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Photo Essay: Raleigh Protest Resumes As Raleigh Gets Back To Business
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Photo Essay: Raleigh Protest Resumes As Raleigh Gets Back To Business

Downtown businesses are crippled after a peaceful Raleigh protest turned into riots last Saturday. Extensive vandalism left shattered windows and looted buildings in its wake, and the city is just beginning to lick its wounds. As repairs began Sunday morning and continued on Monday, June 1st, a protest kicked off, contrary to the chaos witnessed...

Raleigh Rebuilds After Riots
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Raleigh Rebuilds After Riots

From May 30 to May 31, downtown Raleigh experienced peaceful protests against police brutality, which unfortunately became riots late both nights. Like other cities nationwide, Raleigh suffered vandalism and looting of its local businesses. One small business owner described the fires and vandalism first-hand. However, he noted that the rioters likely weren’t the same people...

North Carolina Court of Appeals: Courts Can’t Resolve Inner-Church Defamation Disputes
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North Carolina Court of Appeals: Courts Can’t Resolve Inner-Church Defamation Disputes

In a divided opinion issued May 19, the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled that courts are prohibited from hearing defamation claims when they arise from internal religious disputes regarding ecclesiastical matters. The specific lawsuit had come from two former church members suing their former pastors. However, the three appeal court judges’ decisions did reach...

North Hills Businesses Reopen After Looting in Raleigh
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North Hills Businesses Reopen After Looting in Raleigh

The North Hills area of Raleigh suffered looting and vandalism from late Sunday night to early Monday morning. The damage affected at least 10 businesses, including the Dartmouth Apartments. By Monday afternoon, most businesses had swept up the broken glass, secured their windows and reopened. Harris Teeter received bricks through their sliding glass doors late...

North Carolina Chief Justice Changes Court Operations During COVID-19
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North Carolina Chief Justice Changes Court Operations During COVID-19

North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley entered two new orders on May 21 which extended the many steps state courts had taken to address continuing COVID-19 health concerns.  Beasley extended filing deadlines until June 1 for civil cases, and until July 31 for criminal cases. The statute of limitations for all civil cases will now extends until July 31. Beasley also issued several...

What One Small Business Saw at the Raleigh Protests
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What One Small Business Saw at the Raleigh Protests

As nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice continue to intensify, Raleigh businesses have already suffered from the unrest that has followed peaceful protests. Here’s an ‘on the ground’ perspective on what one business in City Market experienced late Saturday night. On the following morning, it saw its community begin to pull itself back...

Legislature Progressing on Vote-by-Mail Reform
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Legislature Progressing on Vote-by-Mail Reform

Chances are, you could be voting by absentee ballot in this fall’s high-stake elections. And the North Carolina state legislature has made progress this week on a bill that would make voting by mail more convenient. Having passed through the House yesterday, it will begin its Senate process. House Bill 1169 (which would give voters more options in...

New Leader Named for North Carolina Unemployment Benefits Office
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New Leader Named for North Carolina Unemployment Benefits Office

There has been a shake-up at the very top of the North Carolina unemployment benefits office, amid growing criticism of how the state has handled the unprecedented surge of unemployment claims during the coronavirus crisis. This personnel change could improve the state’s response to skyrocketing unemployment claims. Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that former lawmaker Pryor Gibson will be the new assistant secretary overseeing the Division...

Uncertainty Growing Between Charlotte, GOP Convention and Trump
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Uncertainty Growing Between Charlotte, GOP Convention and Trump

The Twitter-fueled controversy over the upcoming Republican National Convention in Charlotte is becoming more contentious, with President Trump now threatening to pull the convention from the Queen City unless state officials allow “full attendance.”  In response, NC Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen has requested a written COVID-19 safety plan from the convention’s CEO, Marcia Kelly. ...