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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Suspecting Fraud, State Treasurer Dale Folwell Requires Proof of Dependents' Eligibility For State Health Plan

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 8:20 PM

If you’re employed by the state, you’ve likely received a letter informing you that you have until July 31 to prove your spouse is your spouse and your children are your children or they will be dropped from the State Health Plan. The proof—tax returns, marriage and birth certificates, and/or adoption papers—must be submitted electronically, so the letter recommends scanning the documents or taking “a photo with your smartphone” and uploading them to the State Health Plan website. In case you haven’t yet seen it, here it is: In light of this development, some concerned state employees who have received...

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NBA Picks Charlotte for 2019 All-Star Game; Sham HB 2 Deal Worked, Again

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 7:09 PM

The ACC and NCAA already caved, so when the NBA announced today that in light of the HB 2 "compromise" signed by Governor Cooper earlier this year it would bring All-Star Weekend to Charlotte in 2019, it wasn't all that surprising. Anyway, here are all the details, from NBA.com: Regarding the announcement of Charlotte as the host of the 2019 All-Star Game, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said: “For three decades, the NBA has had a home in Charlotte. Generations of families have attended games there, and fans from many different walks of life have come together to share a passion...

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City of Raleigh Says Moore Square Renovation Will Begin This Fall (Honest!)

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 4:13 PM

Work on Raleigh’s $12-million-plus remake of Moore Square will begin this autumn and take about a year, with the reopening of the enhanced landmark planned for the fall of 2018. No, really. Followers of parks, downtown Raleigh, and the city council will remember that the master plan for the park was completed way back in 2011. Since then, projected start dates in several different years have come and gone. But this time, bids for the project have arrived or will show up in less than two weeks, says Grayson Maughan, the city’s parks planner. “We had our mandatory site visit...

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The Morning Roundup: Trump Proposes Slashing Spending on the Poor

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 9:54 AM

It's Wednesday, which means a new edition of the INDY is on the streets. Go grab one. In the meantime, let's review some headlines. 1) Trump hires an attorney as the Russia probe heats up. From The Washington Post: President Trump has retained the services of a trusted lawyer, Marc E. Kasowitz, to help him navigate the investigations into his campaign and suspected Russian interference in last year’s election, according to people familiar with the decision. Kasowitz, who has known Trump for decades, has represented Trump in numerous cases, including on his divorce records, real estate transactions and allegations of...

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

OWASA Says Water Is Safe, Just Smelly

Posted By on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 12:07 PM

Amid complaints about "an earthy or musty taste and odor," OWASA says its water is safe to drink. According to a news release from the town of Carrboro, the smelly water, which "several dozen customers" have complained about in the past week, is being caused by algae growing in the Cane Creek Reservoir and University Lake. "Although OWASA’s treatment process removes algae, some organic compounds may remain in the drinking water that can cause earthy or musty taste and odor," the statement says. To correct the issue, OWASA has made treatment changes, including using more powdered activated carbon, which is...

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The Morning Roundup: Terror Attack in the U.K. Claims at Least Twenty-Two Lives

Posted By on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 9:18 AM

It's Tuesday. Monday was pretty horrible. 1) A terror attack claims at least twenty-two lives at a Manchester Ariana Grande concert. An improvised explosive device was detonated inside Manchester Arena, marking the deadliest attack on the U.K. since the 2005 London bombings. At least twenty-two people were killed, including children, and dozens more were injured. From CNN: Police said they believe a man carrying explosives acted as a lone attacker and died in the powerful explosion that shook part of the cavernous Manchester Arena as concertgoers streamed out after the American pop star's last song. Another 23-year-old man has been...

