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Gospel and Blues: The Farmville Community Arts Council will host Gospel and Blues Night at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Paramount Theater, 3723 N. Main St. The event will feature the Glorifying Vines Sisters and Shirley McNeil with the Gospel Singers of Faith. General admission is $5 at the door.

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Last week we sacrificed grandparents in Buffalo on the altar of gun worship. This week it is fourth graders in Texas. Some say we love guns more than we love our children. That may not be true. But we clearly love guns more than we love other people’s children. God forgive us.

I am so pleased and proud that the first annual edition of the “State of Black America” (Encounter Books), published by my organization, CURE, Center for Urban Renewal and Education, in conjunction with the Claremont Institute has just been released.

The Democrats in Congress should put forth an assault weapons ban bill tomorrow and see if the Republicans care more about children’s lives or their sacred Second Amendment and all the money they collect from the gun lobbies.

It seems as though everyone is suffering the effects of inflation. So what is the problem? What is the cause? We can blame Biden, blame Putin, blame the war, blame the supply chain, blame the pandemic, blame the Democrats, blame the Republicans. But money doesn’t disappear.

Happy Memorial weekend. Make it safe. Wear your mask, wash your hands frequently, keep your distance, consider taking a fast COVID test before you join a group of people and change your plans if you test positive — even if you have no symptoms. Get vaccinated and boosted, please.

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State AP Stories

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina government's most powerful Republican elected official threw his weight fully behind Medicaid expansion Wednesday, raising the stakes for an issue lingering in state politics for a decade that could result in hundreds of thousands of low-income adults gett…

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The families of four people — including three teens — who died in a February plane crash off the North Carolina coast are suing the companies that owned the plane and employed the pilot, who also died. The suit claims the pilot failed to properly fly the single-engine plane in weather condit…

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee is investigating allegations that Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn had a conflict of interest in a cryptocurrency he promoted and engaged in an improper relationship with a member of his staff, the panel said Monday.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Senate Republicans are strongly considering legislation that would expand Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands of additional low-income adults. Such legislation would mark a key step in an extraordinary turnabout by GOP members in the chamber set aga…

National & World AP Stories

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts:

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says nearly 200 cases of monkeypox have been reported in more than 20 countries not usually known to have outbreaks of the unusual disease, but described the epidemic as “containable” and proposed creating a stockpile to equitably share the limited…

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — With racial tensions still simmering over the killing of George Floyd, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and his top lawyers gathered in a state police conference room in October 2020 to prepare for the fallout from a troubling case closer to home: troopers’ deadly arre…

DJIBO, Burkina Faso (AP) — African leaders gathered for a summit Friday in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, to address growing humanitarian needs on the continent, which is also facing increased violent extremism, climate change challenges and a run of military coups.