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Bernie Sanders in North Carolina Calls for Moral Economy

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has told a North Carolina audience that the nation needs a “moral economy.” Sanders’ visit Thursday night to Duke University in Durham included his usual push for free college, universal health care and a $15-per-hour minimum wage. Sanders had pushed those same ideas in his unsuccessful Democratic president campaign in 2016. He said people should be able to live with dignity and security in the wealthiest nation in the world. Sanders appeared with the Rev. William Barber II, former head of the North Carolina NAACP and founder of the Moral Monday protest movement in Raleigh....

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2 Agencies Reach Settlement on Homeowners’ Insurance Rate

Homeowners’ insurance rates in North Carolina are headed for an average increase of nearly 5 percent. The state Department of Insurance and the North Carolina Rate Bureau announced Wednesday they have agreed on a 4.8 percent increase statewide. The Rate Bureau wanted an 18.7 percent rate increase. The increase will vary according to territory with a cap of 5.5 percent statewide instead of the 25 percent increase for coastal homes proposed by the Rate Bureau, which represents insurance companies. Coverage on a $200,000 frame home on the Outer Banks will see an average $10 per month increase. The agreement...

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Sen. Berger Aide Auth Taking Job at UNC-Chapel Hill

A longtime top aide to North Carolina Senate leader Phil Berger is leaving her job to become a lobbyist for the state’s flagship university. Deputy Chief of Staff Amy Auth has been Berger’s chief spokeswoman and held other responsibilities since he became Senate president pro tempore in 2011. Auth announced Wednesday she would begin early next month as director of state affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Auth is a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate and has worked in Republican politics and state government essentially ever since. She worked for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole and U.S. Rep....

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NC State Outlines Steps Taken in Federal Hoops Investigation

North Carolina State has released a timeline of steps the university has taken to cooperate with investigators since the federal probe into college basketball became public last fall. The university had essentially responded to inquiries before becoming further entangled in the investigation in recent weeks. Chancellor Randy Woodson was more proactive Tuesday, releasing a statement outlining actions N.C. State has taken. In January, the school received a grand jury subpoena seeking records involving former one-and-done guard Dennis Smith Jr. Last week, a rewritten federal indictment alleged a former Adidas representative arranged $40,000 for the parent of an athlete who...

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City Panel OKs Policy Banning Exchanges with Israeli Police

A North Carolina city council voted Monday to prohibit its police department from engaging in international exchanges with agencies whose officers receive military-style training. News outlets report the Durham City Council voted 6-0 for a policy that resulted from a petition by the activist group Jewish Voice for Peace seeking a ban on any partnership the department might enter into with Israeli defense forces or the Israel police. Proponents say Israeli tactics promote racial bias and police militarization. “I hope this spreads,” Hillsborough resident Debra Rosenstein told the council during her turn at the podium. Speakers from other cities...

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Court Orders Top NC University to Turn Over Sex Assault Data

A state appeals court is ordering North Carolina’s flagship public university to turn over the names of students found responsible for rape or sexual assault in non-criminal, campus disciplinary proceedings. The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill can’t cite a federal student privacy law in withholding the information. University officials said the law blocked it from naming students disciplined for on-campus sexual misconduct. The Daily Tar Heel campus newspaper, The Charlotte Observer, The Herald-Sun of Durham and WRAL-TV sued, pointing to an exception in the federal law protecting student...

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Students Sue, Say Poor County’s School Funds Unfairly Shared

North Carolina’s top court is considering whether county officials should share some of the blame if schools are so underfunded that children aren’t getting a good shot at a sound, basic education. The state Supreme Court on Monday heard a lawsuit seeking to improve funding in a poor, rural county with three racially segregated school districts. Parents and students in Halifax County sued the county commissioners, arguing they haven’t fairly distributed local sales tax money they control. Lawyers for the county say if school board officials think they’re getting short-shrift in county money, it’s up to them and not...

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UNC Still Working with State on Concerns Over Agent Conduct

North Carolina is still working with state authorities to notify investigators when agents improperly contact athletes or potentially violate the state’s sports agents law. In emails released Friday responding to public records requests, UNC notified the Secretary of State’s office in 2014, 2016 and 2017 about five NFL agents improperly contacting athletes directly without going through the school. Some emails from UNC associate director Paul Pogge questioned whether the agents were registered as required by the state’s Uniform Athlete Agents Act. In a statement to The Associated Press, Pogge said the athletes involved or their families acted properly by...

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Deaths From Flu in North Carolina Rise to 362

North Carolina health officials say the death toll from flu-related illness this season has reached 362. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that four deaths were reported for the week that ended April 7, one week after the recognized end to the 2017-18 season. In addition to the four deaths, officials reported 10 more deaths from previous weeks were related to the flu. Of the 14 deaths, 12 victims were age 65 and older. Two were between the ages of 25 and 49. For the season, there have been 269 deaths among people 65 and...

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Legislators Want More Schools to Make Security Plans

Some North Carolina legislators want more schools to provide basic building information and access to local and state law enforcement to better respond to emergencies or violent acts on campus. The General Assembly’s emergency management oversight committee recommended several bills Thursday it wants approved when the legislature reconvenes next month. One bill would require charter schools, regional schools and K-12 private schools receiving taxpayer-funded tuition vouchers to provide schematic building diagrams to authorities and to create risk management plans. Currently charter and other non-traditional public schools are only encouraged to do so. Requirements include annual drills. Another bill would...

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