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NC NAACP responds to NC House’s passage of “Historical Artifact and Patriotism Act”

SPECIAL TO THE WILMINGTON JOURNAL RALEIGH, NC - This week, the North Carolina House of Representatives voted to pass the “Historical Artifact and Patriotism Act,” which makes it virtually impossible for local communities to move Confederate monuments. The measure, which came out of the House Homeland Security Committee, was fast-tracked to Gov. McCrory’s desk to be signed. The NC NAACP and Forward Together ...

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After First Day of Historic Voting Rights Trial, Over Six Thousand March Through Winston-Salem for Mass Moral Monday

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Thousands of people from across North Carolina and the country descended on Winston-Salem tonight to march for the full restoration of voting rights in the state that is home to what has been described as the worst voter suppression law in the country. The march began in Corpening Plaza at 5:15, shortly after the close of the first day of trial. The marchers then met NC NAACP President R ...

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STATE LAWMAKERS EXTEND BUDGET EMPASSE 45 DAYS [RALEIGH] With both houses of the NC General Assembly at loggerheads over a compromise budget, the state House and Senate agreed to a 45-day extension just before the July 1st deadline, allowing for conferees to hash out details for a 2015-16 spending plan. Gov. Pat McCrory signed the continuing resolution to extend the period into law, allowing state government ...

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State Briefs, March 19, 2015

    SENS. BURR AND TILLIS  AMONG THE 47 GOP’ERS WHO SIGNED IRAN LETTER [WASHINGTON, D.C] Among the 47 Republican US senators who signed and sent a  open letter to  the Iranian government in hope of crippling Pres. Obama’s negotiations over their nuclear capabilities, were North Carolina senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis. Burr is the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The letter, sp ...

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UNC SYSTEM BOARD ELIMINATES THREE CAMPUS CENTERS [CHARLOTTE] As expected, the UNC Board of Governors Feb. 27th voted to discontinue three campus centers it deemed to be unnecessary, amid criticism that the Republican-led board did so out of political retribution. Acting on a recommendation from its committee, the board eliminated the UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at Chapel Hill, the NC Center ...

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Coleman announces bid For Lt. Governor

  SPECIAL TO THE WILMINGTON JOURNAL Linda Coleman announced Wednesday that she will once again make a bid for NC Lieutenant Governor during the 2016 elections. “I'm running for Lieutenant Governor because we need a new approach in Raleigh. North Carolinians know that I am battle tested and ready to go to bat for the middle class and to create jobs for our future,” Coleman said. “I cannot sit by silentl ...

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VICTIM OF WPD DOG BITE SETTLES FOR $82,500 [WILMINGTON]  Officials with the City of Wilmington will settle with Johnnie Williams, a man bitten by a police dog following a chase. The City  will pay $25,000 of the settlement and the city's insurance agency will pick up the rest.  The settlement will total $82,500. On Halloween Night 2013, Williams allegedly drove through a DWI checkpoint almost running over a ...

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PROSECUTOR NOT RULING OUT HATE CRIME IN TRIPLE CHAPEL HILL SHOOTING [CHAPEL HILL].Durham's top prosecutor said Wednesday that he is not ruling out the possibility of a hate crime in the Tuesday evening shooting deaths of three Muslim students at a condo near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. District Attorney Roger Echols echoed comments earlier Wednesday by Chapel Hill's police chief, who sa ...

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