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Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

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Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - NC: Criminal Justice

RALEIGH, N.C. - A flyer that landed in mailboxes in several legislative districts across the state has sparked outrage and opened an old wound for a Davidson County politician. It reads "Meet your new neighbors," with an image of a man breaking into a house. The mailer, sent out by state Republican

RALEIGH, N. C. - North Carolina leads the way when it comes to campaign finance reform on the bench, according to a report from the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law. The study of judicial elections since 2000 is critical of most states, where judicial candidates h

RALEIGH, N. C. - An audit of North Carolina's State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) crime lab has investigators calling for the review of at least 190 cases, in which they feel information that would have benefited defendants was either not presented or mishandled. The investigation was conducted by

RALEIGH, N.C. - Race still matters in North Carolina when it comes to handing down the death penalty for those convicted of murder. That's a finding of a study by researchers at the University of Colorado, which shows that, among similar homicides, the odds of a death sentence for those suspected of

GREENSBORO, N.C. - It's a story that seems like it was ripped from the script of a TV movie, but for a North Carolina immigrant this tale of abuse sheds light on the many challenges immigrants face when the system breaks down. As part of a plea agreement, a Durham immigration officer admitted to thr

RALEIGH, N.C. - A conviction for animal cruelty in North Carolina can now mean jail time for offenders. Gov. Beverly Perdue signed Susie's Law Wednesday. Named for a pit bull puppy left badly burned last year - Susie's Law reclassifies malicious animal cruelty from a Class I to a Class H Felony and

WILMINGTON, N. C. - Critics of the legal system insist the scales of justice are easily tipped in one side's favor, depending on one's financial resources. In North Carolina, criminals are defended by public defenders in some counties; in others, by private attorneys paid by the county. This incons

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina has closed seven prisons over the past year to meet budget cutback orders, and cutting prison spending further is still on the table for the General Assembly. A new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research shows that North Carolina is not alone in scruti

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