Adhiti Bandlamudi

Audion Fellow for Guns & America

A recent survey from APM Research Lab, Call To Mind and Guns & America found that most Americans — including those who own guns and those who don’t — support laws requiring gun owners to store their firearms with a lock in place.

But not everyone sees storage the same way.

House Majority Leader John Bell stands with representatives from Uber, who set up a booth in the Talley Student Union of N.C. State on Aug. 27, 2019  to share safety information with students.
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Law enforcement officials are trying to spread the message to college students that they should be cautious when using rideshare apps.

Image of soul and hip hop artists Sonny Miles performing with a guitar.
Kai McNeil

Artist Sonny Miles is on a journey back to himself. After a year spent refining mixtape collaborations, he is dropping a new EP: “Gamma.” It is a return to his roots in acoustic soul and pays homage to the last three years he spent learning beat making and hip-hop performance.

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

Since 2005, if you purchase a gun in the United States, you’re going to be given a free gun lock. It’s a federal law. But many gun safety experts don’t believe the most popular kind of these locks are effective at keeping people, especially older children, from gaining access.

Suzanne Barakat, sister of murder victim Deah Barakat addressed his killer Craig Hicks in court. The family sought a hate crime charge in the case.
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Craig Hicks, the man accused of killing three Muslim students in 2015, pleaded guilty to their murders and received three consecutive life sentences on Wednesday. The families have been seeking closure in the case for four years.

Photo: Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu Salha and Razan Abu Salha
Our Three Winners

The man charged with killing three Muslim students in Chapel Hill in 2015 is expected to plead guilty to their murders next week.

As school security has become a top priority in communities across the country, security companies have found a thriving new market for their products. But in a sea of gadgets and technology, how do school districts effectively sift through and find the products that can truly help prevent a school shooting?

The ‘Big Aha Moment’

The Chatham County School District has about 8,700 students within its system and is situated in the center of northern North Carolina, a mix of rural and suburban communities.

On Tuesday, April 30, a gunman killed two students and injured four others at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Lockdown drills have become increasingly common in schools across the United States. Though drills differ from school to school, they usually require students to crouch in a corner of their darkened classroom, away from the door, and stay quiet until the teacher says it is okay to start talking again. Students start practicing these drills as early as pre-school, before they can truly understand what threat they are hiding from.

The second NC Chinese Lantern Festival at Cary's Koka Booth Amphitheatre consists of 20 displays made of silk and over 15,000 LED lights.
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Since Thanksgiving, Cary has been hosting the fourth annual Chinese Lantern Festival. Every year, around 85 to 90,000 people visit Cary to see the lights.

Holidays can be hard for grieving families. In Charlotte, N.C. a support group called Mothers of Murdered Offspring, or MOM-O, has an annual tradition to help its members get through a season that can feel relentless: they host a Thanksgiving meal for local families who have lost a loved one to homicide.

Rep. Ted Budd, R-NC, answers questions from the media at his election party in Bermuda Run, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, after voting in the state ended. Voters re-elected Budd to the House, defeating Democratic challenger Kathy Manning.
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North Carolina’s Congressional delegation will continue to be made up by 10 Republicans and 3 Democrats. Though races in the 2nd, 9th, and 13th Districts were close, the Republican candidates in each district won at the end of the night.

Chef Jose Andres feeds search and rescue teams in Columbus County, NC
World Central Kitchen

Chef Jose Andres started the World Central Kitchen to provide meals for those affected by the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Eight years later, his organization teamed up with local chefs to cook meals for people displaced by Hurricane Florence.

PLAYlive Nation, a nightclub-style video game lounge, is one big, dark room with club music playing in the background. Flat-screen televisions line the walls with XBox gaming systems plugged into each one. There's a big, comfortable chair for each television. Almost every screen is taken up by someone playing Fortnite.

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