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Durham County Manager Proposes Tax Increase to Fund Schools, Eyes Universal Pre-K

Posted By on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 8:02 AM

Durham’s county manager is pitching a three-cent property tax increase to help the county fund public schools, pay off debt, and keep up with operational growth. The increase would raise property taxes for Durham County residents from 74.04 to 77.04 cents per $100 of property valuation. The annual tax bill for a home valued at $200,000 would go up by about $60, county manager Wendell Davis said during a presentation of his proposed $626.9 million budget Monday. Of the three-cent increase, 0.75 cents would go to Durham Public Schools, 0.25 cents to operational growth, and 2 cents for debt related...

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Monday, May 22, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court Rules the NCGOP’s Congressional Gerrymander Was Racist. (Surprise!) What Happens Now?

Posted By on Mon, May 22, 2017 at 12:37 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5–3 this morning that the congressional districts the North Carolina legislature enacted in 2011 and had in place for the 2012 and 2014 elections constituted an unconstitutionally racist gerrymander, upholding a previous district court ruling and siding with Governor Cooper over the Republican legislature. Justice Elena Kagan delivered the court opinion, the latest in a series of rulings Kagan has written on racial gerrymandering and its impact on minority populations. She invoked the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, which forbids states from “separating its citizens into different voting districts on the basis of race”...

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Dalai Lama Accepts Raleigh Mayor's Invitation, Will Visit Oak City This Fall

Posted By on Mon, May 22, 2017 at 7:18 AM

Earlier this month, the INDY reported that Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane was making a push to draw the Dalai Lama to Raleigh. Mayor Nancy McFarlane has booked a trip to India, at her expense, and will bring the Dalai Lama the many dozens of prayer flags that people inscribed Sunday. A low-key afternoon event at the budding Oak City nexus of Dix Park was organized by McFarlane (courting the be-here-now vote in this fall's election?), along with Raleigh Denim founders Sarah Yarborough and Victor Lytvinenko and Bida Manda co-owner Vansana Nolintha. "We really do hope that he will come and...

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Friday, May 19, 2017

The Morning Roundup: Defiant Trump Says Comey Deserved to Be Fired

Posted By on Fri, May 19, 2017 at 8:42 AM

It's been a crazy week, but we're at the finish line. 1) Trump says he never asked Comey to drop Flynn investigation. After declaring on Twitter that the hiring of former FBI director Robert Mueller as a special counsel would prolong "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history," Donald Trump doubled down on his claims that this is fake news. From The New York Times: President Trump declared angrily on Thursday that he was the victim of a witch hunt, and all but contradicted his deputy attorney general on the firing of the F.B.I. director, in...

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Deportation of Wendy Miranda Fernandez Delayed One Week

Posted By on Thu, May 18, 2017 at 7:26 PM

The deportation of a Durham twenty-three-year-old detained by immigration officials nearly two months ago has been delayed another week. Wendy Miranda Fernandez was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement on March 22 when she appeared before ICE seeking a stay of a previously issueId order of removal from the country. She is being held at LaSalle Detention Center in Jena, Louisiana. Miranda Fernandez’s advocates say she was taken to an airport early Thursday morning only to be returned to LaSalle. The news of the delay came this afternoon after North Carolina Congressman G.K. Butterfield again reached out to...

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N.C. High Schoolers Lobby for In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students

Posted By on Thu, May 18, 2017 at 2:29 PM

On Wednesday afternoon, dozens of high schoolers filed into the Statehouse and patiently waited for the fifth annual "undocugraduation" ceremony to kick off. After spending the morning lobbying legislators to support in-state tuition for undocumented students, they were participating in a faux-graduation spearheaded by the Adelante Education Coalition for College Tuition Equality, a campaign to raise awareness about tuition inequality. One by one, donning graduation caps and robes, they marched to the front of the room and read aloud their names, schools, and goals for the future. Their aim? To highlight the need for tuition equality regardless of immigration status. ...

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Where is Wendy Miranda Fernandez?

