Leisa Young, animal assisted therapy consultant and service dog trainer for the Waynesville-based 30th Judicial District Domestic Violence-Sexual Assault Alliance, plays with Raya. The dogs help sexual assault survivors in southwestern North Carolina impr
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Sexual Assault Suspects Face Little Prospect Of Conviction In Some Counties

In 38 counties across North Carolina, zero defendants who were charged with sexual assault between Jan. 1, 2014, and June 30, 2018, were convicted of that charge or a reduced charge during that time window, according to analysis of statewide court data by Carolina Public Press.

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Nebraska Floods: 74 Cities, 65 Counties Declare A State of Emergency

Updated at 3:20 p.m. ET As floodwaters begin to recede, Vice President Pence announced in a tweet that he would visit Nebraska on Tuesday to take stock of the devastation. His visit comes as 74 cities, 65 counties and four tribal areas have declared states of emergency in Nebraska, according to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency. Additionally, nearly half of Iowa's counties are covered by Gov. Kim Reynolds' disaster proclamations . Water submerged large swaths of those states, as well...

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Freight train, freight train, run so fast
Please don't tell what train I'm on
They won't know what route I've gone

 

Those are the opening lines to "Freight Train," a song written by young Elizabeth Cotten as she grew up in Carrboro, N.C., near the train depot that served as the town's early foundation. Railroads and Piedmont Blues are Carrboro traditions that continue to be celebrated in the annual Freight Train Blues Music Series.

Sexual Assault Cases Hinge On Evidence Gathered By Police, Nurses

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Sherry Shepard and Karen Palm are sexual assault nurse examiners at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. Here Shepard and Palm display all of the components in a N.C. State Crime Lab sexual assault evidence collection kit.
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Sometimes the right evidence can make or break a sexual assault case.

Even when that evidence exists forensically or through witness testimony, the right circumstances make a difference, as do solid work by police, rape crisis advocates, medical professionals and prosecutors.

2019 Health Outcomes Ranking.
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A lack of affordable housing drives down health and keeps North Carolinians in poverty, according to the latest annual County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline run through eight counties in Eastern North Carolina.
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Gov. Roy Cooper’s handing of the permit process for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is under scrutiny.

New information from public records requests raises questions about the role he played in the dispute between Duke Energy and Strata Solar, a solar energy company that Cooper was once in business with and his brother continues to make money from. NC Insider Reporter Lauren Horsch combed through public records including Cooper’s schedule and e-mails and texts with his staff, which revealed a 2017 correspondence from the CEO of Strata Solar requesting that the governor make “a call to Duke leadership.”

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Fifty years ago, food services workers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill went on strike for better wages and working conditions. The Black Student Movement supported the strike, which put a spotlight on labor and racial inequities at the university.

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Tayari Jones is committed to writing about the South as she sees it. Her critically-acclaimed novels are all deeply rooted in Atlanta and explore the intersection of black family stories with the structures that define American life.

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The race for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District features a crowded field of Republicans, including one candidate the state GOP says is a Democrat in thin disguise.

Movies On The Radio: Tearjerkers!

Mar 18, 2019
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Oh, is there something in your eye? It’s not your fault. Some movies are simply designed to be tearjerkers. 

 Maybe you wailed as a tween over Jack Dawson’s cold “Titanic” death, or needed a tissue to get through a classic like “Steel Magnolias.” Did your lip tremble as Simba and Mufasa frolicked as father and son in “The Lion King” without knowing the tragedy in store? Or is it injustice that elicits sobs when you watch scenes from “The Green Mile” or “Precious?”  

In this May 2, 2006, file photo, attorney Freda Black announces she will wait for all her results for Durham County District Attorney to be tallied during a gathering at the University Towers in Durham, N.C. An autopsy released Monday, March 18, 2019.
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An autopsy says natural causes claimed the life of a North Carolina prosecutor found dead at home last year amid attention over "The Staircase" documentary series.

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Georgia Beasley was one of the most impressive athletes to come up through the Duke University women’s basketball program. When she graduated in 2001, she was part of the then-winningest senior class in its history, with 111 career victories. Beasley was named ACC Player of the Year in 2000 and 2001, and her performance led her to be drafted into the still-young WNBA. But Beasley always knew her remarkable sports career would not be a lifelong pursuit.

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East Carolina University Chancellor Cecil Staton.
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The list of leaders who are departing the university system in North Carolina is growing. East Carolina University Chancellor Cecil Staton announced this morning that he will resign his position.

Bennett College has formally received a promised $500,000 grant from the Papa John’s Foundation to help maintain its accreditation.

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The board governing North Carolina's public universities is giving itself more time to decide the fate of a Confederate statue toppled by protesters.

North Carolina’s Leaky Educational Pipeline

Mar 5, 2019
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Parents across America have long told their children that the surest path to a well-paying job is through education. At one time that meant earning a high school diploma, but today more and more jobs in this country require something more than a high school degree. According to a new report from Carolina Demography, by next year, 67 percent of jobs in North Carolina will require some post-secondary education. Today, less than half of North Carolinians have such qualifications. 

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