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The “Raise the Age” campaign took on a tough challenge and was remarkably effective. The new state budget transfers responsibility for most 16- and 17-year-old offenders from the adult correctional system to juvenile … more
We wish North Carolina didn’t have to play the incentives game to lure businesses here. But as long as other states are playing, we can’t afford to be on the sidelines. So we are pleased that the N.C. General Assembly’s proposed … more
For nearly four decades, a loophole allowing rapists to escape punishment has sat undisturbed in North Carolina’s lawbooks. A state senator is trying to change that, but he’s fighting an uphill battle. The N.C. Supreme Court ruled … more
Local governments are required to post legal notices where the public is most likely to see them. Traditionally, that has been in general-circulation newspapers. It still is. But the state legislature is threatening to rescind requirements for … more
After laboring to make Wilson a better place for nearly four decades, Hal Tarleton is leaving the workforce for a well-deserved retirement. At month’s end, Tarleton will hang up his hammer at the Wilson Area Habitat for Humanity, the … more
THUMBS UP to state lawmakers for voting to raise the age for most adult criminal charges from 16 to 18, making North Carolina the last state to extend its juvenile court jurisdiction. After a “raise the age” bill cleared the N.C. … more
Imagine selecting the supermarket’s finest-quality produce, filling your buggy to the brim, skipping the checkout line and flinging a fistful of change at the cashier on your way out the door. Don’t give this a try — … more
The verdict’s in, and it should come as no surprise: Government can’t use intellectual property law to punish people for controversial speech. A unanimous Supreme Court on Monday struck down a portion of the 1946 Lanham Act, which … more
Let the punishment fit the crime. That should be the takeaway following Monday’s unanimous Supreme Court ruling that struck down a North Carolina law banishing all registered sex offenders from all forms of social media. The statute had … more
It was a classic American scene: Early in the morning, a group of men practicing for a baseball game against work rivals. But these weren’t regular guys. They were members of Congress. Nevertheless, they were playing in a public park, … more
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