For more than 80 years, North Carolina has done almost nothing to regulate coal ash. Duke Energy and other utilities have been free to burn coal for generations and dump the toxic ash into unlined ponds. There was minimal protection for groundwater and nearby lakes and rivers.
Looked at in that context, the bill N.C. Senate leaders unveiled Monday is remarkable.
Maya Angelou's memorial service June 7 at Wake Forest University was one that will go down in Wake Forest history, and, for that matter, in Winston-Salem history.
The N.C. Department of Public Safety employs more than 26,000 people. It runs prisons, the Highway Patrol, emergency management services, juvenile detention facilities, Alcohol Law Enforcement, the Capitol police and the National Guard. Can it add the State Bureau of Investigation?
When do kids become adults in the eyes of the law? Last month, the N.C. House of Representatives decided it wants to rewrite the answer. It passed and sent to the Senate the Young Offenders Rehabilitation Act, which would remove 16- and 17-year-olds who are charged with misdemeanors from the adult criminal-justice system and handle their cases in juvenile court.
Many North Carolina residents recall long, hot summer days working in tobacco fields as youngsters. Few remember the experience as easy or pleasant.
With the polls closed and several high-profile verdicts pending in Tuesday's primary, State Board of Elections computers used an old cinematic device to build suspense: slow motion.
The photo of Courtney Sanford's smiling face was transmitted all around the world. Her death was too tragically ironic for news organizations to resist.
The 32-year-old Clemmons woman was killed just moments after posting "selfie" photos and a "happy" message on Facebook -- while driving.
It's disappointing that officials of some N.C. charter schools are trying to evade full disclosure of who gets paid what at the schools. Charters are "public" schools and should be subject to the same transparency requirements as all other public schools.
A falling unemployment rate might produce bad news for North Carolina residents who still can't find work.
Changes in state law link benefits to the jobless rate. As it drops, payments run out sooner.
The Republicans who passed sweeping voting law changes last year said the measures were meant to prevent fraud and improve the election process.
Critics alleged more sinister motives. They claimed many, if not all, of the measures put in place were designed to reduce voting by minorities or Democrats in general
There may be some valid reasons to worry about the Common Core academic standards. Communism, pornography, social engineering, sex education and the Muslim Brotherhood are not among them. Yet, those were among the horrors cited at a legislative research committee hearing in Raleigh recently.
So Franklin Graham thinks America would be better off if our president cracked down on homosexuals the way Russian President Vladimir Putin has.
After revelations that the National Security Agency monitored Americans' phone and Internet use, and that the NSA spied on close allies like Germany and France, it probably shouldn't be surprising that our intelligence agencies have found another frontier to violate. But it appears our government is spying on itself.
North Carolina's metro mayors heard a sobering report when they met in Charlotte recently
Poverty is a bigger problem for them than it is for the state's economically distressed small towns and rural areas.
State judicial candidates are raising money like it's 2002.
The public finance system has been killed, so it's back to hitting up lawyers and lobbyists for most of the money needed to fuel statewide campaigns — maybe more money than ever.