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Rev. William Barber, who is now a co-chair of the national Poor People's Campaign.
Matthew Lenard

More than a dozen people were arrested Monday inside North Carolina's Legislative Building while demonstrating against Republican policies in the state and the nation and supporting a long list of liberal-leaning demands.

Julia Harris at her home near Brevard. She said she was struck with one thought when she arrived at the Recovery Connections Community rehab program in 2017 for help with a drug problem: “I have landed in an insane asylum.”
James Nix / Reveal via AP

For years, a drug rehab program in North Carolina sent people with addictions to work for free as caregivers for elderly and disabled patients, often with disastrous results, a new Reveal investigation has found.

First Missionary Baptist Church of Smithfield
First Missionary Baptist Church of Smithfield

At least two people have died and 11 others were hurt in a wreck involving a church van in North Carolina.

The wreck was reported about 5:30 p.m. Sunday near Rolesville, about 15 miles northeast of Raleigh.

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, during an event on prison reform in the East Room of the White House, Friday, May 18, 2018, in Washington
Evan Vucci / AP

Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie is President Donald Trump's pick to permanently lead the beleaguered department.

Delven Mearis of Durham Public Schools rallied as small crowd waited for busloads of teachers to arrive ahead of the march.
Liz Schlemmer / WUNC

As they packed up their protest signs and returned to the classroom to finish out the school year, thousands of teachers in North Carolina turned their attention to a different fight: The midterm elections.

A protest sign against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on Francine Stephenson's property in Johnston County.
Rusty Jacobs / WUNC

Environmental groups and the lead developer of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline were at odds Wednesday over what happens now that a federal appeals court has vacated a key permit for the multistate project.

A sign indicating a teacher work area inside a public school in Wake County.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

The recent wave of teacher activism sweeping through conservative, tax-cutting states has washed into North Carolina, where educators have pledged to fill the streets and bring their demands for better pay and school resources to legislators' doorstep.

Photos from the #Panthers tie vs. Cincinnati:
Carolina Panthers via Twitter

People familiar with the situation say hedge fund manager David Tepper has agreed to buy the Carolina Panthers from team founder Jerry Richardson for a record $2.2 billion.

Photo: Mark Martin
Courtesy of Mark Martin

North Carolina's Supreme Court justices are taking their work on the road this week as the court inches closer to its 200th anniversary.

Pigs on a Farm
Eric Mennel / WUNC

A federal judge has slashed $50 million in damages that a jury awarded neighbors of an industrial hog operation in order to punish a pork producer for smells and noise so bad that people couldn't enjoy their rural homes.

A model of a bronze monument that would commemorate a top-secret World War II program that brought hundreds of Russian aviators to Elizabeth City to train alongside Americans.
Jay Price / WUNC

A man who wants his Virginia museum to be the home of a monument honoring a secret World War II spy mission has traveled to Russia, where he plans to march in a parade while advancing his case.

A federal judge has accepted a settlement that would allow those who lost power for days last summer on two North Carolina islands to divvy up more than $10 million.

In this April 16, 2018 photo, three-year-old Shukri Muhamed, left, and her brother Ibrahim, 6, stand in their home at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kakuma, Kenya, where they live with their mother Saido Muhina Khamis. Khamis thought she'd be in the United St
International Rescue Committee / Kellie Ryan via AP

Saido Muhina Khamis thought she would be in the United States by now, starting a new life with her mother.

Instead, the Somali woman is still in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in a remote part of Kenya, sharing a small, mud-brick home with her husband, their two small children and three other relatives — thousands of miles from her mother, Isho Somow Abdi. She settled as a refugee in Raleigh, North Carolina, in July.

Pigs on a Farm
Eric Mennel / WUNC

Updated 9:18 a.m. | April 27

A federal jury on Thursday awarded more than $50 million in damages to neighbors of an industrial hog operation found responsible for intense smells, noise and other disturbances so bad people couldn't enjoy their rural homes.

red wolf and pup
Brooke Gilley, US Forest Service / Flickr - Creative Commons - https://flic.kr/p/rT5zJf

The only wild population of endangered red wolves is unsustainable and could be wiped out within a decade after dwindling to a few dozen, government officials said in a report Tuesday.

