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Photo: North Carolina may have as many as two privately owned, online charter schools next year. Photo credit: educationnews.org

RALEIGH, N.C. – Starting next year, North Carolina's charter schools will expand beyond the four walls of a classroom. State lawmakers approved a pilot program in this year's budget that requires the state Board of Education to approve two statewide virtual charter schools – making the...Read More

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Graphic: The "Election Collection" app will allow poll-monitor volunteers to document any instances of voter suppression in North Carolina. Image courtesy: Southern Coalition for Social Justice.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Early voting in North Carolina is well under way. On Election Day, thousands will wait until the last minute, and there will be trained election monitors at polling stations to make sure people are given every legal opportunity to vote. This year, many will be armed with a mobile app...Read More

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CHART: After a sharp increase during the recession, the federal deficit has dropped dramatically. Perhaps more importantly, the growth of health-care costs has slowed to nearly historic lows, improving the federal budget outlook. Graph by Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Not long ago, the airwaves were filled with predictions that health-care reform would be a disaster for taxpayers and consumers. That hasn't happened. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, will cut the federal budget deficit by a hundred...Read More

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Photo: Early voting starts today across North Carolina. Photo courtesy: S. Carson

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – It's a sprint and not a marathon for North Carolina voters this election season. Early voting starts today and runs until Nov. 1 – seven days shorter than in previous years. Boards of Elections are ready for the high turnout expected – as voters try to make su...Read More

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PHOTO: Television viewers may find public TV stations serving diverse communities in their markets disappearing in a $45 billion gold rush by wireless providers bidding in a government auction of broadcasting spectrum. Photo credit: M. Scheerer.

CHARLOTTE, N. C. – As the song goes, "Video Killed the Radio Star." Will wireless kill some free public TV? That's the latest media question. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is holding an auction in which wireless companies – such as Verizon and AT&T – will bid on part...Read More

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PHOTO: In addition to checking the batteries in your smoke detectors, the American Red Cross recommends going over your home escape plan in the event of a fire. Photo credit: S. Carson.

RALEIGH, N.C. – More than 2,300 people died and nearly 13,000 were injured in home fires across the nation in 2012, according to the National Fire Protection Association. This month the American Red Cross is kicking off a national campaign to reduce deaths and injuries from house fires by as ...Read More

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PHOTO: Supporters of the Clean Water Act say the state's economy is dependent on the health of North Carolina's streams and wetlands. Photo courtesy: NC Wildlife Commission

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - This Saturday marks the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Before the legislation was put in place, only one-third of the country's waters were deemed safe for fishing and swimming. Now, that number has doubled, and Tim Gestwicki, CEO of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation...Read More

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PHOTO: These goats (and a canine friend) are taking a break on a big job. Wells Farm rents them out to help eradicate invasive kudzu on protected lands. Photo courtesy of Pacolet Area Conservancy.

TRYON, N.C. - Goats are known for their insatiable appetite and love of climbing, which makes them the perfect candidates for the job of cleaning up kudzu in North Carolina. Land trusts are using goats to clean up land that's been overtaken by the invasive plant on several conservation properties. ...Read More

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