The Supreme Court’s Choice To Take On A Small Gun Case Could Have Big Implications

For the first time in nearly a decade, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving constitutional gun rights. While the ruling will directly affect only a small group of people ‒ New York City residents who are licensed to own a handgun and want to be able to take that gun outside city limits ‒ the court’s decision to accept the case could signal a new willingness to wade into questions surrounding the Second Amendment. The national gun control debate was rocked by landmark...

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Supreme Court Revives Trump's Ban On Transgender Military Personnel, For Now

Updated at 3:50 p.m. ET The Supreme Court has reinstated President Trump's order placing restrictions on transgender persons enlisting and serving in the military, by granting a stay of two lower court injunctions that had blocked the president's policy. The justices voted 5-4, reflecting the high court's conservative majority. The decision allows the Pentagon to prevent many transgender persons from joining or, in some circumstances, remaining in the military while the lower court rulings...

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One worker was killed and two more were injured at a Raleigh construction site Tuesday morning.

A wall collapsed near Triangle Town Center shopping mall in north Raleigh, burying three workers. Co-workers were able to dig out two of the workers to save their lives. Authorities have not released the identities of any of the victims.

A photo take on December 2, 2018 shows barricades surrounding the pedestal where the Silent Sam statue once stood.
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As Silent Sam – and its remnants – sit in an undisclosed location somewhere on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, a small group of people are working behind the scenes to determine its future.

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The shrimping industry is booming as more of the crustaceans are being harvested farther north and later in the season.

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Despite a second long, closed-door meeting in the span of a few days, the University of North Carolina Board of Trustees has yet to announce the selection of an interim chancellor.

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A record number of inmates killed themselves in North Carolina last year. Twelve inmates committed suicide in 2018, compared to six in 2017 and seven the year before. State prison officials are now forming a suicide prevention task force to address the issue.

Shanelle Nicole Leonard and April Mae Davis to star in 'Jump.'
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The latest play on stage from Playmakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill is centered on the topics of suicide, grief and depression, yet playwright Charly Evon Simpson still threads theatrical whimsy and humor throughout the production. Simpson draws from her background in social work to create characters who are honest and funny despite the grief they are experiencing, like the protagonist Fay. 

Frank Harmon sketch of Wesley U.M. Church in Jacksonboro, South Carolina.
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Frank Harmon has made a career of designing buildings that reflect their owners and the landscape. In 2013, the architect started a blog to celebrate the beautiful and often humble designs he encountered. The process for the posts was rather simple: 

From left to right, Holly Whistler with her daughter, 8 year-old MacKenzie Whistler. MacKenzie is switching schools in the middle of the third grade because her charter school closed in December.
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Eight year-old MacKenzie Whistler had a rough start to her Christmas break. She had just found out that she would not be returning to her new school, Global Achievers School in Rocky Mount, this January.

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North Carolina's 9th congressional district is not the only scene of a disputed election in the state. A trial is scheduled for next month to determine if Columbus County Sheriff Jody Greene has violated state law by taking office.

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From an early age, Georgiary Bledsoe aspired to a life beyond what she knew as a child. She is the youngest of 17 siblings and grew up very poor in East Saint Louis, Illinois, a city often considered one of the most dangerous in America.

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Inmate Suicides In North Carolina Are On The Rise

A record number of inmates killed themselves in North Carolina last year. Twelve inmates committed suicide in 2018, compared to six in 2017 and seven the year before. State prison officials are now forming a suicide prevention task force to address the issue.

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A photo take on December 2, 2018 shows barricades surrounding the pedestal where the Silent Sam statue once stood.
Alex Kolyer / For WUNC

As Silent Sam – and its remnants – sit in an undisclosed location somewhere on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, a small group of people are working behind the scenes to determine its future.

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Despite a second long, closed-door meeting in the span of a few days, the University of North Carolina Board of Trustees has yet to announce the selection of an interim chancellor.

From left to right, Holly Whistler with her daughter, 8 year-old MacKenzie Whistler. MacKenzie is switching schools in the middle of the third grade because her charter school closed in December.
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Eight year-old MacKenzie Whistler had a rough start to her Christmas break. She had just found out that she would not be returning to her new school, Global Achievers School in Rocky Mount, this January.

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State Superintendent Mark Johnson and the Department of Public Instruction are taking steps to reduce the amount of time North Carolina students spend taking standardized tests. Johnson says the moves are meant to help relieve stress on students.

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