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New Bern eye surgeon urges N.C. Supreme Court to address certificate-of-need dispute

An eye surgeon in New Bern is asking the N.C. Supreme Court to take up his challenge against the state’s certificate-of-need law. He argues CON restrictions violate his state constitutional rights. Dr. Jay Singleton’s latest appeal follows the N.C. Court of Appeals’ unanimous June 21 decision dismissing his case. The John Locke Foundation, which oversees...

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COVID state of emergency officially ends today after 2 years

After 888 days, today officially marks the end of North Carolina’s COVID-19 State of Emergency. Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, announced in July that the state of emergency would end on Aug. 15 because the 2022 $27.9 General Budget, which he signed into law on July 11, included changes in the law that were requested by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Opinion

Big tent for me but not for thee: Cooper’s Democratic Party

The Democrats pride themselves on being a big-tent party; they claim to be the most diverse and welcoming among the two main political parties. However, they’re only welcoming and inclusive in practice if you are flying the same banner of progressive ideology and purist loyalty.   The “NCPOL Universe” got a dose of this in the past primary election...

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Final briefs pave way for N.C. Supreme Court’s latest take on long-running Leandro case

Documents filed late Friday afternoon with the N.C. Supreme Court offered what could be the final written words in the latest stage of the Leandro education funding lawsuit. The state’s highest court will hold oral arguments Aug. 31 to consider the latest Leandro dispute.

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Opinion

Can House Bill 951 keep winter from coming to North Carolina?

Winter is coming. I know it’s hard to fathom amid a hot, humid North Carolina summer, but it is. Across from our beautiful beaches, The Economist predicts “Europe’s Winter of Discontent.” Disastrous public policies that increase dependence on unreliable energy sources and hostile foreign regimes have put the free world, including all of us here in...

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Locke’s Terry Stoops analyzes proposal to restructure N.C. teacher pay

Dr. Terry Stoops, director of the Center for Effective Education at the John Locke Foundation, discusses a proposal to change the way North Carolina pays public school teachers. Stoops offered these comments during the Aug. 11, 2012, edition of Spectrum News 1’s “Capital Tonight.”

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N.C. profiled for having among best rainy-day funds in the U.S.

North Carolina was profiled in a recent Pewtrusts.org article as one of five states that uses a “budget stress test” to determine how much money should be set aside in its rainy-day fund to avert a future crisis such as a recession or major disaster like a hurricane.

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All sides in Leandro agree: They need more time to argue before N.C. Supreme Court

There’s one point of unanimous agreement among the competing parties in the Leandro school funding lawsuit. They all want more time to argue before the N.C. Supreme Court this month. Oral arguments are scheduled Aug. 31. A joint application filed Thursday asks the court to extend its traditional one-hour oral argument session by 30 minutes....

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Phonics-based reading is helping kids catch up in post-pandemic classrooms

North Carolina comes out on top nationwide as the state catching up the fastest with early reading skills post-pandemic, according to N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt. She made the announcement Tuesday at the N.C. Council of State meeting.

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Lawyer for ‘business leaders’ denies misrepresentation of NC Chamber’s position on Leandro

A lawyer representing a group of N.C. “business leaders” denies that the group ever tried to misrepresent the NC Chamber’s support for plaintiffs in the long-running Leandro school funding lawsuit. The group has amended a friend-of-the-court brief to the N.C. Supreme Court.

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