Sara, a contributor to Carolina Journal, was a CJ associate editor and capital reporter from December 2009 to June 2012. Before joining CJ, she reported for CNSNews.com in Alexandria, Va., and the New Bern Sun Journal.
She was a journalism intern at the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, attending a summer seminar at Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia.
Burrows is a California native. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Diego State University and also attended the International Summer School at Cambridge University in the U.K.
(5.13.13) Bill Blocks Cities from Regulating Home Appearance
RALEIGH — The proposed law makes strange bedfellows, pitting Republican state lawmakers and liberal groups like the North Carolina Housing Coalition and Habitat for Humanity against liberal mayors who want to ensure that new development does not clash with the appearance of established neighborhoods.
(4.17.13) Burr Has N.C. Second Amendment Backers Stirred Up
RALEIGH — Republican Sen. Richard Burr has Second Amendment backers stirred up in North Carolina because of his vote last week for cloture on gun-control legislation in the U.S. Senate. Though he voted to invoke cloture, Burr since has said he plans to vote against any measure that threatens gun rights.
(4.15.13) Irregardless Owner’s Garden May Disregard City Regulations
RALEIGH — Irregardless Café owner Arthur Gordon wants to convert an abandoned lot in three miles from downtown Raleigh into a community vegetable garden. City planners have rejected the plan because some of the produce would be sold for profit and the location is in the wrong part of town.
(4.10.13) NCDOT Bridge-Widening Project Threatens Iconic Farm
VALLE CRUCIS — The North Carolina Department of Transportation informed the owners of Maverick Farms Feb. 5 the department would make an offer for several acres of their land by the end of February. If they didn’t accept the offer, DOT would condemn the property and begin construction within 30 days.
(3.14.13) N.C. Lawmakers Moving Ahead With Fracking
RALEIGH — North Carolina lawmakers are ready to capitalize on what some are calling the “natural gas boom.” A bill lifting the state’s moratorium on fracking — a method for releasing natural gas that environmentalists feel is controversial — passed the state Senate by a landslide recently and is making its way through the House.
(1.21.13) N.C. Raw Milk Consumers Go Out of State
RALEIGH — The growing demand from North Carolina for raw milk has been a boon to farmers in nearby states. For example, an Amish farmer from Pennsylvania has seen his raw milk sales increase 25 percent over the past two years, in part because North Carolina has become one of his largest sources of customers.
(1.16.13) Rally Urges Republican Officials To Nullify Obamacare
RALEIGH — Speakers at the Jan. 9 rally called on Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Republican members of the General Assembly to return $73.5 million in what they called federal “bribe” money Democratic former Gov. Bev Perdue accepted to set up a state health insurance exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act.
(12.27.12) N.C. Democrats Push Gun Control in Wake of Newtown
RALEIGH — Three Democratic members of the North Carolina congressional delegation have joined President Obama in calling for more gun control as a means of preventing a mass shooting like the one Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
(12.18.12) UNC Healthcare CEO Calls for Single-Payer Health Insurance
RALEIGH — Among the so-called myths Dr. Bill Roper attempted to debunk was the notion that “the American health care system is the best in the world” and President Obama’s promise that “if you like your health care the way it is, nothing about it will need to change.”
(12.04.12) Food Trucks Still Not Free of Restaurant Ties
RALEIGH — Five months after state lawmakers passed a law freeing food truck owners from a regulation that required them to rent space in a restaurant or commissary, no food truck operator has taken advantage of it. The Mobile Food Vendors Association said most don’t know about the new law, and the few who do have been thwarted by their local health departments.