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North Carolina’s state government entered its 2019-20 fiscal year on July 1 without a new state budget in place. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and the Republican-led legislature haven’t agreed to … more
With the new county tax increase just passed many property owners are asking, “What exactly are we going to get in return for our money?” Very good question. Arguably there hasn’t been a tax … more
Gov. Roy Cooper says he won’t sign a new state budget unless the North Carolina General Assembly says yes to Medicaid expansion. The Republican-majority legislature has said no to Medicaid … more
On Sunday night, my daughter read aloud to me a passage from a textbook for a zoology class she is taking in summer school at N.C. State. In the text, the writer argues that animals were never … more
Last week U.S. Sen. Richard Burr wrote a newspaper column criticizing the Eastern Band of the Cherokee for opposing the South Carolina-based Catawba Tribe’s efforts to acquire land near Kings … more
The average salary of a public schoolteacher in North Carolina was about $54,000 last year, up 20 percent since 2014. That was one of the largest increases in the nation. According to the latest data … more
North Carolina Democrats held the General Assembly after the 2000 elections, as they had for nearly all of the state’s history. During the ensuing 2001 session, top lawmakers, Democratic … more
Variety, the cliche goes, is the spice of life. The toughest thing about the work that I do is that much of my time is spent sitting at a chair, behind my desk, watching the screen on my … more
Many political and education leaders in North Carolina say that our economy would be better off if our level of educational attainment was higher. They’re probably right about that, as long as … more
July is the month our nation celebrates independence. The historic beauty of our city with streets adorned with American flags, banners, the smell of cookouts and the joy of family gatherings, remind … more
Tomorrow morning, people will line Main Street to watch a Roxboro tradition take place in front of their very eyes. As they fill the sidewalks on either side of the street, the July 4th parade will … more
Roxboro City Councilman Byrd Blackwell was remembered as “a compassionate and patient leader who never met a stranger.” The councilman passed away recently after a brief illness as tributes, … more
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