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The Wilson Housing Authority is using public health as a pretense to limit personal freedom. A federal mandate requires public housing communities to go smoke-free next year, but local officials … more
This is how business works (the really short and oversimplified version): You add up all the costs of doing what you do — labor, utilities, property, transportation, raw materials — and divide by … more
The Opportunities Industrialization Center of Wilson is perhaps best-known for its quarterly food distributions. The long queues, tired eyes and wide smiles are a stark reminder of the hunger and … more
The medical examiner said her assailant threw hot or boiling water into her face, causing burns. Then he tried to cut her with a piece of glass. Finally, he hit her over the head with a fire … more
Amid growing outrage over irresponsible spending and executive greed at Cardinal Innovations Healthcare, state regulators sprang into action this week to set the mental health agency’s affairs in … more
Families forced to choose between paying the power bill, buying medicine and stocking the fridge should pay for Duke Energy’s sloppy storage of coal ash, empty suits said with a straight … more
Nearly 60 cents of every dollar collected in third-party fundraising campaigns went to charitable causes over the past fiscal year, with the remaining 40 percent gobbled up in overhead and … more
By the terms of its permit, the company — a DuPont spinoff — is required to notify the state within 24 hours of any spill that is abnormal and could affect public health or the environment. The … more
First it was ritzy Christmas parties, boozy board meetings and a bloated salary for the boss. Now it’s $3.8 million in golden parachutes. The outrage over financial mismanagement at the mental … more
Nearly four deaths each day from opioid overdoses.  That's the average in North Carolina, according to data state health officials gave to a joint legislative oversight health care committee, … more
Which do you have at your home for Thanksgiving — stuffing or dressing? Do you go for jellied cranberry sauce or does your palate go more toward real berries? Sweet potatoes, yams or plain … more
While some Wilsonians fill their Christmas lists with the hottest toys and latest and greatest gadgets, others have their hearts set on more modest hopes. A pair of shoes that aren’t weathered … more
We’re not sure how much good it will do to sue the pharmaceutical industry, but the opioid crisis has become so severe that we must try. Buncombe County has filed a federal lawsuit naming 23 … more
Members of a General Assembly oversight committee last week got what we hope they found a frightening overview of this state’s opioid-abuse problem. What our lawmakers choose to do about it will … more
Gregory Parks is the only person who knows what transpired between him and 20-year-old Isabel “Chaveli” Palacios in his home on July 31, 2015 — but he wasn’t the sole witness. DNA test … more
Before the first fine was issued, a controversial red light camera scheme had already begun causing legal headaches for the city of Greenville. Automated traffic enforcement cameras began … more
So far this year, five prison employees have died from attacks by inmates. Four of those deaths were the result of an Oct. 12 escape attempt at Pasquotank Correctional Institution. The breakout … more
Former Gov. Jim Hunt’s endorsement of an independent candidate over a Democrat in the Raleigh mayoral race has ruffled some feathers among the party faithful. Hunt backed unaffiliated incumbent … more
Pop quiz: When teachers dig into threadbare pockets and purses to buy essential supplies for cash-starved classrooms, should the federal government demand a cut of what they spend? A.) No, … more
They’re right, and most legislators in both parties agree. The trouble is, it appears that the Republicans who are leading the remapping effort are putting a premium on getting more Republican … more
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