NAACP: Berger campaign ad misleads on voter ID

The North Carolina NAACP has filed a complaint with the state Board of Elections over a misleading TV ad put out by Senate Leader Phil Berger’s campaign committee. The ad touts the state’s new voter ID law, but makes no mention of the fact that the requirement does not go into effect until 2016…



More than 500 attend last public hearing on fracking at Western Carolina University

Despite the fact that the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has curbed plans to test for shale rock–which contains the natural gas deposits targeted by hydraulic fracturing or “fracking”–in Western North Carolina, the Mountain Xpress estimated that around 560 people showed up at the fourth and final public hearing held September 12 on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee…

NC death row conviction faces challenge after lawyers unearth evidence withheld at trial

When lawyers Mike Unti and Sharon Smith took up the case of Norfolk “Fuzzy” Best, a death row inmate in Columbus County, they uncovered crucial evidence that was not given to Best’s lawyers at the time of his 1993 trial.

The lawyers say the withheld evidence changes the timeline of the murder, eliminating Best as the killer. Additionally, police documents show that a different suspect, Ricky Winford, bragged that he had committed the crime…

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Moral Monday goes to Wilmington

The Moral Monday movement is heading to Wilmington for a March to the Polls rally on Monday, Sept. 15th. The rally is the fifth in a series of … More

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Meadow Lane Farm to host Dinner in the Meadow on Sunday, September 21, 2014

Louisburg’s Meadow Lane Farm will host its first Dinner in the Meadow on Sunday, September 21, 2014 to raise money for the Leonard-Mobley Small Farm Fund.

Named to honor the memory of farmer and educator Marjorie Leonard and Jerry Stephen Mobley, a Department of Agriculture livestock specialist, former president of the Durham Farmer’s Market Board of Directors, and proprietor of Meadow Lane Farm, the fund was recently established as a granting agency to support the development and long-term sustainability of small farms in North Carolina…

Study: Insect-infested ‘megalopolis’ to stretch from Raleigh to Atlanta by 2060

Urban areas in the Southeast will double in size by 2060 unless significant changes are made to the rate and style of development in the region, according to a new study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey and N.C. State University.

The researchers envision a future in which agricultural and forest lands are devoured by an urban “megalopolis” stretching from Raleigh to Atlanta…

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