DoJ issues cease-and-desist order to fracking company seeking mineral rights in Durham, Chapel Hill

The N.C. Department of Justice has issued a cease-and-desist order to a Pennsylvania company seeking mineral rights leases for gas and oil exploration in Durham and Chapel Hill, directing the company to reject and return any accepted lease offers from North Carolina landowners.

The letter notes that Crimson Holdings Corporation’s solicitation practices and leases “are in direct violation of North Carolina law…

Fourth circuit signals end for NC’s marriage amendment

The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 Monday that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional — a decision that could have a significant impact in North Carolina.

The ruling sets a precedent that applies to all states under the Fourth circuit’s jurisdiction – Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Maryland. While the decision doesn’t immediately overturn North Carolina’s same-sex marriage ban, it does mean that four pending legal challenges in the state are almost certain to succeed in lower courts…

Belhaven mayor to meet with Va. governor on walk to DC

On Tuesday, July 22 at 2 p.m.,  Belhaven mayor Adam O’Neal (R) will meet with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) to discuss Medicaid expansion and the crisis rural hospitals are facing in states that opted out.

Governor McAuliffe has been fighting to expand Medicaid in Virginia, but his efforts have so far been blocked by Republicans in the state legislature. One of McAuliffe’s central arguments is that struggling, rural hospitals are in danger of closing without the increase in federal funding from Medicaid expansion…

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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…

NC school system hires private company to monitor students’ online activity

Jackson County Public Schools has hired a private company to monitor their students’ online activity in an effort to ensure student safety.

The education technology safety and security company Social Sentinel, Inc. will help the district to monitor publicly available social media activity for threats of harm or violence targeting other students, staff, or school sites in general, according to the JCPS press release…


Raleigh Sexy Schoolgirl 5k race canceled

Organizers of a “sexy schoolgirl” themed 5k race in Raleigh have cancelled the event due to “community controversy” over the theme of the race as well as a lack of early sign-ups.

Via the News & Observer:

The Hillsborough Street race – which invited runners to “show off their inner schoolgirl and nerd sides” in a 5k and pub crawl – was first approved by the Raleigh City Council in March, but it was labeled “Runnin Dirty 5k” on the agenda…

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