Posted By on Thu, May 18, 2017 at 1:40 PM

Amid fears that a Riverside High School graduate would be deported overnight, the law firm representing Wendy Miranda Fernandez says it has not been able to reach her. Miranda Fernandez, who fled violence in El Salvador at age fourteen, was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement on March 22. Since then, she has been held at various detention facilities, including in Georgia and Louisiana. While ICE's detainee locator says Miranda Fernandez is being held at LaSalle Detention Facility in Jena, Louisiana, staff members at Guirguis Law say they cannot reach her there. Before she was taken into custody,...

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The Morning Roundup: Trump Follows Up Bad Tuesday With a Really, Really Bad Wednesday

Posted By on Thu, May 18, 2017 at 8:27 AM

Not to be outdone by his horrible Tuesday, President Donald Trump had a really bad Wednesday. For the sake of maintaining order amid the chaos, we'll go through it chronologically. 1) Comey is summoned by Burr, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. In a rare show of backbone, North Carolina’s own Richard Burr summoned former FBI director James Comey to testify about his interactions with the president and that memo he reportedly sent that informed his colleagues at the bureau that Trump wanted him to drop the investigation into Mike Flynn. From the INDY: It appears the Trump-Russia investigation got a kick in...

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Raise the Age Gains Momentum as N.C. House Votes Not to Charge Sixteen- and Seventeen-Year-Olds as Adults

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2017 at 6:54 PM

Last month, North Carolina distinguished itself by being the last state in the country to prosecute all sixteen-and-seventeen-year-olds as adults, after New York nixed a similar restriction. Now, it seems the state could actually be on track to rid itself of that dubious honor. This afternoon, the House voted 104–8 to approve a bill that could effectively divert most teenagers from the adult court system. HB 280 would raise the age of juvenile prosecution in the state so that sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds would no longer be tried as adults. That practice, juvenile justice advocates have long argued, is costly and ineffective...

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Burr Summons Comey, McCabe as Russia Issues Permeate

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2017 at 1:55 PM

It appears the Trump-Russia investigation got a kick in the pants after a pair of damning news stories that suggested that Donald Trump not only divulged sensitive intelligence to the Russians that could potentially jeopardize the U.S.'s relationship with Israel but that he also allegedly asked then-FBI director James Comey during a February meeting to end the investigation into Mike Flynn. Comey has, according to a news release issued today, been summoned by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. From Burr's website: Here's a bit more detail from The New York Times: “I don’t think I know any member that I’ve...

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Updated: Thom Tillis Collapses, Taken Away in Ambulance, Says He’s Fine

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2017 at 9:03 AM

Multiple sources are reporting that North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis collapsed during a race in Washington, D.C., this morning, had CPR performed on him, and was taken in an ambulance to a D.C. hospital.  Here is the AP’s report: Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina collapsed during a race in Washington, D.C., Wednesday morning, received CPR and was taken away in an ambulance, The Associated Press reported. The Republican had tweeted Wednesday morning about taking part in the ACLI Capital Challenge race, an invitational run in Anacostia Park for members of the federal government and the media. He was leading...

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The Morning Roundup: Buckle Your Seatbelts. This Trump-Comey Scandal Just Got Real.

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2017 at 8:04 AM

It is safe to say that Donald Trump's presidency is in actual jeopardy. 1) In a memo, former FBI director James Comey claimed that President Trump asked him to end the FBI’s investigation into Michael Flynn. That sounds a lot like obstruction of justice—especially if Trump then fired him for not doing so. Trump allegedly cleared Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Vice President Mike Pence out of the Oval Office in February so he could convince  James Comey to call off the bureau's investigation into Flynn's potential ties to Russia. From The New York Times: President Trump asked the F.B.I....

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Wake School Board Disputes County Manager’s Assertion That He Has Proposed Highest Per-Pupil Expenditure Ever

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2017 at 7:42 AM

The dispute between the Wake County commission and the school board—which the INDY wrote about in this week’s print edition—over how much money the school system says it needs for the next year and the amount the commissioners are willing to supply grew more complicated Tuesday afternoon, with volleys from both sides. Key points included whether the schools should roll over millions of dollars from year to year and whether the county manager correctly announced that his budget included the highest per-pupil expenditure in county history. On Monday, county manager Jim Hartmann told the Board of Commissioners that the school...

