David Koch, is campaigning aggressively in West Virginia, but the group's own positions are less well known. PHOTO courtesy of the Center For Public Integrity.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A shadowy billionaires' political organization is campaigning heavily in West Virginia. But what economic policies would Americans For Prosperity actually put in place? According to Steve Wamhoff, legislative director for Citizens for Tax Justice, billionaire brothers Charles a ...Read More

Photo: Kenneth Young was sentenced to four life sentences for a series of armed robberies he committed when he was 14, under the direction of an adult. Courtesy: www.15tolifefilm.com

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today the Florida Senate is scheduled to consider a bill that would bring the state in compliance after two Supreme Court decisions determined the state's juvenile sentencing laws are unconstitutional. It's too little, too late for inmates such as Kenneth Young, who was s ...Read More

Photo: NC Student Power Union continues to host efforts state wide to demand a debt-free college system by 2020. Courtesy: NC Student Power Union

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Today dozens of North Carolina college students will attend the Board of Governors meeting at UNC Chapel Hill to demand a debt free system from the state's public universities by 2020. With the College Board estimating state tuition prices will rise by 40 percent in the n ...Read More

Photo: Naujoks says this is a "seep" from the Duke Buck Steam Plant coal-ash pond leaching onto state game lands, directly into the Yadkin River. Testing by the Yadkin Riverkeeper indicates chromium at 10-times the groundwater standard, and lead at six-times the standard. Courtesy: Yadkin Riverkeeper

DANBURY, N.C. – It took about two months for more than 39,000 tons of coal ash to leak into the Dan River from Duke Energy's retired coal-fired power plant, but cleanup is expected to take much longer than that. The hold-up goes beyond the large task ahead, and extends to the state's courtro ...Read More

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