A model of the "Project Zebra" memorial stands in the Arts of the Albemarle building in Elizabeth City. The monument to Russian soldiers killed while training in the United States during World War II may still find a home in America.
Martha Waggoner / AP

A monument honoring a secret World War II spy mission could still find a home in the United States after a North Carolina town rejected the statue because of current tensions between the U.S. and Russia.

The Military Aviation Museum in Virginia has offered a place for it. So has a coastal North Carolina funeral home owner.

a vote here sign in Carrboro
Elizabeth Baier / WUNC

The gates are opening wider for North Carolina voters to cast ballots for next month's primary elections.

A sign indicates a no-student drop-off zone with Wake County public school buses in the background.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

A legislative committee studying possible gains and liabilities from breaking up large public school districts completed its work Wednesday without making judgment on whether deconsolidation is ultimately good for North Carolina's students.

The Women of the Confederacy monument was a gift to the state by Confederate veteran Col. Ashley Horne, and was unveiled in June 1914. It was the wish of Colonel Horne to recognize the suffering and hardship faced by women during this tragic period.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

A committee studying the possible removal of three Confederate monuments on North Carolina's Capitol grounds is accepting public comments for one more day.

Charlotte, N.C., the state's largest city
James Willamor / Flickr Creative Commons

North Carolina's largest city has submitted its bid to host the 2020 Republican National Convention.

Aug. 25, 2017 image made from video and released by the Asheville, (N.C.) Police Department, Johnnie Jermaine Rush grimaces after officer Christopher Hickman overpowers Rush in a chokehold
Asheville Police Department via AP

Weeks after a North Carolina police beating became public, new footage is revealing what was said in the aftermath of the black pedestrian being punched and choked by the white officer.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina headquarters in Durham.
BCBSNC

North Carolina's largest health insurer is clamping down on coverage of opioid prescriptions.

School founders Philip Hanes, left, and John Elhle, with wives, Rosemary Harris and Charlotte Hanes.
Courtesy of UNCSA

John Ehle, an award-winning writer who helped develop what is now the UNC School of the Arts, has died. He was 92.

A vote here sign in Chapel Hill
Amy Townsend / WUNC

The Green Party has become North Carolina's fourth official political party thanks to a new law offering more options to qualify, giving more candidate choices to some voters this fall.

a Remington model 870 shotgun
Keith Srakocic, File / AP

Remington, the storied gun maker that began turning out flintlock rifles when there were only 19 states in the Union, has filed for bankruptcy reorganization amid years of slumping sales and legal and financial pressure over the Sandy Hook school massacre.

In papers filed Sunday in federal bankruptcy court in Delaware, Remington outlined a plan to turn over control to its creditors and continue operating with up to $100 million from lenders. It remains unclear what will happen to its 3,500 or so employees as it tries to put its finances in order.

Thousands of people march down Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, March 24, 2018 in support of gun control.
Alex Kolyer / For WUNC

High school students and allies seeking stronger gun control laws in North Carolina following last month's Florida school shooting are walking through downtown Raleigh in solidarity with a similar weekend rally in Washington.

North Carolina legislative building
Wikimedia Commons

North Carolina state lawmakers are getting opportunities to learn more about what constitutes workplace harassment so as to prevent it within the legislative branch.

Students at East Chapel Hill High walk out of their class on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 as part of a nationwide call for tighter gun control measures.
Liz Schlemmer / WUNC

Updated at 4:27 p.m.

Students hoisted "Stand United" signs. They chanted "''Hey, hey, ho, ho - the NRA has got to go" outside the White House. Others read the names of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High victims aloud in a somber tribute.

This Feb. 7, 2018, photo, shows Leandra Mulla at her home in Tabor City, N.C. As a high school freshman in 2014, Mulla told Army investigators her ex-boyfriend dragged her to a secluded area of their base in Germany and sexually assaulted her.
Gerry Broome / AP

A decade after the Pentagon began confronting rape in the ranks, the U.S. military frequently fails to protect or provide justice to the children of service members when they are sexually assaulted by other children on base, an Associated Press investigation has found.

Speedway Children's Charities, a nonprofit founded by Speedway Motorsports owner and chief executive Bruton Smith, receives more National Rifle Association funding than any other school or charity in the nation.
Mike McCarn / AP

The National Rifle Association gave more grant funding to a Concord-based charity than any other school or charity in the nation – by a wide margin.

Speedway Children's Charities received $425,000 from the NRA every year from 2010 through 2016, according to data provided by the Associated Press and analyzed by WUNC.

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