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Push for regulatory changes to DCM authority could stretch into 2025

Recent changes to House Bill 385 provisions dealing with the statutory authorities of state agencies as they relate to developers and archaeological finds could indicate a more comprehensive reform to come in the long session of 2025. In a housing affordability crisis fueled by supply restrictions, advocates say increased transparency and regulatory certainty are crucial...

Jeff Moore
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Sowing Resilience Heroes: Durrant Farms

Tom and Whitney Durrant have faced some unique challenges as first-generation farmers in a post-pandemic world, and alpacas are one of their unique solutions. Durrant Farms is on 86 acres just outside of Asheville. When the Durrants purchased the farm, it was in pretty bad shape. They have rehabilitated several pastures and renovated a small apartment...

Katherine Zehnder
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Top 12 books for your 2024 beach bag

At Carolina Journal and The John Locke Foundation, staff members can often be found on weekends with their noses in a book. There are few better smells in this world than that of ink and paper with a little salt air and sunscreen mixed in. As you hit North Carolina’s glorious beaches this year, stick a few of these in your bag for that after dinner conversation.

CJ Staff
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Native American bones, bureaucratic creep, and a stalled Carteret County housing development

In the town of Cedar Point, a subdivision development has encountered a major roadblock after the discovery of Native American artifacts and some human remains. State archaeologists believe these findings are of historical significance, which has halted the project after only about three dozen homes were built. This situation has highlighted the confusion and delays as the lines of bureaucratic jurisdiction become blurred.

Jeff Moore

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Opinion

Primed by activist high schools, NC students arrive in college ready to protest

While students being allowed to express themselves is important, schools that allow, or even encourage, major disruptions in the school day (like walkouts and rallies) for radical causes should focus instead on boosting the state's reading and math scores.

Amy Rosenthal
Opinion

Government subsidies raises prices, even in childcare

This week a variety of groups have been pushing out narratives on more taxpayer funding for childcare. You may wonder why, suddenly, this is such a crisis issue. It is because billions in COVID-era government handouts to the industry are expiring this month.

Donna King
News

Updates to sex education standards raise concerns among conservatives

The North Carolina Board of Education recently voted to approve updates to the Healthful Living Standards for K-12 public schools, but some conservatives are wary of adjustments to the sex education components of the standards. North Carolina law requires school districts to “[t]each that abstinence from sexual activity outside of marriage is the expected standard for all...

David N. Bass