Thursday, March 30, 2023


Nebraska attorneys develop a workers rights program, the FDA approves over-the-counter sales of the overdose-reversing drug Naloxone, and mayors look for new ways to partner with the federal government.


The Senate repeals authorization of military force in Iraq, the former CEO of Starbucks testifies about the company's worker policies, and Kentucky overrides the governor's veto of gender-affirming care for children.


Small towns respond to a hidden housing and homelessness crisis, a new national weather prediction system will help close the gap between urban and rural forecasting, and more rural communities are eligible for a design project to boost economic development.

North Carolina

Author Jazmin Murphy said,

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

After Generations of Exclusion, Black Americans Embrace the Outdoors

By Jazmin Murphy for Yes! Magazine.Broadcast version by Brett Peveto for North Carolina News Service reporting for the Solutions Journalism Network-…

In 2022 there were over 37,000 dollar stores in the United States, up by 1,500 from the previous year, according to the website Statista. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Opposition to Dollar Stores Grows in Rural NC

Last year, nearly half of new stores that opened their doors nationwide were chain dollar stores, and in rural North Carolina, residents are …

In 2009, through what is known as the CARD Act, Congress mandated that fees be

Monday, March 27, 2023

CFPB Proposal Would Lower Credit-Card Late Fees

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has proposed new regulations on credit card late fees, which could save Americans billions of dollars…

Many of the nation's more than 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States do not have access to any form of identification, according to the Center for American Progress. (Adobe Stock)
NC’s Anti-Community ID Bill Could Harm Immigrant Families

Providers of community IDs for North Carolina's immigrant communities say proposed legislation banning police officers and local governments from reco…

Hip Hop Higher Ed Symposium programming brings hip-hop culture and scholarship to North Carolina college students. (Stephanie Reed)<br />
Symposium Brings Hip Hop Culture, Scholarship to NC Campuses

An upcoming event in Raleigh hosted in part by William Peace University aims to bring hip-hop arts culture to North Carolina's college students…

Stedman farmer Demi Tucker has been growing mushrooms on her family's land for the past few years. (Demi Tucker)
NC's Black Farmers Can't Find Affordable Land

With the cost of farmland up by more than 8% percent in North Carolina, the state's Black farmers are struggling to purchase additional acreage or …

The Best Colleges rankings take into account a school's academic outcomes and overall college affordability. (Adobe Stock)
Three NC HBCUs on List of Best LGBTQ+ Campuses

Three North Carolina Historically Black Colleges and Universities are on a recent "best of" list for LGBTQ+ campuses. The Best Colleges Campus Pride …

Black farmland ownership, which peaked in 1910 at 16 to 19 million acres, has shrunk to less than 3 million acres, according to FarmAid. (Adobe Stock)
Post-COVID, Black Farmers Face Mounting Obstacles to Land Ownership

The growing value of agricultural commodities is attracting deep-pocketed financial investors - like Bill Gates - and pushing land ownership out of re…

U.S. consumers received more than 50 billion robocalls in 2022, according to data from YouMail Inc. (Adobe Stock)<br />
North Carolina Clamps Down on Robocalls

North Carolina's Attorney General Josh Stein recently won a lawsuit shutting down a massive robocall operation out of Texas. According to the …

Median operating margins among rural hospitals were higher in expansion than non-expansion states in 2019, according to KFF. (Adobe Stock)
NC Medicaid Expansion Agreement Could Bolster Rural Hospitals

North Carolina lawmakers recently reached a bipartisan agreement that paves the way for an additional 600,000 residents to gain access to health cover…

Fentanyl continues to drive most of North Carolina's overdose deaths, according to recently released data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. (Adobe Stock)
2021 North Carolina Overdose Deaths Highest on Record

More than 4,000 people in North Carolina died of overdoses in 2021, the highest number of overdose deaths in a single year on record in the state…

Workers at Cambria Suites and Hotel in Morrisville, N.C., and colleagues from the Union of Southern Service Workers rally Feb. 20 for better pay, benefits and workplace safety. (Herb White)
Labor Advocacy's Future as Diverse as Workforce

By Herbert White for the Charlotte Post, with support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan for North …


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