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Law Enforcement Agencies See Decline In Applications

Law enforcement agencies across the nation are having a hard time finding people to fill their open positions. The number of people applying for jobs in law enforcement has been on the decline for the past five years, and it’s no different in North Carolina.

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Scientists Modify Viruses With CRISPR To Create New Weapon Against Superbugs

Alphonso Evans rolls his wheelchair into a weight machine in the gym at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Ga. "I'm not so much worried about dying from a heart attack or diabetes, because I'm active. I know what to do to work against it: watch what I eat, exercise," Evans says. "But what do I do about an infection? Or fighting off a bacteria — something inside me that I don't see until it's too late?" Evans, 67, is fully paralyzed from the chest down and has only partial use...

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If in recent years it seems that school shootings are happening more frequently, occupying public discourse and media coverage, it’s because they are. Although school shootings are still very rare compared to daily gun violence, the data show they are happening more often.

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J. Stephen Conn / Flickr, Creative Commons

For years, the Cherokee County Department of Social Services illegally removed dozens, and potentially even hundreds, of children from their homes. Instead of seeking an official court order from a judge, DSS workers instead instructed numerous families to sign custody and visitation agreements (CVAs) to authorize removal of their children.

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Growing up in turn-of-the-century Georgia, the Lumpkin children were steeped in a culture of white supremacy. The older girls performed in rallies for “The Lost Cause,” while their father took a direct role in the Ku Klux Klan. But the two youngest Lumpkin sisters, Grace and Katharine, veered well off the path their family had set for them. They became activists and authors who railed against racial and economic oppression.

Archival image of a flag in a field in Woodstock.
Lisa Law

Is it morally superior to be ironic than to be idealistic? This question and decades of lived experience as a musician and music novelist drive Lewis Shiner’s latest literary opus: “Outside The Gates of Eden” (Subterranean Press/2019)

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Hopscotch Music Festival

The line-up for the 10th annual Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh was announced today.  The three-day music festival is September 5-7.  WUNC Music will be streaming live from the City Plaza Stage which this year features a Little Brother reunion, Sleater-Kinney, Kurt Vile, Jenny Lewis and others.

In honor of this being the 10th anniversary of Hopscotch here are 10 acts we are excited to welcome to Raleigh in no particular order.

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Hurricane Matthew caused nearly $5 billion in damages across half the state's 100 counties and forced 4,000 evacuees into shelters. But missteps by an executive agency have delayed distribution of all but 3% of more than $236 million in federal Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery, or CDBG-DR, funds.

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Smiling faces of children and adults listened to a youth choir outside The Kellin Foundation. The nonprofit celebrated being nationally recognized as a child trauma recovery center by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Similar debates have played out elsewhere, as sports stadiums that were originally built as memorials to veterans take on new corporate names.

The pro-Confederate group Alamance County Taking Back Alamance County, or ACTBAC, helped install this 20x20 foot flag northwest of Hillsborough last April. Under Orange County's new regulation, this flag would be considered too large and subject to zoning
Alamance County Taking Back Alamance County

Orange County is preparing to enforce a new regulation limiting the size of flags on private property. The rule was put in place a year ago in response to complaints about a large Confederate flag flying near U.S. 70 northwest of Hillsborough.

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Long-awaited passenger-only ferry service between two popular North Carolina Outer Banks destinations is finally sailing.

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Seeking Justice For Cherokee County Children Unlawfully Removed From Families

For years, the Cherokee County Department of Social Services illegally removed dozens, and potentially even hundreds, of children from their homes . Instead of seeking an official court order from a judge, DSS workers instead instructed numerous families to sign custody and visitation agreements (CVAs) to authorize removal of their children.

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Almost every day, 27-year-old Aubree Waddell takes her two youngest kids to the public library in Garner, to keep them busy. Today she’s sitting at a little table in the kids’ section with her baby daughter in her arms. Waddell’s four-year-old son, Micah is trying to read with his baby sister.

The results of an Elon University faculty union election are still pending.

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The Guilford County Board of Education voted to close Hampton Elementary School permanently due to tornado damage and other issues affecting the aging school.

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Proud grads in cap and gowns walk across the stage this weekend at commencement ceremonies around the state.

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