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U.S., U.K. to lift harmful tariffs on steel, spirits

The United States and United Kingdom are ending a host of costly tariffs, effective June 1, on a number of products, including whiskey. The deal allows historically based sustainable volumes of U.K. steel and aluminum products to enter the U.S. market without the application of Section 232 tariffs, the White House says in a news...

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Conservatives rally around Mark Robinson after abortion revelations

Despite not appearing on the ballot in 2022, North Carolina’s first black lieutenant governor, Mark Robinson, has been the focus of a week’s worth of negative stories from the mainstream press. Conservatives have largely rallied around the likely 2024 Republican gubernatorial candidate, though, as past comments against teaching transgender sexuality in schools and his wife’s...

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Local Government Commission steps in to help Spring Lake

The Local Government Commission is stepping in to help the town of Spring Lake in Cumberland County. The move by the commission, which voted Wednesday, March 23, will avoid payment processing problems, a news release says. A scathing report from State Auditor Beth Wood’s office last week found that a former accounting technician in the...

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Unaffiliated voters surpass Democrats in N.C.

Unaffiliated voters have overtaken Democrats as the largest voting group in North Carolina, according to the latest data from the N.C. State Board of Elections. The number of unaffiliated voters now stands at 2,503,997, compared to 2,496,434 Democrats and 2,192,073 Republicans. There are 48,654 registered Libertarians. That shift reflects a growing trend in recent years...

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Drug money: How NC will spend the $750M opioid settlement

The opioid epidemic is killing more than 100,000 Americans each year. Fentanyl alone — not counting other opioids such as heroin, oxycodone, and morphine — now tops the list as the No. 1 cause of death for adults 45 and younger. That’s more than suicides, car wrecks, or COVID-19.  The second-largest attorney-general settlement in history...

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N.C.’s Right to Work law turns 75, experts weigh in on workers’ rights

North Carolina on Friday, March 18, will celebrate the 75th anniversary of its Right to Work law.  The purpose and meaning of Right to Work are explained in a new report, “Pro-Worker, Pro-Growth Making Right-to-Work Permanent in North Carolina,” by F. Vincent Vernuccio and available on the website of the John Locke Foundation, which commissioned...

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Gunshot-detection system targets spiraling gun violence in Durham

In 2021, Durham’s homicide rate jumped by 30%, reaching a record of 50 murders for the year. City leaders have been scrambling for solutions, and by a 4-3 vote, decided to adopt a pilot program for the gunshot-detection system ShotSpotter. ShotSpotter is used by 120 police departments across the country — including New York City,...

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