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PHOTO: Beaches like Nags Head generate at least $3 billion a year in revenue for North Carolina. Conservation groups are concerned that could change if oil and gas exploration is allowed along the coast. Photo credit: Wikimedia

NAGS HEAD, N.C. – Sunday marks the four-year anniversary of the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf Coast. While oil and gas exploration isn't currently permitted off the North Carolina coast that could change. Gov. Pat McCrory promised to push for it in his State of the State a...Read More

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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

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GRAPHIC: A Global Day of Action on Military Spending is highlighting the need for better federal investment in communities. Graphic courtesy of the National Priorities Project.

RALEIGH, N.C. - As they put their taxes in the mail today, some North Carolinians will join others across the world for a Global Day of Action on Military Spending. According to Mary Zerkel, co-coordinator of the Wage Peace campaign of the American Friends Service Committee, 57 percent of all U.S. d...Read More

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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

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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

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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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PHOTO: A new report makes the case that allowing people to get driver's licenses without regard to their immigration status would increase public safety and economic opportunity in North Carolina. Photo courtesy: NC Dept. of Transportation.

RALEIGH, N.C. - In North Carolina and 37 other states, an undocumented worker can't get a driver's license. That leaves hundreds of thousands without a way to get to work or school, or forces them to get behind the wheel without proper training, testing or insurance. A new report by the North Carol...Read More

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Photo: Dick Hatch filed an EEOC complaint after he didn't get an interview for a job he was qualified for. He got the interview and the job. Photo courtesy of Hatch.

PERRY, N.C. - At age 58, Dick Hatch of Perry found himself laid off and in need of a job. Hatch is an attorney who applied for a position at a Raleigh company, and he said in spite of being qualified for the attorney position, he was not granted an interview. After filing a complaint with the Equal ...Read More

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