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Updated: McClatchy Shut Down The Chapel Hill News As Readers Knew It

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2017 at 7:20 AM

The News & Observer will continue printing community papers such as The Chapel Hill News, but for the most part will stop inserting them into daily or Sunday editions of the main paper, N&O editor John Drescher said Wednesday. And as the N&O concentrates more on its digital offerings, additional changes may be coming the main newsroom as well as to the community papers, Drescher said. The Chapel Hill News staff has moved to the newsroom of the Durham-Herald Sun, a publication that the N&O’s parent McClatchy Corp. purchased in December. Journalists Mark Schultz, Tammy Grubb and Virginia Bridges, who had put...

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Morning Roundup: Trump Shares Classified Intel With Russia

Posted By on Tue, May 16, 2017 at 9:33 AM

Good morning, everyone. Monday was kind of a big news day. Let's review. 1) Trump shareD classified intelligence with Russia. To repeat: TRUMP SHARED CLASSIFIED INTELLIGENCE WITH RUSSIA. Sources told The Washington Post and New York Times that the president was bragging about how good the intelligence he gets regarding ISIS is and gave this example to, you know, prove he's great. From the Times: President Trump boasted about highly classified intelligence in a meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador last week, providing details that could expose the source of the information and the manner in which it was...

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Durham Budget Proposal Would Raise Property Taxes to Address Affordable Housing, Public Safety

Posted By on Tue, May 16, 2017 at 8:13 AM

As part of a $429 million budget proposal, Durham's city manager is recommending a 1.79-cent property tax increase for the 2017–18 fiscal year to help address affordable housing needs in the city. The city's current tax rate is 56.07 cents per $100 of property, including one cent dedicated to affordable housing. A budget proposal presented Monday night by Thomas Bonfield would raise the tax rate to 57.86 cents and double the dedicated housing portion to two cents. It would also dedicate 0.79 cents to public safety initiatives. “Addressing priority gap areas in the city’s affordable housing strategy all start...

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Reverend Barber Outlines His Future, Says There’s Still a Fight Ahead in North Carolina

Posted By on Mon, May 15, 2017 at 7:15 PM

More than a hundred people converged on the Davie Street Presbyterian Church Monday morning to pay their respects to the Reverend William Barber, a local civil rights icon who announced late last week that he would be stepping down as the leader of the North Carolina NAACP. But after more than a dozen friends, colleagues, and faith leaders offered praise to the man who has led them for more than a decade—Barber was elected president of the organization in 2005—Barber sought to shift the focus off of himself. Indeed, what transpired this morning couldn’t have been scripted any better for...

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Wake County Manager Says Wake Schools Don’t Need the $45 Million They Asked For

Posted By on Mon, May 15, 2017 at 6:48 PM

Jim Hartmann, the Wake County manager, said Monday that the Wake school system isn't spending all the money it got from county coffers in the current budget year and doesn't need the $45 million in new funding it requested for the coming year. Instead, Hartmann proposed during a meeting of the Wake County Board of Commissioners that the system should be able to meet its needs with an additional $16 million from the county. Under North Carolina’s system, the schools have no taxing power, so that the board that oversees public education has to request funding from the county. Hartmann...

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Supreme Court Deals a Death Blow to North Carolina's Racist Voter ID Law

Posted By and on Mon, May 15, 2017 at 2:06 PM

In a coup for voting rights activists, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge to a ruling last year that struck down key parts of North Carolina's voting law. The law, enacted in 2013 by the General Assembly's GOP majority, imposed a range of voting restrictions, including new voter ID requirements, shorter early-voting periods, elimination, and same-day registration. Monday's decision essentially leaves in place a federal appeals court ruling, which concluded that Republicans targeted African-Americans "with almost surgical precision." The law, SL 2013–381, required voters to present an approved ID, reduced the early voting period to...

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