Democrats converged in Greenville on Monday to kick off a statewide tour to demonstrate how President Joe Biden’s proposed $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill will benefit North Carolina and point the finger at Republicans they say are obstructing aid.

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A smattering of New Bern football fans walked out of the stadium at J.H. Rose in shock Friday night.

Week 10 of the high school football season features a pair of big games in the Big Carolina 3A/4A Conference and the Eastern Plains 2A Conference as teams begin jockeying for possible playoff position.

Rising gas prices will reduce driving thus helping to defeat global warming. Higher costs for home heating will cause us to buy more sweaters thus helping wool producers. It is all good. Higher prices have a silver lining if you look hard enough and do not think much.

There was a time in American political history where the parties acted in good faith and were collegial in their interactions. They would argue their positions on the floor then in the evening clink glasses at the local congressional hangout.

“Help Wanted” signs are ubiquitous in the Southern port city of Mobile, Alabama, covering doors and windows of retail shops, restaurants, bars and even quickie shipping outposts. My favorite sandwich shop cut its hours, the manager says, because he can’t find enough help to man longer shifts.

A few weeks ago, the Associated Press and a nonprofit journalism outfit called The Markup released a dataset and news stories purporting to prove the existence of pervasive discrimination against racial minorities by mortgage lenders. The McClatchy newspapers in North Carolina (The Charlotte…

When the North Carolina Supreme Court renders judgement, it should generally be the last word on the matter. That decision rendered by the state’s seven justices — regardless of how it might come down — should be above reproach or question of impartiality.

BYH how much of our tax money has been wasted on commercials for vaccines? Unless you have been living in a cave in Afghanistan you know about the vaccine and that it is available. The commercials will not change any one's mind that has not gotten one. So the government is now resorting to u…

It was a sign of the times in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Closed theaters with no movies to advertise got creative with their marquees, displaying phrases like, “Now Showing Nothing Starring Nobody,” “When Harry Met Sally on Zoom,” “The Chronicles of Corona” and “To Be Continued.”

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that North Carolina’s flagship public university can continue to consider race as a factor in its undergraduate admissions, rebuffing a conservative group's argument that affirmative action disadvantages white and Asian students.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two longtime Democratic congressmen with a combined six decades of experience announced Monday that they plan to retire at the end of their terms, another worrying sign for the party's uphill climb to keep control of the House in next year's midterm elections.

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Some college towns plan to challenge the results of the 2020 census, claiming they were shortchanged because the pandemic forced students to leave campuses and complaining that the undercount could cost them federal money and prestige.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley was the top third-quarter fundraiser for candidates in next year’s U.S. Senate race in North Carolina, according to documents filed at Friday’s financial reporting deadline.

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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:

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A gang that kidnapped 17 members of a U,S.-based missionary group is demanding $1 million ransom per person, although authorities are not clear whether that includes the five children being held, a top Haitian official told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A judge denied bond Tuesday for Alex Murdaugh, saying the attorney's considerable financial resources and mental instability appear for now to make it too risky to allow him to await trial outside of jail on charges he stole $3.4 million in insurance money meant for the…

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MOSCOW (AP) — Dr. Georgy Arbolishvili doesn’t need to see government statistics or hear about the records being broken every day for infections and deaths to know that Russia is struggling through a particularly alarming phase of the coronavirus pandemic.

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(EDITOR'S NOTE: Richard E. Lapchick shares some of the backlash his family felt that was directed at his father, former Knicks coach Joe Lapchick, for signing the first Black player to an NBA contract in 1950. The experience led him to his work today; Richard directs the Institute for Divers…