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Republican U.S. Senator Richard Burr
Kara Lynne Wiley / WUNC

The FBI has reached out to Sen. Richard Burr about his sale of stocks before the coronavirus caused markets to plummet, a person familiar with the matter said Monday.

The outreach suggests federal law enforcement officials may be looking to determine whether the North Carolina Republican exploited advance information when he dumped as much as $1.7 million in stocks in the days before the coronavirus wreaked havoc on the economy.

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What does it mean to take a unique approach to solving problems like gun violence, climate change, voter apathy or racism? It means asking hard questions in different ways and tracking the answers through close study of human behavior. 

Even as the number of COVID-19 cases in North Carolina climbs – and local governments begin issuing stay-at-home orders to contain further spread of the pathogen – evictions continue in some counties.

NC Court of Appeals Building
Dave DeWitt

A North Carolina appeals court on Tuesday rejected a request by Republican lawmakers for its full cadre of judges to rehear a challenge over implementing voter photo identification.

The Court of Appeals denied the motion by the GOP legislative leaders. The lawmakers had asked that the entire court rehear questions considered by three of the court's 15 judges in a lawsuit challenging the state's December 2018 voter ID law.

Demonstrators come face to face with police at an intersection during a protest Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Raleigh Police said in a statement that an officer shot a man after a foot chase on Tuesday.
Kerwin Pittman / via AP

A man wounded by police in a case that sparked protests around North Carolina's capital city was raising a gun when he was shot, according to a preliminary investigative report, which comes as community activists press for increased police transparency and accountability.

Chris Haxel / KCUR

For years, Kansas City, Missouri, has suffered from one of the highest homicide rates among big American cities.

Researchers at Harvard University and Northeastern University found that the rate of fatal police shootings in rural parts of the country between 2015 and 2017 were about the same as in cities.

The researchers used five different classifications for rural and urban, including from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Census Bureau and one created by the statistics website FiveThirtyEight.com.

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Authorities in North Carolina have identified the Raleigh police officer who shot and wounded a man on Tuesday.

Credit: Raleigh Police Department

The Raleigh Police Department released body camera footage on Wednesday evening of an officer’s non-fatal shooting of Javier Torres. A judge authorized the release of the body and dash camera footage of the incident earlier on Wednesday.

John Biewen

Democracy is at the center of the creation myth of the United States. But just how important was democracy to our nation’s founding fathers?

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A lawsuit accuses a former counselor at a North Carolina YMCA sexually abused a group of young boys at a branch, which failed to properly supervise him.

 

A major political donor has been found guilty of trying to bribe a North Carolina insurance regulator in hopes of reducing scrutiny of his business.

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What is the definition of a hate crime? The new documentary “Anatomy of Hate,” explores that question through the events of the horrific triple murder in Chapel Hill on Feb. 10, 2015.

Rape kit supplies
Robert C. Reed / Hickory Daily Record

The Durham Police Department will soon have a fully staffed unit dedicated to investigating sexual assault cold cases.

The U.S. Department of Justice has been in a years-long fight to decrease violent gun crimes. And now, it’s targeting domestic violence abusers.

Domestic abusers are generally prohibited from possessing firearms, but in many states, ensuring these offenders turn over their guns is difficult. A new investigator in the Denver, Colorado, District Attorney’s office is trying to change that by removing guns case-by-case.

The investigator spends his days listening to 911 calls, scanning social media and talking to family members, looking for signs that someone who has been charged with a domestic violence-related offense and who has a restraining order against them, has a gun.

A picture of Baby Michael's grave.
Cumberland County Sheriff's Office

Authorities in North Carolina say they solved a 20-year-old cold case Thursday when they tracked down a woman accused of killing her newborn son and dumping his body along a road in 1999.

Robert Brown Public Relations/Greg Lindberg / via AP

The federal bribery trial for political mega-donor Greg Lindberg began Tuesday in Charlotte with jury selection.

Lindberg, along with two of his associates and a former North Carolina congressman and GOP chair, were indicted on a slew of federal charges last March — charges tied to the bribery of a state elected official.

Henderson County is the lone sheriff’s department in Western North Carolina that participates in the federal 287(g) program.  That agreement allowed for a 25-year-old Hendersonville man to be deported after he was arrested last month, following a traffic stop.   

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A judge voided the deal between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Sons of Confederate Veterans over the controversial Silent Sam statue.

UNC student De'lvyion Drew and her attorney Elizabeth Haddix celebrate after a judge voided the UNC System's settlement with the Sons of Confederate Veterans on Feb. 12, 2020.
Liz Schlemmer / WUNC

Updated at 6:45 p.m.

A judge has voided the UNC System’s $2.5 million settlement with the Sons of Confederate Veterans over the Silent Sam statue. District Court Judge Allen Baddour heard arguments this morning from attorneys for the UNC System, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, students and alumni.

The Northeast has long been home to firearm titans, but recently the region has lost out to the South and Mountain West as more and more gun businesses follow financial and cultural incentives to relocate.

And for those firearms producers still in states with gun control measures on the table, there’s increased temptation to take their business elsewhere.

Silent Sam
Gerry Broome / AP Photo

A group of high-profile UNC-Chapel Hill alumni are joining the fight against the UNC System Board of Governors' settlement with the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

NC Education lottery at the Carrboro Food Mart.
Laura Candler / WUNC

North Carolina's attorney general has come out against expanding online sales by the state lottery, suggesting such "digital instants" could run afoul of state laws prohibiting video sweepstakes machines.

Commissioners sit at a table.
Cory Vaillancourt

As a package of gun control measures makes its way through Virginia’s newly-Democratic legislature, gun rights activists around the South are turning to their county boards of commissioners to go on the record in opposition to gun control.


There’s been a massive wave of public resistance in Virginia to gun regulations proposed by the recently-elected and Democratic-dominated state legislature there.

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A growing number of counties across North Carolina have passed resolutions in recent weeks declaring their support for Second Amendment rights.

A picture of lights on a police car.
Alejandro Mejía Greene/JubiloHaku / Flickr Creative Commons

A North Carolina police department is investigating the use of force by two officers during a traffic stop in which they were recorded kneeing a driver, punching his back and dragging him out of the car by his neck.

Silent Sam on UNC-Chapel Hill's campus is a controversial Confederate symbol.
Don McCullough / Flickr Creative Commons

Updated at 2:45 p.m.

A Superior Court judge will reconsider the $2.5 million settlement between the UNC System and the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The judge's decision today was a small victory for the UNC Chapel Hill students and professor who sought to overturn the settlement.

Picture of the Cherokee County courthouse
Frank Taylor / Carolina Public Press

For more than a decade, Cherokee County Department of Social Services (DSS) workers took children from their parents with no judicial oversight, using a fraudulent document called a Custody and Visitation Agreement, or CVA.

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