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Immigration Bill Focusing On Sheriffs Gets Legislative OK

North Carolina Republicans have given final legislative approval to a bill requiring all sheriffs to comply with requests by federal immigration agents to jail inmates they believe are in the country unlawfully.

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U.S. Recycling Industry Grapples With China's Foreign Waste Restrictions

Recyclers in the United States are feeling the impact of Chinas new strict standards for the recycling it imports from around the world. China wants to eliminate the contamination that comes with the plastic, paper and some metals, but because these new standards are very hard to meet, it is essentially a ban on foreign recyclables. Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson talks with  Joe Fusco , vice president at Casella Waste Systems, about what these changes mean for his company and the U.S. recycling...

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A Confederate soldiers monument outside the Old Chatham County Courthouse. in Pittsboro, N.C.
Hilary Perez / NC Department of Natural Resources

Commissioners in North Carolina say the United Daughters of the Confederacy must soon come up with a plan for removing a Confederate monument from a county courthouse's grounds.

The base of the Silent Sam statue stands surrounding by a fence.
Alex Foyler

The future of Silent Sam still remains uncertain. The Confederate statue has been stored in a secret location since its toppling last fall, and the UNC System Board of Governors has indefinitely postponed making a decision about its future.

Brian Lampkin looks down off camera.
Courtesy of Brian Lampkin

In the summer of 1973, three black men from Tarboro were sentenced to die in North Carolina’s gas chamber after being tried and convicted of raping a white woman. The story made national news, and Tarboro became the center of a larger conversation about race, civil rights and criminal justice. The men maintained their innocence and refused plea deals that may have lightened their sentences, but it was not until The Southern Poverty Law Center stepped in did they receive a new trial and a new chance at life.

Pickett measures her patient's height.
Courtesy of UNC Greensboro

When Stephanie Pickett was a nurse at Duke University Medical Center, more than 90% of the patients she saw with kidney failure were black. This shocking racial health disparity both bewildered her and inspired her to take action.

Cecil sits on a stool playing his guitar and sings into a mic.
Courtesy of David Ray Cecil

Singer and guitarist Dave Ray Cecil began writing music when he was six years old. As a child, he strung notes together on the piano and secretly used his brother’s guitar to write songs.

A rendering of the proposed enhancements for PNC Arena.
Centennial Authority / hok/ratio

Wake County commissioners approved a plan that re-allocates close to $50 million to tourism-related projects in the county per year.

Most of the money subsidizes the Raleigh Convention Center, but there are other tourism related projects as well, notably PNC Arena, which is in line to receive $9 million per year for the next 25 years.

LaMonte Armstrong
@DukeInnocence

A North Carolina man who was released from prison after serving 17 years for a murder he didn't commit has died.

A picture of a man using an e-cigarette.
www.vaping360.com / Vaping3650/Flickr

State health officials are investigating a series of hospitalizations possibly related to vaping. Three patients in North Carolina have been treated for a severe lung illness since July.

Courtesy Merge Records

As a kid, Laura Ballance was most comfortable slipping into the background. Her introverted nature gave her plenty of space to think and create on her own. As a teenager, she found punk through a music video of Adam and the Ants, and the “otherness” they expressed spoke directly to her.

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest formally kicked off his 2020 run for governor of North Carolina on August 17, 2019 at the Fairgrounds Annex in Winston-Salem.
Keri Brown / WFDD

North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest officially entered the race for governor on Saturday. His campaign held a kickoff rally at the fairgrounds annex in Winston-Salem.

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Revisiting The Case Of The Tarboro Three

In the summer of 1973, three black men from Tarboro were sentenced to die in North Carolina’s gas chamber after being tried and convicted of raping a white woman. The story made national news, and Tarboro became the center of a larger conversation about race, civil rights and criminal justice. The men maintained their innocence and refused plea deals that may have lightened their sentences, but it was not until The Southern Poverty Law Center stepped in did they receive a new trial and a new...

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Normally there’s nothing controversial about kids going back to school in August. But in a handful of North Carolina districts near Charlotte, local leaders are defying state law – or at least stretching it – to roll their buses early. 

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Governor Roy Cooper announced he's issuing an executive directive to several state agencies to improve standards around firearm safety.

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A Back to School Safety Summit in North Carolina will focus on topics that include school resource officer training, student resources for preventing violence and a new State Bureau of Investigation unit focused on threat analysis.

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Leaders of Wake Forest University are creating a commission they say will examine the school's history with slavery and race relations. 

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